Letters to the editor for Feb. 11

February 10, 2014 

STEM teachers needed

Thank you for the recent article, “Math, science teachers are ‘hot commodity’ in S.C.” It is certainly true that there is a great need for qualified STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) teachers in South Carolina.

As the director of graduate studies in the College of Education at Winthrop, I am well aware of how significant this need is. We applaud the new STEM initiative at the University of South Carolina to help meet the growing need in our state. I would like to remind your readers that Winthrop has a similar program: Project WISE (Winthrop Initiative for STEM Educators).

We are in the fourth year of a five-year federal grant program to recruit students to become high school teachers working in STEM fields. Successful applicants to this program receive financial and mentoring support as they earn their degrees. Students can earn teaching certification through either our undergraduate program or our graduate programs. More information can be found at: www.birdnest.org/wise.

Winthrop offers multiple options for people in our area to earn teacher certification at the undergraduate and graduate level. At the graduate level we offer a Master of Arts in Teaching in STEM fields, such as biology, chemistry and mathematics. Like USC, we offer a fifth-year program for undergraduates to stay one additional year and earn their master’s degree and teaching certification. For more information, you can visit us at www.winthrop.edu/coe.

Marshall G. Jones

Rock Hill

Control the bicyclists

I enjoy walking three or four times a week at the River Walk. It is always a pleasant experience – except when one encounters speeding bicyclers on the trail.

Not that I do not like bicycling; I have a bike and enjoy riding myself, but some of these folks are something else. The speed limit on the trail is 10 mph and clearly posted. Some, however, totally ignore this and go much faster, especially downhill. I believe they think the speed limit signs are there for decoration or for the walkers/joggers. You are lucky if they holler at you from behind, coming left or right; otherwise, they are just flying by out of nowhere.

The officials controlling the park try to do their best to control this but with limited success. One solution would be to create separate entrances and exits for bicycle trails or hit the racing folks in their wallets.

Hubert Emsermann

Rock Hill

Why not outlaw bats?

Give some thought to gun safety? What happened to reporting the news? When did we begin using our media to push our own liberal agenda?

Why don’t we pass laws against knives, baseball bats and other items that are responsible for more violent deaths than guns? Guns are not the problem, it’s people with no regard for right and wrong.

Criminals don’t obey the laws. That’s why they are criminals. Passing more laws and taking away the rights of our hard-working, law-abiding citizens is not the answer.

Doug McManus

Rock Hill

Local driver wins big race

Thumbs up to the CORE Autosports group and Jon Bennet for their PC class win at the recent Daytona Rolex 24-hour race. Great run, guys.

Another thumbs up to The Herald for its coverage and picture. Good feeling when locally based groups do well.

Mac Lyle

Rock Hill

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