We can trust superintendent selection process in CS

The College Station school district board of trustees is made up of seven very independent men and women. I know them to be strong, thorough, intelligent, attentive and possessing great vision.

We, as a community, are very fortunate to have the caliber of persons currently serving in this volunteer position. With the announcement of Eddie Coulson's retirement, they have been asked to collectively find a new leader for the school district.

Together, they are required to make the single most important decision they will be called on to make during their tenure as trustees. This community may absolutely have confidence this decision will be made with the input of community and staff. That input, coupled with core beliefs and commitments as set forth by all of the district's stakeholders, assures the final candidate for this job will be the best for our students and the College Station school district.

A great deal of confidence and support is due these servant leaders as they seek the next outstanding leader for our children and grandchildren.

RANDALL PITCOCK

College Station

Why shouldn't the Crimea gain its own independence

As the Soviet Union was crumbling in 1991, Ukraine -- a centuries-old vassal state of Moscow -- seized the opportunity and finally realized its long-suppressed dream of national sovereignty. It took with it a teardrop-shaped curiosity called  the Crimea, a whimsical gift of Nikita Khrushchev 37 years earlier.

For their part, Crimeans, most of whom are ethnic Russians, never abandoned their loyalties, and have always felt closer to Russia, which still maintains its Black Sea fleet and largest warm-water port at Sevastopol, per negotiations with Ukraine throughout the 1990s.

On Feb. 27, in the wake of the current political turmoil in Ukraine, the Supreme Council of the Crimea elected a pro-Russian party chair as its new leader and voted to hold a referendum on May 25 to decide the region's future. Russia responded to the region's request for military protection. President Barack Obama warned, "There will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine," and affirmed that Ukraine's future must be determined by the Ukrainian people.

If we supported the self-determining ambitions of Ukrainian separatists in 1991, why would we deprive Crimeans of those same aspirations? Do we really feel that Ukraine's 60-year claim to the Crimea is stronger than Russia's 171-year claim, or do we still just hate seeing Russia get its way?

During his press conference, President Obama also affirmed that  "human beings have [a] universal right to determine their own future" and that the United States stands for the "democratic future of Ukraine."

There is nothing more democratic than a referendum, and if the Crimeans want to secede and join Russia, that qualify as "determining their own future."

Let the Crimea decide its own fate -- it shouldn't be obligated to uphold the vicissitudes of a mid-20th century communist dictator. And if Ukraine breaks up? Crimea river.

ADAM BECHTOLD

Bryan

Are there double standards for law enforcement officers?

I noticed driving the other day that the constables and other law enforcement officer cars are allowed to have windows tinted to levels that residents get ticketed for.

The first question is why? It would appear that law enforcement officers are not held to the same standards, and are allowed to break whatever rules they desire.

Who is inspecting these cars and passing them? If my windows were tinted to the level I saw recently, I couldn't pass inspection.

Why are Law enforcement officers allowed to get away with breaking the same laws that law-abiding residents are ticketed for?

Double standards abound.

BRUCE BUELL

College Station

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