School leader wanted
to do right by kids
From: Mike Hall
Received: June 25
Regarding Harry McCawley’s column on Wilbur Albeitz (June 22). Mr. Albeitz was dean of students at CHS when I was in school there (1962-65). I never had the fortune (or misfortune) of being sent to his office for disciplinary reasons, but did get to know him on a more positive basis.
I thought he was just a very strong school leader and one that wanted to do right by kids.
I do recall one occasion when I had torn my pants one morning before school started. I happened to see Mr. Albeitz in the hallway and asked if I could call my mother to bring a new pair. His response was, “Hang on a minute Mike; I’ll just run you home.” With that we hopped in his car, he drove me to my house on Central south of 10th street, I got a different pair of pants and we were back at school in 15 minutes.
That memory sticks out in my mind as an example of the type of teachers and staff we had at Columbus High School in those days. Certainly Mr. Erne was the leader, and I got to know many of the others mentioned in that article.
Those of us who attend CHS in those days probably took for granted most of our teachers. Looking back I realize how fortunate we were. Again thanks for shining light on one of those leaders.
Drivers should be more mindful of sharing road
From: Gina Logan
Received: June 27
It has been written that Columbus is bike and walker friendly, and the city has the People Trails to prove it. But where bikes and walkers have to interact with drivers, I maintain that Columbus is unfriendly indeed.
My husband and I bike and walk almost daily. Our near-collisions with motorized vehicles have reached a point where I shout admonishments as well as send an evil eye, all with the hope that the next time the driver will remember that:
When turning right on red, bikers/walkers traveling straight through have the right of way.
When turning left on green, the same is true.
I sincerely hope that this letter makes a difference and that drivers, recognizing themselves, will be more conscientious. I fear, however, that since many of the drivers who almost hit us are using their cellphones, they don’t even know they almost caused a serious accident.
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