THE WHIRLWIND that's surrounded Hope Moffett is misdirected. As anyone knows who has ever worked in a nonfamily business, openly voicing discontent and disapproval and knowingly ignoring written policy put one in great peril.

Regardless of Moffett's personal feelings, if she wishes to keep her job, she must go along with the program. As a school district employee, she must adhere to the rules.

That she's some type of hero, standing up for what's right, is nonsense.

Columnists Ronnie Polaneczky and Elmer Smith seem to want it both ways. The former questions Moffett's motive and actions by saying, "I think Moffett knew exactly what she was doing." This is obvious to even the most passive of observers. Yet, Polaneczky refers to Moffett as "courageous" and "has the city on her side."

Courageous because she went against the rules? Maybe everyone who is disgruntled with his boss and the rules of employment should behave as she does? In so doing, will each have "the city" on his side?

Smith, too, seemingly addresses the issue in the same manner. Praising Moffett in one breath, then criticizing the discipline she received. Then, he concludes his remarks with this rhetorical ditty, "Fair, flexible and focused. Don't hold your breath."

Moffett is getting her moment in the sun, but if she didn't have the protection of the union she's a member of, she'd be out of work.

Sean T. O'Hara