Reader letters May 9

May 08, 2014

Computers get new life through HCC

To the 3ditor:

Seventeen. Seventeen, as a number, doesn’t normally mean much when compared to other numbers, does it?

But, seventeen was a very significant number this past Friday evening, May 2 as seventeen Haywood Community College (HCC) GED graduates were awarded refurbished computers from the PCs for GED program at HCC.

They were clearly thrilled to briefly interrupt their post-ceremony celebrations to load their computers into their vehicles.

Best of all though is that these worthy graduates have further dedicated themselves to continuing their education by enrolling in a wide variety of programs offered by HCC and other schools.

Thank you to this year’s PCs for GED program supporters and contributors, who provided hardware, time, talent, and even monetary donations to the program through the HCC Foundation:  you enabled us to surpass last year’s total number of refurbished computers by 70 percent.

New this year, and because of the generosity of the HCC Foundation, all seventeen computers are running Windows 7, a significant software feature that will help with classroom and online coursework.

We are also truly thankful to the many generous individuals and area corporations, including Crown Capital Associates, Inc.; Asheville Eye Associates; Pigeon Multicultural Development Center; and Southpaws Pet Sitters, who have contributed either through our standard drop-off point at the HCC Learning Resource Center, at special on-campus events like Jammin’ at the Mill Pond, or by special arrangement.

It is time to continue our work toward sustaining these PCs for GED awards for years to come. With continued support from the greater Haywood County area we look forward to providing future GED graduates with one of the best tools to aid them as they further their education and become better prepared for careers in the Western North Carolina area.

Marc Lehmann

On behalf of HCC’s PCs for GED Program

Distance Learning and Campus Innovations

Haywood  Community College

Dog owners need to act responsibly

To the editor:

As a bona fide member of Friends of Lake Junaluska I feel qualified to comment on the sorry manners of some dog owners.

On frequent walks along the beautiful trail I have seen numerous piles of dog excrement directly on the paved pathway.

During one walk this past week I saw three of them!  The paths are used by walkers, joggers, moms with strollers and small children every day.

Why do dog people not feel the need to pick up after their animals?

There are numerous signs and stations with the appropriate bags to clean up these messes.

Lake Junaluska provides a wonderful area for all to enjoy the beautiful lake and scenery and have dedicated employees working hard to maintain the grounds.

People are given the privilege of having their dogs on the trail.  The least they can do is clean up after them.

Sarah Sherman

Bethel

Comments (1)
Posted by: Ron Rookstool | May 09, 2014 18:42

I think the computer refurbishing and donated to GED grads is an excellent program. Why throw a computer that can be refurbished and donated to a GED grad. I admire and respect any person that never graduated from high school that takes the time and energy to go back to school to earn their GED. I first found out about this program years ago when my mother went back and got her GED when she was in her 40's. I urge anyone that never graduated high school to go back and gte their GED.  You are never too old to learn.



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