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Hollywood elitists Editor, The Sun: Hollywood has had a lot to say in the last year about President-elect Donald Trump. Very little of it has been nice. Whoopi Goldberg promised to flee America if Trump was elected. She’s still here, along with other high school dropouts Robert De Niro, Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen and Cher, who share her disdain for our soon-to-be president. Of course, they are not alone in their criticisms of Trump’s intelligence. Chaminade High School graduate Martin Sheen called Trump “an empty-headed moron.” Hollywood High School grad Mike Farrell opined “What is evident is that Donald Trump lacks more than the qualifications to be president.” Other oft-quoted Trump-hater celebrities whose education ended in the 12th grade include Barbra Streisand, Sally Field, Jennifer Lawrence, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Roseanne Barr, Rosie Perez, Neil Patrick Harris, Loretta Swit, and The Answer Man himself, Sean Penn. Actor Bryan Cranston also promised to leave the U.S. for Canada if Trump won. It hasn’t happened yet. Perhaps his junior college degree wasn’t opening any doors for him there. To my knowledge, none of Trump’s detractors has questioned his ability to get things done. I imagine that’s one of their biggest fears about his presidency. Yet, when it came to finishing their own education, these Hollywood elites who have publicly demonized Trump threw in the towel after only several semesters in college: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bruce Springsteen, Ben Stiller, Jane Fonda, Jack Black, Michael Moore, Richard Gere, and Bette Midler. Very few Trump bashers in Hollywood managed to earn college degrees in disciplines other than theater and fine arts. Business, economics, political science, history, mathematics, science and other core majors are virtually unseen in celebrities’ biographies. So why do these undereducated and imperious elitists think the world should pay attention to them? Michael Power Versailles Hard workers Editor, The Sun: Our community is blessed. We have a very successful public school system with outstanding students in grades pre-K through 12 and a team of professional teachers and administrators who strive daily to provide an excellent education to benefit this community for generations to come. A vital component of the progress of our district – and thus our community – is the leadership provided by the members of the Woodford County Board of Education. As superintendent, I am fortunate to regularly witness the selfless service of board members Ambrose Wilson IV, Debby Edelen, Karen Brock, Margie Cleveland, and Sherri Springate. But often, other community members see their work only at the regular and/or special meetings of the board. You may not see the evenings they spend attending school events. You may not be aware of the time spent studying the board agenda and related information about each item prior to casting their votes at our board meetings. You may not know of the phone calls from constituents seeking information about our district or raising a concern about a situation. All of these moments are a regular part of school board service outside the board meetings. As our community joins others across the commonwealth to mark January as School Board Recognition Month, I wanted to share these insights and ask you – when you see one of our board members – to offer a thank you for all they do for our children and our future. Scott Hawkins, Superintendent Woodford County Public Schools

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