Press-Republican

May 11, 2013

Letters to the Editor: May 11, 2013

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support

TO THE EDITOR: I am a graduate of Beekmantown Central, and I urge residents to support Andrew Brockway for a seat on the BCS School Board on May 21.

Brockway is also a graduate of BCS and is a local attorney.

He knows how to negotiate and will not make decisions without hearing all sides. Andrew wants to make sure property taxes remain stable and wishes to promote financial responsibility for the district.

He also wants to ensure that the district doesn’t cut class sizes.

For all these reasons, I ask you to support Andrew Brockway for the BCS School Board.

MICHAEL CROSS

Daleville, Ala.

Theater

visit

TO THE EDITOR: The sixth-grade classes from Keeseville Elementary would like to send a special thank you to the staff of Cumberland 12 Movie Theater.

On May 3, the sixth-grade students from Keeseville Elementary went to see a special viewing of the movie “42.”

Cumberland 12 is very community oriented and made it affordable for us to see the movie. The staff at Cumberland 12 is always kind, courteous and accommodating for local schools and families.

We all enjoyed the movie very much. Thanks again. We all appreciate all you do for the local communities.

GIDEON ROCK, KILIAN CROGHAN, PAIGE DONER, DAVID HENDRIE

Keeseville Elementary

Support

teachers

TO THE EDITORS: The students of Northeastern Clinton Central School are livid, and that the superintendent and the board members do not recognize the fact is outrageous.

What is the point in having students if they don’t see that we are angry at this? Without teachers to teach them, there are no students to be taught. It’s no secret that this economy is going through a rough time, and making cuts are necessary in this situation.

Wouldn’t it be more logical to make cuts to employees who are not teachers, like, for example, the principal or an administrator? This would save a lot of money.

Teachers here not only teach very well, but they are people who we admire and/or look up to. They give advice when needed in a tough situation, help someone in need even if it means taking money out of their pockets and time out of their busy schedules to help, and ward off bullies to the best of their ability.

NCCS is one of the smartest schools, and why is that? That’s right, you guessed it: the teachers.

As a student of NCCS, I believe that this problem at hand can be solved with a little more thinking or another plan that is more profitable.

It’s time to give back to these teachers.

CHANTEL PETTWAY

Mooers Forks

Clear

enunciation

TO THE EDITOR: I recently received a phone call soliciting my support of some charity.

The caller started rattling off her message from her prepared manuscript at nearly machine-gun speed, but I finally interrupted her and explained that I had missed what charity she was representing.

I asked her to start over and tell me what group she represented. Three times she repeated the name of the entity; three times I had no idea what she said. Her rapidity of speaking was only part of the problem.

Words have two parts: consonants and vowels. Consonants give a word meaning and help to distinguish for the listener whether, for example, the speaker is saying “being” or “seeing.” Vowels flesh out the word to complete the meaning, but one can never communicate anything verbally by using vowels alone. It is the careful enunciation of consonants that has declined in our everyday discourse. One observes it in public speaking, in conversation, and on radio, TV, and telephone.

I urge teachers to emphasize the importance of clear enunciation to their students, and I further urge the readers of this letter also to concentrate on speaking clearly. It will surely bolster our understanding of one another.

RICHARD F. SCHWARTZ

Peru