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March 16, 2014

Letters: Sunday, March 16, 2014

MERIDIAN — The house that Boatner built

    Many eyes have seen the glory,

    of a school's "diamond in the rough,"

    Be built into a revered program of excellence,

    to be disciplined and to be mentally and

    physically tough.

    It came one step at a time

    by dedication and non-relenting toil.

    It came thru sweat and sacrifice,

    and by burning the midnight oil.

    Coach Jerry Boatner dared to dream,

    He inspired his players to high ideals,

    He instilled character and life's principles

    to be applied both on and off the field.

    Thru perseverance and encouraging each other as a team,

    Twelve Mississippi State Championships were won.

    He guided the Knights of West Lauderdale

    As they earned their place in the sun.

    He emphasized academic excellence,

    He taught respect, humility, honor, integrity,

    and sportsmanship.

    Players learned how to make a positive contribution

    to mankind in the house that Jerry Boatner built.

    So to Coach Boatner, we say a heartfelt "Thank You,"

    You've influenced future generations and homes,

    Meanwhile the West Lauderdale Knights continue to win,

    and your truth is marching on!

    

    Coach Jerry Boatner - Knight in Shining Armor

By Mary Ruth Briggs

Teachers should be

on merit system

    The article in Thursday's Meridian Star concerning a bill in the Mississippi Legislature about teacher's pay is upside down. And, it has been upside down for the last 25 - 35 years.

    Common horse sense says our schools and parents require our students to get a good education. And, their payment or reward is good grades. Good grades, good students and good schools are a direct result of good teachers.

    And, I am all for paying good teachers a good wage. But, the way our legislators, and the teacher's union treats teacher's pay is more like an entitlement. And, I say that is totally wrong, and idiotic.

    All jobs should have a base starting pay. After that increases in pay should be based upon time on the job, added experience during time on the job and a quarterly grading system for all teachers. And, this type of system should be standardize across the nation.

    And, those who do no measure up should be fired. Our students are on a merit system, our teachers should also be on a merit system. And, the teacher's union should be reined in, whereby they are less concerned about teacher's pay, and more about student.

    I have only been involved in one union in my life of work. Anybody can argue the point of the good and the bad of unions. I don't like them. Why? It is stupidity that tells an individual to strike for more pay, when each striker will not get a regular paycheck during those weeks/months on strike.

    Does the union pay for the groceries, the utility bills or even the milk for the children for each striker's family? No, they won't. During that time, people suffer.         Now, I will the first one to agree that unions have done a lot of good. Example, better working conditions, job safety, just to name a couple.

    But, no teacher should be allowed to keep their job, if their students aren't performing adequately. A "good" teacher has their mind, body, heart, and spirit into their student's accomplishments.

    And, when the students are happy, the teachers, and the schools are happy. This is my opinion.

    Thank you,

    Floyd T. Killebrew, Jr.

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