Letters to the editor - June 11, 2014

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Back door politics led to MCPS mess
All this outrage over the Marion County Public School System can easily be traced back to the back door politics that our elected school board members used to hire our superintendent. When all this happened I called each of the board members to voice my displeasure. I had a lengthy conversation with all but one. After Mr. Pinkston hung up on me twice. Just by him not wanting to hear any kind of opposition to the board’s back door politics I knew the MCPS was in for a long ride. This was not the first time that I had felt that a person or persons in the MCPS had done things just as they had wanted and to heck with the rules that were put in place to help with theses decisions. Like interviewing and hiring teachers without even consulting the site base council! Like hiring a superintendent without even interviewing a single other candidate! Come on, are we really surprised at it all this? I’m not, but maybe someone will finally straighten the mess up!
Sam Edelen

Region has a history of faith, kindness
On the weekend of May 31 - June 1, Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Springfield hosted a celebration of the anniversary of the day (May 25, 1974) when I was ordained to the priesthood. What “triggered” that celebration was an article and photograph prepared by Brandon Mattingly of The Springfield Sun, which was then picked up in succession by first The Kentucky Standard and then The Lebanon Enterprise. I am grateful to the three news outlets for that service and particularly to Brandon for his work and expertise.
I am grateful too, for the many people of the area who have offered kind greetings, cards, gifts, prayers, good wishes and encouragement in these recent days. You have been most generous, and I am touched by your goodness. We have a remarkable history of faith and kindness in this region, and I am proud to serve in this land which, by your humanity and the Grace of God, we call holy. May God bless us everyone.
Reverend Benedict J. F. Brown