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4 Thursday, November 1, 2012

Springboro Sun
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OPINION
Its difficult to give up sugar around the holidays
Im not really sure why, but it seems I choose this particular time every year to go on a low carb diet. (I guess its because I want to look good for the New Year celebration and pictures at Christmas.) More specifically, I give up all sugar and things made with flour including cake, cupcakes and bread. So let me count down the reasons why this self-deprivation drives me absolutely bonkers - especially this By Karen Kelly time of year: Halloween Candy. I was Brown always the dutiful parent, checking both boys bags Local of bounty when my boys Columnist returned home from TrickOr-Treat. Invariably, a good many of the Snickers, Milky Ways, Reeces, and (yes) Swedish Goldfish would disappear. Because of the temptation factor for my kids, their candy would get put up very high on the refrigerator. There were quite a few times that I was the one caught with my hand in the bag of candy, searching out the prized treats. Now I buy my favorite candy to hand out and undoubtedly every year we have extras. They continuously taunt me from their hiding place in the cupboard. Egg Nog of any kind, including the Egg Nog shakes at McDonalds. I even put Egg Nog in my coffee instead of cream. Now I know there are a few of you that are screwing up your mouth and saying ick. Thats fine more for me. Its an acquired taste that only truly cool people understand, so if you dont get it, dont try. Pumpkin Pie. With extra whipped cream. I just had the pleasure of sampling the first one of the season lovingly made by my neighbors sister. Homemade crust (to die for) and real pumpkin not canned. (Who knew that pumpkins were not bright orange after baking?) Christmas cookies. I am not a year round baker, but I do go nuts at Christmas. I make the best Butter-Cake batter cookies in the world. (With credit given to my mom.) Ask anyone I know. They are cookies made from cake batter and butter and other yummy stuff and the dough is as good as the finished product, if not better. Email me if you want the recipe. Candy Corn. Its a food group. Pure sugar & food coloring. Oh so bad for you. Simplicity at its best. Hot Apple Cider. A little party in your mouth especially when rum or brandy is added. My bosss homemade pumpkin roll. Geez. It is sinfully amazingly wonderful. I eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pumpkin pancakes. With real maple syrup. Pumpkin spiced latte at Starbucks. My once a year treat. Homemade pumpkin bread, zucchini bread, banana bread, and my favorite, cranberry bread with shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Yes, Ill give you that recipe, too. My sister-in-laws homemade chicken and dumplings, brought out only at Thanksgiving. Worth the wait. Bacon wrapped stuff at holiday parties. Anything bacon wrapped is worth eating, including bacon wrapped bacon. The beauty of bacon is that it is low in carbs so depending on what is on the inside (example: blue cheese filled dates), it may be perfectly permissible. Hot chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps served with homemade ginger snaps. I mean really who can pass this up for dinner? So you see, starting a low-carb diet this time of year is just setting myself up for failure, dont you think? Thanks for listening. Diets are for the New Year I mean what else am I going to do in January, anyway? Karen Kelly Brown is a local columnist.

COMMENTARY

Third graders host TV taping


Mrs. Cammie Roarks third grade class at Lytle Five Points elementary had an amazing morning on Thursday, Oct. 18 when Mayor John Agenbroad, MVCC videographer Joe MacKenzie and I showed up at 8:45 to film our bi-monthly TV show Springboro 45066. The students were adorned in holiday colors and ready to go to work introducing our guests and telling us what the holiday season meant to them. Mayor Agenbroad had selected Mickey Reese, the owner of the Waynesville, Franklin and Springboro McDonalds, to be his guest on the Meet Your Neighbor segment several weeks prior, so he had Mickey join us for his interview.The class was thrilled when he gave each of the students a coupon for a Happy Meal and a value meal for Mom and Dad. Joe, our videographer who has worked with us for over 10 years and does a phenomenal job in making people feel comfortable and enthusiastic about delivering their message, helped the students feel right at home. The children all did terrific and Im sure cant wait to watch the final product that they wont recognize. All the shooting was done in multiple segments, edited and then chronologically pieced together. The end result

MERGE WRIGHT By Don Wright


Times Columnist
will be a great surprise. In this holiday edition, we meet with Dave Thompson at the Coffman Family Y for some exciting news on a new program starting in January that will make taking care of your exercise, and diet regime easy to track. An update from the newly remodeled Springboro Library and a visit to Heatherwoode Golf Course for the winter outlook will be featured. Superintendent of Schools Todd Petrey gives us the latest on our schools and chats briefly with Panther football coach Ryan Wilhite. Wendy Ford and her team talk about the new Hang Out afterschool program at the old Jonathan Wright school thats available to junior high and high school students Monday thru Thursday from 3-6 p.m. and at no cost. Homework help, computer education, sports, cooking classes, video games and much more is being offered. We

also get to meet a life long Springboro resident that celebrated her 106th birthday at Hillspring Nursing Home last month. Dont miss these wonderful students introducing our segments and offering their answers to what the holiday season means to them. The show begins airing in the Dayton South viewing area for Time Warner today and will be available world wide on the internet by visiting www.mvcc.net than clicking on Streaming Archived Video, then Springboro, then view all city feature programs and then Springboro 45066 2012. November/December Heres the TV schedule for the next couple of weeks. Set your DVR to view at your leisure. Thursday, today at 6:30 pm, Sunday 11/4 at 2:30 pm, Wednesday 11/7 at 8:30 a.m., Thursday 11/8 Midnight, Saturday 11/10 at 1:00 pm and Sunday 11/11 10:00 pm. Channel 6 on Time Warner Dayton south. Special thanks to Mrs. Cammie Roark, and her incredible class. You were remarkable. Christmas in Springboro is two weeks from this weekend. The 26th annual festival starts on Friday evening, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. and runs through Sunday the 18th at 5 p.m.A 5K walk/run will take place early on Saturday

morning with the parade following at noon. For more information on the walk/run visit www.springborofestivals.org and sign up on line to be a part of this great event. Proceeds go to :Operation Santa at the Springboro Police Department. (A great cause). Its time for tickle my funny bone. This week we pick on senior citizens. (I saw a couple yesterday..I think) Seniors looking to hook up with on line ads. Big Shot that Loves to Party: Sharp 69-year-old that looks 86, loves drinking, smoking and chasing wild women but havent caught any lately my walkers been in the shop. I wear cheap cologne, smoke cheap cigars, and drink cheap whiskey. Basically Im a cheap date. Pick me up at 4 and well have dinner at your place. Ask for Rudy. Mint Condition: Male, 1932 model, high mileage, some hair, many new parts including hips, knees, cornea and valves. Not in running condition but walks well. Ask for Leroy. Foxy Lady: Sexy, fashion conscious blue haired beauty, 80s slim, 5 8 (used to be 6) need a sharp looking well dressed companion. Matching white shoes and belt a real plus. No texters please. Ask for Bernice mergewright@yahoo.com

Affirmative action should now be based on income, not race


Its time for a new system of preferences for college admissions. After decades of supporting modest race-based affirmative action policies, I know when its time to throw in the towel. The U.S. Supreme Court, now rigidly conservative, is reviewing a case that will allow it to toss out admissions policies that take account of race or ethnicity, even if its one among several other factors. And John Roberts court will probably take that opportunity, offered up by a lawsuit a white applicant filed against the University of Texas when she was denied admission. Still, thats no reason for supporters of diversity to give up on an admissions process thats more than a rubber stamp for the most privileged. Highly selective colleges that top tier of educational institutions that accept only a small percentage of applicants should start offering preferences to promising students from poor and

COMMENTARY
By Cynthia Tucker

Syndicated Columnist
working-class backgrounds, lets say family incomes under $50,000 a year. If they did that, those institutions would still draw some racial diversity (though perhaps not as much) while also helping to close the large and growing chasm between the haves and have-nots. Lets see if we can start to create a more diverse leadership cohort for American industry, politics and letters by focusing on the real divide in education: class. Drawing from lower-earning households would have the advantage of ending the bitter debates over race-based affirma-

tive action. It would be much harder to construct a rationale against giving preferences to good students who didnt grow up attending fancy private schools and going to SAT study sessions. I thought that racial preferences might have a few more years before they were tossed aside. Its only been nine years since Grutter v. Bollinger, when the Supreme Court ruled that colleges and universities could give race a small role in their admissions processes. Writing for the 5-4 majority in 2003, Justice Sandra Day OConnor included an expiration date. We expect that 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary to further the interest approved today, she said. That would have given colleges until 2028 to use race as one factor among many others, such as artistic talent or leadership skills, to increase the diversity of their

classes. But the last decade brought surprises. We elected a black president much sooner than I thought we would, proving that the nation has come a long way toward overcoming its racist past. President Obamas presence in the White House has made the old arguments about racial inequality more difficult to sustain. Lets face it: Its silly to suggest that Obamas daughters, who attend Washingtons exclusive Sidwell Friends, have endured a racially inferior educational system or racism of any sort that should earn them a preference in college admissions. Obama himself has conceded as much. It is similarly difficult to make that argument for my 14-year-old niece, who attends a top-notch private school in Houston. None of that means that the legacy of racism has evaporated, or that hundreds of thousands of

black and brown students are not still struggling to overcome educational deficits that they inherited. Since educational attainment and family incomes are inextricably linked, its no great surprise that black and brown students dont do as well on standardized tests as white students do. (The gap has narrowed over the last two or three decades, but it has not closed.) And even a cursory look at the history of this country provides a reminder about the racism that tamped down black earning power. An income-based affirmative action would reach some of those black and brown students, but it would also reach a large number of whites. That means that, proportionately, fewer students of color would benefit. But an educational system that

increasingly rewards the children of the affluent ought to be forced to set aside a few seats and scholarships for those whose parents drive school buses instead of MercedesBenzes. Meanwhile, the vast majority of ambitious students who dont get into an exclusive college will still get into a college. And thats what the country needs more of, anyway college graduates, even from schools like my notso-exclusive alma mater. Cynthia Tucker, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, is a visiting professor at the University of Georgia. She can be reached at cynthia@cynthiatucker.com COPYRIGHT 2012 CYNTHIA TUCKE. DISTRIBUTED BY UNIVERSAL UCLICK.

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