Letters to the editor - Tuesday (4-16-2013)

  • Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 12:15 a.m.

Week puts spotlight on early learning

Young children in Rowan County deserve the best that we can give them.

The Week of the Young Child, April 14–20, is a time to recognize the needs of young children and thank the adults involved in their education and care. Parents, teachers, caregivers and other adults play important roles in the lives of young children, and Week of the Young Child celebrates their efforts.

We can show support for early learning in our community by promoting early literacy programs, thanking teachers who care for our children, and working to ensure that our public policies support early learning for all young children.

Week of the Young Child is a time to remind us that “Early Years are Learning Years.”

— Martha Baker


Martha Baker is board chair for Smart Start Rowan.

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (www.naeyc.org/woyc).

Job well done

On Friday, April 5, at mid-morning, two of my children discovered a dear friend and neighbor had passed away in his home. 911 was contacted immediately, and responders including Rowan County Sheriff’s Deputy Tracy Coble, two EMS personnel, and Gold Hill Fire Department Chieff Randy Earnhardt arrived in a very timely fashion.

All of these personnel acted in a very compassionate, professional and respectful manner.

The event was very traumatic for all of us who gathered there. Deputy Coble was extremely empathetic and displayed much dignity for Mr. Culp and friends on site as he asked us important but necessary questions during his thorough and long investigation, to determine that death was caused by natural causes.

Under the very difficult circumstances we faced, it was very comforting to have such caring personnel on site.

Our thanks go out for all the above mentioned and to Sheriff Kevin Auten for providing us with Deputies like Tracy Coble. Good dollowers are a sign of good leadership and role models.

Understanding the comfort these folks provided in a time of much pain and sorrow can only be truly understood by personal experience. It is comforting to know we have that quality of employees in Rowan County.

— Randall F Smith, family and friends of “Chip” Culp

Gold Hill

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