Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on June 27, 1973 · Page 33
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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 33

Galesburg, Illinois
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Wednesday, June 27, 1973
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34 taolesburg Register-Mail, GoiesDurg, HI. WednesdQy _J _une 27 J9?3^ for youfihouqUsm ttear Penny, A reminder was sent to all principals June 12 stating, "It is against state statutes and our Board of Education policy to withhold a student's report card for any reason- be it failure to pay book rental, fees, library fines, lost books, etc." Our secondary principals arc on duty throughout the summer, and our elementary principals were on duty until June 14. We trust any misunderstanding or confusion concerning our Board of Education policy on withholding report cards has now been clarified and this problem will not occur again. Barney C. Parker, Superintendent of Schools Dear Mr. Parker, I am sure your reminder fo principals will allay the fears of any parent who has been upset about the withholding of report cards for non-payment of any fees. Thank you for writing. Dear Penny, Now that Little League season is here again, I wonder if you can help me. 1 live In a small town near Galesburg, iand I want to know if there are any rules for Little League baseball. The four kids who make up our team are getting us mothers up in the air. The two coaches' sons, the coach's . nephew and the third base coach's kid are the only ones who bat. I know there is one pitcher and one catcher, and the remaining 15 kids have to share the other positions, but these . four kids bat every time the team comes up. The line-up starts all over each time the team comes up to bat with these four kids. If one of them happens to get on base, of course they let someone else bat. Otherwise, no one else even gets a chance. I, for one, do not think it is fair. If I went to every practice and showed up at every game, I would at least like to see what I could do in a "real" game. The top four are capable of striking out, too. We haven't won a game, yet, so I guess the other kids couldn't do any worse. What do you think? Don't you think Little League should be an experience for all the kids to play in the game? Moms of Disappointed Boys Dear Moms, Little League can be a good experience if a boy is lucky enough to get a coach that knows something about the game and hasn't just taken the job to make sure his son gets a break or two. It is also important that the coach be willing to teach the boys a few fundamentals of the game, good sportsmanship and not be so competitive that 9 -year-olds come away from a losing game with the feeling that life is all downhill. While baseball is known as the national pastime, how manyj adults do you know who have the opportunity to play the game regularly for recreation and to keep fit? If you feel that Little League is not benefitting your son,' why not invest in equipment and a few lessons in one of the sports that he will be able to stay with as an adult that will provide both fun and exercise? Deor Penny, The summer is just starting, but already I am about ready to lose my mind! We have two sons, 9 and 7, but we also have kids from the entire neighborhood all day. These kids start congregating in the yard in the morning even before my boys are up. There are always.some here through the meal hours, and I have trouble getting my kids to stay inside long enough to eat their meals. I really don't mind the kids playing here, but it gets to be tiresome that it is always our house. I get tired of breaking j up fights and putting on band-aids. Couldn 't some other ! mother have them in her yard just once in a while? | Tired of Summer Already J Dear Tired, | Make a few rules and let all the kids—including yours—know I them. ' Tell the kids to wait until 9 a. m. to come to the yard, and don't be bashful about telling them to go home while your children come inside for lunch. Kids understand rules and are often better about observing them than grown-ups. While I know it may not be the most comforting thing at this stage of the game, please remember that it is a real compliment when your house is the favorite spot for the kids of the neighborhood. Thinking of you ... Penny Send your questions to Penny, in care of the Galesburg Register-Mail. Penny will answer all letters to which a personal reply is desired. As many letters as space permits will be used in this column. Work Week Could Change (Continued From Page 26) much "I don't think I could get them to go back to five days if I wanted to." The flexible work-day system is popular enough in Europe (that about 15 per cent of all Swiss industrial firms use it. But it is still relatively unheard of in the United States. The Flextime Corporation, which provides equipment and counseling on the system and is flourishing in Europe, has rounded up about 20 American clients since it began business here earlier this year. They indude the Industrial National Bank of Rhode Island, Sun Oil of Philadelphia and some city departments in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. (The Flextime hardware, which costs $55 per employe, is basically a time clock that allows workers to keep a running total of hows worked.) Employes come to work and leave whenever they want as long as they are present during a "core" period, usually from around 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and reach a fixed total of hours worked per week or month. FLEXIBLE TIME system is obviously not suited to all jobs g ,,. (emergency room attendants, " it policemen and third basemen are obvious examples) but its proponents argue that worker? under the system can usually agree among themselves un i a schedule that will prevent any vital job from being unfilled. Pearson's eight-day week is still only a theory, in case you hadn't noticed. He recognizes there would be some problems in shifting to his alternative: religious opposition to abolishing Sunday as a day of rest, the difficulty smaller business would have in adjusting, legal barriers and possible union reluctance to extend the work day. But he argues that unjam- ming the transportation system and making more efficient use of both business and leisure time facilities would more than offset any disadvantages. "IN 1929," Pearson writes, "only five per cent of the working population was on a five-day week. The remaining 95 per cent were accustomed to working either all or part of Saturday. (But) when the five -day week became a common reality, working people had no trouble adjusting to Sears Sear» Auto Air . 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