Letters to the Editor

STEM learning must begin early

I recently retired from CSU after having been in the education field for 50 years and now look back from my new viewpoint as Professor Emeritus. So, what comes to mind after all this time? Articles written about education are published almost every day, and the new "buzz word" is STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). These subjects are the keys to success in the future. Indeed! It is true.

Why is it, then, that so few students of today are signing up for these classes, and why are there so few teachers qualified to teach these key subjects?

It's no secret. Youngsters cringe when these subjects are mentioned (and so do teachers) -- I was one of them. I went to great lengths in my education to avoid math and math-related classes. In my investigations of what is wrong with students' math and science skills, it became very evident that a problem lies with the skill level of some of the teachers. Many teachers are trained to teach math on an elementary level, and their skills end there. I do believe that a certified math teacher should teach elementary school math as well as the higher grades and high school. I am convinced that many students in the lower grades don't love math because they really don't understand it thoroughly, and it's because some of their teachers don't either.

I have taught teachers for 25 years. I believe that the program at CSU is great, and that students need all the human development and methods classes that there are, as well as history of education, etc. But in addition, math and science needs to be taught on the deepest levels possible for the age of each child. Then, we will begin to see results!

Rochelle Ripple

Columbus

Honoring Vietnam vets

Since 2014, the AHS Veterans Project has sought to preserve the legacy of Alabama and Georgia veterans through recording their stories for the Library of Congress Veterans History Project with 90 interviews collected thus far. In an effort to honor our Vietnam veterans and ensure their stories of heroism are preserved for future generations, AP U.S. History students at Auburn High School will be conducting oral history interviews March 24-25 in the school library. We hope that Vietnam veterans in the Columbus-Muscogee County area will consider this invitation in joining us in this important endeavor to honor their life stories.

Those wishing to participate can choose a time that is most convenient for them with interview slots offered at 9:45, noon, and 1:45 Central Standard Time. Interviews are audio-recorded by students who have trained in leading interviews, with copies being given to the veteran as well as to the Library of Congress; interviews normally last between 45 and 90 minutes. For our guests, food and drink will be provided.

If you are interested in participating or have further questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Blake Busbin at wbbusbin@auburnschools.org or by calling Auburn High School at (334) 887-4970.

Blake Busbin

Auburn

Not the whole story

This past Monday, a rather poorly advertised forum was called by Columbus Councilor Glenn Davis to talk about the proposed roundabout at River Road/Bradley Park/Green Island Dr/Cascade Rd intersection. My opinion is that the Georgia DOT is not trying to solve the root of the problem efficiently, but is only interested in a grand presence costing beaucoup bucks. For the DOT, it's purely an ego trip.

The L-E was there to "cover" it, but in reality "covered up" the important aspects. The L-E failed to mention any audience questions or opinions. It also failed to parse funding for the project. What the reading audience is left with is that the costs will be $1.5 million paid by the state with TSPLOST funds.

Let's start with those TSPLOST revenues not only is that our money to begin with, our return has been clipped by 15%; that's right for every $1 we pay in TSPLOST sales tax, we only get 85 cents of it back. the rest goes to other counties. So instead of the projected costs of $1.5 million, we Columbus taxpayers are actually paying $1,725,000 TSPLOST tax. In addition the City Engineer there said that another $800,000 would come out of the city budget.. you know, the one that Mayor Tomlinson cannot well, will not budget properly as it is? All total, the real cost on paper is $2,525,000 and that's before the first dirt is moved. Now, can anyone name a local project involving the Georgia DOT that has been brought in on time and on budget? Call your councilors and stop this waste of time. energy and money.

Hal Kirven

Columbus

City service woes

I do not know how this city gets by with the way things are not done. When you complain too much to the department manager, do not be surprised for them to contact your relatives without authorization who have nothing to do with the issue. Such as with Metra. If they do not like complaints more then three times a year from someone, they need to say so.

Regarding collection on Tuesday. Here is an issue it seems people do not want to know about also. The reason no pickup happens, even when put out the day before, I really have to question. With their "I am sorry" excuse. I give them credit. They admit they are sorry.

When you send proof drivers go down the center of the road. You are told "I will look into it." When?

How about being informed they never received anything, even when you have proof they have been sent messages? Their for reason no more glass is only a bad joke. Which is more recyclable, glass or plastic?

Ronald Cook

Columbus

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