Letter to the editor: Vote for Andy, Kory, Franceen

Posted 10/15/19

Vote for Andy, Kory, Franceen When candidates start talking “visioning” and “strategic plans,” I hear the pitter-patter of little unicorn hooves. At the Oct. 10 debate, only three candidates …

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Letter to the editor: Vote for Andy, Kory, Franceen

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Vote for Andy, Kory, Franceen

When candidates start talking “visioning” and “strategic plans,” I hear the pitter-patter of little unicorn hooves. At the Oct. 10 debate, only three candidates – Andy Jones, Kory Nelson and Franceen Thompson — avoided unicorn-land and talked about real-life issues that concern every DougCo citizen voting for three new board members soon. Issues like when the board threatened to punish the STEM school by reducing its five-year charter days after the tragic shootings there last May. When over 100 upset STEM parents signed up to speak, the board abruptly postponed public comment time from 6 to after the regular meeting nearly 9.

This cynical board knew parents had kids to feed and would need to leave. The board also displayed its arrogant disrespect of citizens when President David Ray, who is running again, switched off the microphone of a parent objecting to the tweet of DCSD teacher and union board member Michelle Grissom, smearing an innocent Covington Catholic student as “Hitler Youth.” Though Grissom violated board policy forbidding “offensive posts meant to intentionally harm someone’s reputation,” the board had armed police “escort” the parent from the building for exercising his free speech rights! Instead of pursuing the process to fire Grissom, the board voted her 14 weeks’ pay plus a fat $25,000 check.

David Ray actually defended the board’s actions while the other candidates on his slate were silent. Andy Jones, Kory Nelson and Franceen Thompson pledged to respect citizens’ input instead of squelching it. Said Nelson: “It would be helpful to have people on the board who understand the First Amendment.”

If you agree, vote for Andy, Kory and Franceen.

Joy Overbeck

Parker

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