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Letters on Wreaths Across America, meeting childrens' needs

Dec. 19, 2017 at 11:26 p.m.

Thanks for wreaths

I would like to thank the public for supporting the annual Wreaths Across America program at Gladewater, Rosewood Park and Kilgore (news story, Sunday). A special thanks to Carolyn Morton, coordinator for Rosewood Park Cemetery, for giving Kilgore a box of their wreaths to help with our program.

The 266 wreaths for the Kilgore Cemetery did not make the delivery date. I have been told by Wreaths Across America that they should be here before Christmas. I also would like to thank Alan at Sam's Club in Longview for donating the wreaths for the branches of service.

We still had our ceremony, and it was attended by more than 45 citizens and veterans. It was a great and solemn event, and we were able to improvise, adapt and overcome. Thank you to the News-Journal and all East Texas residents for your support. Thanks also from the Gregg County Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.

David Applewhite, Gladewater (Applewhite is captain in the Air Force auxiliary of the Civil Air Patrol)

Children vs. dollars

I have been concerned about our school systems for awhile and have been known to fight the school board, but it is getting ridiculous.

My grandson has been involved with the YES program at Community Healthcore, and Pine Tree ISD refused to allow his counselor to come into the school and counsel him. Our choices were two hours a week in the school environment or four hours in the home during the day, which means he misses school two times a week for up to three hours rather than miss two different classes twice a week. The excuse was because if the counselor gets bumped and feels it would make them liable even if she signs a waiver.

We wonder why our children fall through the cracks? Yet the superintendent has signs all over her office stating they strive to help our children achieve a goal.

Then I find out that they get to bill the state for any student they counsel within the school district. So I guess it is all about the money.

When will our children be more important than the almighty dollar and have caring schools that care about our kiddos instead of how much money they get paid and how many days vacation a year they get?

Iliana Gonzales, Longview



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