Letters to the Editor: Woodlake students respond to Sun-Gazette articles

Dear Editor,

I am a teacher at Woodlake. I have tasked my journalism class to write a letter to the editor about an article that interested them in your newspaper. The following are letters written by students at Woodlake Valley Middle School. They would love to see their writing published, so please let me know if you choose to use one of their letters. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Brianne Underwood
Woodlake Valley Middle School

Dear Editor,

I am writing in response to the [Nov. 28] article “Exeter opts for strings of lights instead of cutting down a healthy tree in a forest of dying trees.” I think this is an amazing article story and I believe having a tree only made of lights with an iron frame is an amazing idea to help conserve tree life to provide us with cleaner air and help the reduce the pollution amounts. This article is very convenient and could encourage other towns to do the same thing to instead of cutting down trees. I think it was a good to put down information about Christmas events for people who might not know much, it’s very useful. I believe it’s a good idea to bring up the discuss on trees dying a little more often because it a pretty big situation for our health and environment since trees provide oxygen.

Ileana Belman
8th grade

Dear Editor,

I am writing in response to the [Dec. 5] article “Blazers shut out Tigers in mud bowl.” I am from Woodlake and I would like to tell you about my opinion on your article. I disagree and agree with the things you wrote about. I think the Tigers were not portrayed fairly or maybe they should be portrayed better. Although I think you could have also gotten a quote form the other team I do like the quote. “The girls played really well despite the conditions we had to play in tonight,” Golden West head coach Kevin Tilley said. On the other side I like how you were so knowledgeable on the soccer game and how much detail you wrote when describing the plays the girls did. You did write about the Golden West soccer team because you are maybe from Golden West. Overall I did like the article and writing.

Jennifer Espinoza-Moreno
8th grade

Dear Editor,

I am writing in response to the [May 30] article “Sequoia National Park entrance sign restored.” As long as I could remember I have been visiting the Sequoia National Park. The park  has always been 30-minutes away and very accessible to my family. The park has been a huge part of my childhood with family camping trips and weekend visits once a month. Even in seventh grade I went to sequoia for youth a retreat to the park to learn about wildlife. Every time that sign would alert me that we have finally arrived and the fun was about to begin. And as I got older and busier we visited less, and every rare time I visited I would always notice the giant fading sign and around April when I visited I noticed the sign was under construction. But in June I had found that the sign was new and shiny.

I think that this was covered as an article was amazing. The sign has been a huge part of my childhood and I’m glad that it was mentioned.

Jessica Henderson
8th grade

Dear Editor,

I am writing in response to the [Dec. 5] article “Adventure Park to pour on the fun next year.” I like this article because I believe that people should be able to know that something’s coming, especially a place like Visalia where the closest water park we have is all the way in Fresno. But I have to disagree on the fact that they have beer and wine lounges. It would make the parents very irresponsible and they might not watch their kids. Unless the staff there are babysitting also, I do not think that it’s a good idea to have alcohol there. Otherwise, I enjoyed the article and the information in it.

Aaron Lopez-Jimenez
8th grade

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