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Letter to the Editor

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In response to Commissioner McFarland's May 31st letter:

As an audience member at the County Commission's May meeting, I was witness to Commissioner Jerry McFarland's presentation of his concerns regarding the old Lebanon High School conversion into the new central office of Wilson County Schools. I feel as though his concerns were construed by many of his fellow commissioners as being out of place at best, an unwarranted personal attack on Superintendent Dr. Donna Wright at worst. Such concerns were conveyed in a grossly unprofessional manner, through an angered attitude not fit for our public representation.

Seeing as though Superintendent Wright was unable to attend the May Commission meeting due to the graduation proceedings occurring that evening, several of our commissioners offered their opinion, regardless of decorum, that Commissioner McFarland was engaging in a personal attack on Superintendent Wright. Seeing as though our County Commissioners are charged with financial oversight of county funds, I found nothing out of place or distasteful concerning Commissioner McFarland's statements, in terms neither of tone nor of intent. In fact, until the other commissioners' hasty retorts to Commissioner McFarland's comments, I was unaware his comments were controversial or worthy of such response. Of the angered commissioners I ask: When else was Commissioner McFarland, if not at the public monthly meeting, to voice his concerns regarding the use of County funds?

As a citizen of Wilson County, District 15, I urge my fellow citizens to ask their respective commissioners how they reacted to Commissioner McFarland's concerns. I would also ask my fellow citizens to encourage their respective commissioners to work towards creating and maintaining an environment of open inquiry, free from angered retorts and hostile attitudes towards contrary viewpoints. For our County Commission to function in our best interests, commissioners need a orderly forum through which they can raise public concerns.

Scott Selliers

Wilson County District 15

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