Although most of the dust has settled at Good Will-Hinckley regarding the non-hiring of House Speaker Mark Eves as president, new points have poked heads.

Evidence the op-ed piece (“After embarrassing time, return Good Will to its true mission,” Jan. 28) spread over a quarter page.

Four names authored the article: Jerry Drinkwater, Carlton Dyer, Roland Fox and Paul Nagy. They request the school board resign “so those of us who are dedicated to the carrying out the intent of the founder can have administrative control.”

Chief among the foursome’s criticism is mention of “people and entities,” using the term “at-risk children” rather than “disadvantaged children.” That fault-finding is lost when the four authors used children in “need” rather than “disadvantaged” in the article. So much for the pot calling the kettle black!

Readers of the column can be excused when wondering why the authors were silent as this subject “hit the fan,” given the description of being “dedicated” alumni? Where were they when Gov. Paul LePage stood alone, supporting the school from ending up in the hands of Eves, who had worked mightily against Maine’s charter school interests, of which Good Will Hinckley was one?

The gents contend the alumni and others “have been deceived and have ignored this situation far too long.” Thus, being alumni, they are not faultless from sitting on their hands.

They seek to restore Good Will-Hinckley “to its true purpose without state funding,” proposing to “rise up and write email.” Huh? Write to whom? What about?

Strange to read the conclusion that a charter school at Good Will is not “in the best interest of Maine.” How about the children’s best interest?

Surely education eradicates disadvantage!

John Benoit


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