Reader letters, Nov. 27

Nov 27, 2013

School news is important

To the editor:

As I read the article “Bethel Elementary School announces student honor roll…,” I thank the Mountaineer for this service to our students. I recall growing up in a small midwestern town in which the local once a week paper published the honor roll of the school.

Our town did not have much news and during my years in school I did not do a lot of things to get my name in the paper.  At the end of every grading period, I knew my name would be in the paper.  I saved every listing and still have them today.  I enjoyed this publicity as did my family and others in our community.

We thank the school and the Mountaineer for giving this positive news about our children who do outstanding work for their education.

I understand that each school has selected a person to prepare and submit articles with pictures of students and teachers of events and activities that have occurred in the school.

The organizations, clubs and individuals who give time and funds to the schools should be publically recognized in some way.

The community wishes to know all honors and recognition the schools and individuals have received, the activities that benefit the schools and the education programs involved.

The Mountaineer editor Vicki Hyatt, and its staff can follow up as indicated, select which articles can be published in the space allowed in the paper. Recently a section has been devoted to school news.  Community interest is increased with knowledge of what is being done, where it can be seen, who to contact, how to contact them, when and how each might interact.

Thank you each and all for the present success of our schools and your help in providing greater opportunities and higher achievements for our students.

Doris B Hammett, MD



Surgeon was great

To the editor:

The day after celebrating the 4th of July, my husband and I had to attend a funeral an hour from home and left our youngest two children (5 and 6 years old) with a friend here in Haywood County.

We had only been at the funeral for half an hour when we received a call from our friend stating that our 6 year old little girl had cut her finger and was hysterical.

She told us our daughter needed to go to the emergency room.

The details were vague since she was in the middle of handling the crisis and we wondered if the ER was even necessary.  As details emerged through conversation and “spelling” we learned that her finger was nearly “O.F.F” and that the ER was indeed necessary.

We rushed back home as quickly as we could as this was our first emergency of this degree with our children.

As a mother, I had to fight to keep control of my emotions for the hour ride trip until I could comfort my child.  Deep breathing and prayers kept emotions in check until we arrived.

Once we got there, it was as though our daughter had expended all of the emotion she had and was eerily calm.  My poor friend caught all of the prior hysteria, including but not limited to “am I going to die” to which her 5 year old brother chimed in “are you going to heaven?”.

Also, later my daughter informed the friend that she is a really good speller so cut O.F.F. and she thinks she is going to D.I.E. weren’t as coded as she had hoped.

The ER staff took good care of her as we waited for a doctor they said was a hand specialist.

I prefer to call him a Godsend.  His bedside manners are phenomenal as he calmed and charmed our daughter.  The initial re-attaching of the finger did not remain viable and two other surgeries and therapy were needed to get her to full health.  Even so, we very much believed she was in the best care possible.

I hate the whole experience happened at all, but Dr. Paul Cutting was a gem.  He went above and beyond multiple times including calling in on her and coming downstairs during her first therapy appointment just to see how she was doing.

To summarize it in a word, Dr. Cutting is exceptional and anyone finding themselves in need of his care will certainly be in good hands.

Jennifer Henson