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Retired Lawrence biology teacher Stan Roth to be inducted into Kansas Teachers' Hall of Fame

I was a student in Mr. Roth's biology class the first year he taught at Lawrence H. S. (1959), and I recall him expecting a lot of us sophomores. Many of my classmates and many who graduated in the subsequent decades were inspired to pursue careers in science and teaching as a result of his enthusiasm and his personal example of intellectual curiosity and high standards of learning. As an old man today but still working as a writer and college teacher myself, I salute Stan Roth for his many years of dedicated service and wish him well in receiving this much-deserved honor. It's unfortunate we cannot clone this person to carry on his tradition of academic excellence.

Tod Roberts (LHS class of 1961)
Sarasota, Florida

April 21, 2011 at 7:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

100 years ago: Dentist suffers second stroke

Yes, Dr. Taylor was the first woman in U.S. and possibly world history to become a certified doctor of dentistry. You can read more about her here:
http://home.comcast.net/~thorsdag/Luc...

T. Roberts
Sarasota FL

September 24, 2010 at 10:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Science standards evolve again

The controversy over how to teach science or faith would disappear quickly if students learned the basics of how to think, analyze, and express themselves. Every individual should be free to make up his or her mind on this and every other issue. Unfortunately, few students in Kansas or elsewhere are held accountable for learning basic skills in logic, rational inquiry, or clear self-expression. Yet these are fundamental to successful adulthood and social order.

Let's put effort not into grand-standing debates about dogma but into strong and effective education. Teachers, parents, taxpayers, school boards ... are you paying attention?

Tod Roberts, former Lawrencian
Sarasota, Florida

February 14, 2007 at 7:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Yahoo! touts beauty of Kansas prairie preserve

Let's keep the beauties of Kansas secret and untainted. As a native of the state, now transplanted to Florida for many years, I love the prairie, but I shudder at the thought of opening it or other attractions to tourists.

If you think of this as a backward idea, just look at "Old Florida," if you can still find it. Tourism in this state has almost ruined the natural beauty of this enormous sandbar with its amazing wetlands, beaches, flora, and fauna. If the global warming alarmists are right, I look forward to the rising oceans driving out most of the coastal development and returning Florida to wilderness.

Count me anti-tourist!

T. Roberts, Sarasota FL

July 17, 2006 at 11:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Not compatible

This whole controversy over creationism, intelligent design, and evolution could be settled easily if people simply accepted the fact that some ideas are the result of UNintelligent design. Many of the people and theories I've met in more than six decades of life have provided indisputable evidence of such a designer.

Tod Roberts
Sarasota, Florida

November 30, 2005 at 10:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )