For whatever reason, the Villager re-published Lindsay Paul’s Letter to the Editor this week (5/4/07) without the derogatory title.
“Single or double quotation marks around a word will suggest to some people that one is using that word in a special or peculiar way and that one really means something elseâ€”or in this case that the word â€œimportantâ€? is entirely bogus.”
I read Lindsay Paulâ€™s Letter to the Editor of the Villager published on Friday, April 27th. Her letter had a very specific purpose that was stated at the very beginning of the article â€“ â€œâ€¦to correct factual inaccuracies and misleading statementsâ€¦â€? published anonymously three weeks earlier in a previous â€˜Sound Offâ€™ article under the ridiculous title â€œTaxpayers Faced with Out-of-Control Budgetâ€?. I say ridiculous because a budget is not a budget until it is ratified and there IS a democratic process in Woodstock that seems to be acceptable to a majority of the voting citizens in Woodstock.
This anonymous sound off article is just one more example out of hundreds of scurrilous attacks perpetrated over the last year on the Woodstock Board of Education and the preK-8 school system coming from members of the Citizens for Prudent Spending, the CPSacademy website, and members of the Woodstock Academy Board of Trustees, who are oneâ€“in-the-same and all of whom are bent on discrediting the Woodstock Public School System and the fine people who run the system, teach in the system, and provide state-mandated oversight of this system by serving on the Board of Education without compensation. The endless attacks on the school system come in the form of erroneous and deceitful published statements in the Villager, comments left at the CafÃ©, pdf documents and videos posted thoughtlessly at CPSacademy.org, abusive reoccurring Freedom of Information Requests, and even lawsuits. Those of you who read at the CafÃ© know who these destructive people are and can count their names on the fingers of one handâ€¦ or maybe two hands. Read the rest of this entry »