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Opinion

January 27, 2013

Letters to the Editor 1/27/13

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No one, young people or adults, who participated in “Annie” will ever forget it. No price can be put on those memories. We will all remember how we worked together for a common cause; how we laughed and cried; how we adjusted if things were not perfect; how we lifted each other up and were, in turn, lifted up by those who appreciated our work at each performance.

We expect our children to learn math, science, history and reading. We expect to provide teachers and places to teach those things. But we also need our schools to teach our children about citizenship, responsibility and things like trust, dedication and confidence so that they will become productive members of society.

Theater, particularly a live musical, does it all. It teaches dedication/commitment (that’s one word), hard work with a reward, responsibility, confidence, trust, cooperation, sharing, optimism, teamwork and crisis management – because the show must go on.

In Texas public school finance, some say that budgets have to be cut. Too often, they say that we can “do without” fine arts and music. They say that other programs are more important in educating our children.

The kindest word I can use to describe this thinking is this: “Baloney.” Live theater and music are what education is all about.

To Mineral Wells High School theater and music, your work in “Annie” has spoken volumes to us about real education. So now, lead on! We will gladly follow.

Mike A. Smiddy (“FDR”), Mineral Wells

Thanks, Jim!

Dear Editor:

A quick note of thanks to Jim Vines and “Veterans Corner” for the recent articles regarding changes at the VA on benefits.

My father and father-in-law, both now deceased, were World War II vets. My wife and I have worked now for several years to secure Aid & Attendance and Survivor benefits for our mothers, who need this benefit in such a dire way.

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