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Needed: A leader worth evaluating

Letters to the Editor
Published September 8, 2005

Re: Board hones new way to grade school chief, Sept. 7 Times:

Time, money and other scarce resources needed for children's education are being spent by the Hernando County School Board in prolonged discussions to determine criteria for evaluating work performance of generously compensated, reclusive superintendent Wendy Tellone.

Emphasized, thereby, is the need for three changes in Hernando County.

The first need is for a superintendent worthy of being evaluated. Such a person should have skills to manage all resources. Teaching skills alone, acquired by rising through ranks of the same system, are insufficient. The replacement superintendent, appointed from outside Hernando County, will not feel obligated to bestow favors on the few who gave moral and other support when climbing the organization's ladder.

Again, there is a need for a School Board with more members having business acumen. Schools are big business. Children's education is too important to be at the mercy of double-dipping, enthusiastic amateurs.

Finally, there is a need for an electorate that can distinguish between putting public officials into office and selecting winners of a popularity contest.

Hernando's visioning process needs to kick into action so as to make the foregoing changes.

-- James A. Willan, Brooksville

Motorcycles help in fuel crunch

With gas prices rising above the $3 mark and possible shortages looming, we in the Tampa Bay area must do our part to conserve fuel. I, for one, will park my big SUV in the garage and use my motorcycle to get to work and run errands. I will use my SUV to tow my boat or camping trailer.

There are tens of thousands of motorcycle owners in the Tampa Bay area. With gas prices as high as they are, more and more people will use the economical motorcycles (50 mpg on average) for everyday use, such as riding to work and running errands, instead of the common weekend recreational riding.

This is a plea to all motorists: Please look out for motorcycles. Give them the same right of way that any vehicle would be allowed. Too many motorcycle accidents occur when automobile drivers just don't seem to see the smaller motorcycles.

Motorcycles are here to stay, and ridership is growing rapidly. Car and truck drivers must be vigilant about motorcycles on the road or precious lives will be lost.

Drive safely and look out for motorcycles.

-- Paul Attard, Brooksville

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