Dumping of deer carcasses a concern
To the editor:
After reading the 12/20/2012 letter to the editor, “Stop Dumping Deer Carcasses,” I also felt compelled to write regarding this concern. The dumping is very problematic in the Moser/Slate Road area, and we have discovered at least four instances of gargabe bags and/or a cooler full of butchered parts dumped on our personal property. This disrepectful behavior is especially worrisome for area pets and leaves the disgusting cleanup for innocent folks. I, too, would like to plead with any person doing this — please stop dumping deer carcasses!!
Donna L. Tuttle
County right for not rushing decision
To the editor:
I wish to commend the Stokes County Commissioners for choosing not to rush to a decision on the issue of putting armed officers in all of Stokes County’s 20 schools. There is a strong, nationwide impulse to want to do something to reduce the likelihood of another school shooting. But that does not mean that the above idea would be the best one. The way to build healthy, safe communities is through communication and relationship-building. Increasing the availability of counseling and mental health services, both in our schools and in our society, could help a disturbed person get the help he or she needs before the bullets fly. Placing armed SROs in all the schools is close to a quarter of a million dollar per year response, according to The Stokes News. Unless officers receive very specialized training in skills beyond law-enforcement procedures, they will only be equipped to respond after a problem becomes a crisis. It seems to this citizen that a better strategy is to search for ways to offer help and guidance to disturbed individuals before they turn to violence.
John M. Hartman, Jr.