Letters to the editor
Published: January 2, 2012
Published: January 2, 2012
One of Fox News' closing signature lines is "Fair & Balanced."
The slogan is appropriate to describe USF's president's administrative modus operandi. President Genshaft exhibited moxie, good judgment and an important administrative trait, "get the job done," when she removed Marshall Goodman as chancellor of USF's Polytechnic campus in Lakeland.
Ex-chancellor Goodman was certainly expected to be an originator of administrative ideas and to contribute to the overall progress of the institution of higher education. But it had become obvious to President Genshaft, and other USF leaders, that Goodman had become a political pawn of state Sen. JD Alexander. The president acted prudently and expeditiously to remove the chancellor. It was past time for the chancellor to "get on board" and be a member of the administrative/board team of USF.
USF has a president who is a proven leader and now is the time for the board of trustees to step up to the plate and publicly endorse her courageous actions in the face of meddling from the board of governors.
Another reason for the USF board of trustees to "step up front and center" is Sen. JD Alexander's strong-armed political maneuvers to implement his wishes with regards to the Lakeland Campus are being planned and will soon be forthcoming.
Sen. Alexander, the coach Bob Knight of the political arena, is accustomed to getting his way, and he has a track record of running roughshod over all who oppose his views.
I am so glad to have MSNBC, CNN and FOX News. They make deciding who to vote for easy. They keep telling me that Mitt Romney is the front-runner and likely nominee (even though no vote has been cast).
In addition, they have nothing but good to say and they don't do any messy digging around in his record to make me doubt this choice. He must be a good candidate, because his top five donors are all major banks. We know how smart these bankers are because they made it through the economic mess without much trouble — with a little taxpayer money to help.
Americans do a good job of paying attention to these news outlets because we keep voting for the candidates they tell us are the front-runners. It is working out so well for our country, too. After all, this tactic got us a George Bush and a Barack Obama.
Their decisive leadership has us on the cusp of a new America.
It also helps that these media outlets trash the candidates they don't like. You know, the ones that want to ruin things by cutting spending, taxes, wars, government regulations, national debt and also stop corporate money from buying up the political process.
I am glad I have them to do my thinking for me. Or, I might vote for Ron Paul. Then we would have to do without all the wars, spending and taxes and all that other important stuff that the Democrats and Republicans benevolently keep blessing us with.
Dana B. Orr