Letters from readers, June 23
Stick with MedWest
To the editor:
In reference to the article on changing sports medicine contract providers, as a parent of a student athlete at Tuscola High School, I am immediately concerned by even the suggestion.
My son will be a junior at Tuscola this year and has played football both his freshmen and sophomore years.
First let me say that we at Tuscola are truly blessed with having Jenn Mroz on staff and on site for almost all athletic events throughout all the sports seasons, including practices. I am not sure there is anyone at Tuscola that is more hardworking or more dedicated to their job than Jenn.
During the course of my son’s sophomore year he sustained a broken wrist during practice. It was determined on the field that he should go for X-rays, and I took him to the ER at MedWest.
Upon arrival he was quickly taken back for X-rays and the “break” was confirmed. He was seen by Dr. King, the wrist was immobilized in a sling, and we were back at the school to break the news to the coaches before practice was over.
I felt the treatment he received both at the ER and during subsequent follow ups with Dr. King was top notch. He healed in time to play at the end of the season.
While I understand and appreciate that our school officials are continually trying to improve the systems and procedures, it is my strong belief that the sports medicine contracts should stay local with Medwest. Just like Dear ol’ Dad always says, “if it ain’t broke – don’t fix it”!
Thanks for helping the Pigeon Center
To the editor:
On behalf of the Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center’s board of directors, I would like to thank the Haywood County Commissioners for their support and positive vote to fund the center’s roof replacement through the county’s capital projects fund.
The commission’s action will provide for design, bid and rebuild of the center’s badly leaking roof, which has been a problem for some time. We look forward to working with county personnel to accomplish this project as soon as possible.
In the meantime, center personnel and volunteers will continue to focus resources on community-based services benefitting a broad spectrum of Haywood County. We begin our summer enrichment program June 23 and are accepting as many as 50 children. We provide a safe, supervised environment with instruction in math, reading, arts, crafts, music, computers, gardening and field trips and welcome all economically disadvantaged children of any race and ethnic background.
The backing we receive from individuals, organizations and churches throughout the area enables us to offer our services and we sincerely appreciate this broad-based support.
Lin Forney, coordinator
Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center
Where were you?
To the editor:
Yesterday afternoon (June 16), as graduates of public schools and as grandparents of students in our Haywood County schools, my wife (a retired public school teacher’s assistant) and I attended a rally at the courthouse in support of strong public education and in equally-strong opposition to the systematic “quitting” of quality public schools by our current state government.
Given the threat to this basic institution in our county and state, we fully expected hundreds of persons to be present: parents, grandparents, guardians, foster parent, teachers, school graduates, as well as community leaders, who recognizes the value of an educated citizenry.
Imagine our disappointment when only a few dozen showed up. Given the critical importance of quality basic public education, where were those of us who should be gravely concerned. The mass absence was telling.
Admittedly, many have valid reasons: work, pressing home care, illness, maybe not knowing about it.
But, where were the rest of us, most of whom attended pubic school, had children or family who attended and now look to our schools to give our children in our county and state the quality education they so desperately need and deserve?
There are things you can still do both to support and defend quality public education.
1. Sign the petition going to Raleigh on behalf of quality pubic education by computer at http://aimhighernownc.com.
2. Write legislators and our governor urging them to give strong support to our public schools and oppose all proposals, however neatly packaged that don’t make quality education readily available to every child.
3. Give active support to candidates who strongly support truly pubic education for all.
4. Vote for candidates you know are committed to quality pubic education for all children and youth.
I am a champion of quality public education for all. As a prison ministry volunteer, I meet so many who were denied quality education, not because our schools failed, but because society in general and families in particular failed to ally with the forces in the community that could make a difference. Strong, quality public school is one of the most promising allies.
R. Bruce Pate