The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 2, 2012

Our Readers Speak — Friday, Nov. 2, 2012


State BOE, thanks for ruining Fayette schools

Dear State Board of Education,

Since you took over Fayette County Schools, our students have had higher absentees, lower test scores in standardized testing and lower grades in general in all the schools, lower graduation rates, raw meat served for lunches, multiple early retirement of teachers, teachers leaving in droves, more substitutes teaching classes, more violence at sporting events and at schools in general, more dissatisfaction of students and teachers, more crowded schools due to closings. Other than that, you’re doing one heck of a job. Thanks for ruining our schools.

All the schools in our county are failing and below the standards, and WESTEST scores are the worst ever. We are now ranked No. 53 out of 55 counties, but don’t worry, I’m sure you will find a way of getting to that No. 55 spot. One good point, your personal salaries are up due to your selfish concerns for your own personal well-being as opposed to our students, so good for you. No wonder parents are taking their students out of our county schools in favor of getting a real education. Thank God I graduated prior to your coming to Fayette County, so I can inform the parents and residents of your great work. Keep up the good work. I’m sure your own children go to schools somewhere else.

Thomas “TB” Brown

Mount Hope

When will cell phone laws be enforced?

I may be wrong, but I do remember our laws that state “No Littering,” “Click It or Ticket,” “A Leash” for dogs and we have “DUI check points,” all enforced, as they should be.

My question would be what happened to the one law about “If you drive/park the phone”?

Stopped at a traffic light, almost hit from behind. Guess what? Driver on the phone. Driver speeding goes through stop sign, again talking on the phone?

I can handle all of that. What really upsets me was my son getting ready to get off a stopped school bus and guess what? Driver texting on the phone and did not stop. Thank God for a very good and alert bus driver No. 50.

I guess the phone calls are more important than someone’s life. When will this little-known “law” be enforced?

Connie Pusateri