To The Editor:

I am writing in response to last week’s letter from my good friend Paul Nabholz’ (and yes, he really is a good friend) allegation that the Honor Roll for Hot Springs Middle School is inflated and inaccurate.

Paul’s faulty base of analysis is that pre-determined statistical averages are the determining factor for student achievement. Another way to view it is that the supposed ‘bell-shaped curve’ model is the absolute ‘prescriptive’ foundation of determining knowledge retention and learning ability of the students. The fallacy in this assumption is that it totally disregards the most important element in classroom education. That element is ‘learning environment’ which is largely determined by the teacher’s empathy toward the students. A teacher who shows a genuine caring, passionate concern for the educational development and well-being of his/her students will inspire those students to seek knowledge and retention of that knowledge for personal achievement. I know some of the teachers in our schools and I can say without any hesitation that our teachers in this community are some of the most dedicated, hard-working, caring and compassionate educators in the country. Their commitment and dedication in leading, encouraging and inspiring their students to learn is reflected by the achievement of those students in making the Honor Roll. Every time we happen to meet one of our local teachers, we need to give them a ‘thumbs up’ and ‘thank you’ for being such a blessing to our community!

Joe Ferro

Hot Springs

To The Editor:

“Train up a child in The Way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it:” Solomon. Because of this hope/belief many people put great effort into the Christian education that outlines the path to eternal life.

Martin Luther & the Catholic church have a saying, “Give me a child until he is eight and I will give you a Christian (Catholic) for life.” In our town, one person especially impressed with Christian education was Wilbur Goesch. In his life here, he did everything on his heart to help Bethesda Lutheran School. He built a can crusher, which supplied hundreds of dollars to the school. He sponsored at least nine children’s attendance. In his passing, he gave a bequest that will bless the school for many years.

The people of Bethesda want children to experience the great love God has for us. Learning the stories of how God interacted with people in history proves this love. We also believe, in order to experience God’s love, we need to spend time in prayer and worship.

Christian education helps parents provide a firm foundation for the child’s future. Though entertainment and activities are important, children also need to know they are made for a purpose and how close our loving God is to us. Therefore, Bethesda Lutheran School provides prayer time, worship time, and Bible time. We regularly visit the three area retirement homes.

Like Wilbur, you can support a child.

Marianne Allen,

K – 2nd Teacher

Bethesda Lutheran School

To The Editor:

Delightful! That’s the only way to describe the evening celebration of Lammas (a harvest celebration in the Celtic tradition) recently held at 1891 Steakhouse and Bistro.

Chef Rebecca and her staff outdid themselves with a fabulous banquet featuring such Scottish fare as bannocks, cock-a-leekie soup, rumbledethumps, and strawberries and cream with shortbread.

Well done, 1891! Looking forward to more of these events in our great little town of Hot Springs.

Ina Winter

Hot Springs

To The Editor:

The American Legion Auxiliary would like to thank everyone who came to the Veterans Day Dinner. Special thanks to everyone who helped cook, serve, clean up and donated pies. Our dinner was a huge success because of each and everyone of you!!

Battle Mtn. Unit 71 American Legion Auxiliary

Hot Springs

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To The Editor:

“Seems to me I’ve heard that song before.” Do you remember that song? If not, google it and hear a great rendition by Tommy Dorsey and Helen Forrest.

We all have heard that we should shop locally, not only during the holidays, but all through the year if we want our small town to thrive. We have moved here to enjoy the beauty and peace and quiet of Hot Springs and if we want to keep enjoying it then we need to support the businesses, which, in turn, pay the taxes that run this community and pay local people who can then afford to purchase gas, groceries, etc. that also support our local tax base.

For me, I do most of my shopping in businesses in Hot Springs. I only order on line or purchase elsewhere for items not available here. That allows me to spend 90% of my money right here in our very special place in which my husband and I have chosen to retire.

I am willing to spend more at times to do this and I also save on shipping, time, gas and wear and tear on my vehicle. I have heard that some do not want to shop in our chain stores, but remember, they also employ those who live here and they also pay local taxes.

So where have you heard that song before? Perhaps it bears repeating.

Mary Goulet

Hot Springs

To The Editor:

I would like to express my gratitude to the people of Hot Springs on this Thanksgiving… to those who make this community such a wonderful place to live. We have good food, clean water, our kids get a good education, our streets are plowed & taken care of, our rubbish is hauled away, there is fuel for our cars and trucks and for heating & cooking; the list goes on and on. We live in abundance, in a beautiful place and our community makes the effort to make it happen. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Robert Pleau

Hot Springs

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