I don’t usually write in for things like this, but I was very happy to see a counter-perspective on the Noreen Considine ordeal [March 19, issue 50]. Just like everyone else, I had read in the Press-Enterprise and other papers and blogs what a nutjob she was to be called “Captain” at Jurupa Unified, and the press pounced on it like tabloid leeches. Anything to entertain readership, I guess. Leave it to the IE Weekly—an “arts & entertainment” publication, to buck with entertainment and make the truth a story. Refreshing is a word that comes to mind, as the Inland Empire is a hotbed of corruption and bad, unfocused journalism. Anyway, I am happy there’s at least one publication that doesn’t get down with marketing slander.
–Phillip K. Rowlands, Riverside
O Captain, My Captain
Thank you for the “Captain Courageous” cover story on Noreen Considine. For some reason the word “captain” is as cartoonish to the immature public (and press apparently) as “master” or “lord,” as in Lord Vader. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a military party asking—not demanding—to be addressed to the level of respect they’ve earned, just as you would a doctor. Considine was misunderstood from the word go on this, and it’s just another in a long line small things that gets blown out of proportion because people need drama to exist. Way to level the playing field, IE-Dub!
–Craig Sadler, Redlands
Jurupa, My Dear Silva!
I understand about publishing stories that generate interest and make a person want to read it. There is a line, however, in your story (the last one) that makes it painful for one to read who does know what is going on. The line reads, “If Considine’s three decades of service to her country has earned her anything, it at least earned her the right to defend her name.” You are so right! So why is it she did not by talking to you directly? I’ll tell you why. Have you ever attended a Jurupa Unified School District board meeting before or since doing this story? If you have, you would have seen what everyone sees and the parties do not try to hide. Considine constantly does not seem ready or informed when it comes to subjects on the agenda, constantly stumbling and saying, “I don’t understand.” The best part, though, is when a difficult situation comes up, her husband, John McLaurin, gets up, walks out the back door, and makes a cell phone call. Whose phone rings? Considine’s! She’ll excuse herself, answer the phone, THEN she has an opinion on the subject. This goes on NUMEROUS times during the board meeting! Everyone in the room sees and knows what is going on. She can’t think for herself! There is more than just this, but you have to see it for yourself. Now, please understand, I’m not sticking up for any one person on the school board, as it serves me no interest at all. Just go to one of the board meetings and see for yourself, then maybe you can do a follow-up story to your original. If anything, it will be a good comedy show for you!