Our View: About to sail & dragging anchor for Feb. 10

February 09, 2007 11:00 pm

About to sail: We're glad that the organizing of the new tall ships festival has picked up some wind. During the past week, the event's new leadership and the Harbor Commission met to determine whether the port's waters are deep enough to take the two wooden ships during first weekend of May. The festival is a great opportunity for celebrating the community's sailing heritage and for bringing tourists to town. But the festival is a mere 12 weeks away.

About to sail: Kudos to School Board member Bill Maffett for getting the district's new lice policy back on the agenda. While the district's no-nit policy has the science to back it, whether or not the district can find the personnel and money to ensure it can be properly implemented remains unclear. If the district can't identify and monitor students infested with lice eggs then ensure they're receiving appropriate medical treatment, those children don't belong in school – even if it means less state aid because of lower attendance.

Dragging anchor: It's too bad the School Board responded to the teacher's protest at Thursday's meeting with rhetorical posturing. After the flag salute, more than 100 local teachers walked out of the board meeting, which board members roundly condemned as disrespectful and disruptive. We're not taking sides – as the school district won't say what it has offered teachers in contract negotiations, we're not in a position to say which side is right. But the board ought to recognize what the walk out was: civil disobedience. As Mahatma Gandhi so eloquently said, when one disagrees with his government, "There is only one sovereign remedy, namely, non-violent non-cooperation." How does the district expect teachers to respond to a lack of negotiations?

Dragging anchor: Once again we received quite a number of nominations for our "Please Speak English" award, given to bureaucrats and government officials who mangle the language through jargon, undecipherable acronyms and made-up words. Among them were "recreationers" (people who visit national parks) and "noncompliance issues" (referring in part to long trucks that illegally use U.S. Hwy. 101). But with red faces we have to give the award to ourselves this week. Last Saturday in this spot we said "effected" was better to use than the made-up word "impacted." We should have said "affected," as in "We hope our mistake won't negatively affect this editorial's intended effect." Our apologies.