The Ponder Report needs your help.
Called the student publication of Arlington High School, it's really the school newspaper, and like newspapers everywhere, it has money woes.
You can help. Here's how:
Kim Eudenbach, the paper's adviser, is collecting dresses -- formal or informal, short or long -- to sell during Boutique Week. Other accessories in good condition are also welcome.
The sale took place the last week of January in Eudenbach's room, 406.
She says she can pick up dresses in the main office and would be happy to accept monetary donations (make out check to The Ponder Report).
"We are no longer able to fund-raise via bake sales," she wrote in an email Jan. 2.
Students who edit and publish The Ponder Report as well as its adviser are responsible for coming up with 100 percent of the funds needed to publish each issue.
Find out about The Ponder Report at its online archives.
This story was published Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, and updated Aug. 10, 2014.
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The following letter to the editor by Barbara J. Dougan of Arlington, the Massachusetts project director for Families Against Mandatory Minimums, was published in the Thursday, Jan. 22 Boston Globe and is republished with the author's permission. Thomas Farragher's column about an addict who turned his life around without going to federal prison was excellent ("Trial and redemption," Globe Metro, Jan. 14). Sadly, Massachusetts addicts convicted of drug crimes in state court usually don’t have that option. For most of them, our state law requires the courts to impose a mandatory minimum prison sentence. While the length of the sentence may vary — typically based on the weight of the drugs, nothing more — only one outcome is allowed: a prison cell. It doesn’t matter what role the person played in the offense or whether the crime was motivated by an addict’s need for drugs. Massachusetts needs to follow the lead of many other states and repeal its ...
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