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Greek tragedy plays out in Rock Hill

The Greeks knew a thing or two about life - particularly the tragedies of life and how we can often learn from them. Hidden in their plots of epic problems and catastrophic ends are ageless lessons.

For example, the Greek playwright Aeschylus once wrote:

"Time as he grows old teaches many lessons."

Wise words, indeed.

Unfortunately, they are true only when logic comes into play. A person cannot learn the lessons of time if his or her ears are shut to hearing other views.

And, as if the Greek tragedies many of us had to read in high school literature were not enough to show us how to look at a tragedy and find a lesson to be learned, an ongoing tragedy in our backyard continues to fester.

The feuding in the Rock Hill School District has been going on for decades, though the latest battles only date back a year or so.

Somehow, through all of that time and through all of those battles, the sides are still largely fighting about the same things: adult differences, not what's best for the students.

The current bickering point is over whether or not three school board members should be removed from office for alleged malfeasance of office.

A petition to remove the three board members, like many legal documents, contains numbers beside key points to help both sides in the dispute easily located exactly which point is being discussed. An interesting note about the petition is that despite containing more than 4,300 words and some 90 numbered paragraphs and lots of allegations, the word "student" only appears twice, both times in paragraph no. 88.

That just doesn't seem right to us. Are the instigators (on both sides of the feuding) more interested in harming one another than doing what's best for the students? It sure does seem like it sometimes. At the present rate, Rock Hill may unfortunately have a new slogan one day: Rock Hill, where an eye for an eye just isn't quite good enough.