published: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Burgess columns will be missed
It was with shock and dismay that a Farewell Article was published in the News-Sun, Oct. 13, penned by Corine Burgess, environmental specialist for the Highlands County Parks and Natural Resources Department. You can easily see that it was a difficult "farewell" as she found the words to explain why this happened and what the future holds. The articles written by Ms. Burgess were always well researched, accurate and interesting. Apparently our county commissioners were not advised in advance of the move as I know that they looked to Ms. Burgess for help in trying to answer environmental questions, posed to them be constituents.
Whoever was responsible for having Ms. Burgess discontinue her fine articles, should be made to testify before the county commissioners and give their reason for the action. After all, this is a taxpayer funded agency whose expertise concerning environmental concerns is always sought after. I would bet "dollars-to-dough-nuts" that many citizens of our county never knew we had a Highlands County Parks and Natural Resources Department, until Ms. Burgess started writing her most informative, interesting articles. Ms. Burgess should have been receiving a bonus for all the extra work she had to do in writing the articles. My dear wife, Ruth (residing now in Heaven), and I were happy to write wildlife and "bird" articles for the News-Sun for many years, and know from that experience how great it was to know we were educating readers. The Corine Burgess articles will be sorely missed!
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