Columns/Opinions

Tue
03
May

Former YES employee shares concern

Dear Editor,

As a lifelong resident of Yorktown, and a former student and employee of YISD, I’m concerned about the recent turn of events. The ad in the paper last week suggested reasons for the academic troubles lately, but there are a few points I’d like to offer alternative options on.

At the end of the 2011 school year, a number of teachers resigned including me. I can’t speak for why other teachers left, but I know that I chose to resign when the school board warned the budget was tight and there might need to be layoffs. Having witnessed many friends losing their jobs in the 80’s, I decided I would be the one to go voluntarily. It was a tough decision, but it was the right one for me. Each teacher that resigned at that time has her own reasons, that I’m reasonably sure cannot be attributed to any one person.

Tue
26
Apr

John C. French Elementary thanks McDonald's

Dear Editor,

The staff and students of John C. French Elementary would like to thank McDonald’s (Cuero) for donating the incentives for our students for Perfect Attendance and Good Citizenship for the 5th six weeks. We appreciate all McDonald’s has done for our school this year.

Sincerely,

Kimberly Fleener

John C. French Principal

Tue
19
Apr

'It's never too late to say thank you'

Dear Editor,

It’s never too late to say thank you! The Tri-City Empowerment Council was able to host it’s 2nd Annual Holiday Celebration on Dec. 17, 2015. Our focus was on the Foster/Adopted children and their families in the Golden Crescent Region. We serviced 67 children and adults with good food, fantastic entertainment, and stocking stuffers. The Tri- City Empowerment Council’s mission is to help individuals, families, and Communities to experience life in all of its abundance.

Tue
19
Apr

Make every day Earth Day

Dear Editor, 

This year will mark the 46th year of Earth Day celebrations. Events will be held across Cuero and we’ll once again be reminded about the importance of environmental conservation. However, we shouldn’t think of Earth Day as one single day to take action and reduce our environmental footprint – it should be considered a year-round effort.

This Earth Day and every day, I encourage everyone to join together and work toward real progress in achieving meaningful change in Cuero. Promote environmental awareness by educating others in your household and neighborhood on litter control and proper recycling techniques. Start a compost pile at home. Take action and get involved in environmental issues that are important to you.

Tue
19
Apr

Gobbler round of applause

Dear Editor,

On behalf of Cuero ISD, I would like to thank our Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) Program book sponsors for the 2015-2016 school year. A Gobbler round of applause for the Cuero National Bank - Branch of First National Bank of Shiner, Cuero Rotary Club, and Cuero ISD Education Foundation for their generous donations. Because of their continued partnership, we were able to hold three book distributions this school year. Over 2,130 new books were chosen by 712 students in grades Pre-K through 3rd to begin or add to their home library. These free books help motivate our students to discover the joys and value of literacy. Thank you for helping promote a passion for reading and learning! 

Sincerely,

Ruby Rodriguez

Cuero ISD RIF Coordinator

Tue
19
Apr

DeWitt County, wildflower capital of Texas

Dear Editor,

DeWitt County, Cuero in particular, prides itself on being called “Wildflower Capitol of Texas.” As a former member of the now defunct DeWitt County Wildflower Association I know that there were wildflowers on Rosie Dunn/Bridge streets that could be found nowhere else in Cuero. Not anymore! Someone had the “boneheaded” idea to spray herbicide on both sides of the road and now all that is growing there are empty beer bottles.

Freda Nelsson

Tue
19
Apr

Unwaranted sign removal against the law

Dear Editor,

Regardless of how someone feels about a candidate, the election process or the signs themselves, removing them for any purpose without permission is still against the law unless they are on that person’s property. In Texas, if you get caught vandalizing a sign, you could be charged with criminal mischief. And if you get caught stealing one? Well, you could end up paying up to $500 in fines.

Mrs. Precelia G. Brown

Tue
12
Apr

Message from the Mayor: Much happening in Cuero

By Sara Post Meyer

Mayor of Cuero

There’s much happening in Cuero these day: new photography exhibit at the Library, beginning installation of automatic metering system for both water and electricity, and ball games galore. Be sure to stop and smell the wildflowers along the lanes and byways of DeWitt County—this year flowers are prolific!

Cuero Public Library hosts Wildflower Photography Exhibit through April. Be sure to stop by the Library, 207 E. Main, to enjoy the over 250 wildflower themed photographs in this exhibit sponsored by DeWitt County Shutterbugs. You can vote for ‘Best of Show’ from the public.  Library Hours are M-F, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sat., 9 a.m.-noon. 

Hillside Cemetery to host Decoration Day, third Sunday in April, on the 17th.

Tue
12
Apr

Strategic Economic Development Plan 2015-2018

By Patrick J. Kennedy

CDC executive director

One of the best tools that an organization can utilize, especially an economic development organization, is the development, (and implementation) of a strategic plan. The penultimate plan developed for the Cuero Development Corporation in October 2011 recognized the opportunities and challenges of the Eagle Ford Shale activities on the community. As many plans are developed for a three year period, in the summer of 2014 the Board requested the assistance of the Lower Colorado River Authority Community & Economic Development Department to develop a new three year plan. 

After an extensive interaction with numerous community leaders and an involved review and approval process, the Strategic Economic Development Plan 2015-2018 began on July 1, 2015. 

Tue
12
Apr

Pre-kinder education, most important education

Dear Editor,

Two days after conception, the first brain cell is born. Two weeks after conception, the brain is producing 500,000 brain cell a minute. At birth, the child has 100 billion neurons and virtually none of them are activated. In order for the cell to be activated it must be properly stimulated. A child’s brain develops from the bottom up and from the back to the front. The very bottom and the back of the brain is where balance is determined. The first thing your child does is raise their heads and then roll over. From there, the brain develops up and forward until it reaches the extreme front and top portion called the prefrontal cortex.

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