Not only are the local papers exhibiting bias, but local politicians and the Chairwoman of the Board of Education are also using their positions to advance biased agendas.
The recent articles about the sums expended on litigation initiated by Mr. Dyer received front page exposure even though they were reporting inaccurate information that was fiven out by officials of the school system. Where is the front page retraction?
The county council members used their positions to focus additional attention on the litigation and place blame for the situation on Mr. Dyer, which coincidentally helps their party's candidates, and the papers gave them plenty of space. Where is the balanced reporting on whether the school system is violating the law
and needs to be stopped?
The Chairwoman of the BOE used her position on the dias to reprimand Mr. Dyer, apparently without the support of the membership. Where is her public statement announcing that the ethics complaint filed against him was found to be baseless?
The newspapers helped spread the story that was leaked about the ethics complaint, where are they now that it has been decided in Mr. Dyer's favor?
The letter to the editor section regularly gives well known political operatives space to personally attack individuals not in their party. Is it possible that those are the only letters they have to choose from? Just last week they printed a letter from the woman who was just named the Democrat of the Year in the free letters section. Don't other politicians have to pay to place partican ads in the paper?
Jack may be wrong about a lot of things, but he is right about this.
People who are supposed to protect the public trust have been blatantly biased and abusing their positions for political gain. It is reprehensible, and the public is at fault too for not demanding that it stop.
From: Robert Rhodes <robert.rhodeshc@...>
Sent: Sun, May 29, 2011 6:44:54 PM
Subject: [howardpubliced] Re: tucked
away in the official may 5, 2011 closed meeting minutes
Jack, thank you for posting the text from the attachment.
Also, can you expand a bit on the following? "What is interesting is the information being published in the local papers is obviously and quite clearly being provided or published in a very biased manner. This is something all sides must consider and work openly to stop."
--- In email@example.com, "pamythompson" <pamythompson@...> wrote:
> What is interesting is the information being published in the local papers is obviously and quite clearly being provided or published in a very biased manner. This is something all sides must consider and work openly to stop.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "pamythompson" <pamythompson@> wrote:
> > OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE
> > BOARD OF EDUCATION OF HOWARD COUNTY
> > CLOSED MEETING
> > May 5, 2011
> > The Board of Education of Howard County met in closed session on May 5, 2011, at 3:20 p.m., in the Board Planning Room of the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City, MD. A motion was made in public in the Board Room by Ellen Flynn Giles that the Board go into closed session pursuant to 10-508(a) of the State Government Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland to discuss Northeast School Sites, Ethics Panel Decision, and Dyer vs. Board of Education. The motion was seconded by Frank J. Aquino. Mr. Brian Meshkin amended the motion to state he would only agree to go into closed session if Mr. Dyer would recuse himself from agenda item Dyer vs. Board of Education. Mr. Aquino accepted the amendment. The amended motion was approved 6/1 with Mr. Dyer opposed. The motion to go into closed session was approved 6/1 with Mr. Dyer opposed. Persons present: Board members, Janet Siddiqui, M.D., Chairman; Sandra H. French, Vice Chairman;
Frank J. Aquino, Esq.; Allen Dyer, Esq.; Ellen Flynn Giles; Brian J. Meshkin; and Cynthia L. Vaillancourt. Mr. Dyer recused himself from Dyer vs. Board of Education.
> > ITEMS CONSIDERED, ACTION TAKEN, AND RECORDED VOTES:
> > Northeast School Sites
> > Also present: Mamie Perkins, Chief of Staff; Theresa Alban, Chief Operating Officer; Raymond Brown, Chief Financial Officer; Bruce Gist, Director School Construction; Joel Gallihue, Manager School Planning; Kathleen V. Hanks, Administrative Specialist/Recording Secretary
> > Ethics Panel Decision & Dyer vs. Board of Education
> > Also present: Judith S. Bresler of Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett & Scherr LLP Attorneys at Law; Kathleen V. Hanks, Administrative Specialist/Recording Secretary
> > Northeast School Sites:
> > Staff presented to the Board a new potential northeast school site and updated the Board on school sites still being considered.
> > Ethics Panel Decision:
> > The Board discussed the Ethics Panel decision. The Board adopted the recommendation of the Ethics Panel to dismiss the complaint based on its conclusion that there was no violation.
> > Dyer vs. Board of Education:
> > The Board received legal advice and discussed strategies regarding Dyer vs. Board of Education.
> > Adjourned: 6:50 p.m. Submitted by:
> > Janet Siddiqui, M.D., Chairman
> > Board of Education
> > --- In email@example.com, "Robert Rhodes" <robert.rhodeshc@> wrote:
> > >
> > > Mr. Dyer, I, too, cannot understand why the the majority of the Board has a problem with posting meeting minutes? Are there names that must be kept confidential?
> > > Alos, for those of us who cannot access the attachments you post, is there a way that you can make this information accessible for us?
> > >
> > > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Allen Dyer" <aldyer@> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > re: the ethics panel proceedings. following is the FULL official report --
> > > > Ethics Panel Decision:
> > > >
> > > > The Board discussed the Ethics Panel decision. The Board adopted the
> > > > recommendation of the Ethics Panel to dismiss the complaint based on its
> > > > conclusion that there was no violation.
> > > >
> > > > however short the official report, last thursday, after the board finally
> > > > approved the may 5, 2011 closed meeting minutes, board chair siddiqui was
> > > > unable to read it to the public.
> > > >
> > > > allen dyer
> > > >
> > >