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September 15, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Sept. 15, 2013

Now it’s time for Ritz to resign

I applaud the Tribune-Star for its coverage of the story of Tony Bennett’s vindication of any illegal actions in his position as the state superintendent of public instruction for the state of Indiana.

I am now waiting to see how the current superintendent, Glenda Ritz, explains why her office was engaged in a political and career assassination of Mr. Bennett. It appears that her office coached the Associated Press to request certain emails and such emails were given to the AP. These emails were taken out of context and meant to have a detrimental effect on the grading system of schools and also devastate the credibility and integrity of Mr. Bennett. This caused Mr. Bennett to resign his position in Florida and take up the process of clearing his good name.

The bipartisan investigation has cleared his name, but it has raised the question about the credibility of Glenda Ritz and her staff. I think if she has any class at all, she will publicly apologize to Mr. Bennett and then resign her position.

This was an outright attempt to negate all he has done to improve the education system in Indiana. If she had been able to do this, she would have increased her prestige and power. This attempt, however, has backfired and she has lost all credibility with the people of Indiana. She should resign immediately.

— Don Phillips

West Terre Haute

Dialing in for honesty

On Sept. 5, I spent some time in the children’s section at the main library in Terre Haute. We stopped for a restroom break before heading home for lunch.

In my hurry, I had set my iPhone down to help with hand-washing and walked out without it. We arrived home, fixed lunch and then realized I did not have my phone.

I went into full panic mode. I hurried back to the library, checked the bathroom and, of course, no phone. I went upstairs to ask if one had been turned in, but not getting my hopes up (and beating myself up mentally for being so careless).

But, to my great surprise, it had been turned in. What a huge relief. No name was given of the honest person, so there’s no way to personally thank her. You have restored my faith in people wanting and doing the right thing.

Thank you so very much for your act of kindness, and I truly believe that you reap what you sow, so I know you will be blessed with many good things.

— Debbi Guenzel

Terre Haute

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