Voices
February 24, 2011 Issue

LETTERS


Children’s home needs support

Dear Editor:

Word has it that the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home in Baxley has a food shortage in their commissary.

We are asking for food donations to help them out. All the H&R Block stores in the area are participating in this community project. Bring in a few items such as canned tuna or salmon, peanut butter, breakfast juices, coffee, pancake mix, syrup, honey, cooking oils, chips, bleach, fabric softener, dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent and pre-packaged snacks, to be delivered by the first of the month.

 

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Come by for a great cause for the kids. We are here from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Thank you,

Anne Neely
Marketing supervisor



Reader excited over prospect of iPads in classrooms

Dear Editor:

I read something the other day that stopped me in my tracks. Of all the people to think of this, “replacing school books with iPads” it had to be a Republican. Here is something that I thought of a few years ago, but pushed it out of my mind because the laptop was costly, heavy, and the iPad was still on the drawing board at Apple. Even though some kids, high school and college, have been using laptops in their classes for some time, most couldn’t or wouldn’t use them because of the weight and cost.

Now that Apple has come out with the iPad, and gotten the bugs out of them, this Georgia State Republican Senator Tommie Williams has come up with, what I think is a great idea. He recently confirmed the possibility that Georgia was thinking of replacing schoolbooks with iPads.

He went on to say that they met with Apple Computers, “and that they have a really promising program where they come in recommending to middle schools – for $500 per child per year, they would furnish every child with an iPad, wi-fi the system, provide all the books on the system, all the upgrades, all the teacher trainning – and that so far the results they’re getting from the kids is phenomenal.”

The senator added that the state is, “currently spending about $40 million a year on books. And they last about seven years. We have books that don’t even have 9/11. This is the way kids are learning, and we need to be willing to move in that direction.

Currently, Apple lists around 5,400 education apps for the iPad. Of this figure, around 1,000 are free. Over at Apple’s Learning with iPAD webpage, a variety of education apps are showcased – including Apple’s iWork for iPAD suite, The Elements: A Visual Exploration, and iBooks.

Not only would the iPADS provide students with a fun, interactive way to learn – but content wise, the tablets would always offer the latest, up to date information.

Personally, I think every state in the union should be thinking in this direction. There’s no doubt that this will save in the long run, each state a lot of money, and it will make learning fun. I hate to admit this, but this Republican came up with a way to really save millions. I hope my home state goes through with this idea, and becomes a model for the rest of the country, as well as the world.

I have an IPAD, and it’s fun to have. I can do 85 percent on, and with it, what I want to do, but it doesn’t replace the desktops, or the laptops. But, I have a feeling when the next iPAD comes out this year, they will be a close second to both of them.

Finally, I know some of you will think this is crazy and costly, but do the math. Ask your children, grandchildren, their friends, or even ask The News and Farmer to take a poll in Jefferson County, and the surrounding counties of the middle school, high school, and college kids this question: Would you rather carry and learn from books or an iPAD.

Clyde D’Antignac
Future Wadley Resident





Tribute paid to Donald Hartley

Dear Editor:

I am writing to you today in hopes that you will print this letter in your newspaper as a small tribute to Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Donald Hartley who passed away recently. I have lived long enough to realize that there have been a small group of people that have been a tremendous influence in my life. CSM (Retired) Donald Hartley was one of those people. I count myself as very fortunate for having served under his command in the Georgia Army National Guard and for knowing him as a friend. I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today if it had not been for his guidance and counseling.

CSM (Retired) Donald Hartley was the epitome of a professional non-commissioned officer and in my mind’s eye when I hear the phrase First Sergeant or Command Sergeant Major; I automatically picture him. He recruited me into the Georgia Army National Guard and later encouraged me to volunteer for active duty and to make the army my career. His leadership and mentoring provided me with the examples and skills that I would use later in my career when I was called upon to lead soldiers into combat. CSM (Retired) Donald Hartley was a genuine leader that is so hard to find in the world today. And his genuine leadership echoes today in the lives of the numerous soldiers that he inspired.

There are not enough words to honor or thank CSM (Retired) Donald Hartley for what he did for me and the influence that he had on my life. So I would simply like to ask that you print this poem to honor the memory of CSM (Retired) Donald Hartley.

Respectfully submitted:

Michael L. Williams
Master Sergeant (Retired)
United States Army


JUST A COMMON SOLDIER
(A Soldier Died Today)
by A. Lawrence Vaincourt

He was gettingold and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.
And tho’ sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we’ll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer, for a soldier died today.
He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won’t note his passing, though a soldier died today.
When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?
A politician’s stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.
It’s so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?

He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier’s part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.


If we cannot do him honor while he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.




Glascock Action Partners

Dear Editor:

Dear Editor and all Glascock County citizens 18 years old and older: As you probably already know, Glascock Action Partners, Inc. collaborates with many community partners in order to bring much needed services to the children and families of Glascock County. In order to continue providing these services and possibly even bringing new services to our community, We need your help.

Later this week, you will be receiving the 2011 Glascock County Community Assessment survey in the mail. Please be on the look out for a white envelope with a Glascock Action Partners, Inc. return address label on it and don’t throw it away!

The results that we obtain from this survey are important in identifying what the strengths and weaknesses are in our county. Please let us know what is working and what’s not. For example, information about children helps our community plan for child care, education, recreation, and other extracurricular activities.

Housing information helps our community plan for law enforcement and fire protection. Your thoughts and opinions about the services available in our community help us to identify and target key areas of interest.

Your input also helps our community get financial assistance for roads, medical care, schools and more. Also, knowing the demographic information, such as age, race, and sex, of those that complete this survey helps our community better meet the needs of everyone.

For a better future for all the citizens of Glascock County, please take the time to complete this survey and return it to the office of Glascock Action Partners, Inc. You may also return the survey by mail using the address which will be included in the survey.

As an incentive for completing this survey and returning it to the Glascock Action Partners, Inc.’s office, located at the Old School, no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, we are offering each person one chance for their name to be entered into a drawing for one of six (6) $50.00 gas cards that will be held on Monday, March 21, 2011. You must be 18 Years Old or older in order to complete this survey and register for one of the fifty dollar gas cards.

For your name to be entered into this drawing, please fill out the registration information that will be included in the survey letter and return it to our office.

Only one survey per person will be accepted. This drawing is optional. Although your contact information will in no way be used for any other purpose than for the drawing, if you prefer you may return your survey without returning the registration form.

Please take your time and answer the survey questions honestly. Also, please use the comments section to give us further details regarding your thoughts about our community. Your opinions matter!

If you have any questions or if you would like for us to mail you additional copies of this community survey, you may call the office of Glascock Action Partners, Inc. @ (706) 598-0722.

Many thanks for your assistance in this process.

Wanda Davis,
Executive Director
Glascock Action Partners, Inc.

 


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