Don't judge school by its coverage
I recently saw Miranda Combs' report on Bryan Station High School on WKYT. It presented an image of the school I know and love as a negative place where nothing but defiance, violence and bad decisions occur. Not once during the report did I hear her acknowledge something positive.
It's easy to see the bad in any school if you just report in the hallway; people don't learn and do great things in the hallway.
Bryan Station currently has the No. 1 Spanish immersion program in the nation. How many other schools can say that? None.
How would Combs feel if her news station had the worst reputation of them all, so nobody watched it, nobody liked it, and every time they heard where she worked they already had a bad impression of her? Probably not so great — as a student at Bryan Station, I can tell you from experience.
Even my own grandma, when I told here where I was going to high school, immediately said it was a bad idea and a bad school. She's never stepped foot in that school. Why would she already have that negative opinion?
Combs' reports are the reason so many people think negatively about it. I enjoy every minute in my school, learning new things and interacting with my peers.
I excel academically and artistically every single day. There are great things going on here. #DefendingStation.
Patients have rights
Regarding a recent news article about a nurse in New Jersey re using syringes while giving flu shots: As a graduate nursing student, I would like the public to know that reusing syringes is not common practice and frankly unacceptable.
This nurse did not follow standard protocol of clinical practice guidelines. I agree with the author that reusing syringes puts the patient at risk for transmission of numerous bacterial and viral infections of the blood.
Nursing is viewed as one of the most ethical professions; it is a shame that this nurse chose to practice in an unsafe manner.
I want the public to know that you as patients have the right to ask your health care provider to prepare an injection in front of you. You have the right to ensure they are opening new syringes and needles and you also have the right to check the vaccine vial to make sure the medication hasn't expired. Do not be afraid to ask questions and participate in your health care.
As a nursing student, I encourage patients to ask questions so I can be assured that they feel educated and informed.
Diana M. Appleby
University of San Diego
San Diego, Calif.
Hitler's gun control
So President Barack Obama announced he is using executive actions to circumvent Congress on gun control. Seventy years ago a democratically elected president did the same: His name was Hitler.
Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson says he is pro-life. You can't have missed it; he announces it at every opportunity.
"All human life is precious and should be preserved and protected with the utmost respect and care," he wrote in a July 28 op-ed at the CNN website.
All human life is precious. Well, except for those who die riddled with bullets. Those lives aren't as precious as the National Rifle Association and its tens of millions in campaign spending.
Those lives certainly aren't as precious as establishing your NRA bona fides by refusing to close the gun-show loophole, a bill that's even supported by 90 percent of gun owners.
Carson goes on to write in that same op-ed, "Human history is replete with examples of what happens when we devalue human life."
Yes, we get craven politicians like Carson.
God has last word
Regarding the recent uproar in Rowan County about the altered marriage licenses, the ACLU and the gay and lesbian community think they have become second-class citizens. Actually Christians (for example, Kim Davis) are the second-class citizens.
It is very simple, the Bible states that marriage is between a man and woman. It really does not matter what the licenses say; in the eyes of God they are not married.