Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Power of Positive Thinking

Amherst Town Hall:  Flying the UN flag for over 40 years

After the controversial year in the Amherst public schools, amplified by mishandling, it's obvious they could use some Public Relations input.  But I'm not so sure a traditional PR flack is the answer -- especially when it's only a part-time position.

What the town and schools really need is a PR savvy department-head-level position, filled by a person with common sense who can give recommendations to executive decision makers BEFORE they make a major faux pas.

Cancel "West Side Story" because it offends a 17-year-old Hispanic girl?  Condone the  only High School production of "Vagina Monologues" in the nation and allow teen aged girls to shout the "C-word" at the top of their lungs (what's next, the N-word?).

Not just "no," but "Are-out-of-your-fu@king-mind" kind of No.  A booming, resonating NO that gets the attention of a clueless PC Superintendent and prevents a public relations disaster played out on a national stage.

The Town also needs such a gatekeeper, perhaps even more so than the Schools.  At least the Schools have a mayor-like leader who pretty much does as she wishes and to Hell with diffident School Committees.  

In town government power is schizophrenically split between the part-time amateur elected overseers, the venerable 5 person Select Board, their appointed CEO the Town Manager and the doddering white clan of 254 do-gooders, Town Meeting.

Refuse to fly commemorative American flags on 9/11?  Well you might as well ban a July 4th Parade or place a tax on Boy Scouts selling Christmas trees. 

Monumental mistakes even a Madison Avenue flack would have trouble smoothing over.


Anonymous said...

"Media and Climate Communications Specialist" Really?! If Amherst administrators stopped worrying about over-inflated titles to stroke their egos and more about performing their jobs, the town might be a bit better off.

Larry Kelley said...

Yeah, when I saw "Climate Communications" I thought maybe they were hiring somebody to teach about global warming.

These aren't the droids you're looking for said...

"So far, the other three resolutions passed at the same meeting in Amherst – calling for an end to genocide in Darfur, the impeachment of George Bush and Dick Cheney, and the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq – have not drawn any notable response."

If Ponziville hurries, it can reach out to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

I mean, we know he's got more allies here

than he can shake a friggan stick at.

Plus, he could spin the crap outta that drone ban, right?

-Squeaky Squeaks

Walter Graff said...

Just imagine, the blind hiring the blind. That will be another disaster.

Walter Graff said...

Ha, only in Amherst:

"While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus."

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

"stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl" !