Troy Talk

Stomp Out Bullying

Bullying is an undeniable, unfortunate fact of life. We are either victims of it, witness it or forgive me for saying it, maybe even a participant. 

It is a mean, arrogant and despicable practice. Bullying practices can end in hatred and racism. And unfortunately, the digital age, which has brought us many technological benefits, has given us cyber bullying. A thoughtless comment, post, or insinuation can leave as much pain as a push in the classroom or a bump on the playground.

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Don’t Forget the Ballot Questions!

When we think about casting our votes for the November election, we are often consumed by the question of “WHO do we want to represent us?” However, there are other important considerations on the ballot this year, comprised in three public questions posed to the voters.

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Getting Help: National Suicide Prevention Month: A Way to Help

Within months of the coronavirus pandemic and the early stages of the lockdown, experts started to write articles about the emotional and mental health impact on society.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and as the month closes in on us, it’s worth reviewing how important it is to remain vigilant and help those in distress. This is particularly true for young people who face the “usual” pressures of youth, now compounded by the coronavirus.

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Maintaining Our Democracy: Cast Your Vote

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a presidential election coming up. While every election is important, seldom has the integrity of the election process been more in question then now. Adding to the integrity issue is the shock of the coronavirus epidemic.

The sanctity of the right to vote — and I don’t use the word sanctity lightly — is one of the most fundamental rights in a democracy. It is the one inviolable right that separates us from other forms of government.

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9/11: When Tragedy Binds A Nation

During this maelstrom of divisiveness, confusion, and a global pandemic, it is easy to forget what binds us together. And unfortunately or not, it often takes a tragedy or the commemoration of one to remind us.

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Secondary Education: A Way Forward

If any topic underlies the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, it is its effect on education. School has started for some districts, and with Labor Day — the summer's final holiday — creeping in around the corner, more schools will open soon.

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