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Camp Verde was ready to move on if not for online poll

Editor:

Dan Engler’s editorial statement in the march 30 edition stating, a court of public opinion should not determine Ms. Lori Martinez's employment at the chamber, I agree.

However, I would add, it should not effect it one way or another. The matter regarding Martinez's employment was handled correctly. The board president brought his recommendation and his reasons for the executive director’s termination to his board for a decision. That is the proper procedure for a personnel matter.

Mr. Engler also said that Camp Verdeans should move on. I believe they were ready to do just that until the March 17 edition had an online poll question regarding president Foreman’s actions. The day of Mr. Engler’s editorial, the newspaper's online poll question for the second time was still this issue.

The news media should present all the facts to their readers, and let them make their own decisions regarding issues that are controversial and effect them.

Barbara Miller

Camp Verde

Helping hands light Special Olympics fire

Editor:

There is an extremely enthusiastic group of dedicated educators that are working very hard to provide Special Olympics to the young people in the Verde Valley.

On Sunday, March 24, they held a bake sale and raffle in front of Wal-Mart. Twenty-nine Verde Valley companies contributed items for the raffle and the total earnings, which included donations from several individuals, was $1,442. It looks like Wal-Mart will match $1,000 of the amount collected.

Part of the money collected will pay for hotels and transportation to the area and state games. In addition this group hopes to buy uniforms for the basketball athletes.

The basketball area games will be in Flagstaff on April 6, track and field area games are in Prescott Valley on April 13 and Rhythmic Gymnastics area games are in Payson on April 11. The state games are in Phoenix on May 2-4.

Our students also participate in swimming, golf, gymnastics, and bowling. The Camp Verde Unified School District, under the leadership of Barb Barber, and the Camp Verde Parks and Recreation Department formed a partnership in November 2000 and together they have over 30 volunteers and almost 30 athletes participating in Special Olympics.

This program is a wonderful example of the many people in the Verde Valley helping each other and our young people.

Thank you to Barb Barber and all the other special people who help us with these wonderful events for our young people. If you would like to volunteer or make a contribution, please call Barb Barber at 567-8234.

Marilyn Semones

Superintendent

Camp Verde School District

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