January 13, 2012
To the Editor:
It was with some amusement and nostalgia that I?listened to WNOI’s report of last night’s North Clay School Board meeting. It seems the old feeling of animosity between Flora and Louisville has not waned over the years. Growing up in Louisville I was indoctrinated with the idea that Flora is our enemy - they want to steal the Courthouse from us - they already have stolen the County Hospital from it’s rightful location in the County Seat, etc. And living in Flora since 1964 it has become apparent that, even though we’re only eight miles apart, still, “the twain shall not meet”.
Good old fashioned rivalry is one thing, but being down-right unfriendly and not supporting each other continues to send a very negative message to our children. Paul Knapp is now feeling the brunt of this animosity. He made a mistake (how many of us have done the same thing - but he got caught) and he has apoligized, humbled himself before the board and offered to make restitution for any damages. That sounds like a pretty good lession for a young man to learn from all this.
Paul is one of the most talented athletes to come out of this area in a long time and, like Meyers Leonard of Robinson and many of our young people, he may not have reached the level of maturity that we deem acceptable. But just look how Leonard has grown since joining Lou Henson and the Illini. Paul has great potential and we need to support him and help him to grow - not knock him down when he makes a bad choice. He has humbled himself and asked for forgiveness. Isn’t this what we teach our kids that Christian ethics wants us to do?
It is my hope that the North Clay School Board will reconsider their decision and send a positive message to this young man.
Donald L. Bunnell, M.D.