Letter to the editor

I am writing in response to Judy Jackson’s question “why doesn’t anyone except teachers care?”

While I agree more people need to care that the students of today build skills for tomorrow’s jobs, I do not agree with her statement “Iredell County does not need to make any more 'mill-hands'.” I strongly believe Iredell County needs to produce more “mill-hands”. My grandparents were “mill-hands” and so am I. I work with some great people who are “mill-hands”.

I have worked with back-to-industry teaching programs because we need more skilled and qualified people working making things that people buy. As to her question, I donate over 250 hours per year to students in the Iredell-Statesville Schools system, helping students build skills for tomorrow’s job market.

Some of the “mills” help by donating funds and teaching supplies for me to use as a professional mentor to teach students hands-on skills. We give money, resources, and time helping students power up and build STEAMM skills hoping they will bring these skills to the manufacturing world. The goal is to for students to gain real world workforce skills. Which include: communications, conflict resolution, problem-solving, and time management. There is a real world out there with everyday pressures and we make things. The program I work with as a mentor provides a substantial increase in STEAMM building skills with hands-on learning: Science and Social Skills, Technology and Teamwork, Engineering and Engaging, Art and Active learning, Mathematics and Mechanical.

Proud to be a “Mill-Hand.”

Randy Billings

Lead Professional Mentor for FRC team 3680

Leader for Iredell 4-H Robotics & Students Achieving Valued Education program


Congress has the power, not the president

The Constitution states that the president has the obligation to see to it that the laws are faithfully carried out. The Congress has the power, under the law, to subpoena anyone to come before it to testify. By having the attorney general refuse to comply with a subpoena, he, the president, is instructing the AG to break the law. If anyone believes that it's okay for the president to do this then the Constitution is null and void. Plus, if that's the case we the people are no longer protected by the law because if the president can do whatever he wants regardless of the law we have lost our democracy. If any who have read my letters it should be recalled that I have been warning that this was where we were headed under Trump.

Robert M. Prowler


Yes, there is a border crisis

Despite what some continue to say, there is a border crisis.

We pay our politicians who supposedly work for us very well when you count their salaries plus the generous benefits, yet rather than solve our problems they dismiss them or do absolutely nothing but campaign for the next election.

Those who oppose closing the borders are reminding us of how much money we will lose, never mind how much their inaction is actually costing the taxpayers of America.

How many times does President Trump have to get "angry" before they will do something?

I’m pretty sure we all know that many times to clean up a mess we will temporarily necessarily have to make a mess. Our legislators could fix this problem in one day.

We have a group of people in our country who seem intent on making right wrong and wrong right God’s Word tells us that there is a time for everything under the sun, a time to live and let live.

So, Mr. President, close the border until "they" get off their rear ends and do what should have been done years ago.

Don Ledbetter


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