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  • JROrtega 

    Frances, I really liked your thoughts on why we should keep phone books. Is there anyway I could call you?

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    JLordtree - That's also a good point. On the same token though, you can type, for example, "Pediatricians in Victoria, Texas." And a list of all the pediatricians pops up with reviews and other information.

    I think we're are the turning point of phone books becoming obsolete, but we still need another few years.

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    Gloria7 - That's a good reason to keep one. Thanks for that advice. Perhaps 50 years from now I can hold that book up and say, "Back when I was young..." : )

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    I'm enjoying reading everyone's comments.

    FrancesG, that's a good con. It's true, not everybody uses the Internet or has a smart phone, though I'm sure the numbers of people using these two tools is much higher. But then what does this mean for phone book users?

    Perhaps phone book companies can mail out a letter each year asking to respond on whether or not you would like a phone book. This will help eliminate the cost of mass printing as well as keep those who use phone books happy.

    Great comments you all. Keep them coming!

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    Thanks for clarifying, rollinstone. Told you I was bad at math! But yes, 3.25 times 4 plus 3 is 16, haha.

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    Love the dialogue going on here! Rebecca, don't be sorry. :)

    Sugar - I agree 100 percent. Parents should be very involved in the education of their children, and mine were. I just feel there should be a restructuring of the standardized test. For one, let's not call it a standardized test. The name leaves a bad taste in a lot of mouths.

    Now don't get me wrong, I succeeded even when I was a guinea pig for the TAKS. (I was pretty much a Class A nerd.) My parents also guided me with life skills, but what I was looking for more in school was some structure to those skills. Of course, I self-taught myself all of these things, but I would have much rather had a test that used real life scenarios rather than, "Tom was standing on a 14.5 foot fence and spotted a dog at an angle of 45 degrees on the ground. What is the distance between him and the dog?"

    Again, I understand learning some of these things, and when I say life skills, my focus is more on mathematics. If you look at the scores this year, all students seemed to struggle with the math portion of the test.

    I feel there needs to be an evaluation and some student input on what "standardized" math is exactly. Truth is, if you're not becoming an engineer, then none of what you learn in TAKS applies.

    Keep the comments coming everyone. I really do enjoy listening to everyone's thoughts. I'm not here to argue. I'm just here understand where people are coming from.

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    Thank you all for your questions. The gristmill is being moved because in October 2009, the Morning Study Club passed the deed for the mill back over to the Meiss family. Michael Maraggia, who is a descendant of the Meiss family, has formed the Meiss Wind Gristmill Project Board of Directors. Now that the mill is back with the Meiss family, they have decided to move it to a place where the public can view it and understand its mechanics. At its current location, it is located behind a hurricane fence. It does not operate and it just sits there. Also, the Texas Historical Commission and National Park Service wanted to see the mill in a more natural setting, one in which it would actually be located. This is outlined throughout the story but we will be following up during their process with more answers. The restoration and moving process is a lengthy one. Thank you all again for your comments!

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    SugarMagnolia - Thank you so much for catching that! We've fixed it.

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    Roberttx - We will be following up to this as it continues to develop. Thank you for reading.

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    Dude - Just to clarify any possible confusion for our readers, the Advocate report reads 2:44 a.m., Saturday, which is correct. It happened in the early morning hours of Saturday morning. This story was filed Saturday at 11 p.m. Thanks for having us double check the time and date and thank you for reading.

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