June 13 letters

Jun 12, 2014

Proud of beginning teachers

To the editor

I have had the pleasure this year of working with the first and second year beginning teachers (BT1s and BT2s) in the middle schools in Haywood County. They’re a diverse group who are talented, enthusiastic and eager to try new ideas in their classrooms to be the most effective teachers possible.

Expectations for BTs can be frightening. They’re expected to assume the same tasks and responsibilities as the most seasoned teachers on their staffs — and are expected to perform their full share of duties immediately. This group has met this challenge — their hard work could be seen in their classrooms where excellent units of study were creatively taught.

I’ve been impressed all year with their innovative lessons using a variety of activities to engage students.

A math BT used play dough to teach 3D figures to seventh graders.

A language arts BT planned and carried out a wonderful Holocaust unit complete with outstanding projects and a speaker who was part of that time of history.

A BT taught the periodic table in science using M and Ms to represent a new element “M and M ium.”

Two exceptional children’s BTs helped to set up a coffee café where their students sold coffee to teachers and others.

These BTs know all about technology too and how to use it most effectively and they share their web sites and lessons with each other. The group I worked with this year were outstanding in every way — often going above and beyond what was required of them.

One BT taught an adaptive PE class for students who couldn’t be successful in the regular classes — and she did it during her planning time! I’m really proud of all the BTs and know they’re going to continue to be real assets to the education of students in Haywood County!

Nancy Pryor

Maggie Valley

Bear killing was senseless

To the editor:

On June 2, a man shot and killed a bear, because she supposedly tried to attack him on his porch in Maggie Valley. He also said that she had been in his bird feeder and then retracted that statement.

Well, sir, which is it? Was she in your yard at the bird feeder or on your porch trying to attack you?

This was a she bear that had three cubs. She was shot dead with a double odd buck shot gun. This man is not being charged. He should be held accountable ethically and financially for all four bears.

Had this man just left them alone, because he was in their world, they would have sauntered off in search of more food. Why did he not just shoot in the air? Why did he not contact our wildlife resource officers?

Would this man shoot a fisherman for being in the creek fishing? Had it been an elk he killed for being in his yard, he would be in a world of trouble. The bears were here before the elk. Why should one be protected and not the other? What is the difference between bear, elk, deer, or turkey? There is none. Our officials make the rules. They should be applied to everyone.

My biggest problem is that had this been one of our local hunters, which I am, we would have been arrested and held responsible for all four bears. A bear was shot and killed out of season, and this man is getting away with it.

Let us make our voices heard and insist on this man being held accountable for his actions, or every outsider who moves in to our area to kill a bear without any consequences.

Let’s insist that this man be held responsible for his actions.

Apparently there is no difference between an individual with a license to hunt and an individual who does not want a bear on their private property.

Catherine Miller



Don’t eat the feed

To the editor:

Last Monday a mama bear was needlessly shot in the Whitewater Drive area of Maggie Valley. It was a death sentence for eating bird feed.

Three baby cubs were left orphaned. One baby ran into the wild and probably has died by now of starvation. Two of the other cubs have been sent away to be raised and then will be set free. This makes no sense.

Most people in this area have enough common sense to take feeders in at night and enjoy birds during the daytime. To take a shotgun looking for a bear that early in the morning and killing the mama is killing for the thrill.

I see no hero there. He knew the bear was out there. Why come to our mountains to enjoy the wild, have carvings of bears inside and outside and then get upset when a real bear happens to come around in its natural environment?

If someone wants to kill a bear, buy a license. Self-defense is bogus.

Joseph McDermott

Maggie Valley



Thanks for honoring Lt. Col. Brown

To the editor,

A heart felt thank you to The Mountaineer for honoring our beloved son, the late Lt. Col. Robert H. Brown with your very complete news coverage of his passing and other events relating there to.

Even we, his parents, did not realize the influence he had on military and defense issues on the National level.

After his death he continues to make news. I am enclosing herewith an article entitled “Brilliant, Acutely Informed Air Combat Power Advocate Passes Away” which appeared in the January-March 2014 issue of The Defense Monitor.

While being treated for cancerous brain tumors at WFU Medical Center in Winston Salem, he received permission from his doctors to have his wife accompany him to Washington, DC to make a final plea to the military brass not to ditch the A-10 until another aircraft was in the inventory capable of carrying out the mission of the A-10.

If they followed their planned course the lives of many ground troops would be placed in jeopardy. His trip to DC is what gave rise to the endorsed article.

I thought you would be interested in seeing the article. This was Robert’s last overt act as a patriot even though experiencing much pain.

Glenn Brown