Drop the personal attacks
I am writing in response to the letters concerning Trinity Area School Board. There seems to be a common theme among those in disagreement with the any of the board’s decisions. The words “vendetta” or “personal agenda” get bandied about as though they are war cries for those who feel they have been wronged. If a vendetta does exist, I believe that it comes from some of those who are unhappy with changes that have been made.
In the interest of full disclosure, I will state that I know and am friends with a couple of the school board members who always seem to be on the receiving end of the ire. With that being said, I will say that I have never seen or heard anything that would indicate a desire for revenge or fulfillment of some personal advantage. Unless, of course, their agenda is to have tennis balls lobbed at their house or to be constantly berated and scorned for their every move. The only things I have ever heard them say is, “I think this would be best for the kids,” or “We could save money if we considered this.”
It seems that any change is met with suspicion of an ulterior motive. Apparently, the status quo is sacred and contracts are implied to be for a lifetime. The lawsuits that have been mentioned have mostly been a direct result of those who feel that they are entitled to these never-ending contracts. Also, some of these problems are inherited from decisions made by previous boards.
I have voiced my opinions on matters before the board and I believe that taxpayers can and should participate in board meetings. But I feel that they should be armed with all the facts and not resort to personal attacks.