Half an ugly meeting’s impartial observer.

There are some wonderful folks in Duluth and one is Karl Schuettler who I’ve blogged about before. After a short stint back in his hometown Karl is off getting a graduate degree. While he was back he punished himself without pity for the last year by attending school board meetings and blogging about them. Unlike me, Karl is a meticulous and tidy writer. No typos from him. Here’s his email to me and my reply back.

On Sat, Sep 20, 2014 at 7:41 PM, Karl Schuettler wrote:

Hey Harry,

I was feeling a bit under the weather this morning, so I decided to check up on your blog for the first time in a while, and I read your account of the miserable meeting and wondered if it could really have been that bad. So I made the mistake of trying to watch the Youtube video, though I did not finish. Ugh, how brutal. 

A few comments here, after I talk about golf courses for a bit:

Who was the crank in the Annie Harala suit sitting behind the dais? That was ugly, and everything went off the rails after that. I’d mostly liked her before, and I didn’t think your preceding comments were bad at all, especially given what else gets said in that room. At least Marcia Stromgren wasn’t unbearable. All sorts of surprises in the Board Room!

You have my continued sympathy. At least the Board majority’s antics are really upping your odds of finding some allies in the next election.

All the best,

My reply:

Thank you Karl, Your post will be linked to in my blog. As always its fair and insightful.

I’ll cut Annie some slack. She wants to be part of the happy talk and I don’t blame her. If it was justified I’d much prefer it too. I don’t know if you caught it but when Art was ranting about his treatment again Annie said, off microphone, that she witnessed his behavior. I emailed her a reply that said I saw a lot of it too and it was not worth a bullet point on the list of allegations against Art. I also laid out the duplicitous and unseemly side of Art’s accuser. That could get me in trouble since the info is probably protected in some fashion but the more unhappy I get the more I’m willing to spread the filth. What an awful off-puting thing to admit.

Annie is a young idealist and this can’t be easy for her.


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