Reader letters, 12-12
Looking for witnesses
To the editor:
I attended the Waynesville Christmas Parade Monday evening and had a wonderful time. I then had dinner at Nick and Nate’s afterwards.
Much to my surprise and distress when I returned to my car, that was parked in front of Threads Thru Time in a parking spot, I found my driver side window smashed in, as well as the side of my car mashed in and scraped.
I apparently had become a victim of a hit and run. Police Officer Cogburn responded to my call, and said that it must have been hit by a large truck by the way the glass was broken, mirror broken and my door dented.
I cannot imagine why anyone attending a family oriented outing such as a parade, especially a Christmas one, could do something like this to someone else and just leave without any concern. No note, no going to the Police station, nothing.
My car is a grey 2007 Volkswagen Jetta. If anyone was witness to the damage done to my car Monday evening please do the Christian thing and let Officer Cogburn at the Waynesville Police Department know.
School employees truly care
To the editor,
I am writing to let the community know of how wonderful Haywood County teachers are to our children. Whenever a teacher (anywhere in the nation) does a stupid thing, or testing data looks like our scores have dropped, the perception is that the public schools are broken.
As a high school teacher, I see daily what our teachers, counselors, administrators, child nutrition workers, teacher assistants, coaches, custodians, bus drivers, nurses, and other support staff do to ensure that our children are fed, have adequate school supplies, have a differentiated curriculum, and are safe and cherished.
My child attends Junaluska Elementary, and went on a field trip Saturday to a WCU game. As a teacher, I count on my Saturdays to forget about work for a bit, and do my own thing.
As I drove up to the activity bus Saturday afternoon, I was met by a group of smiling, enthusiastic Junaluska teachers, assistants, and principal. My child was greeted with a smile and a hug, and she smiled and hugged back.
Educators work miracles each and everyday. Test scores do not paint a full picture, if they paint a meaningful picture at all, and phrases like, “throwing money at the problem is not the answer” make me want to invite those controlling school funding to observe a day in the life. They would see what we are achieving with limited funding, and maybe then they would realize that if we did have the funding needed, then we would have the resources, time, and people required to prevent most of our societal woes, which are much too costly for our wallets and our hearts. It is pay now, or pay later.
Shouldn’t we invest in our children and their futures now? We are charged with making our students productive citizens who will model the kindness and generosity of those who greeted them at school each day, and for those who supported their educational opportunities.
Thank you Junaluska teachers, for taking your time to give my daughter a new experience. You are awesome.
Cherish memories from every Christmas
To the editor:
I was saddened by Maddie’s “A Teen’s Look At Christmas,” featured in a recent issue of “The Guide.”
My brother and I were the only ones in the family who moved to North Carolina. He passed away in June, and it will be the first Christmas I have spent alone.
Instead of feeling depressed, I realize how fortunate I have been to have had so many wonderful Christmases. Christmas is not the frantic shopping for gifts.
I will tell you a secret. I only remember one gift from my childhood (and I did get many). It was my first 2-wheel bicycle when I was 10.
At 66, what are my memories of Christmas? Mom and I baking cookies, Dad and my brother’s on the roof putting up those ‘cheesy’ decorations, my favorite aunt anduncle coming to dinner with my grandmother. Christmas was about the time spent with loved ones.
It is the stuff of ‘memory making.’ I challenge all those jaded teens out there to look at those boxes in the stores where you can put toys. There are some children in Waynesville who are not so fortunate.
I challenge them to take $5 or $10 each time they go to buy a gift for someone who probably has everything, and buy a toy to drop in the box. Then when they give their gift, make a note that they have donated on their behalf.
Then, bake cookies with those noisy cousins who break toys. You will be giving them the memories that will last their lifetime.
As for the ‘cheesy’ decorations — having moved from California to a place that has a real winter. I know, now, how important those twinkling lights on a grey, cold, short day are for lifting the spirit. I put lights outside in hopes that it will make someone smile.
So, to all the teens out there — make wonderful memories this Christmas that you will never forget.
Thanks for the support
To the editor:
The Maggie Valley Area Lodging Association would like to send a thank you to all the residents, businesses and organizations that contributed to our 15th Annual Turkey Drive.
Because of this generosity we were able to provide 250 meals to needy families again this year.
We also would like to thank Jeff Henderson and his staff at Ingles for filling all the boxes. We wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.
Maggie Valley Area Lodging Association