Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Letters to the Editor

April 27, 2011

Rusk ISD teacher defends Largent

JACKSONVILLE — I’d like to respond the barely literate editorial written by Wayne McGee of Ponta, Texas.  I would also like to express surprise and disappointment in the Jacksonville Daily Progress for printing an article that was not only embarrassingly ungrammatical, but filled with misinformation and down-right lies based on hearsay.

 First of all, I have worked as a teacher under Dr. Largent since he became the Rusk superintendant, and I have never been sent a list of names of which trustees to vote for on any election year.  No words are exchanged at all between the superintendant and the voters.  

Nowhere in Mr. McGee’s editorial did he mention that he had any knowledge of the issues concerning the case against RISD.  He simply went on a personal attack against the superintendant, trustees, and principals.  Does he even know these people personally?  The Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines a goon as “a stupid person” or “a person hired to terrorize, beat up, or kill opponents.”  Texas universities do not award bachelor’s degrees and doctorate degrees to “stupid people,” and I doubt very seriously that Dr. Largent or his principals have ever taken a penny to physically harm or kill anyone!

Does Mr. McGee not know that making false statements that damage another's reputation is called slander and that it is illegal? Perhaps if Mr. McGee had more respect for education and the people hired to implement it, and possibly paid a little better attention in class when he was a student, he could have voiced his opinion, in an intelligent manner, about how the issues were handled rather than just the people themselves.  He might have even used better spelling, punctuation, and grammar!

— Sarah Frazer, Rusk ISD teacher

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