Thursday, September 06, 2007

The Reluctant School Board President


Boy, do I hate it when I somehow wind up on the APS School Board and have to decide stuff. Such seems to be the sentiment of "Reluctant Board President" Paula Maes, who hemmed, hawked, dodged, rope-a-doped, duck and dodged her way through the issue of APS police carrying guns during school hours for as long as possible. Finally pinned down to her responsibilities, Maes said "I am not an advocate of guns", then voted for guns.

Personally, I too support the idea of school cops with guns a bit reluctantly. I'd want to explore some creative thinking on how issuing guns could be tied to both gun awareness and control. Make it a learning experience in a school and all that. But more than anything I want political leaders like Ms. Maes to do what they're supposed to do, decide stuff and stick by their convictions. Maes gives the impression of a small, bullied 6th grader cautiously tip-toeing through School Board Middle School. Not inspiring leadership, and not good modeling for what to do with bullies for that matter.

When Don Knotts does it in a movie, it's funny. When it's your School Board President, it's just kinda pathetic.

P.S.: It strikes me that making a Don Knotts reference possibly loses much of my gigantic Burque Babble audience, as they are too young to know about the Buster Keaton of the 60s/70s. That's sad.

6 comments:

Kelsey Atherton said...

to be fair, I do know who Buster Keaton is

Anonymous said...

And unfortunatly I know who "Parents need to get in Teacher's Faces" Paula Maes is. Wish I didn't.

Natalie said...

I, too, know who Buster Keaton is but, more importantly, I also know who Mr. Limpitt is... what a funny movie! Ahhh... they just don't make 'em like that, anymore.
What with all of this movie business going on here in NM... maybe Paula can find a lucrative job once she's no longer on the school board.

Just a thought...

(hehehe)

Natalie said...

Oh, pardon me... THE INCREDIBLE MR. LIMPITT!

Kelsey Atherton said...

weirdly enough, I too know of a certain Mr Limpitt...

Anonymous said...

Oh no!!!!!! I hear that your school wants to change the Jets to Jackalopes!!!!!!!!!! Please, think of all the tradition down the drain. Jet of '73