Letters 6/24/02

June 24, 2002

Great job, Cracker Barrel

To the editor:

Thumbs up and a high five for the staff that does a splendid job of putting the Cracker Barrel Magazine together. They do a magnificent job of gathering the information, photos and the material that goes into the making of the stories of the people and places. Some of us are still around and recall the events of those years of long ago.

The Cracker Barrel always gives me an opportunity to reminisce and awaken my memories to those people and places that shared our lives so many years ago, "way back when."

Frank and Suanne Woodring and the rest of the staff, I thank you for your diligence and your endeavor in publishing such a fine and interesting magazine.


The articles in the Cracker Barrel surely are appreciated by us folks who really enjoy recalling the past.

Arthur P. Keifer


The power touching contains to heal a needy child

To the editor:

I drove past one of the children who used to be in my child-care program as she waited for the bus. She's in high school now and even after six years, she still waves when she sees me.

I couldn't help but think back to the time I spent with that child during the more than four years she was in my care. She would come over early in the morning or return from school in the afternoon and almost attach herself to my side. She craved to be hugged for the first few minutes following her arrival. It was as if she acclimated herself to the coming day or recovered from the stresses of school.

After about five to 10 minutes, she would be off and back to her typically independent and at times, strong-willed self.

The attention and touch she received seemed to energize her. I'm not surprised. The power of the human touch is amazing! Infants, early on, calm when being held.

Even as an adult there are times when I need to have a hug or to be held by my husband. There's a sense of safety it can bring. There are a host of other examples I could give

- The times the boys would be getting a bit rowdy and a simple hand on their arm would be all they needed to calm.

- A child who wants to hold my hand as we walk across the playground talking about everyday things. In fact, more times than not, children compete over who can hold the teacher's hand.

Funny, as I write this article and think back over the kids I had the privilege of working with, I find they behaved quite similarly to the way my own children do. I guess it's not so odd after all. People need caring, loving attention and that includes hugs and affection.

Children spend an incredible amount of their waking hours in the care of others while their parents earn enough money to support their families. Thus the people in our child-care programs, the teachers and other children, become extended family. When we think about it from that perspective, human touch becomes quite important! We convey our affection for our children by hugging or holding them, talking to them, paying attention to them, letting them know that above all else, they are the most important thing in our worlds.

We all want to feel special don't we? When children spend 10 hours a day in the company of 15 other children, feeling special probably doesn't happen that often...unless the teachers in the child care program go out of their way to spend some one-on-one time with the children in the class. One person has the power to make another feel important and special. What a privilege it is to teach that lesson to a child!

Megan Shreve


Prison smoke ban has driven price to $8 apiece!

To the editor:

Cigarettes on the prison black-market cost $8 per filtered cigarette.

At an average of two cigarettes per day, that comes to $5,840 annually. This is a form of dictatorship and Communism at its worst.

I would like to ask all you smokers and those of you who have loved ones incarcerated to speak out against this smoking ban in your state prisons.

This is not fair, and people are getting hurt inside the walls as well as out, and this is worse for your health than cigarettes could ever be. Please act.

Greg Higgins

RCI No. 261797


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