Your View: HPU growth rewards offset closing street

Dec. 23, 2013 @ 08:37 PM

While I understand that closing this block of Montlieu Avenue presents some challenges, I believe the rewards resulting from this growth will be worth the minor inconveniences.
As a graduate of High Point University, I know firsthand how attached students often become to the area. I graduated from the School of Education in 2008 and became a third-grade teacher, choosing to live and work in our community rather than move back to my hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.
I am excited to think about all the graduates of the new Health Sciences and Pharmacy schools that will remain in the area and help further enhance our city, just as so many of my fellow alumni have done in the teaching profession. I am proud to teach in our city and I am proud of my alma mater.
High Point University’s plans for these new academic programs will bring a greater value to our community than we can currently appreciate.
High Point

Yes, disability program has problems
I have to agree with Fred Schuermann’s letter Dec. 9 concerning the disability programs sham (Your View, “Disability program has become a sham”). Every day we are subjected to ads by lawyers to let them assist you in getting the money you “deserve.”
The other day I saw an ad that an additional office was opened to handle the overflow of disability claims. Why should the U.S. government hire people to approve claims and also pay large fees to lawyers for the same service? There are many people who really need to receive disability help, but as Schuermann said, “The program has degenerated into a farce.”


High Point University is proposing a plan that would close Montlieu Avenue through campus and use that land to build HPU’s medical science and pharmacy school facilities. What’s your view? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email your thoughts to or go to under Opinion and post a comment. Here are two responses from
• TK3: Montlieu Avenue serves as the direct, main corridor for Guilford County EMS service to East High Point, including Montlieu Avenue Elementary School. Closing it would double or even triple response times to that area.
• TaxpayerOne: Montlieu is too important as a major thoroughfare for the Five Points community to be handed over and closed. HPU can easily build the school on land they already own on the south side of Montlieu.

City Councilwoman Becky Smothers proposes seeking legislation that would return primaries to city elections in 2014, instead of holding a referendum on the issue at that time. What’s your view? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email your thoughts to or go to under Opinion and post a comment.