Mr. Darby, I thank you for your comments today, and they should appear in Sunday's paper as you indicated. I'd also like to respectfully respond to two points you make in this post.
Our editors chose not to print your letter, which is a right we reserve in our letter submission guidelines. However, our policy on blog content is more lax because this is a forum aimed at encouraging discussion -- even about topics that sometimes do not make the cut for our Editorial page.
Also, to clarify any confusion, I did not already know that you were meeting with the superintendent until you told me so today. I did speak with her to get her reaction to the information you presented during the board of education meeting on Tuesday night, which is standard reporting protocol.
Do you believe in the spirit of fairness that the editor would simply pic and choose what they would l;ie to report? As a journalist, I would expect that concerns such as what Darby is speaking of would have printed and posted. The Coastal Courier is suppose to be a catalyst to disseminate all information to the citizens of this County. I'm dissapointed.
Looks as we will have another year of Coach Walsh? I was working and not able to attend the meeting but I hope you have a good meeting with the BoE Supt.
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This is printed in every edition of the CC so to answer your question, yes the editor has the right to reject or accept letters....I have not seen Mr Darby's letter but if it did not include his phone number or city of residence or any other requirement then we would not print it.
Don't take this as an attack or anything else other than answering your question from above. I hope that you all will continue to express your concerns as you have every right to do. Thanks everyone and keep blogging.
SportsFan31313: I always enjoy reading your blogs as it relates to local sports..not just about the Tigers...They make for good healthy debate and allows the community to realize just how vital school athletic programs are to a community.
Speaking (writing) as one who has been rejected on many occasion, not just by the Courier, but the public, private individuals, committees....etc. etc...Ms. Leon is correct particularly as it pertains to identifying yourself.
When submitting a letter to the Editor I always provide my name, address, telephone numbers, both home and cell, as well as my e-mail address(s). And as long as I do not get too venomous I usually get ink.
I understand now. I did'nt know that the contents of Darby's letter did not have the required materials to be published. I am sure that he know, he will act on such as required.
Thank you for your comments. You know how passionate I am about my Alma Mater, the Bradwell Institute Tigers, and the Athletic Program. We need significant change in the office of the Athletic Director in replacing the current one. The Stakes could not be any higher. The current program under the current Athletic Director is in absolute failure mode, and it will affect the future of the students that currently attend Bradwell Institute.
The time is now to replace Coach Jim Walsh Jr. Nothing personal against Walsh. It's just that it is time for him to step down for the better of the School, and Athletic Program. Coaches around the State of Georgia are either Fired or they simply step down due to the failed programs. It seems to me that the BOE, and others that have a say in whether Coach Walsh stay or be replaced, have blinders over their eyes, and / or established a very well organized "GOOD-OLE BOY NETWORK"...
In all honesty, I would not want to be in a place where I am not wanted. Yet Walsh is still around, and he know how the Citizens in this County feel about him. Scores of people have spoken loudly in the dissention of Walsh remaining in the Office Of Athletic Director.
We don't want to make this political, but it is getting there. If the BOE want act, then it is time to round up supporters and have them run against these elected officials, and vote them out of office. This is telling me and everyoine else who want Walsh out that the elected officials have an allegience to Coach Walsh rather than their constituents.
State education law expert Phil Hartley spoke with the Board of Education in September and outlined their role in handling these types of concerns. I covered it and wrote an article that ran Sept. 18 with the headline "Education-law experts speaks to Liberty Co. BoE."
While I am not speaking in favor of, in opposition to, or as a representative of either side in this issue, I believe the information Hartley presented may clarify and provide context to the board's response.
You can read it here:
Thanks, dhipps. That is good information. We are learning about the process as we go along. We just want to make our concerns known to the right people in the correct manner.
One has to wonder now that the BOE has spoken, just how in God's name do the powers that be evaluate Coach Walsh and his duties on the field? Pass-Fail is what school is all about. Walsh is trending DOWN. Would not the BOE become alarmed at say a teacher whose students FAILED at a 70% rate (see BI 2010- 3-7) then the next year FAILED at a 90% rate (see BI 2011 1-9 record)????!!!! You gotta be kiddin me! That teacher would be put under the microscope and evaluated from top to bottom and perhaps fired or given a time table to correct things or else. That is what Walsh needs: a time-table to improve things at the VERY LEAST.
JimmyMack BI '67