Hurrah to the Watauga Democrat and Tommy Brown for beginning a new column that promises to be useful and interesting to High Country readers. As someone who grew up in a college town and now teaches at Appalachian, I appreciate and understand the ebbs and flows of the “town and gown” experience of which he writes. I enjoyed the entirety of “Life in a College Town” and look forward to more columns exploring the unique experiences we share.
I could not agree more with his assertion that we are all educators here, and hope that the residents of the High Country remember that any interaction with a student is an opportunity to teach, as even routine events for us may be their first without the oversight of a parent or other older adult.
Already I am looking forward to the next installment of “Life in a College Town.” Now, if only the Democrat would drop Walter Williams’ poorly reasoned essays that misrepresent the American university system, then I will really relish reading the paper every time it arrives in my mailbox.
Dr. Andrew B. Heckert,