Letter to the Editor

Support voiced for school board member

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Dear Editor: I'm like a lot of people. I have goals, responsibilities, my issues, my family and my own battles to fight. But I feel compelled to publicly give my support to Judy Friend, a Southwest School Board member, on the verge of resigning.

Public service is hard, you must have some grit in your craw. Judy worked hard to get elected. She made her platform clear to all and she got the necessary votes to win.

A wise man once said if two people agree on everything, one of them is not necessary. A school board, like any other board, needs a diversity of beliefs in order to adequately serve the people. No one is always right or always wrong. The members of the Southwest School Board were all elected by the people, and all should bring their unique gifts and personalities to the task.

And if you don't agree with them, well maybe you should run for the office yourself.

Judy, don't resign. Just rise above those that feel threatened by you and would love for you to quit. Dig down and find that inner strength that comes from knowing that you were elected by people that believed in you then and believe in you now.

Duane Corn

Seligman, Missouri