John Peels column regarding Pete Harter was spot on (Herald, May 21). Harter is a compassionate, caring, decent man and stands out as a pillar in our community. My wife and I made the decision long ago after visiting all of the elementary schools in the area that Needham Elementary was the proper fit for our three childrens elementary education. This is due in large part to the values that Pete Harter instilled in his staff and students. Im sure Im not the only Durango parent who thanks Harter for his years of service as a principal, and a great role model for his students and staff.