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Power corrupts. Petty power corrupts . . . pettily?

Some time back I told you about Diane Pharr, whose son’s school records — his private school records — were publicized by the school board . . . just out of petty vindictiveness for her wanting to learn more about the board’s budget.

Now, in Fairfax County, Virginia, public school officials similarly act out. Hunter Mill School Board member Stuart Gibson was forced by the Virginia Board of Education to publicly apologize. That board sided with a local parent defending her son, whose special education history was released by Gibson during — get this — a political campaign. The boy’s father happened to be Gibson’s opponent.

We’ve got to watch out for our rights from local officials just as much as from the big boys.

Vienna, Virginia resident Bruce Bennett was twice forcibly removed from public meetings of the Fairfax County School Board. He had tried to tape the events, you see. The officials said that wasn’t allowed.

Funny thing is, Virginia, like many states — and the federal government — requires open meetings. Mr. Bennett was entirely within his rights. But he was ousted anyway, and a school district spokesman gave a lot of hooey defending those forced ejections.

These are all developments occurring not far from where I live. I bet, if you checked into your local politics, you’d find similar trouble.

So, if you want to make a difference, get involved. There’s somebody’s rights you can defend . . . if only your own.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

By: Redactor


  1. jelena-nanana says:

    Hello to all,just joined the forum and to not be ghost user with no posts will post some USELESS joke 🙂

    “Smoking in the Rain”

    Two old ladies were waiting for a bus and one of them was smoking a cigarette. It started to rain, so the old lady reached into her purse, took out a condom, cut off the tip and slipped it over her cigarette and continued to smoke.
    Her friend saw this and said, “Hey that’s a good idea! But, what is that thing you put over your cigarette?”
    The other old lady said, “It’s a condom.”
    “A condom? Where do you get those?”
    The lady with the cigarette told her friend that you could purchase condoms at the pharmacy. When the two old ladies arrived downtown, the old lady with all the questions went into the pharmacy and asked the pharmacist if he sold condoms. The pharmacist said yes, but looked a little surprised that this old woman was interested in condoms, so he asked her, “What size do you want?”
    The old lady thought for a minute and said, “One that will fit a Camel.”

    poor,poor Camel 🙂 🙂

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