Letters to the Editor 08-26-14

In November 1965, we moved our young family to Vanlue to a home we built adjacent to the Vanlue Community Park.
Over the years, we have watched our children and grandchildren grow up playing in the park. There have been numerous activities that our family has attended there, including family reunions, baseball games and the annual festival, just to name a few.
The park has always been an asset to our community and we love to see it being used for so many different activities.
We enjoy sitting on our front lawn and visiting with those on their way to spend time with their family at the park.
Over the years, there have been many improvements to the park. They didn’t happen by accident.
It was by the hard work and dedication of so many volunteers that has made the park what it is. The Veterans Memorial that was recently dedicated is just another positive improvement to our park and says just how much we appreciate all veterans and their sacrifice to our country.
We would like to express our gratitude to all of the volunteers for their time and efforts and the work they do to keep it a clean, safe and enjoyable place to go. We are very proud to be residents of Vanlue and we are very happy to have our community park as our neighbor.
For those of you who visit the park often, we look forward to seeing you again and for those who have not visited, please do. We are sure you will enjoy the experience.
On your way to the park, make sure you stop and say hello or give us a friendly wave on your way by.
Payne and Virginia Hackworth

After reading Ms. Rice’s letter to the editor (Aug. 23), I was encouraged that she agreed there are the ill, the handicapped, and healthy folks who need help occasionally.
I also agree with writer Gary Lapon, who wrote that the welfare cheaters are wealthy corporations profiting by an extremely profitable collection of subsidies, tax breaks and other government handouts rather than creating jobs.
According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses create 80-90 percent of new jobs.
In response to Mr. Schakett (letter, Aug. 25), we should all appreciate and support small businesses.
Furthermore, we should support public and private union workers who organize to improve wages, benefits and working conditions. Unions have a positive effect on other workers, workplaces and communities.
Ms. Rice, I am quite familiar with “tough love.”
Tough love’s original intent was to change behaviors of adults with substance use disorders, not behaviors of children. Tough love takes away support and nurturing a child needs. Tough love interferes with a child’s opportunity to learn from experience. A child fearing a loss of attachment is a result of tough love.
As the educator John Holt warned, “When we make a child afraid, we stop the child’s learning dead in its tracks.”
Rather than the tough love approach used in attempts to change addicts and children’s behaviors, the cognitive behavioral approach has a proven success rate.
The cognitive behavioral approach practices positive reinforcement. Positive reinforcement adds a consequence that the individual finds rewarding, resulting in an increase in the desired behavior. This approach is used in parenting, therapy in the field of addiction, education and criminal justice systems.
Rather than tough love, we should make sure every child has enough to eat.
According to The Courier’s View (Aug. 22), 10,170 people in Hancock County are considered “food insecure.” The editorial stated a lack of proper nutrition can affect mental and physical health, and reduce a youth’s ability to learn, grow and fight illness.
One in six residents fighting hunger is troubling.
Don Iliff

With all the non-lethal tools to stop people, why was the young man near St. Louis murdered? This cop had tear gas and a stun gun that will stop anyone.
Also, we are over there in Syria killing people right and left, and we raise hell about one journalist? When you are dead, that is it, no matter which side does it.
We do not have a monopoly to kill as we see fit.
Burl Greer



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