By NEMS Daily Journal
Two Tremont seniors praise small-school role
As transfer students from IAHS and Tupelo High School, we think closing Tremont High School is a critical mistake in many ways. Transferring to Tremont has had a positive impact on our lives because of the ideals it has instilled in us that were absent at a larger school. It has made us realize exactly how far we can go in our lives.
Here, we have had a chance to succeed in activities that we were not able to participate in at our former schools, such as athletics, clubs and other school-related activities. After we moved to Tremont, we had a chance to be a part of the Tremont Eagles boys’ basketball, baseball, cross country and bowling teams. We have had the opportunity to experience sports we would never have been able to do at our old, much larger schools.
At our former schools, we didn’t have the opportunity to become a better athlete. Although we may not be star athletes, we have continued to become better athletes and learn the valuable life lessons that sports can teach, such as leadership, respect for others and work ethic.
Tremont provides more than just athletic opportunities; it provides academic and social opportunities as well. At Tremont teachers seem to be more caring about their students, and every teacher seems to go out of his or her way to ensure that we obtain the best education possible.
We chose to attend Tremont for our senior year and neither one of us regrets our decision.
Justin B. Hale and Matthew B. Hare
Tremont High School Seniors
Saltillo man says chief vote will have an election impact
I am writing in regard to the decision to make Saltillo police chief an appointed position. As a Saltillo resident, I have a message for all who ran for mayor or alderman in the last election. Many of you stood face to face with me and took a position. Now, some of you have voted the opposite. Duplicity to get elected is reprehensible. Yes, you can change your mind. I will be changing my mind about you in the voting booth next city election day.
Ronald H. Burch
Choose a private school for fully funded learning
From what I hear, many Mississippians want to see education fully funded. I have good news for these people: It is possible. I know, because I did it.
Years ago my wife and I were dissatisfied with the government-owned-and-operated school to which the state had assigned our daughter.We did not like the fact that the teacher covered only the material that the state exams would cover. We did not like the way she was being bullied by other students, or the fact that the school seemed powerless to stop the bullying. We did not like a lot of things, so we found a privately operated school and paid our own money for her to attend it.
We were very pleased with the results. Our daughter received a general education, not bits and pieces. The bullying was gone. And because we the parents were the customers (as opposed to the public schools, where the state is the customer), the school administrators took our views and opinions very seriously.
Of course, fully funding education with your own money (as opposed to your neighbor’s money, as is done with government schooling) may involve sacrifice. You may have to give up a vacation to Florida, a wide-screen TV, an all-terrain vehicle, a new car, etc. But my wife and I were very happy to sacrifice so our children could receive a good education.
I agree that Mississippians should fully fund their children’s education.