Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Letters to the Editor

February 13, 2014

READER POINT OF VIEW: Music teacher's honor is well deserved

As I sat at my desk recently reading an article in my local Durham (N.C.) newspaper about a teacher making a difference in the life of one of their students, I began to think about the teachers during my school days who were instrumental in my development and who had an impact on where I am today. The first name that came to my mind was my strings teacher, Susan Ellington. Out of the blue, I decided to “Google” her on the Internet to see if I could find out how she was doing or if she was still back home in Greenville, S.C. To my delight, I found her and read the article from the Goshen News (Jan. 24) that she was in Indiana and was to receive the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indiana American String Teachers Association on that very day that I was thinking about her! Is that a coincidence or what? One thing for sure is that it is a very fitting award for her as she is still doing for other students what she did for me, and that is develop a great love for music.

Mrs. Ellington came to my school when I was in the fourth grade back in 1974 at Simpsonville Elementary School in Simpsonville, S.C. and introduced me to the world of music. I was hooked from the very first day and went home to tell my parents that I wanted to play an instrument. I started off playing viola through my elementary and middle school years. However, I was growing into a big football player-sized kid, and carrying around that little violin-looking case just didn’t fit with my ego. I shared my dilemma with Mrs. Ellington and that I didn’t want to quit because I really loved playing and being in the orchestra. Well, she said how about playing the bass. Of course, the bass is a big instrument, so my problem was solved! She went on to teach me throughout my high school days where I earned multiple All-County and All-State Orchestra honors. Even though my orchestra career ended when I left for Clemson University to major in electrical engineering and play football for the Tigers, I never forgot my love for music or the skills that Mrs. Ellington taught me. I am still involved with music today as I am the Minister of Music at my church and play the electric bass. Even though my two sons didn’t follow me into strings, the older one plays drums and the younger one plays the trumpet.

Text Only
Letters to the Editor
  • No Headline Provided Concord residents have stake in school system There are some residents in Concord Township who feel that the Concord schools referendum does not impact them because they do not have children enrolled in the school system. I would suggest that, in add

    April 23, 2014

  • Letters for April 20, 2014 Think beyond the end of your driveway When our kids were young, we moved to be back in the Concord school district because of what it had to offer our kids. Now as my youngest is set to graduate this spring, the easy thing would be to say that schoo

    April 20, 2014

  • Letters for April 19, 2014 Time to defend Rep. Rebecca Kubacki I cannot sit by and watch Rebecca Kubacki being attacked when she is doing a fine job on our behalf in Indianapolis. Rebecca is an accomplished legislator. In this last session, four of her bills became law. One p

    April 19, 2014

  • Letters for April 18, 2014 Pay-gap percentage is misleading A left-leaning group is claiming that woman earn 77 percent of what men make (The Goshen News April 2). However, by claiming that this happens when a woman does equal work is false. The 77 percent number is the "raw

    April 18, 2014

  • Letters for April 16, 2014 Talking turkey about chickens Let's talk turkey about urban chickens and the continued attempt by the Goshen City Council to pass an ordinance (see article on A1 of today's paper) allowing city residents to raise up to six chickens for their eggs. W

    April 16, 2014

  • Letter to the Editor Homemakers Club gives praise to Boy's and Girl's Club Our Extension Homemakers Club, Four Seasons, recently had the opportunity to visit the Boy's and Girl's Club in Goshen. All of us had the name recognition of Boy's and Girl's Club, but most of u

    April 13, 2014

  • How to survive the bad deeds of others

    How to survive the bad deeds of others Thanks for the editorial about the Martin's Supermarket tragedy in your March 30, 2014 issue. How true, that "normalcy and chaos intersect quickly and without warning. The best we can do is live the best lives

    April 12, 2014

  • President did not tell truth about health care law

    President did not tell truth about health care law In regards to Joann Smith's letter: Ms. Smith states that "good government protects its people and is answerable to them." Brings to mind the 2012 election campaign during which our sitting president

    April 11, 2014

  • Lettters to the editor Chicken-keeping would be educational Chicken-keeping in Goshen shouldn't be so complex but should be clucking right on as originally presented at the March 18 City Council meeting. Changes to the ordinance are perplexing and totally unnecessary. I d

    April 10, 2014

  • Public education requires public support

    Public education requires public support Our local public schools are in the midst of a financial crisis not of their own doing. As a former member of the Concord Community Schools Board of Trustees, and as a professional who has worked closely with

    April 9, 2014


Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' Obama to Oso: We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs

There has been discussion at West Goshen Elementary School to require mandatory student uniforms in the future. How do you feel about the prospect of mandatory student uniforms in a public school environment?

I think it’s an excellent idea that is way overdue
I think it’s a bad idea and would be restrictive for students and parents.
     View Results