Reader letters, March 12

Mar 20, 2014

Shame on Tuscola High School

To the editor:

This letter is about a student who has never been in trouble all through school and now finds himself not coping.

First he stays out of school days at a time but there’s no follow up with parents or student to see why. Then he goes back only to be out again for a week with still no follow up.

He could have quit school anytime after January but wants to get his diploma so badly he kept trying to make it.

We, the family, see him going through this but of course are just family and hard to open up to, so I advise him to go talk with a counselor and by all means, be open and honest and ask for help.

I thought this was the job she held and could then coordinate with the teachers to get him on a path to make up and be able to pass this year even if it meant summer school. He is willing to do this.

The moment he spoke with the counselor, he was pushed out. He is seeing another counselor and now he will be going to ALC because he does want his education but was at a loss on how to deal with his feelings and also make up his work with no input or help from the counselor at Tuscola or any of his teachers.

Now when things go wrong, we as a country say how did this happen? Why did no one see this student needed help and get it for him? Why did the schools not know a student was hurting so badly — not even one of his teachers? I say this is why and how they fall through the cracks.

If they do not conform, just push them out. If they do not learn or miss school for days, oh well, not our problem.

Somewhere, sometime, someone must reach out a hand. Our student will be fine because we as a family are seeing to that. Our school system, however, not so much. When we asked the counselor for help in coordinating this with his teachers she said, “That is not my job”

So I want to know who’s job is it? Parents cannot go into the schools and demand you to see our student, really see them.

Barbara Searight



Thanks for the article

To the editor,

Many, many thanks to Jessi Stone for running the article on the Inspired Art Ministry, Inc. art classes in the March 14 issue of The Guide. We so appreciate this article and all the support The Mountaineer has given us in the past.

Thanks for being such a great communicator of the activities in the area!

Char Avrunin



Let’s abandon the ‘politically correct’ route

To the editor:

Recently I have noticed some things taking place in our Haywood County School System that have raised concerns.

We have heard that our children are our most valuable resource but that is selling them short.

Our children, coupled with the wisdom and leadership of our God, are our future. I am a Christian and I would like to think that people would have enough moral values to want the best for our young people.

Today the trend is to make everyone politically correct. To be politically correct, Jesus and Christian values must be pushed aside. That’s not what our God or our Founding Fathers wanted.

Being politically correct is ungodly and wrong. We have had our head in the sand long enough.

A few weeks ago our middle schoolers were introduced to a program called the Festival of Lights. I know that title represents a Jewish Feast and Celebration, but to use that to introduce a false religion to our children is deplorable. I feel it was a mistake to bring this program into our schools. It will mislead our students and deceive our young people. I must speak against what I feel is wrong.

Next we watched our school system yield to an atheist group. To yield to this pressure is to put your stamp of approval on it. We can’t tell others about Jesus because we are forcing our views on them. Are we to let them push us into the closet? I think not.

Then we have sex education to be taught in our elementary schools. It is public information. The curriculum is nothing short of in class pornography, with pictures. Most of you would not allow this garbage in your home but you will allow your child to be taught this material in school. Our young people deserve better than this.

I will leave you with the words of George Washington. He said, “If, to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how shall we defend our work?”

Rev. Raymond Brooks



Comments (4)
Posted by: Scott Lilly | Mar 20, 2014 15:38

Rev. Brooks, I think we have to take this up at the very highest level, a simple message and declaration that everyone can embrace, find the common ground and build on that.  Where?  America requires "Freedom OF Religion" and not "Freedom FROM Religion".  Not everyone agrees about this but the argument can be made and won that "Freedom OF Religion" is our founding and is politically correct.  Everyone can choose whatever religion they want, government cannot favor any religion over another, and inalienable rights come from a Creator (of your choosing) that government cannot take from you.

Posted by: Allen Alsbrooks | Mar 20, 2014 19:50

Rev. Brooks. As one of the few Jewish-Americans in Haywood County I have to say while  your hate speech doesn't doesn't offend me it does make me pity you for your blindness to the beauty of my faith.


Our faith is that of our creator. I can assure you the Jewish faith has never been and never will be a "false religion." If we really want to get technical you people violate two of the very "Ten Commandments" you try to force down everyone else's throats. Even the "Non-believers." The second "Commandment" states you don't worship any other "G-ds" but you continually worship the Jesus. The fourth "Commandment" dictates you keep "Shabbot" yet every one of you fails to do that by "resting" on the resurrecting (alleged) day instead of the seventh day.


Your ignorant assertion leaves me no doubt as to why people come to shun "religion."

Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Mar 22, 2014 10:10

The Virginia Act For Establishing Religious Freedom

Thomas Jefferson, 1786

Well aware that Almighty God hath created the mind free; that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burdens, or by civil incapacitations, tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the Holy Author of our religion, who being Lord both of body and mind, yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either, as was in his Almighty power to do; that the impious presumption of legislators and rulers, civil as well as ecclesiastical, who, being themselves but fallible and uninspired men, have assumed dominion over the faith of others, setting up their own opinions and modes of thinking as the only true and infallible, and as such endeavoring to impose them on others, hath established and maintained false religions over the greatest part of the world, and through all time; that to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves, is sinful and tyrannical; that even the forcing him to support this or that teacher of his own religious persuasion, is depriving him of the comfortable liberty of giving his contributions to the particular pastor whose morals he would make his pattern, and whose powers he feels most persuasive to righteousness, and is withdrawing from the ministry those temporal rewards, which proceeding from an approbation of their personal conduct, are an additional incitement to earnest and unremitting labors for the instruction of mankind; that our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, more than our opinions in physics or geometry; that, therefore, the proscribing any citizen as unworthy the public confidence by laying upon him an incapacity of being called to the offices of trust and emolument, unless he profess or renounce this or that religious opinion, is depriving him injuriously of those privileges and advantages to which in common with his fellow citizens he has a natural right; that it tends also to corrupt the principles of that very religion it is meant to encourage, by bribing, with a monopoly of worldly honors and emoluments, those who will externally profess and conform to it; that though indeed these are criminal who do not withstand such temptation, yet neither are those innocent who lay the bait in their way; that to suffer the civil magistrate to intrude his powers into the field of opinion and to restrain the profession or propagation of principles, on the supposition of their ill tendency, is a dangerous fallacy, which at once destroys all religious liberty, because he being of course judge of that tendency, will make his opinions the rule of judgment, and approve or condemn the sentiments of others only as they shall square with or differ from his own; that it is time enough for the rightful purposes of civil government, for its officers to interfere when principles break out into overt acts against peace and good order; and finally, that truth is great and will prevail if left to herself, that she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate, errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them.

Be it therefore enacted by the General Assembly, That no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burdened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion, and that the same shall in nowise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.

Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Mar 22, 2014 10:24

              We the people of North Carolina are very fortunate. In OUR state declaration of rights the Deistic notion of Naturaly inherent inalienable rights is quite well laid out: "All persons have a natural and inalienable right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own conscience, and no human authority shall, in any case whatsoever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience."

                      Personally, I as a farmer, was advising my fellow kids how to avoid unwanted pregnancy before I was 9. Got suspended from summer church camp. Was removed from church for informing a certain mother she was just agitated because it was that time of the month, which was quite evident as she was swollen from water retention and flush-red in the face more than usual. To this day I can walk into a room of strangers and pretty much tell which females are nearing ovulation. There are some that have no sense of humor about it. But as a farmer, it was my just part of the job.

               Where knowledge is denied, ignorance will flourish.



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