This letter is in response to "The Columbus School Board Responds" article in yesterday's Commercial Dispatch, allegedly written by Currie Fisher, Bruce Hanson, Glenn Lautzenhiser, Tommy Prude and Alma Turner, who currently hold the position of Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees.
My name is being tossed around publicly in the Sunday Dispatch as a "political activist" because I have offered to serve on the Board of the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau. The labeling suggests I have something to gain by serving on that board.
This is in response to your editorial dated August 10, 2011: The Board of Trustees of the Columbus Municipal School District is accountable to many different constituencies: the district's boys and girls, employees, taxpayers and citizens. We have a responsibility to the boys and girls of the district to provide them with a high quality education.
I received a copy of a widespread e-mail that was sent out Thursday, Aug. 4th. The sender was a Lynn Wright supporter. In the text of the e-mail, there some crass remarks made towards my wife's campaign but nothing that I couldn't normally shake off.
After reading the recent comments in The Commercial Dispatch regarding District Attorney Forrest Allgood (Forrest Allgood responds, July 26, 2011, Voice of the people), I couldn't refrain from weighing in with my experiences.
Is it ethical for a Lowndes County Schools employee who happens to be a candidate for superintendent to use the school districts database for political purposes?
I am working with and supporting a fellow business owner, and a person who is virtually unmatched as a civic leader, for governor of Mississippi.
I noticed that Mr. Lynn Wright tried to vindicate himself in a letter to The Dispatch in May where he was "explaining" his reasons for his dismissal as principal of New Hope High last year.
I'm working for the Phil Bryant for Governor campaign because Mississippi needs the right experience and proven leadership in our next Governor. We don't have to guess what kind of Governor Phil Bryant will be. We know what he has done in the past, and we know what he is capable of doing to move Mississippi forward.
I would like to reply to the Voice of the People ("Under-appreciated good Samaritan") in the Sun. July 10th paper. The under-appreciated good Samaritan's name is Paul Denney from Jackson. He was here visiting family.
There has been much in the news about the importance of Aug. 2 on the national level whether or not to raise the debt limit. While we are all interested in what's going on in Washington, remember that Aug. 2 is very important date here in Mississippi as well.
This is a direct result of another "zero tolerance policy." The use (abuse?) of alcohol and/or other drugs while "on the clock," whether in public or private employ, should not be acceptable. What's good for the goose is also good for the gander.
How silly of Nan Lott to question our Rep. Jeff Smith about changing over to the Republican party.
I note with some concern your article regarding the suspension of Chief Joseph St. John. I would like to make the point that he has no idea that I am writing this letter of support.
We are writing to voice our unconditional support for Joseph St. John, Police Chief of the City of Columbus!
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