Apparently we owe a big thank you to the hosts for not only plugging our parent blog, but also having 3 of the 6 questions focus on the blog. Readers, what do you think? Is this the best use of time for the candidates and attendees? Ok, we can't lie - we love the publicity - but the attention should have been on the major issues our district is facing.
Since we know for a fact that none of the current board members or candidates are "the Bloggers," it strikes us as a bit odd that 1/2 of the questions they were asked focused on the blog. Why not ask a question about the upcoming teachers' contract negotiations, which will be one of the first and major tasks the new board will undertake, since the current contract will expire in 15 months? Why not ask a question about each candidate's understanding of the tax levy process and what approach they will take in setting the next levy? Why not ask each candidate to discuss the state of the district finances, which Turek described as currently having a "balanced budget," when in fact the last fiscal year (2013-2014) ended in a $1.28 million deficit (See 6/23/14 Amended Budget Report)? All of these topics, would have been more relevant to the campaign issues.
But thank you, Clarendon Courier, for the free publicity. We appreciate it. And to our Readers, please share the link to the video by email, Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media, so the candidates (and the blog) will get more coverage!
I also could not help but wonder if there was some sort of agenda or unknown reason why this happened. The questions for the debate were supposedly submitted by readers of the Courier. If that is true, I am surprised and disappointed that those readers care so much about gossip and so little about the serious and important issues facing our district. The whole experience was hypocritical at best and a downright sneaky at worst. The Courier showed its true colors as a gossip magazine last night and made a mockery of the election process. It also lost this reader. Advertisers should think twice about advertising in such a forum. Respectfully submitted anonymously. Because this is the United States and I can. Don't like it, don't read it.
One question would have been tolerable. 3 was ridiculous.