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From Clay Grubb, a founding board member of Freedom School Partners, in response to “Lots of work left for Project LIFT” (March 29):

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made news last weekend at the 25th anniversary celebration of his father’s inauguration while speaking about his approach to a potential run in 2016. Even when appearing extemporaneous in an interview with Fox News’ Shannon Bream, the possible candidate was delivering a deliberate message to the party faithful. Here is some of what he said, with my interpretation of each quote.

Great leaders know success in any mission depends on the articulation of a clear, measurable and attainable objective. What that really means is leaders must describe what success looks like. Without a concrete objective and clear standards of success, a goal can become a moving target, and the definition of success can become nebulous.

Dictionary.com offers two definitions for scapegoat: “1. A person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place; 2. Chiefly biblical. A goat let loose in the wilderness on Yom Kippur after the high priest symbolically laid the sins of the people on its head. Lev. 16:8,10,26.”

War’s over! Billboards won.

From Amy Strange, deputy director for campaign finance and operations at the state Board of Elections, in response to “Feds eye Cannon’s campaign in probe” (April 13):

One approaches the race fray with trepidation, but here we go, tippy-toe.

Twenty-four dollars.

When our longtime family doctor retired in the early 1960s, he was, according to my mother, charging the same amount for an office visit as he did in the 1930s when she and my father first became his patients. I always thought that was a bit of an exaggeration and it probably was but not much of one. The routine visit still hadn’t reached $10.

Fire the guy who puts out the “BUMP” road signs and hire someone to fix them!

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