You may have been seeing some interesting comments or Tweets recently about the Chris Martin manslaughter case. A friend of Chris' family has taken up the mantle of justice, and it should prove extremely interesting.
We hope that Martin can soon be released on time served, but we're not betting the blog on it. While we're revisiting the case, we'll touch on something we have not delved deeply into before.
We mentioned at the time that Grant Campbell was a dishonorably discharged veteran with a very bad reputation. Since it had been only a short time since his death, we didn't emphasize his bad character, but perhaps now is an apt time for a life lesson.
We applaud those who stand by their friends; however, some people change to such a degree over the years that one could easily place one's self or family in danger by remaining friends. We feel that's what happened in Chris' case.
You can pray for your friend. You can visit your friend in jail. You can put money on your friend's books while they're in jail. What you shouldn't do is socialize especially when alcohol is in the mix. It cost Chris Martin his freedom, whether rightly so or not.
Due diligence? We've recently seen some comments stating the Florence School Board didn't do due diligence in deciding to tear down the old Coffee building or in contracting for a new school.
Just what would you have had them do that wasn't done? You complain about the cost, but it was your friends at UNA who directly caused two construction companies to withdraw their bids.
Let's make this clear: If the school board had attempted to “legally” condemn UNA property so the city could have purchased it, we would have sided with UNA. It's not about who the sides are; it's about the wisdom and legality of their views and actions.
We've been asked by someone we consider a friend if we think it was fair for Florence High band parents to receive money from concessions sold at UNA games. No we do not.
Perhaps there are band parents out there who could tell us the rationale for this?