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Where's the Respect?

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Editor:

I am still puzzling over my supervisor's mysterious admonition to his colleague Supervisor Steve Madrone at a recent meeting: "Respect is earned, not given and I hope you know that." ("Got Water?," May 16.)

What actions or character traits could earn Rex Bohn's respect? Not spearheading the construction of the Hammond Trail? None of the outstanding restoration work accomplished by Madrone in Bohn's own district? His dedicated teaching at Humboldt State University?

If Bohn doesn't respect Madrone, then he doesn't respect the people of the Fifth District, who elected Madrone. So whom then does my supervisor respect?

Ellen Taylor, Petrolia

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