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Stevie Nicks isn’t willing to give up her career

Stevie Nicks says not being able to sing and perform would “kill” her.

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Stevie Nicks

The 72-year-old Fleetwood Mac frontwoman had double pneumonia last year, and the ‘Dreams’ hitmaker worries that if she ever contracted COVID-19, she might lose her voice and not be able to perform again, and she’s “not willing to give up” her career.

In an interview with Britain’s The Guardian newspaper, Nicks said of her late mother Barbara Nicks, who died in 2012 following a battle with pneumonia, that: “My mom was on a ventilator for three weeks when she had open-heart surgery and she was hoarse for the rest of her life.”

Asked how she would feel if she could no longer take to the stage and sing, she said: “It would kill me. It isn’t just singing; it’s that I would never perform again, that I would never dance across the stages of the world again

“I’m not, at 72 years old, willing to give up my career.”

The spiritual singer might fear her career ending, but when it comes to the end of life, Nicks isn’t afraid of dying.

She insisted that “some people are really afraid of dying, but I’m not.”

The ‘Go Your Own Way’ singer went on to recall a visit she had from her late parent in her kitchen when she was suffering from

“really bad acid reflux”.

She continued: “I’ve always believed in spiritual forces. I absolutely know that my mom is around all the time.

And I felt something almost tap my shoulder and this voice go: ‘It’s that Gatorade you’re drinking.’

“I’d been sick and chugging down the Hawaiian Punch. Now, that’s not some romantic, gothic story of your mother coming back to you. It’s your real mother, walking into your kitchen and saying: ‘‘Don’t drink any more of that s***.”

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Don’t Give Gov. Newsom the Education Prize

California Gov. Gavin Newsom


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Your editorial “Hope for California’s Schools” (Oct. 2) gives Gov. Gavin Newsom too much credit. I fully suspect that he doesn’t want to sign anything that would be a cautionary, if not frightening, example of what will happen on a national level after the November elections if both the executive and legislative branches are controlled by the Democrats. I seriously doubt that the Legislature is reticent about the wording of the bill after Gov. Newsom’s veto message. I fully expect that postelection, no matter who wins, this issue will rise again, an equally egregious bill will pass and, absent an immediate threat of a negative election reaction, the governor will sign it.

Christopher Reid


California schools could well better educate and prepare their students for adult life if they abandoned their push for “ethnic studies” and introduced a mandatory course in personal finance covering such topics as managing credit, investing in fixed-income and equity instruments, managed funds and index funds, mortgages, insurance concepts, retirement accounts, income-tax matters and a host of other topics they will have to deal with as adults. This becomes even more important as Social Security becomes ever more shaky and defined-benefit pension plans fade away.

John F. Quilter

Eugene, Ore.

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Education watchdogs give Texas an ‘F’ for its climate change curriculum

Texas is one of just six states to receive an “F” grade for its teachings of climate change in public schools, according to a Thursday report by the left-leaning Texas Freedom Network Education Fund and the National Center for Science Education.

The report said Texas’ standards “largely ignore the issue” of climate change and generally fail to acknowledge the seriousness of the crisis. The findings come as Texas is in the process of updating its science curriculum standards, which will be finalized next month.

“Scientists have long warned that climate change would lead to increasingly extreme weather events, and it’s critical that education policymakers in Texas and elsewhere act with the urgency the crisis requires,” Kathy Miller, president of the TFN Education Fund, said in a release. “This means making instruction on climate change a priority when revising science standards for all grades. Let’s at least help students get the tools they need to solve a critical problem they didn’t have a hand in creating.”

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Three scientists independently reviewed states’ curricula for the study and evaluated the standards based on four principles: climate change is real; it is caused by humans; it negatively affects nature and society; and it is possible to mitigate.

They then judged how comprehensively and explicitly those tenets were included in the curricula and how well the standards prepared students to discuss climate change throughout their educational careers and beyond.

Texas received an F on each of the principles, except for teaching students that humans cause climate change, for which it received a D.

The researchers said that, generally, states with poor grades either ignored climate change entirely or presented it as scientifically uncertain. Many also did not address ways to combat the climate crisis.

Climate change has emerged as a top issue in Texas as the State Board of Education continues the process of reviewing and updating the state’s science curriculum standards, which last underwent a major update in 2009. The omission of climate change from the standards dominated public testimony last month as the board considered primary changes to the standards.

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Advocates and student testifiers accused the board of ignoring one of the most pressing social and scientific crises in a generation.

At its September meeting, the board made some inroads on the subject, adding language referencing “environmental change, including change due to human activity” — but activists say those additions aren’t enough.

The Republican-controlled board will reconvene next month to consider any last-minute changes to the standards and give the final OK.

Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia also received an F in the study. Just one state – Wyoming – received an A, while most states fell in the B-range.

“Climate change is a relative newcomer to American science education, and as a result, the treatment of climate change in standards varies in accuracy