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Posted: Monday, May 7, 2012 12:00 am

Election letter deadline is 5 p.m. May 18

The deadline for letters to the editor concerning the May 29 Republican and Democratic Primaries is 5 p.m. on May 18. All political letters will run by May 24.

Should there not be room for all the political letters, they will run in proportion to the number received for each candidate or issue.

The Eagle does not accept letters from candidates or their immediate families. It also does not accept letters from organized campaigns.

Column by Bowen and Hagler on the money

This is a belated thank you to Jon Hagler and Ray Bowen for writing and The Eagle (April 21) for publishing their commentary about the role of the Board of Regents in the governance of Texas A&M University.

The points made were articulate and direct. The essay artfully expresses the views many of us have shared in our private discussions.

NORMA and ED FUNKHOUSER, College Station

Thanks to everyone for a great Bordeau benefit

The Edge Community Center would like to thank everyone who came to our fundraiser on April 28 to help with the medical bills and travel expenses for Ricky Bordeau. Ricky is a seventh grader in Normangee schools who recently was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

He is being treated at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. His parents own the Edge General Store, and while one parent is in Houston with Ricky, the other is running the store.

We had all of the barbecue donated, as well as the paper goods and drinks, the many silent and live auction items. We would like to thank Art King for his time as the auctioneer. We also thank the musicians who provided such great entertainment.

And last but not least, we had many wonderful volunteers who put in many hours before the event and on the day of the event to make everything happen.

Words cannot express the generosity of so many friends, family, neighbors and complete strangers who heard about the event and came, some from as far as two hours away.

The event raised more than $30,000 for the Bordeau family.

We still are selling raffle tickets for some fantastic items. The drawing will be held July 4 and you do not need to be present to win. Contact Casie Scarmardo at 979-574-5414 or Sara Jennings at 979-218-5471 if you are interested in purchasing raffle tickets.

If anyone would like to donate, please send checks payable to: Edge Community Center, c/o Bonnie Harrison, 16916 Old Bundick Road, Hearne, TX 77859. In the memo line, write "for Ricky Bordeau."

On behalf of the Edge Community Center and the Bordeau family, thank you.

SARA ADAMS JENNINGS, North Zulch

Ways around online scrutiny from parents

The article, "Social Media a Breeding Ground for Cyberbullies (Eagle, May 2), mentions that a leader in anti-bullying has a safety rule that his 15-year old must have her parents listed as "friends" who "can monitor her posts."

Parents, don't be fooled. There is no true safety online. There are several ways a teen can avoid parental scrutiny. A student (or a stalker, for that matter) can have two Facebook accounts, one under an alias. Grandma and parents may see one account, but not the other.

Another way to "cyber-sneak" is a little more work: The owner of the account can set his or her privacy so that only certain people see certain things. To learn more, go to Facebook Privacy Settings (www.facebook. com/help/?faq=111039288984510&ref_query=how+do+i+hide+my+).

Some statistics show a high percentage of parents are Facebook friends with their teens, and a high percentage of those actually have their teen's password. So is it any wonder that more teens are communicating with Twitter? If your teenager is spending less time on Facebook, but is constantly "doing things" on his or her phone, then that's where their online communication is occurring, via Twitter, within games they are playing with friends, and in other constantly emerging technologies. Most of their information is shared, so avoiding a bully is difficult, if not impossible.

Even if you have invested the many hours necessary to build an open, honest relationship with your teen, and then spent the rest of your time keeping up with technology, if your teen wants a little privacy from Mom's and Dad's scrutiny, it's not difficult to find.

ERIN M. WILHITE

Business Technology professor

Blinn College

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