Your View: Reading proficiency scores were ‘pathetic’

Jan. 01, 2014 @ 08:00 PM

I read the recent High Point Enterprise article on reading proficiency and was shocked.
The reading proficiency scores of Guilford County public school students published in the HPE newspaper on Dec. 16 can be described by one  word: “Pathetic.”
There are two main causes of this dismal reading proficiency. First, today’s children are far more likely to be playing video games and using electronic devices such as iPads and iPods.  Neither of these activities reinforce reading skills.  Second, is the changing role of parents.
How many parents read to their children and instill in them a love of reading?  To be reading deficient in today’s modern world is a sure path to mediocrity.
One tried and true method of improving reading skills I used many, many years ago, but it is still valid today.  Read a book or article with a dictionary and notebook close by. When you see a word you do not recognize or understand, write it in the notebook with some space to write in the meaning. Look up the words in the dictionary and see which meaning makes sense in terms of the book or article. Periodically, review the words in the notebook and their meaning. Soon you will be their master and they will be part of your regular vocabulary-reading, speaking and writing.
High Point

HPU’s Christmas event was a hit
We are writing to express our gratitude to High Point University for opening their campus for the holidays. Campus staff was wonderful in offering their warm hospitality to my family and our four friends and their families for the evening.
Our children were able to see a small part of what college life is like, as well as visit Santa Claus, enjoy hot chocolate and pretend for a day that it was actually snowing here in High Point. We could not believe that it was free!  It was a great night, enjoying the holidays with family and friends, as well as seeing the rest of the community come out to enjoy the holidays.
The university does so much for High Point, and we just wanted to say thank you to High Point University for hosting this Community Christmas event year after year. Our children look forward to it every year.
High Point

Nation has strayed from Washington’s God
I’ve never written a letter to a newspaper before; so just bare with me for a moment.
I would like to commend The High Point Enterprise for having the courage to print the U.S. proclamation issued by George Washington for a national day of Thanksgiving and hope that it will help open hearts and minds to the very God Washington was referring to and we would realize how far as a nation and as individuals we have chosen to go away form God. No prayer or mention of God in our schools — same-sex marriage — no public display of the Ten Commandments — killing babies (abortion) — no mention of God in military ceremonies. Then there are school shootings, immorality, no respect for authority, economic decline, natural disasters.
God in his graciousness and mercy gives us the answer to this mess in his word (the Bible). And his son Jesus Christ.
Even though we’re still the greatest nation on Earth, by the grace of God, God also says what will happen to those that forget God.
But our loving, gracious God even tells us how to turn this mess around. America, bless God. Thank God, thank you all.
High Point


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 is one response:
• Montlieu Avenue should not be closed at the expense of lengthening an emergency route. HPU is a nonprofit, which is tax-exempt and doesn’t pay property taxes.

Advocates of drilling for oil and natural gas off the N.C. coast are again pushing for Obama administration approval to allow drilling. Is offshore drilling safe? Should it be permitted? 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 comments posted on
• Jed Harper:
High risk; ask the merchants and coastal citizens of Louisiana what they think about how the oil companies regard safety and protecting the shore and all it used to support economically and environmentally. Also, where do you think this oil is then going to be shipped? Straight to Texas to be refined and then to China. NC might get a few crumbs off the table in terms of royalties but it wouldn’t touch the cost of a disaster - also, the royalty money would be spent, not saved for future disaster relief meaning that if there was a disaster, local taxpayers would have to eat it - literally. Today, the citizens and states affected by the BP spill remain in court so you are talking about years of costly litigation and what if the oil company then files bankruptcy. Your politicians are probably not going to protect you on this since they have received large campaign donations which are not really donations but simply vote buying. This is politics at its worse.
• Jc Cranford
It’s terrifying to think that what happened in the BP oil spill on the Gulf coast could happen to our beautiful coastline. Drilling for oil and natural gas off the NC coast should never be allowed. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill happened almost 4 years ago and the Gulf coast has not fully recovered — I don’t think they ever will.