To Loren Martell: Je suis vraiment, vraiment désolé

The title is French, my new preoccupation, meaning: I am very, very sorry.

Loren called me to let me know he was very hurt by the beginning of my last post about his column describing our final Business Committee meeting.

He didn’t give me time to apologize and all I could think was that I once again neglected some critical proof reading in my Christmas-time haste. It was true.

I checked and edited the offending implication that I was tired of Loren lecturing me. I was in fact tired of being lectured too by some of my fellow school board members. I know, I know. Its a two way street. I offered a lecture/warning to the new board about the likely inevitability of our District falling into Statutory Operating Debt. This is the video and my lecture comes a little after 2 hours and 40 minutes. I tell the newly elected school board members to begin researching SOD. Annie Harala called my description of this evenings budget cuts “flippant.”

If Loren is in any doubt about my true feelings about his coverage of the Duluth School Board in the Reader they are these:

1. I regret only that Loren never got a chance to be elected to the School Board and display his rich knowledge of our District’s financial situation.
2. I’m grateful for his tenacity, dedication and toil in explaining the long and tedious school board meetings he has attended without fail for a great many years.
3. I will regard him as a friend and ally forever.
4. I pray for his forgiveness of my occasional carelessness……Annie Harala characterized it as flippancy at our last meeting.