Archive for November, 2009
The last line in this story slays me.
“Dixon said the district is hoping to reach a final decision before January.”
Now that the rumors have finally been discovered by the Trib (after the election) you might wonder where they were first aired? How about here?
Actually, I’m surprised I couldn’t find an earlier reference to the Denfeld move to Central in the blog than this. I must have had too much going on to have missed passing this information on a month or two ago.
I’m on vacation. Finally. Took off six days after I’d planned to such was the accumulated weight of untended to family work. Drove to Omaha yesterday. Sick as a dog with a cold. Arrrrrchuuuuuuuuu! sniff, sniff.
Nov. 3rd was the end of my fight. Now its just a search for details to fill in gaps in my much anticipated and reviled book.
Got a call from Sarah Horner while on the road yesterday. She was asking me questions related to her eduspeak blog posting last week. I joked around in my sniffly misery.
I’m sure my critics hope the dismissal agreement will shut me up. Not quite.
Judge Hylden still hasn’t to my knowledge ruled that he will return our bond. I presume this is just a typical judicial formality with all the attendant judicial delays.
One of my supporters toted up the votes for incumbents and challengers and came up with 2,000 more for the challengers. Pretty impressive considering the drubbing the Trib administered to us over the summer and our side’s remarkable disorganization.
The Red’s have the majority though and the City Council responded by giving lots more variances to the District for its ill chosen East Stadium site. Spoils of war.
I’ll get to blogging again when I’ve got some time but the blogs myopia over the Red Plan will be a thing of the past. I can now afford the luxury of irritating people who agreed with me on the Red Plan vote but little else.
I ate too many mixed nuts last night and they kept me awake until 2AM when I got out of bed and typed out thirty addresses of folks who ordered my book and who also wanted a lawnsign. I emailed them out in hopes they would be put up today – they were – and went back to bed. Got up again at 4 knowing I had to get up early and drive to Minneapolis to paint my Mother’s house prior to a sale. Left town half an hour later and spent eleven hours painting where ordered by a FHA assessor. I got home at 9;15 and joined my wife watching the PBS program about Leo Frank the Atlanta pencil maker who was lynched in 1917 for a crime he didn’t commit.
I’ve got about 15 email messages waiting to be read. I’ll do it in the morning If I ever wake up.
The Budgeteer let it be known a while back that no more Red Plan related letters to the editor would be included in the final paper before the election. There are campaign ads but no letters. There is however the fear mongering Ralph Doty column.
One Quibble. When Ralph echoes the complaint:
“Anti-everything critic Harry Welty said a few months ago that his goal was to create “chaos” to defeat the school board’s forward-looking plan. We cannot let him succeed.”
I’d sure like him to quote whatever I said completely. Chaos is a good word I use in my vocabulary and mostly nowadays in reference to the claims for Red Planners that anything short of completing the Red Plan will lead to it.
Otherwise when did I ever say that my goal was to sow chaos? Just taint so.
I suppose that just like two years ago when Mr. Doty made even more grandiose and inaccurate complaints against me three days before an election I’ll have a chance to point out what a silly man he is by replying to him in the Budgeteer. I simply won’t bother this time. I’ll be quite content to live by the verdict of the voters whether they be with me or against me. It is, after all, their choice.
For two years the Trib could have exposed the folks on our side as frauds had they felt it important enough to bother. It has been striking to me that they simply regurgitated the spin handed them by the District. This is a half-billion-dollar story. Surely the Trib could have sprung for some qualified outside experts to save wade through the data. They didn’t bother. In fact, my sense is that all the Red Plan supporters sat on the side line not quite convinced that the spin from the District made sense or that the spin from the Let Duluth Vote side was inaccurate.
So after three great days of pro vote news last week the Trib has subjected Duluth to a solid week of cheer leading for the Red Plan culminating in today’s exercise in one sided opinion. The only piece worth beans in today’s paper and the only piece written from the pro vote side was written by a former school board member, banker and financial analyst Richard Paulsen.
Every thing else was a celebration of the Red Plan and complaints that the lilliputians of Let Duluth Vote were thuggish liars.
There are liars in this town. As the old saw goes, something rotten in the state of Denmark. Too bad the Trib has such a bad nose for news.
Now, with two days left before the election, this is all the Trib can do to salvage what they claim will be the salvation of our schools. If the Trib is right and the incumbents all lose and a more modest plan is approved causing Duluth to be pulled into a black hole the Trib will have only itself to blame.
Oh, and as for that request for campaign donations circulated in the schools soliciting $25 donations from people wishing to put their names in the paper in support of the Red Plan. It got a lot more names than donations. The piece ended up in the Budgeteer. The list showed 300 couples or individuals for a total of a little over 500 total names. It was organized alphabetically – something the pros avoid and I’ve lived in town long enough to be struck by the names not included on it.
Had 300 $25 donations come in they would have raised $7,500. That ad cost a grand or less. Let Duluth Vote got donations from about 2000 folks in one go round a year ago and raised nearly $30,000 and not from high rollers making money on the Red Plan but also from folks on fixed incomes who could ill afford to donate. One in ten sent in thank yous with their donations which I posted once a day for half a year.
These are the folks the Trib wants to vote with their heads not their anger. I hope their anger drives them to the polls where they then vote with their heads.
I agree with the first half of today’s fair and balanced News Trib Page. Vote your head not your anger.
My votes will all be cast to replace School Board members. If the Trib had been around in June of 1776 it would have written an editorial begging the populace to remember that King George was only trying to protect the colonists when he taxed their tea to pay for the dragoons who were quartered in the colonist’s homes to save the King some money.
As for the column by the fellow who lost his lawnsigns. Big deal! It hardly bears mentioning compared to his complaint that someone threatened a Red Plan supporter’s children. He complained to me about the stolen lawnsigns before his op ed piece shortly after a flock of signs were stolen from my yard.
I’m not the only person on the side of the voters who lost signs. Brenda Anderson emailed me this morning:
“Sign thieves hit my yard yesterday and hit the jackpot. As you all know, my yard is filled. They took all candidates signs including the vote like it counts and only left the Stauber & Let Duluth Vote signs which were slightly separated from the rest. They even took my other council sign which is surprising unless they were just on a grabbing fest and didn’t bother to read – just grabbed. I think it happened around 11:30 last night. I heard a truck out front with pipes, and it took off fast and loud.”
For those of you who hate to see lawnsigns wasted feel free to drop by my house today or tomorrow and take all you want. Those that don’t go up, about 800 of them, are being landfilled next week.