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Dear Board of Education,
I am writing to you in response to comments appearing in the November 23, 2007 edition of the Woodstock Villager. The article quoted Ms. Wholean as stating that she would send a letter to the WBOE chairman Lindsey Paul, on behalf of the selectmen, expressing her objection to the WBOE submitting its column, A Spotlight On Woodstock Education, to the Woodstockctcafe.com website. Wholean cited that the Cafe website is a gossip blog that spreads lies and objected to the fact that the BOE referrred to this website as a legitimate news source for parents. While I appreciate Ms. Wholean’s opinion, I am questioning her motivation for objecting to the post of your non-biased column to the Cafe website.
As a voting Republican and supporter of individual rights to choose, I am appalled at Ms. Wholean’s statements. The legitimacy of the Cafe and the decision to view it as such should be left to the discretion of the individual reader and not to a political demagogue. Ms. Wholean or any other government official has every right to express their opinions, expose lies, clarify gossip, promote transparent dialogue, and participate on a blog, but whether they choose to or not is their personal decision. However, they do not have the right to obstruct freedom of speech, delivery of information, or infringe on the goals of any board who wishes to communicate in any way, shape, or form they deem necessary to reach a broader group of their constituency. While I support Ms. Wholean’s recommendation to post the column on the town website as well, there is no room on that site for candid discussion and dialogue which is so desperately needed in Woodstock. I am also grateful for Ms. Wholean’s concern that parents receive accurate information but I cannot reitterate enough my belief that it is the responsibility of parents, not politicians and government officials, to disseminate information and decide for themselves what news is legitimate and what news is not.
As a Republican who believes in the limited role of government, I am offended that an elected official believes it is their perogative to decide for me what news sources are worthy. Legitimacy of news sources and media outlets are a constant source of debate, a constant subject of scrutiny, and a constant accusatory target of bias, whether it be the NY Times, the Woodstock Villager, or the Woodstock Cafe. A government official who disagrees with an editorial point of view and points a fascist arm upward in support of obstructing its source because they presume to know better is an insult to freedom and a slap in the face to every American. In closing, I commend the WBOE on their endeavors to communicate with the public and attempt to do so by reaching out to the many media venues available. I would encourage the WBOE to continue correspondence with the Woodstock Cafe and am hopeful that they will take into consideration my opinion when deciding to do so or not.
I am sending my letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org . Please join me in doing so.