Rupp si daisy

I had planned to go back to my notes to reconstruct my nine objections to retaining Kevin Rupp’s firm. I outlined them at our school board’s organizational meeting last week. That would have taken a couple hours to reconstruct and I am positively thrilled to discover, upon my return from the MSBA convention (Minnesota School […]

A warning to Minnesota School Board members before engaging the legal services of Attorney Kevin Rupp

Background: I am Harry Welty. I served on the Duluth School Board from 1995 through 2003. I attended every MSBA conference in those eight years. This is my second conference since getting reelected to our Board in 2013. I’ve never had my eyes opened so wide at our conference as I did at last night’s […]

Rupp’s bluffs

On Tuesday the Trib’s Education reporter, Sarah Horner, talked to the attorney representing the School District and Craig Hunter who represents the taxpayers. The School Board’s lawyer, Kevin Rupp, sounded confident Sarah told me as did our attorney. I pointed out to her that this is posturing. No attorney wants to suggest defeat before heading […]

Civil Discourse

My chat with “Juan Percent” reminds me that I view all debate as an opportunity to share points of view to blow off the cloud of confusion. Here are some of my thoughts on this and some evidence: All of us have a pretty wide latitude to say what we think. Even the Prince of […]

I have church to go to. I’ll edit this later re: George Bush and other stuff

This Harry’s Diary post didn’t start out with a title drawing attention to my dawdling over posts. But its a good reminder to my eight loyal readers that I don’t always consider my posts finished even at first posting……and here’s a pic of the cookies we decorated for shut ins at Glen Avon Presbyterian last […]

Can Duluth voters take an endorsement seriously from editors who did not notice that Donald Trump was an ignorant demagogue,…

…a liar and a seven-year-old sexoholic? Well maybe, but I’m still profoundly disappointed in their at-large school board endorsements. They only grudgingly endorsed me four years ago and they have badly confused my principled fight to protect Art Johnston as something ugly when in fact, the only thing ugly about it was the Tribune’s siding […]

Awash in Books

Thirty years ago I read that an early Chinese leader ordered the destruction of as many ancient Chinese history texts as he could lay his hands on. God praise the Internet but I just discovered that the Emperor was no less than Qin Shi Huang the Emperor who first unified China and is probably best […]

“Rustling my paperwork”

Here’s Loren Martell’s take on that last school board meeting and, in particular, my reaction to the suprise reconsideration of retaining Kevin Rupp’s law firm: “Eventually the continuation of the Rupp firm’s role as one of the district’s legal consultants was approved by the usual 4-3 vote, prompting member Welty to rustle his paperwork and […]

“All animals are equal but…

…some animals are more equal than others.” George Orwell Animal Farm I read this in high school. Apparently, Orwell’s observation is every bit as appropos to our school board as it was to Stalin’s Russia. Our first extensive discussion at last week’s marathon Board meeting had to do with Alanna Oswald’s motion to consider a […]

“I am on a data privacy kick”

My Buddy twitted (as opposed to tweeted) me with this response to my third paragraph in the last post: “9AM [meeting] was strictly personal with a financial advisor. Sorry, Data private.” “That an elected official, who purports to be “liberal” and “progressive”, would say that, puzzles me. Did he mean to implicitly flaunt his wealth, […]

Busy Monday

This is another one of those “where do I begin” posts. Unlike yesterday which was busy from 9AM till 9:30PM I only have two meetings scheduled today. The first is at 4:30 and regards private student issues then a second will be held at 7PM at Denfeld to discuss Denfeld’s fate with Denfeld parents. At […]

Today – the bad and the ugly

An email I sent to the School Board and Superintendent and the DNT’s reporter today: Superintendent and fellow board members, This is my formal request to be allowed to view the billing information from the Rupp firm for the years 2014-17. If it is not readily honored I’ll submit this informal request in the form […]