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Dec. 24, 2012 @ 06:56 AM

Educators are heroes every day
I am so proud to see public acknowledgment of the teachers, the principal and the custodian at Sandy Hook Elementary School as being called heroes. Absolutely, they are. They gave or risked their lives to help their students. Nothing can or should ever lessen that fact.

My reason for this letter is to remind the public that all educators are caring people that do way more than is ever reported. I am surprised — no, shocked — that people are surprised that public school employees would risk their lives for “their kids.” Public school employees give of their lives daily, and I feel confident in saying that almost every public school employee would give their life for “their kids.”

Teachers work hard days, often taking home not only student work to be graded, but also the heartbreak of those same student’s lives. School employees often know about those lives and feel frustrated that they cannot change those negative issues. Often they do things about those negative issues that are never known by anyone.

Teachers often spend their own money, bring items from home for “their kids” and spend their own time helping those same kids. As we are in the Christmas season, even more is being done behind the scenes to help students.

There is a great outpouring of requests to “hug a teacher” now. Please do it. Hug them by supporting them, by supporting the school systems they work for, and by having your student/child support them with respect and care. 

Call your legislators — get them to support financial help for school systems. Send your child to school with an attitude that school is important and mostly — “hug a teacher” with your support and respect.

Jonathan Bradley
Huntington

Tougher drunk driving laws needed
It is our appointed time to ask our legal representatives in Charleston to make our laws over problem drunk drivers much tougher than ever! People like John David Caldwell, who is a problem, high-end drunk driver! He has driven drunk in many vehicles and accumulated 13 to 14 DUI citations to his legal police record!

Do we allow people like Mr. John David Caldwell to continue to drive drunk on the roads of West Virginia and kill people in the process? Or do we allow people like Mr. John David Caldwell to be tried in court, to be convicted and to be put in jail with a life sentence?

I leave it up to you citizens of West Virginia to make up your choice! To allow high-end drunk drivers, like Mr. John David Caldwell, to legally drive dunk in vehicles to kill people on the roads? Or do you contact your legal representatives in Charleston to toughen the laws over high end drunk drivers like Mr. John David Caldwell? To make sure they never get to drive on our roads ever again!

Jack McClellan
Huntington

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