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Horoscopes: March 21, 2015

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We are still riding high on the bright energy of the new moon, the total solar eclipse and the spring equinox of yesterday, with the Aries moon leading the way with the energy of a rambunctious child. Everything is a wonder seen through new eyes. “In the springtime, the only pretty ring time, when birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding.” — William Shakespeare

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Research shows that a stressed or nervous person can focus on only a few things at a time, while a calm person can take in more details. It’s one more reason for you to make yourself comfortable.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Part of the work ahead will have to do with healing family relationships or finding new ways of handling them. Focus first on your own feelings, especially the ones you’ve tried to push down or deny.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The clock hands will smile on you. You’ll find shortcuts and ways to maximize your efforts. You’ll get the work done in half the time or fit twice the fun into your leisure hours.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Softness and weakness are not the same thing. Anyway, forceful tools and attitudes won’t work today. A warm smile will put people immediately on your side.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). People aren’t always that nice. It’s why you choose to honor the kind ones you meet along the way with exchanges of appreciation and encouragement.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). In the culture of consumerism, effective marketing of substandard goods can net more profit than quality goods with bad or no marketing. You’ll busy yourself with the homework of a savvy consumer.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Trying to get a commitment out of someone is work, while trying to engage a person in one interesting moment is play. Don’t worry – you’ll be able to string those moments together with the right person.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You’ll truly feel like the master of your destiny this year, though you should understand that, as with all master-and-servant relationships, the servant also has quite a lot of power.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). A specific and unique reaction is a kind of gift that you give to another person, letting this person know that you are paying close and special attention to the nuances of who he or she is.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’ll be tested. You have an unfair advantage in this: your sharp powers of observation. If you watch and listen closely, people usually will subtly indicate to you exactly what they want you to do or say.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You’ll be inspired by a hero. This could be one you’ve long held in high esteem or one that’s created in a moment of valor. You, too, have heroic qualities, which is why you’re so impressed.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). On your quest to being a better person, you’re usually up for making improvements. What’s needed most now has nothing to do with action and everything to do with accepting and relaxing into how you are “as-is.”

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. You’re in sync with the cosmic clock, as evidenced by the “coincidental” good luck you experience over the next six weeks. May brings the kind of personal success that vindicates past slights. You’ll raise the morale and effectiveness of your family or a group. June shows you dancing with your love. Taurus and Capricorn people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 6, 17, 42, 38 and 21.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: “The problem I’m having now is that getting along with everyone in my family and doing what a person has to do to keep a household of four running takes so much energy that I feel like I never get a break. I feel like I’ve been exhausted for nearly a decade. My husband is a kind person, but he is not very helpful or supportive. Whenever I get angry with him for being so self-centered as to expect that I’ll do everything around the house, work and take care of our children, he says, ‘At least I’m not a drug addict.’ I do not even know how to respond to that. What is an exhausted Pisces to do?”

The main thing is to sleep. Also clear the schedule to do things such as lounging around and loafing. There are many self-improvement and relationship-improvement techniques you might employ to make your life more organized or your husband more loving, but I don’t believe that will speak to your main problem as stated: exhaustion. And so, dear deeply empathetic, highly responsible, sensitive and caring Pisces, the very best thing you can do for yourself and your family might simply be to go to bed.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Aries are known for youth and vitality, and the perennially boyish charms of Matthew Broderick prove the point. This father of three with wife Sarah Jessica Parker was born when the sun and Venus were in energetic Aries, and Mercury and Mars were in artistic, sensitive Pisces – ideal aspects for an actor’s life and craft. Look for Broderick in the upcoming Neil LaBute project “Dirty Weekend.”

Horoscopes: March 20, 2015

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The new moon, the total eclipse of the sun and the spring equinox today are a fresh start, a “get out of jail free” card and a naming ceremony all in one. By the way, if you had to choose a different, more adventurous name for yourself, what would it be? Even if you only use this name when talking you-to-you, it could change your life.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You get a blast of cosmic sunshine and will continue to grow in vitality and power in the weeks to come. Already you may feel that you have the ability to see the potential in everything.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). When traffic lights aren’t working, the intersection becomes an every-man-for-himself situation. This illustrates the importance of clear communication. Be the functioning traffic light.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Face-to-face meetings will be extremely effective and well worth the trouble taken to make them happen. What you do for them may soon fade from memory, but what you do with them will stick.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). It’s like you have a velvet sack full of money, only it’s not money. It’s actually something much more valuable because it’s a currency that translates in every country without conversion. It’s love.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). A young Walt Disney once claimed to love Mickey Mouse more than any woman he’d known. Similarly, you’re falling in love with one of your own creations, and it will bring you great joy.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’ll use your natural comedic powers for good, helping people laugh at the absurd, the hypocritical and even at the painful experiences that go along with just being human.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Making people feel comfortable is a talent of yours, and you can put it to good use today, especially considering that one nervous person can ruin the vibe of the whole party.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). In a way, you’re an avenger ready to balance the scales of justice, though you’re not sure yet which methods and weapons are likely to work best for the situation.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Because you enjoy the ordinary, you are more likely to observe and experience extraordinary events. You’re headed into a cycle in which life will delight you.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The journalist Wes Izzard said, “If a man wakes up famous, he hasn’t been sleeping.” The hard work you do to gain attention for your cause, talent or project will pay off later.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). All relationships thrive on measured pacing. Reveal too much too soon, and the mystery is spoiled. Build anticipation instead. Make getting to know you a kind of adventure.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). As the sun leaves your realm, simple efforts may seem to take too much energy. When you don’t feel like it, do it anyway. Show up strong. Consistency will give more than it takes.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. Your equinox birthday is an omen for high energy, self-creation and self-declaration. You’ll lead others by being relatable and vulnerable and by connecting on the deeper levels that inspire true loyalty. Loved ones celebrate and spoil you in April. A professional win in July may inspire a new business later in the year. Scorpio and Gemini people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 1, 22, 39 and 16.

WEEKEND LOVE FORECAST: ARIES: Confrontation can be loving or unnecessarily hurtful – make a heartfelt judgment call. TAURUS: If you compare everyone to an ideal, no one will be good enough. GEMINI: You’ll enjoy a well-matched volley of lighthearted argument – proof of a good match. CANCER: Your powers of observation are your most important dating tool now. See what the others don’t, and you’re golden. LEO: It is possible to enjoy the company of a totally self-absorbed person if you are also absorbed in this person. Otherwise, it’s a pain. VIRGO: You’ll either be holding out for someone of character or asking the one you’re with to rise to the occasion. LIBRA: Be careful what you say, write or send, as it could go on record for all to see. SCORPIO: Whether you get the social graces right or wrong, you’ll have an adventure. SAGITTARIUS: They’ll compete for you whether or not you realize you’re in a position of choice. CAPRICORN: Your compassion is luminous; your selflessness, heroic. AQUARIUS: With your best match, you can do more together than the sum of what each of you could do alone. PISCES: The ambivalence of people around you inspires you to commit fully to love.

COUPLE OF THE WEEKEND: The sun and the moon in Aries punctuated by an exciting total solar eclipse begs the question: Are two Aries a good match? These fiery, passionate, ever-young energies meld into a spectacular blaze that just might burn bright and then burn out. But if they stay together, it will never be boring. The couple can be saved or ruined by their love of competition, ala Brad and Angelina in “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.”

Horoscopes: March 18, 2015

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Do you consider yourself to be a spiritual person? If so, to what degree do spiritual pursuits impact your personal rituals, schedule and views? As Mercury and Neptune conjoin in the sacred realm of Pisces, you’ll ponder such matters. Even those who do not consider themselves to be very spiritual may find themselves searching the heavens.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Finding the blessing in each circumstance is like hunting for ancient buried treasure. You don’t even know what you’re looking for, but whatever object you strike, it will pay to mentally dust it off and investigate further.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). What you want to happen will require vitality, bravery and honesty. You have it in you, and you’re ready to do the work it takes, mainly because you see the worthiness of realizing this goal.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You can’t airbrush the present, but the past and the future can get as many touchups as you want to put on them. It’s not a bad idea, either. A little glamorization won’t hurt things.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Set down the weapons you use against yourself, as they will not be required today. Neither will the weapons you use on the rest of the world. The events will unfold peaceably if you let them.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The socialites and the dilettantes can be good friends to have, but you also need a few people in your mix who are ready to get their hands dirty and go to the deeper level of an interest that will take work. This is what inspires you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). When you’re not given the advantage you would prefer, what you are given instead is the chance for an up-by-the-bootstraps story that will show you (and the world) just how resourceful you are.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Disinterest can be mighty effective in making others try harder for your attention. That’s why you sometimes choose to deal reluctantly with something or someone you secretly can’t wait to get involved with.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Unprepared? It’s to your benefit. Today you’re the perfect candidate to try a relaxed approach. Stay ready to use whatever resources show up in the moment (including your charm).

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The pursuit of pleasure won’t result in pleasure. This is because you don’t yet know what will bring you the most delight – it’s not the common or conventional thing. Today’s pleasure will come out of service to another.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). When the teller has to say “it’s a joke,” it’s not a joke. You’ll see right through lame humor and into the heart of a message. This is an opportunity for truth, and you’ll use it to set things right.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You’ll be in a contemplative mood. When you have to speak, you’ll do so with brevity and sincerity. Don’t be surprised if this makes you the most interesting person in the room.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The reason you’re not moving as fast as you want to is because your mind is burdened. The mental ball and chain strapped to your ankle has physical consequences. You also hold the key, though, so free yourself.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. Adventure, financial bonus and exciting relationships are featured through the next three months. You’re prompt, and you prefer life events to meet you in that spirit. That’s why the waiting you do in August and September may baffle you, but will ultimately turn out to be your biggest blessing of the year. Love signs are Gemini and Sagittarius. Your lucky numbers are: 5,1, 3, 16 and 42.

UNUSUAL SPIRITUAL PRACTICES: The alignment of Mercury and Neptune in spiritual Pisces brings to question the role of spirituality in our daily lives. Certain spiritual practices may seem unusual to you, but different religions, cultures and individuals connect with their higher power in different ways.

Digambara Jain monks do not own or wear any clothing. At all. Ever. They have but two holy possessions: a feather broom and a gourd for water.

In some Mormon denominations, adult devotees wear undergarments considered so sacred that even speaking of them publicly is considered offensive.

The Mevlevi Sufi Order practices “whirling” to honor God. Wearing felt hats and long flowing garments, participants enter a state of religious ecstasy by twirling until dizzy.

African sangomas believe that to harmonize the energy between the living and the dead, animal sacrifices must be made. Sangoma rituals also include chanting, drumming, dancing and potions.

Jehovah’s Witnesses maintain their identity and religious sanctity by adhering to many strict rules. The list of forbidden activities includes the celebration of any holiday including birthdays, wearing a beard, getting a blood transfusion, saying the words “good luck” and purchasing Girl Scout cookies.

Horoscopes: March 17, 2015

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May the luck of the Irish be with you this Saint Patrick’s Day, which happens under the socially uniting Aquarius moon. Also of note, Venus enters Taurus in the morning, a part of the sky that activates her cravings. Taurus is the sign of appetite, and people will be looking for sensual gratification, quality and luxury now through April 11.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). There are times when it’s better to risk, but not today. Chance will favor you because you make choices not to take chances. It’s as if chance appreciates the break.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There’s a balance to strike between what you want to do and what life seems to keep leading you into. This has to do with a piece of history that needs to be revisited and forgiven.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You’ll get the best results because you turn it into a competition or because you realize you’re already in one. The challenge will be difficult, uncomfortable, exhilarating and productive.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You don’t have to be fearful or tense. Your risk will be minimized by a safety net. When you feel like you have nothing to lose because you’ll be saved if you falter, you do much better.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You’ll enjoy small talk and casual relationships now. A casual relationship that happens on a regular schedule will at times be more intimate than relationships in your inner circle.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The family member who is misbehaving will get some of your focus, but try not to dwell there. You have better things to do with your thoughts and better emotions to feel, too.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The thing is, you won’t know how much kindness is necessary for the situation, but it’s probably more than most people are applying. Anyway, you won’t be sorry if you give a little too much.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Change is much more strenuous than lazily pulling the covers over our head and staying in the cocoon of the life we’ve built thus far. This day pushes you up and out because you want the change badly enough.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). It doesn’t matter that they behave in illogical ways. Your own illogical reaction will be that you try to help and love them anyway. In this case, two wrongs do make a right.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Getting back on track might simply be a matter of making friends who have as much ambition as you have or used to have or want to have. They are out there. Put the word out.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). When you let go, you create space for something else to move in to your life. That doesn’t make letting go any easier, but it should make it more of a hopeful process.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You wouldn’t bet against yourself, and that’s what you’re doing if you project a negative and fearful view of the future. No worrying! This thing isn’t as major as your mind wants to make it.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. You’ll be proud of yourself at the end of this year for how hard you worked and how much you were able to accomplish. Stick with a tested plan for the next seven weeks – that’s how you’re going to be successful. After that, you can experiment, explore and push the boundaries. May and July are the most romantic months. Cancer and Scorpio people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 2, 33, 37 and 19.

FORGET YOUR TROUBLES, COME ON, GET LUCKY, PART TWO: Shamrocks, leprechauns and the color green aren’t the only symbols that bring luck during this celebration of all things Irish. What talisman could your sign carry and keep to inspire greater fortunes? See the archives for yesterday’s part one report for Aries through Virgo! LIBRA: The mystic star is a seven-pointed star that not only represents your number of the zodiac, but also the seven treasures of the kings: wealth, happiness, love, luck, wisdom, respect and glory. SCORPIO: Your magnetic personality attracts greater fortune with actual magnets, especially naturally magnetic lodestone, also called magnetite. SAGITTARIUS: Dice are your lucky charm. These ancient game pieces have been used since before recorded history. They will remind you that in the risky game of life, anything can happen. CAPRICORN: Jade speaks to your earthy nature, and like you, it stays cool even when everything around it is hot. AQUARIUS: A good-luck compass tells you which direction to move for luck, love, money and more. There’s even an app version that suits your techno-style. PISCES: Pet fish bring good luck to you, specifically a goldfish or multiple gold fish. Note, it is said that for every eight goldfish, you should add one black one to the aquarium for temperance.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Happy birthday to Rob Lowe, whose Hollywood life has been filled with the kind of poignancy, thrills, danger, political activism, comedy and romance that one might expect to see in the movies. The Pisces actor with Mercury and Jupiter in fiery Aries writes skillfully about it all in “Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography.”

Horoscopes: March 16, 2015

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Uranus and Pluto are playing a high-stakes game the likes of which will not be repeated for more than three decades. For this one, we’ll need to be daring and courageous, willing to do what’s radical, rebellious and even ridiculous. Note that sometimes acceptance, deep and real, can be the most radical move of all.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). This age-old business dictum will apply to you today: Sell them what they want; give them what they need. Also, note that it’s your attitude and not your skill level that will make a difference in your income.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You are capable of being fiendishly clever but will use your powers for good. Mostly you see the value of charming a certain someone, and this person is ready for your best moves.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). With those you love, there is a kind of “logic-free” zone today. You’re willing to extend your grace to include the things they say that don’t make total sense, as much of it won’t.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). What’s required is a perspective shift toward the lighter side. It’s a game, and you’ll go out there and win the game once you’ve approached it for the game it is.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). They might not like your ideas today, and that’s nothing to take personally, though it might bug you only because you know how right you really are. Approach again and tell them, “Let’s rework it.”

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). What you want to do has been done before and to great effect, and so all you have to do is tell your people how well it went. Describe in detail the wonderful future that awaits.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The actions of the day bring both intended and unintended consequences. The less you try to control it the better. Grace will land you in interesting circumstances.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You have a tendency to overlook that which you know very well. You need good friends around you who will point out the qualities they admire in you, which are likely the ones you are blind to now.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The tendency under this sky will be to stew and obsess on things. There may be an intellectual or comic benefit to doing so, but that doesn’t make it healthy.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Egyptian pharaohs weren’t the only people to bury themselves with their belongings as if it were possible to take it with them. Your realization that it’s all borrowed stuff will guide your choices today.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). It’s no use holding a mental seance for something you know is safely, patently gone. For you, this message is a reminder, but for the one who is obsessing about you, it’s a directive.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). For a while now, you’ve wanted to create some art. It’s not a matter of getting a chance; it’s a matter of seeing the chance. Try making quick things out of the sources available to you in any moment.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. You set your expectations of this year accordingly and find joy and satisfaction in many experiences. You have a gift for bringing people together to celebrate or make a difference in the world, and you’ll earn a role as a go-to social planner. April brings a windfall; June, a romantic surprise. Aquarius and Sagittarius people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 2, 24, 31, 29 and 50.

FORGET YOUR TROUBLES, COME ON, GET LUCKY: Tomorrow’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration will happen under a friendly Aquarius moon, promoting goodwill, good fun and good luck. Shamrocks, the color green and leprechauns aren’t the only symbols that bring luck during this celebration of all things Irish. What talisman could your sign carry and keep to inspire greater fortunes? ARIES: The seeds of a puffy dandelion say that luck is in the air. Capture them in a glass to remind you that everything can change with a wish. TAURUS: Lentils are lucky, which is why in many cultures they are eaten on the first day of the year. Carry a few dried ones in your pocket for prosperity. GEMINI: A $2 bill in your wallet speaks to your duality and attracts money-doubling. CANCER: Driftwood is a beautiful call to your water-sign nature. LEO: Because your sign rules the heart, heart-shaped rocks that are naturally carved by wind and water speak to you. Collect as many as you see. VIRGO: A symbol of Lady Luck (typically a curvy bombshell swinging from a horseshoe) is another dimension of the maiden your sign is named for. Stay tuned for part two, Libra through Pisces, tomorrow!

CELEBRITY PROFILES: On this day in 1751, the father of the United States Constitution, the author of the Bill of Rights and the fourth American president, James Madison, was born. The sun was in Pisces, a highly intuitive, compassionate and theatrical placement, while Madison’s moon was in intensely motivated Scorpio. Mercury, his communication planet, was in Aquarius, which is the sign of the people.

Horoscopes: March 14, 2015

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Saturn goes retrograde and will continue this way until August. This change will not be as noticeable as the retrogrades of other planets and may even be experienced as a relief. Retrogrades tend to turn energy inward. Saturn retrogrades inspire people to work out their problems privately, which, for most, is the preferred method.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). It’s said that the smallest good deed is greater than the grandest intention. You’ll prove the point today with something you do spontaneously and unselfconsciously.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). If you can’t find time to exercise today, exercise your insides with laughter. Laughter makes your health better and your life longer. When you laugh, it’s because you can relate. It’s like your common sense is dancing.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The altitude of your aim will make all the difference. You may not reach that flag, aircraft or star you’re shooting for, but you’ll get much further than the person trying to shoot at something on the same plane.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). All the seemingly good advice you hear today quite realistically is not. It’s because you can’t win in the future by doing the same things that worked in the past. Be inventive.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Experience may be the best teacher, but her methods are not for the faint of heart. The strong (like you) won’t mind how she tests you first and teaches you second.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There are a lot of talkers around you. Don’t be seduced by their pretty words, because words are not enough. What people do only matters if they really do it.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). “What could have been?” is a question that seldom produces many helpful insights. The tendency is to fill in the blanks with a projection of a highly unlikely reality that is more glamorous and prosperous than this one.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You may feel that you are being experimented on, and that is not entirely untrue. But don’t be too paranoid. Instead, give the experimenter a run for his money.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). It’s not like you’re trying to fit in, but when you happen to go where people think, believe and do as you do, it’s a natural byproduct of the experience. Enjoy the perks that come with this, including close friendships.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’ll be tempted to go in for a quick fix. It might be the right answer for you, but don’t do it unless you’re sure. Examine all of your options first. You’ll regret acting out of impulsivity.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You have a unique way of connecting ideas and understanding the relationship between things. Some will find your methods “trippy,” but that won’t keep them from admiring and respecting you.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The pressure to be happy is too immense. Don’t succumb. People are not always as happy as they seem. Social media lies, and so does your internal voice at times.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. What you’re looking for will be less important than the journey. As soon as you win at one game, you’ll be on to the next. Power players will teach you the ropes in May. June will bring a windfall. Visitors will spice up your June. September will be a magical month during which improbable things will happen for you. Capricorn and Virgo people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 2, 22, 28 and 39.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: “For the past few years, I seem to be more in tune with the flow of nature, people and circumstances. I was born May 5, 1954, at 7:49 a.m. in Pasadena and was always very intuitive. About 20 years ago, I began working for large firms with all the technology that entails, but lately I’ve been drawn back to a simpler and greener life – and to using my favorite old film camera again. I’m even thinking of changing careers. Recently, I have had many dreams about flying, nature and history. And in the conscious world, animals of every kind respond to me as if I’m one of their own. What is going on?”

Beautiful! You’re spreading your roots. Taurus people feel most alive in the natural world, and as your life so beautifully illustrates, people can come back to their true nature at any time. Simplicity, animals, artistry, peaceful time spent in the wild – they’re all immensely satisfying to the Taurus-born. Your heightened sensitivity to the natural world and your gift for translating this artistically are evident. As the year progresses, revel in the different avenues for self-expression you’re discovering. You’re onto something.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Early in his life, Albert Einstein struggled to harness and focus his extraordinary genius and was expelled from school. One of the greatest scientific thinkers of all time, Einstein was born under a Sagittarius moon. His natal Mercury, Venus and Saturn were in headstrong, curious Aries. His Jupiter in Aquarius suggests that his fortune came from a sincere sense of indebtedness to humanity.

Horoscopes: March 13, 2015

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Aristotle observed that reality looks different when experienced through various emotions. That’s why one can never assume that the others involved in an event are having a similar experience. The Pisces sun alerts us to tune in, check in and empathize with the intention of giving what’s needed wherever it’s needed most.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Integrate your talents instead of choosing between them. Anyone who tries to limit your activities isn’t being a friend right now, because you have the ability to do several things at once.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There is no success without failure. No one feels good without the contrast of feeling bad. If you keep your attitude on track with the positive, the contrasts in this day will only make you stronger.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You build your reputation with each action you take. Little by little, day by day, your legacy is coming together. Tonight, someone new to your situation will give you a fresh point of view.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You don’t want to “cry wolf,” and yet, in order to truly understand the strength of your support system, you have to put it to the test. Implement some version of a fire alarm.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Follow an orderly process, and you’ll be lucky. It will require more preparation than you think. In fact, most of the day will be spent in preparation for something that will unfold in less than an hour.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Heed the physical manifestation of hesitancy: a tightness in the throat and chest and/or a heaviness in the arms. While your ambition tries to push you forward, your intuition may hold you back.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). We all think things that should not be said out loud, but some people haven’t developed the social filter necessary to keep conversation polite. Luckily, your friends have you to keep them in check.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You love your family today, and you’ll treat most people you meet like they are a part of it. Domestic projects will be lucky, as will anything to do with feeding your people.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). What’s in your mind cannot be observed by anyone else, and today that’s a good thing, because you’re working on what truly belongs to you. Don’t share it. The world isn’t ready for it yet.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Wishes are not goals, but if you add a timeline, they will be. Tonight features an unexplainable spiritual bond. In the upcoming weeks, you’ll become more and more convinced that you belong together.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Your enthusiasm is catching. Your joy needs no qualifiers. It will open people up and make them feel like unleashing their own natural exuberance.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’ll get better results when you ease up on yourself. Approve of yourself with that same generous approval you so readily give to others. Tonight will bring the end of a struggle.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. The next three months are a makeover for your life. You’ll fix the bothersome parts and celebrate three distinct wins. In June, a quest will take you to gorgeous locations where you’ll connect with interesting people. July brings a disruption to your plans, and the result you get in August will make it all worthwhile. Capricorn and Scorpio people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 33, 1, 14 and 18.

WEEKEND LOVE FORECAST: ARIES: Happiness doesn’t come along every day. If there’s someone who makes you happy, treasure that person. TAURUS: You never know who is falling in love with your smile. GEMINI: As you search for love, keep this in mind: People who always do what they want are much weaker than those who regularly do what they don’t want. CANCER: They say people can’t make other people happy — that happiness is something generated from within. That premise will be disproved this weekend. LEO: Unlike cookies, you can’t copy a recipe for love, because there’s so much variation in the ingredients different people bring to the table. VIRGO: You wouldn’t believe who has a crush on you. You just wouldn’t believe it. LIBRA: Gold has no value until a human puts a price tag on it. Don’t be like that. Don’t wait for others to tell you what you’re worth. SCORPIO: When you laugh, you do it with your whole heart. That’s why loved ones laugh with you. SAGITTARIUS: When the ones you love are happy, you’re happy, too. CAPRICORN: Freedom means different things to different people. The restrictions you impose on yourself are more stringent than any imposed on you. AQUARIUS: Even though you have many attractive qualities, your humor will shine the brightest. PISCES: An intimidating someone is waiting for you to break the ice.

COUPLE OF THE WEEKEND: As the earthy Capricorn moon and the watery Pisces sun collaborate to cool down the fiery cosmic alliances of late, the natives of these two signs will feel increasingly attracted to one another. Capricorn is just the balance that Pisces needs, bringing structure, a winning attitude and a workable plan to the picture. Pisces paints Capricorn’s world with color, art, whimsy and deep emotions.

Horoscopes: March 12, 2015

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When people change the subject, it can seem random, but it’s usually for a good reason. The universe is the same. Mercury’s shift from Aquarius to Pisces will be like changing the channel from the news to a Ted Talk. Don’t let the new programming throw you. You’ll still learn from it. The information will just hit a different part of your brain.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You admire self-control. That’s why you relate more readily to a person who is apparently struggling to hold back emotions and remain decorous than you do to someone who displays every passing feeling.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You wish your emotions had a volume control knob that you could twist at your leisure. Maybe they do! The more you practice the better you manage your feelings.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your sense of humor will send a message: You’ve already risen above the petty squabbles and whatever other unpleasantness happens to be standing in the way of a good time.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Everyone has insecurities about where they stand in a group. Your sensitivity to the topic will endear you to those who feel anxious and unsure of their standing. They are learning to trust you, and you are learning to lead them.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You lived it, and you can’t unlive it. But you can put a new frame on this little piece of history – one that goes better with the new paint on the walls of your psyche.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You may feel like you have to hide your true identity, but that’s not a horrible plight. Pretending to be less than who you are is the fate of all superheroes.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Avoid argument. A peaceful aura is attractive. In the evening, a loved one will impress you. Be sure to voice your feelings and share them. This person could use the validation.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Mistakes will happen during practice. Actually, mistakes are the very essence of practice. If there are no mistakes, it only means you’re not stretching enough.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You don’t really need a rescue, but someone will offer you help, and you would be wise to take it. Not only will it make your life easier, but the “helper” will get more from the experience than you will.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). When the machines won’t let you accomplish what you need to do, it’s a sign. Instead of calling technical support, which could take hours, move on to the next (non-digital and ultimately rewarding) task.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Let someone in on your driving ambition, because help is all around you. With the support of a team, your best qualities will shine: a light heart, a witty tongue and a heartwarming laugh.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You have more charisma than you know what to do with. There are people out there gauging their social status by how much attention and affection they get from you.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. The biggest difference manifests because you take time for yourself every day this year. As your understanding of and relationship with your “self” deepens, so will your relationships with others. Love is a big theme starting in June, and you’ll move and change because of this. May and July are your biggest money months. Leo and Scorpio people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 1, 14, 38, 22 and 19.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: “I’m a photographer, and I feel like I’ve gone creatively dead. Last week, I went out to take some pictures in a field I often use and brought two models with me. Nothing seemed to work or get me creatively sparking like it used to. I’ve lost my mojo, and the calls aren’t coming in. How can I get it back? I’m a Scorpio.”

Consider taking a break from models and fields to document the bits of your usual daily life. Scorpios have a talent for seeing deeply into ordinary things. But this is such a natural part of you that you tend to take it for granted. You often don’t even realize that what you see is different from what others see. Documenting a regular part of your typical day will help you appreciate what it means to be you and see like you do.

Ideas about what to document: a month of your breakfasts, the inside of your closet, the light from your favorite window at different times of day, the eyes of your favorite person – just the eyes – in a variety of moods. Put your mind to it, and you’ll come up with dozens of “studies” that will bring your mojo back!

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Sweet-voiced, soulful Pisces James Taylor has become a musical diplomat, serenading victims of terrorism and war. The multiple Grammy winner and occasional actor was born under a Pisces sun and an Aries moon. Each element of the zodiac is represented in his natal chart, suggesting varied interests and a well-rounded point of view.

Horoscopes: March 11, 2015

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Mars lines up with Uranus and then forms a square to Pluto, and the musical score goes “dum, dum, DUUUUUM!!!” Watch your step, choose your battles, and when things don’t feel quite right to you, do not hesitate to cross to the other side of the proverbial street. The best way to handle trouble is by avoiding it altogether.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Listen between the lines. In today’s case, “That might be possible, we’ll try our best . . .” may actually mean, “That seems pretty unlikely, and hopefully you’ll be satisfied with less.”

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). What one person considers direct, honest and necessary, another person may deem blunt, rude and unnecessarily hurtful. Test your audience before you choose your communication style.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Ask your question, and then wait and listen for the real answer. Don’t telegraph the answer you desire, or it will stop you from hearing the truth of what’s actually happening.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Your gift from the cosmos is the gift of interpretation. You assign personal meaning to impersonal omens. You figure out what someone’s random acts mean to your life.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Statistics measure the past but can’t predict the future. It will be helpful to know about the past, because this will provide a rich context for the leap of faith you are about to take – a leap that flies in the face of historical evidence.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The one who imparts a forceful and persistent vision will change the direction of a group. You’re still not sure whether you want that to be you or not. Take your time.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Right now there are more than seven billion lifetimes happening at the same time on this planet. A few of them are going to cross purposes with yours. Just remember, without challenges there are no adventures.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Today will bring the reality check you need. You don’t have to earn your worthiness. You were born with it. You have every right to speak up and push back, so do it unapologetically.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Ideas are fun to spin, but to manifest them in your physical environment, you have to make agreements with the truth and reality around you. Truth and reality are the foundational blocks you can build on.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’ll do the things that make you nervous. Don’t bother calming yourself down, because the nerves are precisely what will help people drop their defenses and relate to you on a human level.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Top performers know that you can’t always wait until your mood fits the task at hand. Neither can you rest on your personality and reputation. Whatever you lack in the moment, perform it. Pretending will make it so.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You are tempted to purchase a service that you don’t need. Is this a selfish splurge? Maybe and maybe not. If it makes you feel better and doesn’t put anyone else out, then go for it.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. This year you’ll be sunshine in the lives of those who need it. The next seven weeks amplify your passion, and you’ll be most persuasive – apply it to getting something big. April brings a seemingly high-risk opportunity (the odds are secretly and definitely in your favor). June features new friends and great love. Leo and Cancer people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 15, 26, 33 and 5.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: “My Taurus husband wants a divorce. I don’t want to get divorced because I consider that to be giving up. Also, I will feel like a failure at life if I can’t make my marriage work. Also, I’m afraid of how my three boys will be affected – a 5-year-old Gemini and two 8-year-old Capricorns. I do understand that we don’t have fun anymore as a family and that my husband and I have not had much between us for over a year. He wants to move on, and he thinks we’ll all be better off. Is there any way to save it? I’m a Gemini.”

If you fight your Taurus husband on this matter, he will only dig his heels in and become even more convinced that he is right. If he is to come around, it will have to be of his own accord. Your best bet is to get into a happy place with yourself and your boys. This may sound impossible at this juncture, but it’s well within your ability. Go on a vacation. Have fun. Get moving. Join a gym, take up karate or start a hiking club with your girlfriends. Make your own healing your No. 1 priority.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: The Madden Brothers, Benji and Joel Madden, turned the hard knocks and family pain of their youth into the music that ultimately liberated them from the financial and emotional hardship of their past. The creativity and soul of their natal sun and Mars in Pisces mixes well with the fiery theatricality of a Leo moon. Venus in Aquarius shows a strong impetus to “pay it forward.”

Horoscopes: March 10, 2015

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The particular kind of fiery cosmic harmony that’s happening between Mars and Jupiter is not going to happen again this year, so be sure to act on the bourgeoning bold feelings. Go at your situation from a new angle. Ask a different question. Decide to play a fresh role in the scene and watch how this transforms the main action.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). There are things you want to do that your life isn’t allowing for right now. Good news: There will be time later. Hopefully, knowing this, you’ll be able to focus joyfully on your current responsibilities.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Riding the tide is easier in a friendly ocean. Do some research before jumping into a new situation. Ask around for personal recommendations. There are many choices out there, and some will be better than others.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You will get what you want, but not all at once. The small increments are a kind of test. When you’re grateful for each part of the blessing, blessings will keep coming.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Get back in touch with your values and preferences. They’ve changed, and that’s why a decision has been difficult for you. Once you’re clear again about what matters to you most, deciding will be easy.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You’ll walk the line between being super-responsible and being the kind of person just about everyone can relate to. Because people feel they can trust you while still having fun, you’ll win friends and new business.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Whether you’re trying to motivate colleagues, entice customers or simply ask a favor of someone, take time to set a mood first. A beautiful environment could be the difference between success and failure.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Some parts of the day will go according to schedule, and some will not. Keep your cool. An attitude of flexibility and friendliness will establish trust and promote good will.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Listen up! Loud silence will tell you more than soft words, especially when you’re communicating with a water sign (which are Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces).

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The best advice, input or direction you get will be downplayed. The magic words to listen for are, “This might sound crazy, but . . .” The phrase may come from your own psyche.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You forge bonds with very few words and build instant rapport. You hesitate to use your talent for connecting with people for personal gain, though. There’s good reason to stop being so self-effacing. Get on your own team!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Those who have great virtues are also capable of having great vices. That’s why it’s important not to place anyone on a pedestal. We are all equals with different circumstances.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’ll be dealing with people who want to please you today. If you really want to know what they think, don’t share your own thoughts first. You’ll be surprised at what you learn.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. People like what you’re about. You’ll double your support base over the next 10 weeks. April brings heart-soaring adventure. You get serious about a personal goal in May. Pursue a business, product or invention in June, and continue working on it until you’re satisfied your work has made the world a better place. Cancer and Sagittarius people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 1, 8, 28, 4 and 15.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: “Please tell me the best way to deal with my psycho ex-wife. She makes my life miserable at every turn. We have been divorced for 12 years, and she is still at war with me, even though she has remarried twice in that time period. As far as I can tell, she got her law degree simply so she could make my life a legal nightmare. She always makes it difficult for me to see my children, she turns them against me, and she bleeds me dry financially. Please help. She’s a Virgo, and I’m a Taurus.”

As two earth signs, you have similar values, which can make negotiations tough: You both want the same thing, mainly your children’s well-being, love and respect. Consider that you may be more stubborn than you want to admit, and try to own up to your part in this drama, if only to yourself. The honesty will help you stay calm and balanced. Avoid a fight. Give in wherever you possibly can, especially on the minor details that matter so much to her. Try to be civil even when she is not. Take heart in knowing that you will only be tied to her until your children are grown. The end is in sight.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Carrie Underwood was feeling “too pregnant” to attend the Grammys this year, but the Pisces superstar was thrilled to win. The accomplished and yet still relatable country music superstar was born when the sun and Mercury were in Pisces, indicating strong intuitive guidance. Her Venus and Mars in Aries brings the endless energy she’ll need for juggling motherhood and a busy career.

Horoscopes: March 09, 2015

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When the questions we ask yield unsatisfactory answers, the smart way is to resist the futile tactic of trying again with the same question over and over. Mars and Jupiter are coming together to form an auspicious fire-sign trine to inspire new questions, accompanied by the boldness to ask them. The answers will break our problems wide open.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). For now, it’s foolish to worry about consistency. You’re evolving. For all you know, you could have a completely opposite opinion tomorrow, and that’s fine. The important thing is that you trust yourself along the way.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your success is riding on the way you talk to yourself and how you react to your own thoughts. When you get your inside game going right, your outside game will follow suit.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). When you talk about your friends, you put them in the best light possible, and they do the same for you. This habit is bringing your group closer together. More people will want to be a part of it.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). No one can know everything. Admitting when you don’t know (especially when it seems that everyone else does know) takes high self-esteem and a lack of ego.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Try to remember your dreams. The frustration of your dreams will show you the frustration in your life – ditto with the good parts. You will first solve a problem subconsciously, and then solving it actually will be easy.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). It doesn’t matter how great your product or service is if no one knows about it and no one buys it. You’ll get the word out in both traditional and more innovative ways today, and what follows is that you get the success you seek.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). There’s a reason the idea keeps coming back to you. Stop pondering and get started. You may not feel like now is the right time, but if you wait until the feeling is perfect, you’ll wait all year.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Self-promotion isn’t really about you. It’s about showing the world how you can help. If you know you have something valuable to offer, then failing to offer it is a theft from those who need you most.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Steer clear of blanket judgments. If you listen to them, they will dull your mind, and if you spout them, they will dull the way you are perceived by others. Instead, be specific. Say what you really feel. Be you.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). It’s easy to get down at this time, and that’s why when you opt for the more difficult choice, cheerfulness, you’ll show your superior character (and attract others of the same ilk).

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Your day feels like one long Internet surfing session. One link leads to the next, interests connect, the world enlarges, and you get a taste of many different sensibilities.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The appearance of talented young people on the scene will influence events. All will adjust to make way for new ideas. Today you’ll be deciding your role in this.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. Your ambitions cannot be fulfilled alone, and you’ll get comfortable delegating, partly because you won’t ask anything of them that you would not gladly, proudly do yourself. Bonus money comes this month. April brings new responsibilities. An exciting trade happens in August. You’ll gain wisdom and spiritual insight. Scorpio and Aquarius people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 14, 4, 33, 39 and 50.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: “I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to trust another man again. And if I do, it won’t be a Capricorn. It turns out that my soon-to-be-ex-husband was cheating on me for years with not one, but TWO different women. And until a few weeks ago, I never suspected a thing. He covered his tracks so well! What should a Scorpio soon-to-be-divorcee do next? I want to get it right this time!”

Branding all Capricorn men as possible cheaters is not fair! Most Capricorn men are decent, honest and hardworking. Just because one match didn’t work out doesn’t mean you couldn’t create a better relationship with another person of the same sign. But that’s not what’s most important now. A year off of dating is the best “next move.” You’re not even divorced yet! You’re still spinning from all the new information you’ve recently received. Furthermore, you need time to process what has gone on in your marriage. Take responsibility for your part in it so that you don’t think of yourself as a victim who’s been wronged. You’re a powerful creator, Scorpio. One of your symbols is the phoenix, and like that magnificent and magical bird, you will rise up from the ashes renewed.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Pisces is the sign of dreamy imagination, blithe spirit and deep empathy – qualities that Pisces actress Juliette Binoche brings to every project, whether she’s starring with the most famous monster in the world, Godzilla, or in a heartfelt drama like the recent “Nobody Wants the Night.” Binoche has her natal Mercury and Mars in Pisces, too, adding to the ethereal innocence she radiates at every age.

Horoscopes: March 08, 2015

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When archeologists unearth the secrets of human history, they can’t help but simultaneously destroy the pristine arrangement of artifacts. That’s why meticulous record keeping is fundamental to the job. Considering this busy Libra moon’s various interactions, careful documentation will later help us reconstruct this blur of a day.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Sometimes it’s fun, but more often, making yourself remarkable takes arduous effort. Because you’re willing to go through the difficulty of mastering your talent, you’ll take the praise and awards in stride, too.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You have limits just like everyone else, but your limitations are not where you think they are. In fact, the boundaries are so movable, you shouldn’t even think about them. Instead, follow your curious mind.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You want truth. You want it more than money or even love. It’s not an everyday quest. There are times when too much truth can be a burden. But it’s perfect for now, and you’ll get what you seek.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). There is no reason to feel lost in the big world or afloat in the vast universe. Because the only thing you can experience right now is you, assume you’re at the center of it all, and turn it into a place that reflects you.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You’ll find the outside world to be neither inherently helpful nor hurtful, and neither is it beautiful or ugly. Rather, it’s a neutral place awaiting your take on it. Once you decide what you want to see, you’ll see it.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’re a kind of one-man band now, using technology to do many things at the same time. Does it have to be this way? It’s certainly less complicated than it would be otherwise. At least you don’t have to report to anyone else.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You’re curious about what you can become through thinking and action. Answer: anything you want to be, but not everything you want to be. You’ll focus on one thing and deliver.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You will air grievances and let them go. That doesn’t mean you’ll go back to the way things were before the problem came up. Relationships will heal, but the healing will change them, too.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The natural world is a living mystery, full of clues. You’ll read the signs in nature and feel a great sense of connection when you figure out where those signs are pointing.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). If you had a personal sound effect today, it would be the sound of tumultuous applause, because so much of what you do will be met with enthusiastic approval. Your status is on the rise.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). There is not another church or creed on Earth that could inform you as well as your own intuition. It may be telling you to “do nothing at all,” and if so, that is as valid an instruction as any.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The ocean tide may be mighty, but it’s a kind of drone really, obeying the gravitational pull of the moon. You and the moon have something in common now. You’re both more powerful than you realize.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. You’ve been afraid to share your vivid imagination for fear of what others will think. Well, the smart ones will think you’re a genius, so share! An inspiring person makes you work harder, and by the end of April, you’ll shine and win an award for it, too. June blesses your personal life, and July makes you richer. Taurus and Gemini people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 35, 28, 4, 14 and 11.

FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: Feeling ambitious? This is a week when wishes become purposes. Airy-fairy dreams are netted and brought down so you can secure them to a newly poured concrete foundation. Imaginative realities get written down on paper, cast in clay molds or built into 3D virtual realities so others can play inside them. So who is insisting that the ethereal, dreamy tendencies of the Pisces sun get so realistic? In the early week, it has a lot to do with a fiery trine of Mars and Jupiter that serves to energize desire, set passion aflame and obliterate limitations.

Midweek, the lucky dust settles on the first signs of complication. There’s a Uranus alignment and then strife with Pluto that promises to stir up trouble. Here’s the good news: Trouble is easily avoided for those who heed their instincts. The Pisces sun gives intuition a stronger voice. On Thursday, Mercury crosses into psychic Pisces, too, further helping the situation. When you sense trouble, cross to the other side of the street.

But let’s say you don’t avoid the trouble, instead opting to take it on. In that case, just remember that without challenge, there is no adventure.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: “CSI: Cyber” star James Van Der Beek is a Pisces actor with his communication planet also in the sign of the fish. Was it fate that brought him to acting? He decided to try out for his school play after a serious football injury took him out of the sport. This twist of fate helped him find his passion for performing. Van Der Beek’s natal Saturn, the lessons planet, is in Leo, the sign of show business.

Horoscopes: March 07, 2015

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It takes two flints to make a fire and two people to tango, and “it takes two to make a thing go right.” The Libra moon brings our attention to partnership and all that can be accomplished by working with another. Sure, there’s work that’s best accomplished solo, but even those activities will be a lot more fun when you involve someone else.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). If people aren’t responding the way you wish they would, maybe it’s not you – maybe it’s them. There are many who simply don’t understand the things you’re so good at.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Oddly, when you don’t expect to be paid for a job, you’ll approach it with more joy. An interesting relationship begins with your expert service to another person who desperately needs it.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You don’t bore easily because you’re always looking into the deeper layers of what’s going on. Write down your observations about life because they will add depth to a future project.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). The people who think it’s important to be right are actually quite wrong about that. Letting go of the need to be right will liberate your energy and vitality.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Once you bond, you don’t easily separate from a person. Today you have nearly telepathic abilities with someone you’re firmly attached to, and all you discuss will serve to further cement the tie.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There are many types of bathing. You’ll bathe not only in water, but also in music, attention, beauty, intellect and love. So many wonderful things will wash over you that you will feel blessed, indeed.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You get better at a game each time you play it. When it’s over, sign up for another round. Courtship is a kind of game, too, and it’s one you’ll enjoy this weekend.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You’re foolproof today – you absolutely can’t be fooled unless you choose to fool yourself. There might be good reasons for doing that. If you do go along with a falsehood, it will probably be in the name of compassion.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Fewer commitments mean less stress. Less stress means greater joy. Greater joy means extra powers of attraction. Extra powers of attraction mean more love.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). There’s a reason why life seems to go in slow motion when you encounter someone very attractive. Rushing around is for amateurs. Calm down, move slowly, enjoy your time, and get there early.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Just because a task is difficult doesn’t mean it will earn you points. Some of the easiest jobs will earn you adoring attention, like the job of listening carefully to others and helping them feel how important they are.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Kindred souls are all around, though you’ll have to look for them. When you find one who fits the profile, get all the relevant information to keep in touch. This is special. It’s a sign that there are many more out there.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. Your cosmic birthday present is remarkable clarity of mind. Apply it to April’s important decisions. Stressful burdens will be lifted in May, allowing you greater powers of self-discipline that enable you to establish positive habits. Your relationships with people of a different generation will make you rich in many ways. Cancer and Scorpio people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 20, 10, 24, 3 and 15.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: “I’m a Scorpio. You wrote that honesty is liberating for Scorpios, and I’ve been practicing radical honesty lately. I love it. I told my sister that her stories are boring, my mom that her cornbread is dry and my girlfriend that I liked her old haircut better. Guess what? My sister won’t talk to me, my girlfriend broke up with me, and Mom is making me make my own food. If honesty is so great, why does everyone hate it except me? Should I just go back to pretending?” Sharing your negative opinions is honesty for amateurs and total jerks. Anyone can point out people’s flaws and tear down their mood and self-esteem. A person of good character is usually looking for (and finding!) something nice to say that will build people up. As for the liberating kind of honesty, it’s usually something that starts with telling the truth to yourself. For instance, maybe you can look deep into your own heart and psyche and ask: What is it that’s really bothering me that would make me want to alienate the people who love me? You may find the answer to that question liberating, indeed.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Look for Jenna Fischer in the upcoming drama “Kiss Me.” The versatile Pisces is perhaps best known for her role as Pam Beesley in the hit television series “The Office.” With Mercury, Venus and Jupiter in Aquarius, Fischer feels strongly compelled to help those who cannot help themselves, especially animals who need advocates. Fischer fosters animals and hosts events to raise money for animal rescue.

Horoscopes: March 06, 2015

The Gilmer Free Press

Tending to personal responsibilities will take most of the day, but evening will bring a fresh perspective, as the lunar shift from Virgo to Libra brings a mood change. Letting loose will seem all the more imperative with the contrast of a hard day’s work. Also, the Libra lunar influence urges us to include friends and potential partners in the fun.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). An African proverb says, “He who is carried on another’s back does not appreciate how far off the town is.” That’s why you only carry those who truly need the lift.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You wonder sometimes whether you are making a choice or the choice is making you. This is the dilemma of the day, and your mindfulness of it will profoundly affect the future.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Do not proceed under the supposition that it’s supposed to be a good time. Is family involved? Weird friends? Difficult co-workers? Expect that it’s going to be a problem that’s just the right size for you to solve brilliantly.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). If you put the effort into being extremely clean, tidy and organized, you will also reap the benefit of this. You’ll be respected and well thought of. You’ll be chosen for something important.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). When life teeters on the edge of boring, surprise chaos will liven things up. Whew! That was close. It will take extra effort to set things straight again, but you’ll be laughing the whole time.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You are favored for the win in whatever games and battles you take on. Before you agree to the fight, make sure the win is worth fighting for. Make sure it’s something that would benefit you in the long run. Think it through.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The good thing about getting more money than you were expecting (a rare and wonderful cosmic gift of the day) is that it not only gives you more options, but it also gives you more hope.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You don’t practice childish ways, because you are past that age. As for your colleagues, you’ll have to set an example and hope that they will follow. The day will bring a minor intervention.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Animals puff up when they are threatened. Fur or feathers stand on end; fish take in more air to appear bigger; people do the same thing. When you see this reaction, ask: What is this person afraid of?

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Partnerships are either a pain or an adventure. There is no in-between today, so don’t expect things to coast along. Tonight, open up your mind and heart, and something unexpected will happen.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You want to present something different to your people, but before you do, it’s good to adjust your expectations of their reactions. Some like change; some don’t. Everyone will need time to process the information.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Stick with the funny people. Laughter not only heals; it massages your insides. That’s why the silliness and comedy you pursue (even when you are supposed to be working) are worthy endeavors.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. This year you adapt to different circumstances. At first you’ll fit in, and then you’ll take charge, and ultimately you’ll thrive. The next seven weeks show you getting a specialized education. Invest in June. You’ll be promoted in an arena that matters to you in August. Family will celebrate you in September. Cancer and Sagittarius people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 14, 2, 29, 48 and 50.

WEEKEND LOVE FORECAST: ARIES: The best results come from a shared desire. Find out what the other person wants. TAURUS: People need space. Respect the boundaries, and you’ll be golden. GEMINI: Fitting in isn’t as important as being yourself. The right person will accept who you are. CANCER: Your faith in the other person will pay off. Figure out what you believe about him or her, and believe it completely. LEO: Regarding your ex: Take time to mourn what you’ve lost because you can’t go on until the mourning process is over. VIRGO: There’s a lot that needs tending to in the world. You’ll meet someone special or connect with someone you already love while you try to solve a local problem. LIBRA: Study. While you’re taking care of your mind, you’ll inadvertently take care of your heart. SCORPIO: Your open mind helps you learn about people and predict them better, too. SAGITTARIUS: Your logical mind may argue, but your heart (and the chemistry you feel) will know better. CAPRICORN: You make efforts to be lovable, although they would love you either way. AQUARIUS: You’re easygoing, and the people around you will enjoy every minute with you. PISCES: Sometimes you wish the people in your life were as loyal as the animals you know.

COUPLE OF THE WEEKEND: As the Libra moon reflects off of the Pisces sun, these two artistic signs will be drawn to each other. Both have a deep appreciation for the heart, soul and life choices that go into the mastery of a discipline, so events that center on celebrating the cream of the crop in any field will bond Pisces and Libra together. Music is another bonding agent for soulful Pisces and harmonious Libra.

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The lipstick comment deserves special attention. The State’s testing results verifies that too many students are not proficient in science, reading, and math. WV remains in the lower 10th among the 50 states for those areas.

Google WVZOOM Dashboard and look at State assessment scores for the GCHS. According to reports a decision was made to hire one more math teacher over there to help improve future results.

Nothing is known about what is being done to help Gilmer’s HS students with reading and science. The new Board president must get detailed information out to the public.

Assurances that everything is OK won’t work anymore. There has been too much of that type of hokum. The public knows how to access achievement information from the Internet to impose increasing accountability for our school system.

By R. J. Myers on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Maybe it is a case of not seeing the forest for the trees. GSC is designated responsibility for serving seven counties in central WV.

SAT scores for students entering GSC are the lowest in the State with large numbers of students coming from the seven counties. This suggests that education needs to be upgraded in the counties.

Why not focus on using the College to train teachers for central WV and to do what is necessary to improve pre-K-12 education in the seven counties?

Looks to be a natural winner for GSC. What about it Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors?

By Watching Alumni on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Thanks you for honest comments, Mr. Boggs.

Its a sad state when volunteers can be credited with a better job than paid WV employees.

No wonder we have financial, legislative, highway, issues at every turn in the road. 

And to think, that the governor has to burden the National Guard with administration of a flood recovery program? 

Obvious we have incompetent individuals in many positions throughout the state bureaucracy. Are there ever, ever any state employees actually fired, for unacceptable job performance or plain incompetence?

Look at route 5 west of I-79 for a wonderful example of DOH failure.  The DOH county office is a mile from the ‘rollercoaster’ ride. All those state employees have to ride it 10, maybe 20 times a week just doing their jobs.  How can they not see it?

This rollercoaster is the ‘welcome center’ to Braxton and Gilmer county.
Its been a mess for over 20 years.  The rough, bumpy railroad tracks too.

Yes, that’s what the Gilmer Federal Prison employees who commute deal with.  It’s a great welcome, great first look, for prospective Glenville State College students and staff as well.

By A failed state of the state report. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What a glowing report.

Just because you say or print something, doesn’t make it true.

With a report like this, you would think WV had moved up the list from 47th in outcomes.

A few people don’t have the wool down over their eyes.

By wasted lipstick on the pig. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Wiseman’s suggestion is an opportunity for the new School Board officers, Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shakleford.

Both members campaigned on improvements they would make if elected. The most important improvement would be outstanding results with student learning outcomes in the County.

Quarterly progress reports from Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shackleford are requested.

By Voters For Accountability on 07.16.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Excellent meeting minutes I wish we could see more local news like this..  Where can I find information on the recent lawsuit between the Gilmer County Commission and Prosecutor Hough?  I understand Judge Alsop issued a decision?

By Reader on 07.14.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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Praises go to Governor Justice, Dr. Paine, and the entire State Board for producing this outstanding report.

For the first time in memory comprehensive information is included in one source for the public and it is written in an understandable
style.

A request is made to the Gilmer County Board of Education and Superintendent Lowther to produce a similar report by this fall for the specific status of our school system.

We could celebrate achievements for which we excel and we could profit from our weak points as opportunities for corrective measures to take.

Forget about what other counties are doing—we are competing against ourselves.

The often cited excuse that we are just as good as other counties with WV ranking near bottom should no longer be tolerated.

By fall results of recent SAT testing would be available to Superintendent Lowther and the County Board to include in the report.

One advantage of the suggested County report and ones in successive years would be a basis for the public to use to judge effectiveness of Gilmer’s Board of Education and Superintendent Lowther.

The GFP is applauded for its role in being a leader in WV for making education news accessible on the Internet.

By Frank Wiseman on 07.14.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Dr. Pellett, you attacked accuracy of the NCHEMS report in your Gazette article today.

It would be informative for you to give an Internet link to the report to permit it to be read and for you to publish a detailed critique of errors in it with backup evidence as proof.

By GSC EMPLOYEE on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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A basic truism for a highly successful start up business is to offer a new top quality product in high demand at a price consumers can afford.

Why do Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors reject the concept? Specifically, as printed in the Democrat there is a proposal to establish a premiere five year teacher education program at the College with grads to receive a masters degree in teaching. A program of that type is desperately needed in WV and it is not offered elsewhere.

Word circulating is that Dr. Pellet, the Board of Governors, and dominant members of the County’s elite have summarily rejected the idea.

One excuse heard is that local power brokers do not want WVU involved with the College. Yet, in the Democrat Dr. Pellett is quoted saying that he is working on a new nursing program with WVU’s involvement.

Is the true reason of veto of the innovative teacher education program because Dr. Pellet and the Board of Governors were not originators of the idea to automatically cause its rejection?

Dr. Pellett is invited to explain to the public and concerned alumni why the program would not be in GSC’s long term best interests.

By Why Dr. Pellet and GSC BOG? on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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The Glenville mayor is doing an excellent job and the town is lucky to have him on the job. Getting old houses torn down was a kept promise and the town looks much better at those places. Let’s have more of it.

By Citizen on 07.11.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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Why is it that when tax dollars were spent on the higher education reorganization study by the Colorado NCHEMS group it is being keep secret from the public? Mr. Boggs how about helping out by informing voters how to get a copy of the report to read and decide for themselves?

By Voters Watching on 07.10.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Oops! Bay of Pigs not Figs. Shows that college profs are not immune to embarrassing gaffs.

By WVU Prof. on 07.09.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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There are two examples in Janis’ book regarding the Kennedy presidency. The first one deals with the group think Bay Of Figs disaster.

Those in Washington associated with invasion decisions considered themselves to be infallible world class thinkers. That mistake prevented critical and constructive review from anyone outside that tight group of political operatives.

The other example covers the Cuban Missile Crisis as an example of masterful diplomacy and planning to prevent a nuclear holocaust. President Kennedy deserved credit because he avoided group think traps from Bay Of Pigs lessons learned.

Higher education decisions in WV are made by individual tight knit Boards of Governors with excessive autonomy and no meaningful oversight.

Also, board members are there through political appointments at local levels. Governors traditionally rubber stamp the recommended appointments.

When serious group think mistakes occur at colleges and universities Boards are conditioned to assume that State bail outs will cover damages.

If private businesses are group think practitioners they never last unless they change strategies to avoid brutal market place penalties.

By WVU Political Scientist on 07.08.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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“Governance Changes Needed at GSC” is 100% correct.

Basically GSC Board of Governors and other leadership positions, have been a result of nepotism and crony friend choices.

Those two ‘tools’ rarely, if ever, give the best persons available to whatever the position requires.

Incest often produces less than desired outcomes as well.

By PAST Time for change @ GSC on 07.08.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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Advice for GSC’s president is to read Janis’book entitled Victims of Group Think.

The theme for the book is that alike thinkers of a group of elites in control can have colossal failures because they believe that their decision-making processes are unworthy of outside scrutiny.

Think about it. Did the airport to accommodate jet traffic at the mouth of Cedar Creek work out and did the federal prison result in economic prosperity with a hefty upsurge with GSC’s
enrollment?

What about the millions of dollars of new construction at GSC? Did it result in healthy enrollments as promised.

Some elites associated with GSC were strong advocates for the ill fated ventures.

GSC has been controlled too long by members of the same families. With the undeniable track record of declining conditions a few resignations would be a positive step.

The nagging governance problem affecting GSC has been shielding elite individuals from personal accountability without penalties for bad decisions.

By Governance Changes Needed At GSC on 07.06.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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Bigger is better? Rarely.

Everyone knows that school consolidation has resulted in failed outcomes.

This is laying the ground work, for an ego driven power grab.  The big institutions have no limit to their desire for money.

Stay small, and if failure occurs, fewer people are impacted.  Too large, and management of that soon turns into a problem.

By Its just planned failure. on 07.05.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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This information including details in the referenced full Report helps put GSC’s precarious standing in perspective. More information can be accessed at http://www.collegesimply.com.

That web site provides SAT student information for WV institutions of higher learning and GSC has the lowest scores.

Inferences from the scores and material in the report are that because GSC gets a large percentage of students from poor counties including Gilmer County, school systems there need improving.

Also, with employers becoming more sophisticated in hiring the best qualified graduates they access information of the type published on the web site given above.

The reason is that institutions with the best prepared students have more rigorous academic programs and they do not have to expend valuable time on remediation.

Provision of this comment is not intended to be a slam at GSC. The purpose is to encourage Dr. Pellett and the Board of Governors to devise a viable strategy for making the College a center of excellence to improve its standing in WV. It is that simple for guaranteed survival in the future.

By GSC GRAD on 07.05.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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We must be wary of how County K-12 achievement information is presented.

From the outset the new school board should focus on exactly how well our students are performing with mastering subjects, and not to fall victim to news unrelated to demonstrated student learning.

For one example the GCHS was awarded for its high graduation rate, but it ranked in the bottom 10% among WV high schools for college and career readiness of seniors.

This is not to say that graduation rates are unimportant, but they cannot be interpreted as fact of a direct relationship with how well students are prepared for college and careers.

For some schools an unusually high graduation rate could be a function of enforced “everyone passes” policy.

The point is that there is need for vigilance when student performance information is disclosed to the public so school board get all of it out so voters can decide where the County’s school system really stands.

By Give All Facts on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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Word is that officers on the County’s school board have changed with Doug Cottrill becoming the new president and Shackleford the VP.

Voters request to know what the new board’s plans are for improving the County’s standing with the quality of K-12 education for math, reading, science, and other subjects, and correcting remaining problems at the new grade school contractors have not fixed.

Why not publishing monthly progress reports to cover the new board’s accomplishments? That job would be a good assignment for the new president.

By Voters Watching on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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There is no mention of the facts Jumpin Jim defaulted on a 9 million dollar loan, poor record of paying taxes, nor the mess of the RISE flood funds handling. 

No wonder the poor score.  Anyone think it was ‘earned’?

By Jumpin Jim Nose Dives on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Low favorable marks for Manchin, Morrisey, Justice in latest PPP poll'.

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This news has great implications for GSC and Gilmer County. The College could form a partnership with the County’s school system to close the K-12 achievement gap.

For years while under State intervention it was denied that a gap existed, and the mantra was that the County was doing as well as the State as a whole.

That was like saying that we are OK with the State being ranked near the bottom for the quality of its K-12 education system and we should be content to wallow at the bottom too.

Ms. Patty Lowther, the new superintendent of schools, states that we must close the K-12 achievement gap and it is within the County’s capabilities.

She and her staff including Shelly Mason the new curriculum expert, principals, and the County’s teachers are actively involved with devising solutions to eliminate problems.

Regarding GSC, Dr. Pellett is on record with definite innovations to improve the College’s standing.

He has an unique opportunity to guide the College to contribute to Gilmer County having the best school system in WV as a model to emulate throughout the State and Appalachia.

In the past the typical Charleston trap has been to collect achievement data without expending successful efforts to interpret its meaning for use in solving under-achievement.

Dr. Pellett, Ms. Lowther, and Shelly Mason, with the help of other professionals in our schools can jettison that long standing road block to make Gilmer County a K-12 education standout.

Dr. Pellett in particular has an unparalleled opportunity to make his mark on guiding the College to improve K-12 education in the County and to let successes spread as examples throughout Appalachia.

There would not be a better way to justify the necessity of the College’s continuing existence for Gilmer County, central WV, and the entire State.

By Good News For WV on 06.29.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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If you can’t trust judges to do the right thing…. is there any reason to trust our whole system of government?  One has to wonder.

Now we are reading a judge likely to be impeached as well as the legislature is considering impeaching the governor?

Are the any honest people running for offices?

By crooks everywhere? on 06.27.2018

From the entry: 'Auditors Seek Answers on State Supreme Court Spending'.

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This does not rise to the level of impeachment. “Slick Willy” got a head job in the peoples oval office, and dripped semen on the peoples carpet then lied about it, and according to the democrats back then, that did not rise to the level of impeachment.

By The Silent Majority on 06.21.2018

From the entry: 'Senate and House Democratic Leaders Renew Call for Immediate Legislative Action on Justice Loughry'.

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Something happening is good.
That building has been empty far too long.

Now we shall see if it workable.
Hope for all involved, that their efforts work out for GC and GSC.

By Good on 06.21.2018

From the entry: 'GSC Bluegrass Music Education Center to hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony'.

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Numbers of new businesses is not the important factor. It is how many new jobs were created for local employees. Politicians like to cite meaningless numbers to crow about and they get by with it too often. Empty store fronts on Main Street have not diminished in numbers. Where are the jobs and what do they pay?

By New Jobs? on 06.20.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Similar to EDA if Gilmer’s SAT results were rosy the news would be out in banner headlines. Elites see to it to keep peasants at bay.

By SAT Checker on 06.19.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Straddlin Joe had a chance to embrace conservatism and convert to Republican, as Governor Justice and much of the state has done. Politics in the state are no longer ruled by mine union bosses. It’s time we send him back to Marion County, as we did with Natalie Tennant.

By The Silent Majority on 06.18.2018

From the entry: 'Joe Manchin: Political games would cost West Virginians with pre-existing conditions'.

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If the so called business creation were true?
Wouldn’t the EDA be having all sorts of news releases?
You would think so.

EDA used to have monthly public meetings.
Now only four times a year?

Business things that slim nothing to discuss?
Or maybe secret meetings by the insiders?

By Gilmer EDA...private club ? on 06.15.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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If we can ask Jeff Campbell questions as a Gilmer County official why can’t we get timely information from other officials too?

For an example how did the County do with recent SAT testing?

Superintendents have the information so when is it going to be made public?

Hopefully the newly elected school board will take it on as a priority to get accurate student achievement information to the public with specific plans to make improvements where needed.

By End Public Information Embargo on 06.13.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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If true, this would be great news!

The Gilmer County Economic Development Association should be telling us in press releases who/what/where those new businesses are?

How about it GCEDA President Jeff Campbell?

Lets hear from you.

By reader6 on 06.11.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Interesting chart.

But….it shows 4 new businesses in Gilmer…..in each of the past 3 months.
That…..is TWELVE new businesses!

BUT, BUT, where are they?

By Where are they? on 06.08.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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You will find most ticks down low on grass blades along well traveled trails, where the unfed adults and even larvae and eggs are brushed off by a passing varmint. Another myth is that ticks will jump on you, of the thousands of ticks I have picked off grass blades and dropped in a cup of gasoline, I have never had one jump at me.

By Trespasser Will on 06.08.2018

From the entry: 'Insect-related illnesses are trending up'.

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Ticks don’t go, they are carried there by host animals. They are best controlled by controlling the host varmints in your back yard. As bad as Lyme disease is, from personal experience, believe me you don’t want Rocky Mountain spotted fever either.

By Trespasser Will on 06.07.2018

From the entry: 'Insect-related illnesses are trending up'.

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NEWS FLASH !
Rural West Virginia is STILL WAITING for that high speed internet that these two have been promising for 20 years!

By Rural WV still waiting.... on 06.06.2018

From the entry: 'U.S. Senators Manchin, Capito announce funding for rural communities'.

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Dilapidated buildings seem to make the news on a regular basis.

Dilapidated buildings are nothing more than an great indicator of a ‘dilapidated’ economy.

By WV's dilapidated economy on 06.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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I don’t know how the state can say that, male bears have been known to attack for unknown reasons, and of course females will attack if they perceive their cub is in danger. The best thing to do is shut the #### up and don’t be posting on Facebook what you have done.

By Tresspasser Will on 06.03.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia man accused of wrongfully shooting bear'.

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Steve and John,
My deepest heartfelt sympathy to you at this most difficult time.
I will miss your mother, my best friend, immensely! We laughed hard together and we cried together, only as two close cousins could do! We spent many hours on the phone chatting either catching up or talking about cooking, any hour day or night,it never mattered to us.

Our words to each other every time we spoke, “I love you sweet cousin of mine”

God’s Speed until we meet again!💞💓
Rest In Peace for eternity💓

Love you dearly,

Cousin, Jo Ann xoxoxo

By Jo Ann Emrick on 06.01.2018

From the entry: 'Catherine Ann Umanetz'.

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The loss of money at Cedar Creek was only part of it. Money spent on Leading Creek, more money to fill the huge hole at GCES, money to fix land slide at GCES because of poor site design work, money spent to fix various other botches that should have been done right to begin with, uncalled for huge pay raises to select central office staff to buy them off, money for playground equipment when existing equipment could have been used, money for an unneeded payroll clerk at the central office, money for a principal at Troy when the individual did not do the work, and more to include building GCES too small and Leading Creek too large with public funds. Will anything be done about it? Of course not except to continue the cover-up. Money trail too hot to handle.

By Etched Memory on 05.31.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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Many kudos to both the PACF people as well as their supporters!

Hard to believe how much good they are doing for so many, in just a few short years!

Keep up the good works!

By many kudos ! on 05.31.2018

From the entry: 'Grants Support Area Charities (Little Kanawha Area)'.

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Minney was just another ‘enabler’ for the blatant, bold faced, incompetent, corruption during the West Virginia State Board of Education overthrow of the Gilmer County School System.

Thousands of dollars wasted.  Do not forget the Cedar Creek property chosen by State Appointed Superintendent Blankenship in coercion with the former, ousted, GSC President Simmons.  The money spent clearing forest, the money spent bulldozing a road, until it finally became clear, they were on a ‘fools errand’.

Then to get out of that mess, Blankenship and Simmons,  trade that property, so a school could be built in a flood plain?

‘Education’ and common sense do not always go hand in hand.

If only people were as smart as they think they are.

By Another black eye for state intervention ! on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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All this Minney stuff brings up at least 2 questions:

WHY did state appointed super Devano hire Minney?

Why did the Doddridge folks hire Minney when he doesn’t have the required financial ‘credentials’ to be a district treasurer?

Either poor hiring practices or someone pulling strings.

By questions but no answers ? on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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And to think that OUR own little Gilmer County Library ranks in the top ten of libraries in the whole state!

By WOW--WOW--WOW ! ! ! on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia Libraries Rock Out with Summer Reading Programs'.

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Didn’t Mr. Minney approve paying select employees on payroll, for the days they did not work without board or superintendent’s knowledge or approval? Fortunately, he got caught by the board.

By Ridiculous on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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If you follow the money, you can easily see where all the money went in construction of Gilmer Elementary, why the school has so many physical issues and why there have been problems to get them fixed. Thanks the board for choosing a different auditor.

By FTM on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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There were a lot of corruptions under state control and superintendent Devano. They mismanaged funds and paid off several employees to keep their mouth shut. When the local controlled board chose a different auditor from the norm, they got caught. I think the remaining paid off employees need to talk the facts, quit, or get prosecuted.

By They were bad on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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That was far from the first time Mr. DM had gotten into trouble with the auditors. In previous years, findings for mismanagement of funds were issued against him in connection with other work places leading to dismissal.
The audit which is available on state DOE site couldn’t find any justification of board approval for payments, and mismanagement of funds.

By Don LK on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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He got caught of mismanagement of public funds.

By Jeremy D on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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I hear Gilmer schools treasurer Dan Minney is leaving. Why?

By Just Curious on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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Good to see this program return after having it gone missing under the state appointed superintendent.

It was reported there was no place for it to take place.

Thank you Gilmer County Board of Education for making it happen.

By Some remember on 05.21.2018

From the entry: 'FREE breakfast and lunch this summer for Gilmer County Kids'.

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Pam,
Sorry to read of your mom’s passing. I remember may times spent in your home with your parents and brothers. Sending love and prayers to you and your brothers.
Sherry Broggi

By Sherry Straley Broggi and Rita Straley on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'Lora Faye Tomblin'.

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Really cool project to all who volunteered and those helping financially as well!

Where’s DR? He never misses these events?

By Very nice project - great volunteers! on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'CommunityImprovement™: Pavilion'.

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The GSC retention post must relate to those beginning in 2014 who planned for 4 year degrees and they dropped out. There probably were students who began in 2014 and they earned 2 year degrees before 2018 so they were not drop outs.

By GSC RETENTION? on 05.15.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Congratulations kids!  Setting up a scholarship fund is a GREAT idea! Where can we get information on who to contact and what local needs are?

By Reader on 05.14.2018

From the entry: 'Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Celebrates Seniors'.

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How large was GSC’s graduating class of 2018 last week and what was its original size the fall of 2014?

Accurate information should be available to indicate retention. One news source reported that 100 graduated in the class of 2018.

By Alumni on 05.13.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Some interesting results.  Should shake the trees a little.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.09.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Local Election Results - May 2018'.

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So sorry for your loss.  Prayers.

By Betty Woofter on 05.07.2018

From the entry: 'Ina Mae (Foster) Clem'.

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Anyone interested in facts for graduation rates after four years of college can access information on WV’s Education Policy Commission web site.

The last time information was reported WV State was listed at 13.6% compared to WVU’s at 35.9%. GSC was at 25.1%.

Comments submitted so far flag a serious problem in WV. Student achievement information is scattered all over with it being reported by the State, the federal government, and testing organizations including ACT.

Because WV lacks an effective State clearing house to sort through the information and to interpret it for practical application in improving our pubic school systems, too much important quality control material is neglected.

When citizens take initiative to obtain the information and they cite it they are often berated to be a form of “attack the messenger”.

Then too there are the perennial apologists who say that everything is “just fine” to help confuse the issue even more to detract from school improvements.

By WVDE Career Employees on 05.06.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Too often students have to go an extra year or longer to graduate from college with under graduate degrees because they were not prepared when they got there to enable them to complete on time.

The 35% graduation rate includes incoming freshmen who do not finish in four years, and it is factual that some of our public colleges have worse records than others.

WVU does above average, but it has large numbers of-out-of state better prepared students.

By R. Page on 05.06.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Rex Page claims we have a college graduation rate of approximately 35%.

In essence that is a FAILURE rate of 65% !

Think of how many dollars are wasted, and how many students are burdened with student loans, that basically will do them little good in life.

Oh yes.  It does pump money into the flawed system.

By Wv Has a FLAWED educational system ! on 05.05.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Even with enrolling in colleges where acceptance is noncompetitive, meaning that all applicants with at least C averages are accepted, the graduation rate to get a degree is around 35%.

This fact is more evidence for WV’s failed public education system and solid proof that a major top to bottom over haul is needed.

If we accept the often cited excuse that there is a problem with kids and their families to cause under achievement in school that line of reasoning suggests that West Virginians are inherently flawed. This is untrue and the problem lies with WV’s under performing education system.

By Rex Page on 05.03.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Disgraceful that WV lacks a top quality education system to prepare more high school graduates to be eligible for acceptance into the best colleges where there is competition for acceptance.

The deficiency forces students to attend lower tier places where everyone is accepted.

Why does WV fail to make improvements? It is because education delivery in our State is designed to be void of meaningful accountability for administrators.

By WVDE Watcher on 05.03.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Little doubt the block schedule system at the high school gives GC lower scores.

This has been proven over and over in other school systems.

Its an out dated and antiquated system.  Our board of education needs to get rid of it.

Gilmer County Board of Education….are you up to the job?

By Block Schedule Supported By Blockheads on 05.02.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Hopefully this is the beginning of doing better with getting out school news to Gilmer. It is far better to read timely news than to have to go to the Cornerstone to get it.

We wish Mr. Shuff the best in improving learning results at the HS. If he tackles problems like he engaged in athletics the HS will be put on the map for academic excellence.

When he gets his school improvement plan together everyone in the County will pitch in to help him succeed. Thank you GCBOE.

By Pleased Parents on 05.02.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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Mr. Williams has it nailed down.  Solid.

America’s entire education system is a farce.
Education administrators worry about their job than worry about the children.

Youth is our future.
By creating dummies, do not expect much of a future.

The children are being short changed, robbed.
America is being short changed, robbed.

But the failed administrators keep their jobs.

By Time To Clean the Education House! on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Is this article some sort of a joke ?
Certainly would seem so!

We are almost daily bombarded with chemical spraying from above.
We rarely actually have that clear, deep blue sky that God gave us.

If it happens we do get a clear(?) day, we will have the light blue, almost whispy white cloud sky.

Set a white bowl out in the rains.  Check to see what color the water is after a rain.  You will be
surprised.  Color will vary depending what is being sprayed on a given day.

If it were winter, I’d tell you to look at the snowflakes.  No more are all snowflakes different.  Watch what falls on your clothing, you will see 1,000’s of flakes all the same shape.  Again, depends what toxic material we are being blasted with.

Asthma attacks, ER visits are on the rise.
Do some web searching, plenty of websites report this travesty.  You tax dollars at ‘work’.

By WHERE ARE THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS ? ? on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Air Quality Awareness Week is April 30 – May 04'.

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Fraud is not only rampant in education, it consumes Gilmer County..  Those who Have want to keep it any and all costs, and those that don’t, want.  Gilmer needs a good house cleaning of court and legal ‘authorities’ as well if anything is Ever going to change.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Fraud is committed in Gilmer County when citizens are told that our high school grads are prepared to be highly competitive for entry into the modern world.

The misinformation conflicts with verification that our grads lag when it comes to being college and career ready.

By being disadvantaged academically too many students drop out of college when they cannot compete and they often must go an extra year at a greater expense to catch-up.

There is another type of fraud not pointed out in the posting. It relates to bragging about the “fine” ACT test scores made by students at the GCHS.

For the ACT the average GCHS score as touted by school officials is close to 20. This may be slightly higher than average State scores, but here is the rub.

Our kids could not get accepted into top quality colleges and universities with stringent academic requirements to include those for ACT scores higher than most made at the GCHS.

What do they do? They attend institutions with relaxed acceptance criteria with some not having any basic requirements for ACT or SAT scores.

As a parent with a son at the Career Center I know that there must be remedial instruction in math and English for success in chosen career fields. It is called embedded instruction.

Because teachers must be hired at the Center for the catch-up it means that tax payers are paying twice (more fraud) for instruction that should have been done at the GCHS!

What can we do? Gilmer County must determine what must be done in our schools to make necessary improvements for the better to enable our kids to be the best they can be after HS. Simple isn’t it?

By We Want Better Schools on 04.30.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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It is easy to see through the motive for avoiding application of the same assessment approach in all of WV’s school systems.

The powerful in control do not want to make achievement results available for voters to compare academic results among districts!

That way opportunities for more accountability in ways school systems are administered will be nipped in the bud.

Interesting isn’t it that for sports minute attention is paid to comparing performances of all kinds of teams throughout WV.

Unfortunately the strategy will be to keep voters keenly focused on sports so they will not ask questions about education spending and how children are doing in mastering subjects in our school systems.

By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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The West Virginia State Board of Education has operated as a “pin the tail on the donkey” bureaucratic nightmare for over a generation.

Currently, it is hard to envision any positive change in their SOP?

Try this, try that.  Change this, change that.
Continual evidence that all is being run as an experiment?
The WVBOE has no real clue what to actually do, in order to fix anything.

Money wasted. Children cheated of a good education.
Parents and taxpayers cheated.  Opportunities missed.

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'City to purchase club owned by the governor’s company'.

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Reread the article and see what a wonderful set of excuses have been set forward.

Taxpayers give the state the funds for education.  It is then properly squandered leaving students with substandard educations.

These people have the audacity to blame the teachers on top of it.

State BOE, suck it up, fix the problem you and your previous board members have created. 

Make President Truman’s desk saying your motto:  “The buck stops here.“

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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West Virginia made national news again with its spending per student to be in the top third among the 55 states.

We spend more than $11,000 on average per pupil in our public schools. For comparison Utah spends about $6,500 per pupil and it ranks in the top third for the quality of its education system.

It would be interesting to know how much Gilmer County spends per pupil counting total funding from all sources.

WV is certainly no way near the top third with getting students college, career, and jobs ready right out of high school. Where is all our money going? What could we learn from rural states similar to Utah?

The worst culprit seems to be too many high paid people on WV payrolls who are non-contributers to making better lives for our kids.

By Economist on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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Those of us who keep close tabs on student achievement want to know reasons for unacceptable reading, science, and math scores in Gilmer County and what is being done to correct them. For something this important the problems and solutions surely have been looked into.

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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HaHaHaHaHaHaHa!

By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018

From the entry: 'NEW “ALMOST HEAVEN” CAMPAIGN'.

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No matter what is going on in the State our concern is Gilmer County. The State reports on Zoom that 10th graders at the GCHS perform at the 35.9% proficiency rate for science.

Proficiency for 11th graders is 37% in math and it is commendable that the rate for them for reading is 64%.

What is being done to make improvements for science and math when students are about ready to graduate from HS? We hope that scores for reading hold up and even improve.

Why do we fail to receive updates for plans for proficiency improvements in the County’s schools?

In other WV counties superintendents provide that type of information on a routine basis.

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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