The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 9, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Saturday, March 9, 2013


Choice of clothes can influence behavior

Clothes do not make the man any more than the man makes the clothes. The man has already decided to make the clothes in China or Taiwan. That way the man makes more money, but that is not my point.

I saw in the Charleston Daily Mail that a bar is posting a dress code to deter a rougher crowd. Scott Miller, the owner of Bar 101 on Capitol Street, says, “I think the way you dress influences the way you act.” I also see our football and basketball coaches celebrated for putting their kids in a shirt and tie for road games. I suppose they see value in the discipline that will translate into making winning more likely.

We followed the county dress code in the schools where I was the principal. There were a few awkward moments like when Mary Ann Bozeman became the self-proclaimed hoochie mama dress dance boss (Her words not mine). Betty Hughes told me not to handle cleavage, that she would do it. That seemed like very sound advice.

So what is my point? We must have standards. Without standards we do not have standards. Yes, I do see the danger in focusing on the small things over the big things, but the small things matter. There are no small things. I read an old book once that said before a man would be trusted with big things he would have to be trusted with small things. I think that is true.

There is far more danger in having no standards than trying to set a standard. Compare what we were with what we are. Think about what we will be if we do not try to be better than we are.

When I retire, I think I will burn every tie I own but one. That one is my Winnie the Pooh tie. It has sentimental value. Until then I plan to suit up on a regular basis for work. That suit will not overcome every obstacle to helping my young’uns, but it may give me a little edge. A lotta littles make a big. Considering all the challenges we face in education, I need every edge I can get.

As a basketball coach I was encouraged to look for every edge I could find. It seems to me I should be able to do the same thing for math, English, science, social studies, and welding class. I’ll just have to remember not to suit up when I weld.

Ronald Bee Cantley II

Cool Ridge

Boy Scouts should hold their heads high

Wow! Boy Scout, hold your heads up and keep the morals high! Do we in West Virginia really even care that those two music acts have canceled their performance at the Jamboree? I say it’s their loss, and I hope they stay out of our beautiful state.

I am sick of the confusion and chaos that people like that are creating in our country. The Jamboree is much better off without music at all, than to have groups like that coming in here, with their egotistical attitudes and weird philosophies corrupting our families.

To the Boy Scouts of America, I applaud you for standing up for morality. Please do not ever back down from the pressures of groups that support the fall of America. We NEED you and other organizations like you to stand proud, and not back down under pressure. We desperately NEED to see that there is still some good in America.

Please do not let this beautiful area of West Virginia down by complying with the stipulations of Train and Carly Jepson. If you want music at the Jamboree, we have many awesome groups right here in this area who would love the opportunity to perform.

Thank you for listening and keep up the good work.


Ella Akers

White Oak