Job hunt may be a violation Jan. 14 article
Superintendent not to be trusted
I have been in attendance at various board meetings before Mr. Malcolm's retirement. For many years, Mr. Malcolm has been a pillar, a well-respected member of this county and the board. And we have absolutely no reason to doubt his word vis-a-vis other members of the board.
It seems obvious that there is no definite record as to Mr. Alexander's first attempt at deserting the children of Hernando County, signifying a betrayal, not to mention a violation of his contractual agreement. To date, no one, according to board members, can ascertain having received a duly dated letter of intent coming from Mr. Alexander. As Mr. Malcolm has stated: "It is obvious to me he is playing both sides against the middle, trying to protect his own interests."
To begin with, if Mr. Alexander was telling the truth, he would have gladly produced a copy (responsibly dated) of his letter of intent in compliance with his contract. And, since his elimination at Framingham, he now states: "I have every intention to work and move our district forward and do what's best for the kids." Is he really believable? You'll be the judge.
On Nov. 17, 2007, I wrote him a letter congratulating him for being chosen as our new superintendent. At that time I sent him a book of poetry, The Man and His Dream, specifying that: "This collection of poetry contains a well-balanced array of themes, most of which can fit in the classroom at various levels." The newcomer, Mr. Alexander, did not even have the courtesy to respond, one way or the other.
In my opinion, he showed an I-don't-give-a-damn attitude, an early sign of disrespect for us, the county residents, as well as the kids. Furthermore, (and I invite others who have noticed the same kind of behavior to come forward) during board meetings, very often he could be observed looking elsewhere, away, while speakers were addressing important issues.
Disrespect? Disregard for our people? Our kids? Arrogance? Again, you'll be the judge.
I know what I believe. I go along with Mr. Malcolm, namely that Mr. Alexander was playing the field until something else became available. He jumped at it. And, playing his cards carefully, he lied to them in Framingham, and he is not telling us the truth in Hernando.
Could we trust him now? I don't know about you, but I won't. No!
Is he in violation? I do believe so. Now knowing what he is capable of, should we keep him? My vote is no. I hope the county could see clearly that Mr. Alexander's best interests were not here in Hernando County with our children. And, in my opinion, our next and subsequent superintendents should come from well-intended, well-informed, well-qualified local ranks, truly interested in our kids' benefits. And we have plenty.
Carmelo Delgado, Brooksville
School Board needs to get boot
One need look no further than to the Hernando School Board to understand why this county is in such a mess. Turning down raises is indeed a noble gesture for administrators, and one that speaks volumes about their character, yet, having the board insist on giving them one is unconscionable.
It's only $94,000 is the response. Is that a meaningless sum to most people? Certainly not to me!
On to Wayne Alexander and his job search. Board member Sandra Nicholson says it's personal? Actually, it's contractual and legally binding. Once again, no responsibility or accountability from public officials.
You'd think after all that has transpired in the previous year and things predicted to get worse, these people would finally get how we, as citizens, feel government should function. This board is, apparently, absolutely shameless, and needs to be replaced.
Robert Bowers, Spring Hill
Caps meant for outdoors, not in
Toxic sites, protester signs, closing Goodwill are all the writers' concerns, and rightly so. My concern is much less, and could be corrected immediately — wearing a hat or cap indoors.
Many years ago, on a farm, the last thing you did before going inside was leave your hat or cap on a hook before going in. Now, in most restaurants, you'll see people coming in with caps on, sitting down and eating a meal. They are between the ages of 30 to 80. And lo and behold, sitting across from them is a teenager with his cap on backward.
My father lived to be 102 and his response to this would be, "It's a changing world," and would not worry about it. It bothers me, but I know there's nothing I can do about it.
Richard Hamilton, Brooksville