Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Response to Barth letter: Sylvie Butler
This is in response to Mr. Barth’s letter, requiring Carl Piedmont to explain his religious beliefs, based on the fact that his son attends an evangelical college. Following Mr. Barth’s lead, I have devised the following guidelines to help voters weed out unsuitable Oyster River School Board candidates:
Don’t vote for anyone whose kid might play hockey. That might mean they are pro athletics and against the arts.
Don’t vote for anyone who drives a car. That might mean they’re against trucks.
Don’t vote for anyone who eats meat. That might mean they’re against vegans.
Don’t vote for anyone who snow shoes. That might mean they don’t support downhill skiing.
Don’t vote for anyone who wears a tie. That might mean they’re down on casual Fridays.
Good grief, if we go by Mr. Barth’s logic and make assumptions about people based on peripheral facts about them, as in where their son goes to college, then we end up eliminating every single viable candidate out there. We want a diverse board, made up of people of different backgrounds. That’s what’s going to make Oyster River great.
If we want to vet our candidates, then let’s do so fairly and honestly by asking open ended questions based on issues relevant to their candidacy. Hit and run tabloid style attacks based on illogical assumptions should never be practiced or tolerated. Period.