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Voice of the People

Oct. 07, 2012 @ 12:10 AM

BOE ignoring will of taxpayers, students

I wanted to say how disappointed I am in how the South Point Board of Education dismisses the voice of the students and families they were elected to serve.

Recent changes in the lunch schedule at South Point High School has divided the normal lunch period into two separate, extremely short lunch periods, with one that begins at 10:45 a.m. Previously, students at the high school resourcefully used the extra time that was existent in the one-lunch-period schedule to conduct student council and club meetings, and most importantly, receive extra tutoring from teachers in an effort to fully understand the material presented in the classroom. Since the change to the two-lunch period schedule, these students have lost valuable time to conduct these meetings and receive much-needed tutoring.

Administration is stating that the two lunch periods are necessary to better supervise the students and that tutoring and monitoring can be performed either before or after school. This concept has been shown to be ineffective as the first attempt to conduct club and council meetings before school resulted in a multitude of students missing homeroom attendance and a portion of their first period classes. Many parents were called about students being absent when the students were in attendance.

Some of the top students respectfully presented their case to the board members at the last meeting in an effort to have the lunch schedule reverted back to normal, with the support of numerous teachers and parents. Instead, the board members rejected their pleas and the superintendent became aggressive toward one teacher who was there to support the students. It's so sad to see an administration blatantly ignoring the will of the taxpayers and students for a program that hinders the students of South Point High School.

Jennifer Ross-Wilkinson

South Point, Ohio

Randy Moss slapping Marshall in the face

Pro football player Randy Moss stated in the TV introductions to the San Fransisco 49ers offense that he played at Rand University. As we know, Rand is Randy's hometown and is located outside of Charleston. Randy has stated this before in the past.

I watched Randy Moss play football and rooted for him in his Marshall University days. As a Marshall graduate, I feel offended by his unnecessary slap in Marshall's face.

Marshall is a proud program with a magnificent history. This history includes the tragic plane crash involving the 1970 Thundering Herd football team and being the nation's winningest NCAA Division I program in the 1990s (Randy Moss played in this era).

I found it tragic that Randy is not proud to be a part of that history. I am ashamed that I have been a fan of Randy Moss in both his college and pro days. Randy, you are almost 40. I believe it is time for you to grow up and remember that while some at Marshall may have made you mad, many rooted and pulled for you. I do not know why you find it necessary to offend your true fans at Marshall University.

David "Alligator Jackson" Williams

Huntington

Pastor wants to spark revolution with churches

With Democratic leadership endorsing gay marriage, it gave me as a pastor a hard check. They're already pro choice concerning the abortion abomination, but that's been there for some time already -- already allowed to pass without a murmur, becoming a fact of life.

Before this newest plank becomes another fact of life, shouldn't pastors from the pulpit exhort members of their churches to leave the Democratic Party?

We could sit back, like when abortion came, and nobody blink an eye. Apathy! Not caring enough to act. That's what the Democratic Party hopes Christians do. But if there's to be any hope for our beloved America, then we can't succumb to the sleep of apathy any longer. We MUST start a revolution! MUST mark Democrats as a party that has crossed the line into ungodliness! MUST label Democrats as those without respect for God's Word! With allegiance to almighty political correctness, not almighty God!

Imagine the response to our revolution if every Christian left the Democratic Party? If every Christian candidate left?

One or two won't do it. Or one or two hundred. One or two thousand would actually start doing it, though, wouldn't it? I've joined the Revolution. What about you?

Matthew Stepp

Wayne

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