Editor’s note: This is the last day of political letters to the editor the Dodge City Daily Globe will run. We will not run political letters to the editor in Tuesday’s edition.
Thank you to all
I would like to thank the voters of Ford County for their patience and attention during this long election season. There are positive developments past and current at Dodge City Community College.
Over the past several years we have built two new dorms, remodeled a third and built a Student Activity Center which is the envy of many in the conference. All for the benefit of students, keeping the college attractive and competitive, and without needing an increase in the mill levy.
There is the recent No. 1 ranking for community colleges in Kansas, a tribute to the hard work and purposeful attention of the current student body, administration, faculty and staff.
The nursing program has made great strides in the 2 years in pass rates and continues to add qualified faculty leaders and great students. Voters should be gratified that so many are staying focused on their commitment to providing great education and opportunities for students.
Meanwhile the board has been faced with man challenging situations and has operated in an effective and professional manner, using experience, judgement and good decision making to continue furthering the interests of the college. To keep the future of DCCC bright, it is imperative the voters elect trustees who can function effectively in the boardroom, have no conflicts of interest, and are able to use their various skills to the benefit of the college.
Merrill R. Conant
Time for a change
I have read all the newspapers. I have read all the mailings. What it comes down to is our present Dodge City Community College Board of Trustees.
They were the ones who hired this president. They were the ones in control, in position when all of these problems happened. Starting with the conversion to Fort Hays State University, the mayhem in the Department of Nursing, the misuse of taxpayer funds, a Federal grand jury investigation, going into massive debt and extreme poor faculty confidence.
This happened under the existing board of trustees term. These incumbents were there when all this happened. They weren't paying attention then. They won't be paying attention now. Vote the incumbents and the like-minded candidates out.
Vote the incumbents out!
Children are the future
Yesterday we welcomed about 170 goblins, ghosts and princesses as seems to happen every year at Halloween. This reminded me of why I am running for the DCCC Board of Trustees. It is for the kids (and all the people) in Ford County for whom the community college represents their opportunities for a better life. It is for the young people who need a quality, affordable higher education. That, in a nutshell, is the reason community colleges exist.
This is what the campaign should have been about, our visions for what the community college could do for Ford County residents. Instead, this campaign has descended into anonymous letters, mudslinging and wrong information.
Here is the truth:
The Board of Trustees’ actions have gotten us into $26,000,000 of debt.
The Board of Trustees’ actions have made us the target of an 8.5 million dollar federal grand jury investigation of the helicopter program, claiming we have overcharged them.
The Board of Trustees’ actions have gotten us into a federal Title IX violation.
The Board of Trustees’ actions are costing us tens of thousands in lawyers’ fees.
The Board of Trustees voted to authorize all of the above. They have voted for all the expenses that created $26,000,000 dollars worth of debt. They voted to approve all the fees, tuition and other costs for the helicopter program. They have failed to address Title IX issues for several years.
When you are on the board of trustees, you can’t keep saying, "It wasn’t our fault. We didn’t know." They had board reports, and they had administrative reports. At any time, they could have asked questions, but they didn’t. They just voted yes.
It doesn’t have to be this way, you can vote for candidates that will ask questions and fix this mess. This board has shown they can’t.
DCCC trustee candidate
Smear campaign continues
Today in the mail I received another unsigned letter that has been part of a smear campaign designed to target the candidates for change. However, the anonymous writer got some things wrong. I am submitting a request to Roger Bluhm to reprint the entire content of the speech I read when I addressed the board for the vote of no confidence against Adam John and the president Harold Nolte. (Editor’s Note: We are unable to do so.)
None of that was about guided studies classes, which faculty have opposed for years. After I gave the vote-of-no-confidence report to the board, the board’s response was a vicious personal attack compiled by the administrators about whom the report was written.
After that November meeting Morris Reeves told me that I could no longer give the faculty report because the college didn’t want to hearing "whining and complaining." Apparently some board members felt it inappropriate to make problems at the college public. That report sparked retaliation against instructors that still continues.
Of course, everyone recognizes that the purpose of the letter was to portray faculty as part of dirty dealings. It takes a tortured mind to get there.
Faculty members recognize the issues. The college has a $26,000,000 debt, but faculty doesn’t vote on who gets hired and what they get paid. The $8.5 million federal grand jury investigation is certainly worrisome, but again, the board was approving those decisions for that program. Faculty had no input.