Letter to the Editor Contributor

Letter to the Editor Contributor

To the editor:

Through all the challenges we’ve faced the past 14 months, educators and families have stuck together to show students a bright path forward. This Teacher Appreciation Week, communities across the country will come together to appreciate educators and the lengths they will go to ensure every child, no matter who they are or where they live, has the resources to learn, grow, and thrive.

To the editor:

North Carolina used minimum-custody inmates to clean up litter for years. Minimum custody inmates do not have to be "under the gun," and one officer watching eight-10 inmates could pick up more trash. I know that from first-hand experience.

To the editor:

April is observed as National Child Abuse Prevention Month which was formally established by President Ronald Reagan in 1993.

I am a complete romantic and because of this, Valentine's Day has always created an aura of love and warmth to my mind and spirit.

Dear Editor:

I am writing this letter to express my concern over the recent article referencing the investigation by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Veterinary Division of the Richmond County Animal Shelter. 

To the editor:

International Tie Disposal has been the subject of conversation within the Richmond County Community for the past month. ITD has interest in Richmond County solely based on a business transaction with CSX Transportation, whose railyard has called Richmond County home for more than a century. 

To the editor:

We are stuck in a strange political moment. This strange moment may turn into a dangerous moment.

What am I referring to? Our immense political division.

Wednesday, 17 June 2020 12:08

LETTER: Rename the R.W. Goodman Bridge

To the editor:

R.W. Goodman (1915-2007) was the longtime sheriff and strongman of Richmond County, a rural county of about 45,000, 65 miles from Fort Bragg. Richmond County is famous for its racetracks and high school football teams. The R.W. Goodman Bridge is a section of U.S. 74 which crosses the Pee Dee River from Richmond County to Anson County.

Sunday, 07 June 2020 20:19

MAPLES: #BetterTogether

To the editor:

In the aftermath of the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, along with many others, we continue to be reminded of the racial disparities, systems of oppression and systemic racism that plague many people of color, especially African Americans.

One of the core beliefs of our school system states #BetterTogether. RCS truly believes that we are better when we work together as one to provide an education and bright future for all our students. The Richmond County Schools Board of Education, superintendent and staff understand and value a diverse school community that is inclusive, supportive, and inviting to all. I want to thank our amazing administrators, teachers, support staff and coaches who work tirelessly in developing positive relationships with our students. Continue to be the light!

As a public school system and community, we must continue to work together in dismantling racism and social injustice. In this moment, we recommit ourselves to supporting our students and staff who are subjected to racial inequality and the fight against racial injustice. We will continue to work tirelessly with our community to ensure that African American students along with all other students, regardless of race, religion, gender or ability, be provided a high quality education that promotes fairness and opportunity.

As our board policy states, Richmond County Schools does not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or bullying in any of our activities. We are committed to the dignity and worth of all students and employees and strive to create a safe, orderly, caring, and inviting school environment to facilitate student learning and achievement.

The goal of inspiring excellence in all our students can only be accomplished by removing the barriers created by our society that impede a student’s ability or opportunity to learn and be successful. We ask you to join us in the stand against racial injustice and know that we will do this together, because we are truly #BetterTogether.

Jeffrey B. Maples, Ed.D.
Richmond County Schools Superintendent

To the editor:

This letter is intended for my family members who support Donald Trump, but this could just as easily apply to most Trump supporters.

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