Last night I had one of those head-exploding moments made possible by email and social media, when I received a letter addressed to undisclosed recipients which began,
First, Happy Holidays and thank you for attending the Education Town Hall Meeting hosted by Delegates Frank Turner and Warren Miller on December 8th.
My immediate thought was that this was a follow up letter from the Howard County Delegation about the Town Hall meeting. There had been a sign-in sheet where one could give contact information. Okay, so far, so good.
The letter went on to be an impassioned advocacy piece encouraging people to sign the (above-mentioned) petition. Now...I'm confused.
1. Is this letter from the Delegtion?
2. Do they endorse the petition?
3. If it isn't from the Delegation, how did this person get my contact information?
4. Did someone else get access to the sign-in list?
Something just didn't feel right to me.
So I started asking around. I wasn't the only one concerned about the email. But, as one might expect, my inquiry at first turned up misinformation before I hit pay dirt. This is what I know now. The email I received:
- Wasn't from the delegation
- Wasn't from The People's Voice
- Didn't use the email list from the Town Hall Meeting
Anyway, read the petition. See what you think. Make up your own mind. I can tell you I don't see anything false or even misleading in its content. If that concerns you, get involved. Signing a petition is one way. Attending Board Meetings and speaking out is another. Contacting the Howard County Delegation is also an option. Do your research about candidates for the Board of Education.
Do something. Don't think that someone else will do it. That's how we got in this mess in the first place.