Thursday, May 23, 2013

I'm Not Sure This Makes me Feel Better

Lest we locals think that we are the only ones saddled with the pains of dealing with school board members we find...lacking, let's join with others throughout the country encountering similar problems.

I have a URL friend who was running for the library board in her East Coast village. She reached out to various locals, including a member of the local school board, introducing herself and talking about her background and qualifications and such. She didn't send out a mass email, showing everyone who was on the list. We're talking an individually addressed email, quite folksy and casual, really.

The response from the school board member is classic.

"Please remove me from your email list. You should not be solicitating votes on unauthorized use of email lists."

What?!

First, what the hell is an unauthorized email list?

Second, if there was such a creature, how does an individual email address sent to a public official become unauthorized for a member of the public to use?

Third, what the hell is "solicitating"? I don't think that idiot school board member meant the urban dictionary definition.

And that third point leads me to my final point. I went to the website for her local school board, and the number one qualification to be on the board? "Must be able to read and write."

Like the title of the post says, I'm not sure if this makes me feel better, although they say misery likes company.


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