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Wharton High principal wrong to cut off salutatorian's speech

Principals endure unenviable challenges every day, but Wharton High School principal Bradley Woods erred when he cut off the microphone of salutatorian Harold Shaw and abruptly ended his speech last week.

Shaw denies the school district's claim that he deviated from his approved draft. But even if he did, greater latitude needed to be given.

While I understand the effort to maintain pomp and circumstance, the ceremony serves as an opportunity for the students to showcase the education they've received, including lessons about being responsible adults. You can't give them the keys to the car and then try to take the wheel back just because they veer in a different direction.

As long as the speech didn't completely undermine the ceremony, let it go. Teach them well and let them lead the way. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker: I Would Not Have To Manage My Anger If I Didn't Have to Deal With Your Stupidity. ...

They didn't serve food at the Riverwalk groundbreaking last week, but they did have a chef.

Ulele executive chef Eric Lackey came out in his chef's jacket and spoke with enthusiasm about the native cuisine the restaurant will serve when it opens on the river in early 2014.

I offered a suggestion: a dish named for Fortune Taylor, the freed slave and namesake of Fortune Street near the river. Madame Fortune's Collard Greens sound awfully good. ...

Kudos to Covelli Family Panera Bread and the Children's Cancer Center, which will award 14 students with scholarships worth $65,000 this week. ...

Not sure if I would choose the lump sum or annual payouts, but I wish I had the choice.

That's all I'm saying.

Wharton High principal wrong to cut off salutatorian's speech 06/09/13 [Last modified: Sunday, June 9, 2013 11:28pm]
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