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To the Editor:

I'm shocked that Dr. Jeffery Moss, who always says he does everything singularly focused on the education of the school district's children, would now think that the attorney fees associated with his highly unethical behavior should be paid by the school district.

Dr. Moss chose to plead guilty to two charges and thereby avoid a State Ethics Committee hearing on all three charges, for which he very likely would have been found guilty. Any funds coming out of the school district budget to pay for his attorney fees must necessarily come from those which would-could be far better used to fully support student educational needs.

No one would believe that his attorney fees for unethical behavior are a higher priority than student needs. And with the salary he's paid there should be no question that he should be able to afford these attorney fees.

The cost of any time spent by the school district's attorney along the way to assist Dr. Moss in his unethical behavior or to try to defend it, again to which he chose to plead guilty, should also be reimbursed by Dr. Moss to the school district.

Since the Beaufort County School District board has apparently let him "off the hook" for his highly unethical behavior, Dr. Moss and the board shouldn't make the students sacrifice by having their educational funds reduced and used to pay for Dr. Moss's errors in judgment.

Michael F. Vezeau

Bluffton

To the Editor:

Both Trump and Clinton became their party's nominee by hostile takeover. Hopefully, the wisdom of the electorate will not allow that to happen to our presidency. Every four years, voters "hire" the person who will be the president. It is a job too important to be decided by popularity contest or dueling.

In this peculiar election year, common sense leads us to a third party choice for president. Political divisiveness is threatening the equilibrium of the federal government; we need a competent, committed patriot as president. Gov. Gary Johnson, an experienced neutral-party chief executive, has the know-how to work cooperatively with Congress to end gridlock and restore sanity and integrity to D.C.

Voters have a serious obligation to vote for the individual best suited. The job description for Chief Executive is found in the Constitution (Article II, Sections 1-3.). The founders envisioned the president as a problem-solver who will work to keep all three branches of the government operating in a coordinated pattern to provide effective government service to The People.

The balance of power in the federal government is designed to work for us, not the other way around.

No doubt the founders relied on our judgement to choose a president who reverences the Constitutional limitations of the office, yet has the wisdom, experience and maturity to steer the ship of state successfully through turbulent political waters.

Abraham Lincoln is said to have been the most recent successful third-party presidential candidate. Perhaps these troubling times require another one.

Jane Kenny

Bluffton

To the Editor:

The bike path on New River Parkway is a gem. Ten miles round trip and much of it is in the shade, which makes it great in the summer heat. However, where it crosses the three developments are large curbs, which mean you have to stop and get off or risk blowing a tire. Even the three wooden bridges have lips that jolt your bike.

Meanwhile, the new bike path along 170 is a smooth delight no matter what it crosses. Surely all Bluffton's bike paths should offer the same - especially now that the new high school is open along New River Parkway.

Alison Shenkus

Bluffton

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