Carol Ross, John Musante, Maria Geryk
The only thing surprising about Carol Ross's sermon addressing the ongoing controversy in the Amherst Regional Public Schools is how long it took for her to write it. And, for someone who is a paid public relations flack, how hard it is to find on the evil Internet.
One of the reasons I requested via Public Documents Law and published the Executive Session minutes of the Select Board discussions (way before the Daily Hampshire Gazette) about hiring a new Town Manager is because the last minute withdrawal of chosen candidate Maria Capriola was somewhat blamed on me.
You know, the toxic blog that gives the town a bad name and scares away potential top level employees.
But clearly she withdrew over concerns about the Charter Commission proposing -- and the voters supporting -- a new form of government that does away with the Town Manager as highly paid Chief Executive. And the Select Board refused to give her a platinum parachute.
Six years ago when Amherst School Committee member Catherine Sanderson was documenting the controversies de jour in our public schools five School Committee Chairs signed a letter requesting the District Attorney investigate her and her evil blog.
That was right about the time the state was revamping the Open Meeting Law process which took oversight away from the District Attorney's office so nothing ever came of it. Besides, when a state law even remotely competes with the First Amendment the sacred federal law triumphs.
The position of Media & Climate Communications Specialist aka "Amherst Together" was created two years ago in direct response to high profile racially charged incidents like the Carolyn Gardner and Dylan Akalis affairs.
Obviously she has not made much of a difference preventing these types of incidents. Although she seems good at diverting attention away from the administration, who certainly could have handled this most recent Aisha Hiza affair in a less draconian way.
Or as Oliver Hardy would say, "Another fine mess you've gotten us into."
Maybe the schools (and town) should have invested that $48,000 annual salary into an anti-bullying program.