The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 16, 2012

Our Readers Speak — Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012

Thanks for help with MDA Bowlathon

On Aug. 16, the Beckley Board of Realtors held an MDA Bowlathon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and I would like to thank everyone who helped.

First and foremost, I need to recognize the fine folks at Leisure Lanes. Obviously, it would be impossible to have a bowlathon without a bowling alley, but the owners and staff at Leisure Lanes went out of their way to assure our event’s success. They prepare the lanes, supply the food, and staff the counter for us during the event.

I really appreciate their help and hope the community appreciates civic-minded businesses like this one.

Businesses that sponsored lanes were: Assist-2-Sell, Beckley Newspapers, BB&T, Beckley Board of Realtors, Century-21 First Choice, City National Bank, Coldwell-Banker Mountaineer Real Estate, ERA Advantage Realty, Fayette County National Bank, Fayette-Nicholas Board of Realtors, Huntington National Bank, Jones & Jordan Realty Pros, MCNB, Old Colony Realtors, Pioneer Community Bank, Prudential Sigmund-McLean & Associates Realtors, Reedy Construction, Roop & Smith Law Office, and Toler Appraisal.

Businesses that made other contributions were Arch Coal, Burning Rock Outdoor Adventure, Compute One, Mountain State Miniature Golf, Tamarack, and The Cabins at Pine Haven.

All of these business came together to ensure we had a successful event, and I appreciate their help. The evening was a lot of fun, and we managed to raise over $2,000 for MDA.

Considering the support we got from these businesses, I would like to urge all of your readers to seek out these community-minded folks when you are looking for any of the services they provide.

Jon Mahan


Beckley Board of Realtors


Quote, website point out serious problem

Superintendent Butcher, I read Friday’s Register-Herald and learned of the sad WESTEST results for Fayette County. What was also troubling was their quote of your statement that “We certainly have our work to do in reading, math and graduation rate. One positive note was that attendance rates are very good.” Can I safely conclude that students are showing up for school but just not learning anything?

And when I looked at the referenced website for Fayette County high school results, I learned that over 50 percent score at Novice or Below Mastery in ALL subjects. How can 50 percent of graduates be “honor graduates” with these scores?

I have heard positive things about your capabilities from people in the education community. You’re brand new to your superintendent role. These results shouldn’t reflect your leadership — yet. Why would you rationalize or defend them? It’s obvious big-time change is required — and it ought to be done quickly. Let’s quit studying the issue, appointing committees to study the issue, and, instead, take some real action.

Last month’s Register-Herald article on the Board of Education meeting referenced a survey which ranked West Virginia 49th in its education program, and Fayette County was ranked 53rd out of 55 counties in the state. Those rankings say the program is broken — it can hardly get worse. Let’s quit waiting for marginal improvements by taking incremental steps in change.

Our kids cannot compete in today’s world with this kind of an education.

 Larry Dingle