Letters to the Editor for 4/20/09

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No excuse for rude behavior

How can a school teacher be so rude to parents and get away with it?

I talked to the principal on many occasions. And all he said was that he would have a little talk with her. But she is being so rude again.

How many times is it going to take for them to do something about it? They have no right to tell you how to punish your child

Like for instance to break a child from pulling his shoes and socks off, to take them outside barefoot and it’s a cold and rainy day. Or to hit his rump a little bit harder.

She’s a teacher, and doesn’t need to teach if she is going to be rude to us. What can I do?

Jennifer Coleman


Worlds connect at your local library



“If you can’t be quiet, I’m going to have to ask you to leave.”

These may be words you have heard from a librarian in your past. I’m here to tell you that libraries have changed.

I am a student at Old Dominion University working towards my Masters in library media studies. I have learned a great deal about the new improved library program and wanted a chance to share it.

School libraries these days have so much more to offer than books. Some resources include online book catalogs, audio books, laptops, DVDs, Leap Pads, magazines and online databases, just to name a few.

Today’s library is open, inviting and shouts, “Come in and check me out!”

Today’s librarian is loud, excited about learning and there to help you.

April celebrates School Library Month and the week of April 12-18 is National Library Week. This year’s theme is “Worlds Connect @ Your Library.” It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what your career is, we can all meet and connect at the library.

The library is the center of the school and learning. This year’s theme is sharing the fact that books and the Internet actually connect us to more than just the school, but to the world around us.

Check out your school and public libraries. Don’t take my word for it — see the difference yourselves.

Libraries are always looking for volunteers to help out.

Take the chance to talk about School Library Month to your children and read a book!

Alicia Warf, teacher,

Galax Elementary School

Squad members treated unfairly

I am writing in response of a letter published last week concerning Jeff Sexton and Laurel Rescue Squad.

I have known Jeff for many years and I believe in my heart that he is not guilty of accusations that were made.

He is a good person and a good friend. He is a great EMT and a dedicated individual to the community.

I have been in the EMS field for nearly 27 years and was a former member of the Laurel Rescue Squad until November 2007 when I also was suspended for false accusation.

On the day of Nov. 11, 2007, we answered a CPR call. I was doing compressions with my partner helping with the airway. It was successful at the time.

Two weeks later I was suspended because two nurses reported that they smelled a strong odor of alcohol.

It wasn’t true. If they so strongly believed this, then why wasn’t the police called in to give me a breath test instead of them waiting two weeks to report it to the Carroll County administrator’s office?

There were witnesses with me all day of the call. I had a meeting with the Carroll Board of Supervisors but they would not allow me to have witnesses. I even had letters on my behalf. They were not allowed, either.

I still can’t understand any of this, or why. I never had a complaint on me until then. All I know is that I was falsely accused and was done wrong.

Mr. Sexton and Laurel Rescue member Billy Sizemore, were the only two people that really stood behind me. I just want the people of the community to know how dedicated and true these guys are and to say thanks to them.

John Leonard