Officials are setting a poor example for our students Nov. 25 guest column
Critical principal is insubordinate
Central High Principal Joe Clifford requested our whole school board and county commission step down because they didn't go to an ROTC function. (Mr. Clifford has only been to one cross-country event in two years. They occur at 8 a.m. on Saturdays, and there are only 16 boys on our team.)
Insubordination, according to Webster's Dictionary, is disobedience to authority. Calling for one's bosses to resign because they didn't behave as you think they should is at least unintelligent and at worst insubordinate.
Superintendent Bryan Blavatt, do what you promised in your interview; hold our administrators accountable. Challenger K-8 got a letter in the file for using my tax dollars to campaign against a school board candidate. Mr. Clifford writes a guest column for the paper and blasts our school board — who are your bosses. What will it take to get you to do what you promised?
I did what Mr. Clifford should have done if he was a professional. I checked with board members and commissioners and found that they did not know about the ROTC event until just two days prior. The school board was not invited months in advance, as Clifford states. Why wasn't anything put on the master calendar?
Message to Mr. Clifford: It is obvious that you are an egomaniac with an agenda. I could care less that you arrive early and leave late. Why can't you compliment our teachers without tooting your own horn? Everyone in the district knows how great the ROTC program is; they have been first and second in the country for years.
You aren't fit to sit in the same office as your predecessor, Dennis McGeehan. Your implications regarding that issue are an insult.
Cindy Hall, Weeki Wachee
Kind strangers a breath of fresh air
Last week while in the checkout line at Sam's Club, a couple commented on the several hundred pounds of dog and cat food we had in our shopping cart. They asked us how many dogs we had. We explained to them that we are a rescue and sanctuary for dogs and cats.
Without any hesitation, the gentleman reached into his pocket and handed us a $20 bill. We were so touched and taken aback by such generosity. They did not have to think about it or mull it over in their heads. It was a spontaneous act of kindness and faith in us, strangers to them, and it felt wonderful.
They didn't know us nor had they heard of our organization, yet they had faith in what we told them: that we were just a small rescue. There are many of us out there unknown to most of our county's citizens. We don't have a popular title, but we are a dedicated bunch working solely for abandoned and neglected animals. Some of us are 501(c) nonprofits, and some are not. We don't make a salary. In fact, most of our expenses are out-of-pocket with the exception of a yearly fundraiser or two or with the help of people who know what we do and take kindly in helping us every now and then. And then there is the lovely couple at Sam's Club.
If you want to know who we are, go to petfinders.com and type in your zip code, and you will be surprised to find many rescues that go unnoticed yet do the same work as the famous rescues.
Take notice, get involved and do all you can to live compassionately toward all God's creatures.
Compassion for All His Creatures, Masaryktown
Mystery driver a roadside angel
At about 6:45 a.m. on Dec. 5, I was driving east on Powell Road when a deer ran out from the right side of the road and hit the front of my car. The wonderful lady who had been in the car behind me stopped and provided me with such comfort and support. She gave me her name, but I have forgotten it. I do remember she is a hospice nurse and was on her way to Hernando for work.
I want to thank her for her love, support and the laugh we even managed to have. God knew I needed an angel at that moment, and he sent me her.
Bonnie Kauffman, Spring Hill