Slack for Lu Hardin?
After enumerating some of Lu Hardin's apparent accomplishments and contributions to UCA, letter writer Mary Olivia Cornwell characterized him as “thinking outside the box,” and as a “creative problem solver.” She also noted that he admitted to a mistake. She asked, “What more can we ask as a state or as a region?”
For starters, making good decisions.
Fabricating a memo and attaching others' names as the originators is not a “mistake”; that is a bad decision — perhaps a result of thinking outside the box.
When asked about an action, saying you didn't do it when you did is not a mistake; that is a bad decision — probably should be inside the box.
When rendering a legal opinion contrary to law, that is not a mistake; that is a bad decision — perhaps the result of creative problem solving.
A mistake is punching the + key instead of the - key when you're balancing your checkbook or grabbing a loaf of whole wheat instead of whole grain bread from the grocery shelf. In short, a mistake is when you slip up while you're intending to do right.
What more can we ask? That when an administrator is asked to defend his decisions he be able to say, “I made the best decision I could, using my best judgment, in light of the circumstances as I understood them.”
If Lu Hardin can truthfully defend his decisions with that statement, I'd say that pretty well reveals that he doesn't have the wisdom and judgment we ask of a university administrator. If he cannot, I'd say we have a right to ask more of him than that.
Dr. Bob Hartsell
Disservice to women
I was just reading the article regarding the church in the July 24 edition of the Arkansas Times. I have recently moved into a neighborhood that is close to the church and became energized just reading about the many things that the church offers as well as the dynamic community involvement.
Just about the time I was thinking “I may visit this church,” I came to the part that referred to women's involvement in the church.
I was so disappointed that it is felt that women have no place as elders or preachers in what seems to otherwise be a wonderful, progressive environment.
I would hate to take my children and grandchildren to a place that, if they are girls, they are destined to a “certain” place, but that place is not a position that is seen as a place of leadership. But they sure were pretty serving the bagels in the cafe!
Fellowship Bible is doing a disservice to not only the women of this community but to themselves and their congregation.
What Bush did
I have read where several writers have castigated President Clinton for the events of 9/11, and the war in Iraq. All the research that I have done indicates that they ignore the fact that his administration offered initiatives in the amount of $1.097 billion in an effort to thwart international terrorism, which included 22 different items in his anti-terrorist bill.
In trying to pass legislation that would attack the terrorist organization, Clinton was blocked by the reactionary conservative majority in congress. All efforts by the Clinton administration were cast aside when the Bush people took office, because they wanted nothing to do with the outgoing government. Condi Rice, by her own admission, ignored the massive data provided by Sandy Burger, until the 9/11 attack. Although Bush said that, “no one could have anticipated anyone using airplanes as bombs,” the facts tell a different story.
A four-page, forty-paragraph report indicates that had Bush paid attention to the reported information, 9/11 might have been prevented. Clinton's dire public warnings about the threat, and his actions to prevent it, went completely unreported by the media. The action was dismissed within the media and in congress as scandalous “Wag-The-Dog” tactics, all because they were more concerned with a stained dress than the threat of terrorism.
Consequently, the data and the efforts of the Clinton administration to combat international terrorism were never followed up on, and the Bush administration hijacked the 9/11 attack as the pretext to invade Iraq.
So when you look at the whole picture, Bush has done to the whole country what Clinton did to one intern.
G. M. Kesselring