Thank you and Rashah McChesney for providing today’s (April 12) headline article on the firing of Terri Burdick from her job as the Soldotna librarian after 28 years of dedicated service to the community of Soldotna. In my opinion this action is an outright injustice against Terri Burdick as an outright abuse of power by Mark Dixson and a legal system that is long over due for change.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District was similarly involved in an abuse of power when a principal fired a teacher. Even after a public meeting of support of the teacher by members of the local community the KPBSD voted to support the firing. Thanks to a community that cared about justice and pursued the facts, the principal left town and the teacher was rehired and allowed to teach until his retirement.
I hope that we continue to write this story so that justice is achieved and we learn something from the process. What or how that is carried out will be determined by what members of the Soldotna community do. My perceptions of the Soldotna and Kenai communities are that we deserve better management than illustrated by our current legal system.