To the editor,

I transferred to Erath Excels Academy in January to serve as the director of special education. Upon arriving to the school I had no idea what to expect. I have seen articles in the paper from concerned citizens about the building of the new school. I have heard the rumors about the “bad element” within the school. However, what I have discovered has been exactly opposite. There are students here that have struggled in the area high schools and jr. high schools because of social issues or learning disabilities. In addition, there are students here that do have difficulties with authority and assert themselves in ways that are inappropriate. However, the kids here are being successful using the Boy’s Town System of discipline and reward, which is helping create intrinsic behavior changes.

I have discovered that these teenagers expect you to prove that you care about them and their successes and trials. They are striving to find their place in the adult world, just like every other teenager. And they will go to bat for the person that gives them hope and respect. Some kids here have overcome huge obstacles and losses in their lives, more than any I could imagine. But they come each day and put their best effort into learning. They are determined to graduate, and most do extremely well.

These are the kids that will one day be the adult leaders in our community. I would be excited to see our community leaders come into Erath Excels and mentor these kids. They need to see and believe that they are not throw away kids. How amazing would it be for area businesses and leaders to come and volunteer in our school or donate to their education! If we do not show them and teach them new ways of doing things, how can we complain when as adults they enter the criminal justice system or tax the already burdened social welfare system? We need women and men to invest time and heart into the lives of the kids. You would be surprised at what you would see in our school. It truly is a humbling experience. Please come and tour our school or volunteer at any time.

Cassie Petty

Stephenville

To the editor,

It is fascinating to watch the musical chairs taking place in the race for city council! It is very kind of Ms. Abel to move out of the way for her friend Mr. Murphy but I can’t help wondering where they both will be filed come March 9. On a serious note, while Mr. Nash welcomes his opponent I’d like to say that during the past four years, I have been impressed with Mr. Nash. Although he and I disagree on issues sometimes and I don’t agree with all of his votes all the time, he does listen to citizens and considers all aspects of an issue carefully before he votes. As a mother with three children, I have never felt that Mr. Nash voted in a way that was detrimental to my family in any way. He’s worked to keep our taxes low while managing the city budget so we have more money for streets, facilities, police and firefighters. I am known to be very liberal in my outlook but there have been times that I have appreciated Mr. Nash’s conservatism and right now, given our difficult economic times, I am not willing to lose someone we citizens can trust to be careful with our money who will work to keep our taxes moderate while seeking new business to help the city stay strong.

Marcy Tanter

Stephenville