A class act vs. A crass act

Brent Batten’s Wag the Blog

They were in different sections of the newspaper, but you couldn’t help notice the contrast between two stories in Thursday’s Daily News.
On the front page was the account of Florida Gulf Coast University President Wilson Bradshaw turning down a chance for up to $76,000 in raise and bonus money due him in his contract. Students face tuition increases and staff members face a year without a pay increase so Bradshaw couldn’t bring himself to accept any additional pay.
Compare that with the story of former Lee County Manager Don Stilwell being denied the $275 a week in unemployment benefits he so crassly sought.
Stilwell somehow survived complicity in his son-in-law’s crooked real estate deals but was run out of office last month for passing around raunchy e-mails that would make a frat boy blush.
County commissioners agreed to a generous $150,000 severance package to get him to go away quietly and he repaid them by immediately filing for unemployment.
The only thing more outrageous than Stilwell’s claim for benefits was the state’s initial decision that he was eligible for them. That forced the county to file an appeal, wasting even more time and effort on what was supposed to be a clean break.
Bradshaw: Class
Stilwell: A word derived by removing two letters from the previous descriptor.
The newspaper editors were perhaps sending message, placing the two stories in separate sections of the newspaper. Don Stilwell does not belong on the same page with Wilson Bradshaw.
(E-mail Brent Batten at bebatten@naplesnews.com)

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