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Letters to the editor

April 7, 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014 Letters to the Editor

GREENVILLE — GHS a good education

To the editor:

I read today’s (3/28) letter to the editor by Amy Tarpley Wade. I went to school with Randy Tarpley. I came to Greenville from Fate where I went to school in Rockwall for eight years. In 1962 we came to Greenville where I went to school from the ninth grade until I graduated in 1965. It wasn’t easy for me to graduate because I missed so much from cutting class. My foundation in elementary school helped me a lot. We read “Huckleberry Finn” and other books.

In high school a lot of emphasis was placed on math, science, English and foreign languages. I had Mrs. Jewel Rowe for junior English. She would make us memorize all these poems. We memorized a short poem by William Shakespeare. “Stone walls do not a prison make nor iron bars in a cage.”

Years later at college an English professor quoted that passage and asked if anyone in the class knew who wrote it? Out of 30 students, I was the only one that knew Shakespeare wrote it. She asked me where I went to school, and I proudly said Greenville.

In my senior year I had Minnie Lee Smith for English. We had to write a 15-page typed essay on a topic she would give us. Mine was on the romantic poets, Byron, Shelley, Keats and others. We had to research it at the library. We had to have footnotes on each quote. I think I made a C on the paper.

I made a good grade on the SAT and was admitted into college right after high school. I went to ETSU for a year before I joined the Army in 1960. I was at the top one-third of my class, but LBJ was president and because he was from Texas, I joined the U.S. Army. In 1969 I got an honorable discharge from the Army and went a total of eight years at East Texas State University.

Students today should be able to write and do math. A vocational trade is also helpful. I have been a welder, plumber’s helper and painter, but my college experience was valuable to me to this day.

Sincerely,

Michael L. Compton

Vietnam Veteran

U.S. Army

Greenville

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