As I See It

Cold Weather Did Not Hamper Early Tomato

   Since this column this week will take on several subjects I am just going to label it a “Smorgasbord” Column. Hopefully you will relate to some of the things I will mention.

   All of us I am sure remember the unexpected cold spell we had a few weeks ago. The freeze took its toll on a lot of vegetation that had blossomed out. You will recall that I was much concerned about my small tomato crop. I wrapped my plants in newspaper and covered them with large buckets. This process was repeated for three nights. Each night the cold seemed to kill some of the branches.

    When the cold spell was over I just trimmed off the dead branches and they continued to grow. On Wednesday, May 16, 2007, I picked my first ripe tomato of the season. Now for sure it was not large enough to cover a piece of bread but half that size. I really expected the tomato not to be good but to my surprise it was good. It was much better than what can be purchased at the store. I am not sure it was worth all the covering and uncovering that was done but I did succeed in having an early vine ripe tomato.

   By the time you read this column most of the students will be out of school and the 2006-07 school year will be history. I hope that I can breathe a sigh of relief that we have had a safe school year in these counties and state. School safety is or should be an overriding factor in every school district in our nation. Nothing should be withheld in providing the best security possible in every school in this nation.

   I congratulate those young people who graduated this year. It is my hope that they will continue their education or take their place in the workplace and I hope that school districts are preparing them to go one direction or another. As I have said many times if all we are doing in secondary education is teaching a college preparation curriculum then we are being an ostrich and comfortably keeping our heads in the sand. Many students need vocational education to prepare them for the world of work. While it is true that our community colleges are doing a wonderful job in that area they cannot handle all the demand. It is needed on a secondary level. Failure to do this will continue to depress our economy because we will be paying for the unemployed.

   While getting ready to have cataract surgery I went to the doctor to have my white count taken to make sure there was no sinus infection. The surgeon wanted this done before we went in for surgery. The white count was fine but to my surprise the red cell count was not. Test indicated that I was running short of the blood needed. This problem will be explored this week with a hematologist and possibly other doctors. I will appreciate your prayers as we try to do what is necessary to correct the problem with the blood volume.

   I trust you are having a good week and preparing to take some time off this summer. As we make those plans we had better be prepared to spend a great deal more on gas that has been the case. I just finished filling the car up with regular grade and $50.00 was no more. Happy motoring to each of us.   

 “Billy McCord is a retired school administrator and an Elder in the United Methodist Church. He is Pastor of the Pittsboro and Shady Grove UM Churches in Calhoun County. He is a member of the Calhoun County School Board. Contact him: billymc@tycom.net)

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