May 2011

Who’s Accountable?

After reading the “The End of Innocence” [March], I wanted to address the comments made by Dean Woodward, in particular the one regarding the laxness of procedures during the 10-year directorship of Candis Robinson. This is neither a pro or against letter regarding Robinson. However, Woodward’s statements have her shouldering a significant portion of the blame.

As the article stated, the center has a board of directors, which is separate from the Park Hill United Methodist Church. It was set up to limit undue involvement of the church in matters of the center. The reference to a “benign neglect by the church” should be clarified in that the center was set up with the idea of limiting the influence of the church.

Woodard was co-chairman of the board for at least two years. When I read the statement that the director was sloppy in her duties, I had to wonder why the board did not exercise its fiduciary responsibility to monitor, guide, reprimand, or replace the director.

As a member of the church, I have an interest in seeing that the center is managed in the best possible fashion. However, the only way to move forward and create a safe environment is to review all procedures and correct those that fall short, including the governance the board should have over the center’s personnel.
W.T. Boykin Jr.
via e-mail

I just finished reading the piece about the Children’s Center, and I wanted to commend you. When we made the decision to take our son out of daycare, it was more of a financial decision than anything. But after reading your article—which, I won’t lie, was kind of terrifying—I can tell you that if we ever consider putting him back into daycare, we will be doing our homework as it relates to sex abuse.
Paul S.
via e-mail

Good Golly Miss Molly

Just read the article on Margaret Brown [“Molly & Me,” March]. What a lovely, inspirational, grounding piece. As I find myself growing more into my own femininity and deep strength as a woman, I was reminded to honor female role models from times past as well as the mentors I learn from today.
Simla Somturk Wickless
via e-mail

Correction: April’s feature on men’s health suggested men should limit their carb intake to 36 grams per day. They should limit their sugar intake to 36 grams per day. We regret the error.