Restrictions at dams protested
As an angler I was disturbed to read in The Independent that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to put up barricades and security guards to keep anglers from accessing areas below dams around Kentucky.
As one who never feels we need a law for everything, I support legislation to keep these areas open to the public if that’s what it takes.
A story dated May 1 indicates the Kentucky Division of Fish & Wildlife sold a record number of fishing licenses for April. Instead of closing these areas, we need to find more ways to open them up to bring in the almighty tourism dollars these rural areas so desperately need.
I encourage our own U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie to support U.S. Rep Ed Whitfield’s “Freedom to Fish Act” being considered. I encourage all anglers to contact the Corps of Engineers at (615) 736-7161 and let them know you want to continue fishing where you always have.
Tom Clay, president, Kentucky Outdoor Press Association
Crabbe teachers work long hours
As Teacher Appreciation Week is approaching, I express my observations of Crabbe Elementary School.
The professionals at this school spend many hours during their “summer vacations” preparing their classrooms and teaching strategies for the students they will be educating each year.
Crabbe Elementary teachers spend many hours in collaboration with each other. These sessions help plan strategies on how to teach their students individually and collectively.
All of the teachers at Crabbe must be involved in many professional development sessions outside of school because of the constant changes taking place in the education profession. Kudos to these teachers at Crabbe for taking time away from their families to attend these sessions.
Many veteran teachers with 20-plus years of experience didn’t have the advantage as students themselves to work with advanced computer technology. They have had to spend many hours outside of school to practice these skills on the job.
To their credit, they have kept up with the changes that seem to be happening every year and implement this technology with their daily instruction.
All of the teachers have had to deal with behavior problems that disrupt the learning process. They have dealt with these situations in a professional manner.
Many of the teachers at Crabbe are involved in extracurricular activities that take more time away from their personal lives. Despite the pressure of spring assessments, the Crabbe staff shows love and care for each student, but also lets students know they must give their best effort.
Every staff member at Crabbe has the necessary skills to be successful at higher paying jobs with less pressure. I am so thankful each one of them chose the teaching profession. The children of Crabbe will benefit greatly!
Bryan Fleming, Crabbe teacher, Ashland