We have been alerted that the Clarendon Courier ran two "columns" today dealing with our Blog. First, thank you again to the Courier for the free publicity. The first column was written by Mike McCurry, one of the Courier's regular columnists, a "prominent advertiser" in the Courier (see Courier Editor Ellis' comment to 3/13/15 Post), a Clarendon Hill's realtor and husband of D181 Candidate Amy McCurry. We are not going to publish his column because we are turned off by Mr. McCurry using his column in any way to reference his wife's candidacy, after Mr. Ellis specifically stated during the Courier debate last week that his paper would not be issuing any endorsements. If other candidates' supporters have to pay the Courier to run advertisements (case in point, the Hinsdale Caucus ad), then why does Mr. McCurry get to do an end run around this? Just the latest example, in our opinion, of the conflicts of interest that have cast a shadow on the D181 election season.
We are, however, posting a copy of Clarendon Hill's resident Jill Quinones' column, that Mr. Ellis apparently invited her to write. As Ms. Quinones points out, she is not the "blogger" although she has posted on her name to the blog.
Thanks to Ms. Quinones for her insightful and appropriate column.
One only needs to look at the D86 Facebook Ax Through Window fares that had teachers temporarily threatened with legal action for merely liking a Facebook post until saner heads prevailed. One can tell from some of the anonymous comments that these are D181 teachers posting. If you think they are not concerned about retaliation, you are wrong.
Parents, too, fear retaliation from District Administrators and Board Members - against their children and themselves. And, yes, there have been instances where unfortunately this has happened when parents have spoken up in their school or at BOE meetings. I am not one of those parents because woe be the teacher or administrator who unfairly messes with me or my student, but if you know me you know I am a little more outspoken than most - another reason for anonymity.
Some people are honestly afraid of being ostracized (themselves and/or their kids) for voicing a different opinion). Should their fear require them to stay silent?