Today's Letters: Board's dictators bad for schools
By TIMES STAFF
Published March 8, 2007
Board's dictators bad for schools
I am appalled at the outcome of the Tuesday Hernando County School Board meeting regarding the fiasco of partial rezoning of magnet schools.
I applaud the common sense and level-headed thinking of board members Dianne Bonfield and John Sweeney. Despite an attempt by Jim Malcolm to picture them as troublemakers, they remained calm and clear on their request to direct the rezoning committee to "run the numbers" as to the effect a partial rezoning of the three magnet schools would have on student disbursement throughout the district.
The bottom line is to equitably and evenly place all students in an effective learning environment, live within our means and put our resources to best use.
These were the promises Bonfield and Sweeney made in their campaigns for seats on the board. And the voters evidently shared their vision. However, Malcolm aggressively ram-rodded a motion to squelch their efforts to merely find facts.
Knowledge is power. Malcolm, Sandra Nicholson and Pat Fagan grabbed greedily at the opportunity to keep us all in our ignorance, thereby keeping the power. The rezoning numbers will remain repressed by these three dictators of knowledge. The status quo and mistakes of the past will continue since now the two neophyte board members were effectively reined in and the three existing board members will continue to reign supreme.
History shows us that fear of being out of control and overthrown drove many of the dictators of the world to their autonomous, narrow-minded rule. It appears the same scenario is being played out on our School Board. What do they fear by gathering numbers that provide information and help educated decisions to be made? We live in a democracy, not a dictatorship, do we not?
Perhaps Malcolm, Nicholson and Fagan need to be reminded of their place in our democracy as public servants to serve the best interests of all residents and students, not a select, privileged few.
I, for one, will remember their attempt at dictatorship when they come up for re-election.
Maricriss Dausch, Brooksville
Planned facility is too big for parcel
It never ceases to surprise me how builders are so good at the snow jobs! This is in reference to a rezoning that took place last month that allows for multifamily "senior" housing adjacent to the Wellington subdivision property line. I mean, so close it is up close and personal.
The builder met with some of us prior to and after the rezoning meeting. I felt like I was threatened with a smelly nursing care facility. Now, the snow job comes when you see how closely this abuts the Wellington property line. There is not even enough property to put a buffer of trees. This was not information given us until after the zoning meeting.
In front of this plot is a "retention pond," which looks like a large, large hole. I wonder if there is another name for it?
The county commissioners will vote on this March 14 and I pray they see that this proposed building is too large for this parcel. I know in their wisdom they will get the picture.
Virginia Mangano, Spring Hill
Re: Let's hold golf courses to task March 7 letter to the editor
New water rules for golf courses?
I agree with Mr. Bauer completely and I would like to add one thing. Most of us who play golf in Florida have had the experience of standing on a green or fairway when the sprinkler has come on in the middle of the day.
Why would anyone water when the sun and the evaporation rate are at the highest point of the day? Also, we are told that watering should be done only between certain hours. Am I missing something here?
I believe a golf course should have a separate set of watering restrictions that should be strictly enforced, allowing them to water several times a week after 9 p.m., or in the morning before 6 a.m., and for shorter durations per hole. This would save water and cut their overhead to keep costs down.
Walter Brown, Spring Hill
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