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Inexperienced elected officials
By Bill Thomas Sr.


May 13, 2007

Dear Sitnews,

I was hoping that somebody or something would find a valid reason to criticize my expression in earlier publications of elected officials understanding the importance of policy, procedure and protocol. So far many readers have written their views regarding this, most specifically our elected officials on the school board.

I am more embarrassed as I read findings in the case of firing Mr. Martin.

Had these officials had the experience needed to discharge their fiduciary responsibilities, the result may have been the same, but the members of the voting public do have a right to know the facts and decide for themselves if they still have confidence in the officials they elected.

So far, there seems to be a shroud of ignorance enveloping the majority of the school board that supported this action. I applaud the good constructive criticism from members of the voting public that have expressed their understanding in recent letters on Sitnews of how this is supposed to work. If I were an elected official in any capacity, I would certainly take notice of how my constituents feel about my ability to understand and execute my fiduciary responsibilities.

This is the most sensitive and far reaching responsible position any community faces. Because it affects the image of each student in this district and they by now have learned how government is supposed to work.

My wish is that this whole circumstance results in the best interest of the students of this district.

How do you know what you're going to get when you sign a contract with the next superintendent? Who among you is qualified to evaluate applications and do a respectable job of interviewing? The whole community will be watching this process with deliberate expectations and criticism.

As always, I truly admire those who place themselves at the plate of elected responsibility.


Bill Thomas Sr.
Ketchikan, AK

Received May 12, 2007 - Published May 13, 2007



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