When hiring a superintendent of a public school district, you would hope for someone buttressed by the highest ethical and moral standards, regardless of any "clauses" within legal contracts. While we are free to enjoy "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," our personal and work lives are inexorably enmeshed, and the behavioral choices we make should reflect the examples that our children can safely follow.
Then we compound the problem by reams of litigation, taking time, resources and money that could be much better used in educating our youth. This also sets another bad example -- see kids, you can take legal action to create confusing rhetoric, prolong the issues, sidestep responsibility and maybe garner a large monetary settlement.
While we rail against those who would infringe on our freedoms, our conscience should tell us that these freedoms come with a deep responsibility to our community, and that as adults we are expected to provide guidance and leadership for our youth. Let's have more readin', writin' n 'rithmetic, and less litigatin', lawyerin' and legalese.
GABE LYONS, Richland