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War of words

Apr 26, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck

The allegations against the state schools superintendent remain vague and unclear

The war of words continues between certain Wyoming legislators and Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill. Like the ball in the roulette wheel, "where it stops, nobody knows."

First, a letter has been circulating statewide more or less anonymously over the past couple of weeks that alleges, again, that Hill engaged in misconduct bordering on the criminal during her first two years as state superintendent.

Fed up with the unsubstantiated accusations, Hill shot back with a pointed response of her own, demanding that her naysayers spell out specifically the alleged offenses that have led some to proclaim publicly that she could be prosecuted for wrongdoing, or impeached.

One of the people found to be affiliated with the recent letter from legislators claims that the allegations have been spelled out clearly and publicly.

That's news to the rest of us. The letter we read included the same vague claims, with very few specifics -- and certainly nothing to justify the threat of criminal prosecution.

It has been said before that the case lawmakers have made against Hill is inexplicably unclear, and it will continue to be said until that changes. Her detractors could help themselves immensely simply by describing specifically and in detail exactly what she has done to warrant the semi-destruction of her elected duties via Senate File 104, as well as the ongoing and defamatory remarks against her.

Eventually, it would seem to be time for her critics and accusers to put up or shut up. Certainly they would have to do exactly that, were they actually to make a case against her in court or try to impeach her. So far, that has not happened. Not even close.

No one could be expected to endure such slings and arrows indefinitely, and there is a sense that Superintendent Hill's last straw is approaching. Her letter suggested that unless actual, substantiated, specific charges could be aired that she could defend equally as specifically, then legal action could follow from her side.

That's another occasion when the detractors had better be ready to cite specifics. Ambiguous potshots won't be enough.

Perhaps these allegations are true. If so, the citizens of Wyoming who are following this case are dying to find out what they are.

Until that happens, however, the superintendent seems the victim of rumor and innuendo -- and nothing more.

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