Weatherford Democrat

December 13, 2013

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Smoke, er, speak for yourself


Weatherford Democrat

Smoke, er, speak for yourself

Dear Editor,

In response to Karissa Storms’ “damn the man” letter published Wednesday:

Banning public smoking isn’t taking away our freedom, it’s simply taking away the risk of killing others around you. The people you come into contact with while you are puffing your death stick should have the freedom of choosing whether or not they want to inhale your potentially dangerous air.

Secondhand smoke increases the chance of lung cancer by 30 percent and is also the cause of 3,400 deaths per year. That’s 3,400 people a year who don’t have the freedom to choose whether they may potentially die from someone else’s bad habit.

If you want to put your health at risk daily go right ahead, but think about the hundreds of other people’s health you jeopardize every time you light up.

Jamie Johnston, Weatherford



WISD gives thanks for understanding during storm, closures

Dear Editor,

I want to thank our students, parents and staff for their cooperation and support these past few days. We have tried to provide you with timely information because we know school closings may cause problems for families. 


The following factors are considered when we make a decision that alters the normal school schedule



• Information on road conditions and whether buses/cars can safely travel.
• The existing accumulation of snow or ice.


• The rate and expected duration of precipitation. 
• Parking lot and sidewalk conditions.

• Weather predictions. 

Your safety will always be our top priority when we are faced with decisions about school closings due to weather.


The ice storm that began last Thursday was more severe than anticipated and created unsafe travel conditions that resulted in Weatherford ISD closing for four days. With these closings, we will now use our bad weather makeup dates of June 2 and 3. Our school closings this week will not affect the graduation date for Weatherford High School.

Weatherford ISD will apply for a waiver from the Texas Education Agency to excuse days missed beyond our scheduled bad weather days.

Campuses are now in the process of adjusting exam schedules or student performances, as needed. Parents will be notified of any changes at their child’s campus.

We appreciate your patience as we work through any issues that result from our closings.

We look forward to resuming our regular school schedule and are hoping for a mild winter! 





Dr. Jeffrey Hanks, WISD Superintendent