Sunday, November 19, 2006

Talk about an elephant in the room

Honest accountability to a meaningful standard of conduct.

Nobody wants to talk about it; except me of course.

I think that public servants, within their public service, should be honestly accountable to a meaningful standard of conduct.

It doesn’t help to try to read anything into “honest accountability” and “meaningful standard”. They mean exactly what you think they mean.

I can understand why people who don’t want to be held accountable; don’t want to talk about accountability.

I cannot understand why people who think that public servants should be honestly accountable to a meaningful standard of conduct; don’t want to talk about it.

In less than a month there will be a filing date for candidates for the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education. After that date it will no longer be possible to be a candidate. If the issues are not discussed before the filing date, then the issues cannot compel someone to become a candidate based on the issues. A healthy election depends on everyone knowing the truth while there is still time to do something about it.

I want to make honest accountability to a meaningful standard of conduct an issue in the school board election.

I want the terms of public in-servitude to be an issue in the board election.

Despite the fact that I am a candidate, I cannot compel a discussion of relevant issues.

There are those who do not want to discuss these issues. Their personal interests are at stake. No one will argue that honest accountability would not be good for students, and teachers, and parents, and the community. Nor will they argue that any public interest is being served by their refusal to be held honestly accountable for their conduct.

Nor will they argue.

There is only one defense of an indefensible position, it must be hidden; it must be kept secret.

Why are the Albuquerque Journal and Tribune helping to prevent the meaningful involvement of stakeholders?

You tell me. I could suggest a lot of cynical possibilities. The point is I can’t think of a single ethical possibility. Not one. The Journal and Trib are up to their eyeballs in a cover up of an ethics scandal in the leadership of the APS. So is most of the rest of the local media.

If there isn’t a scandal, why won’t someone say “There is no ethics scandal in the Leadership of the Albuquerque Public Schools.”?

No APS leader has said it. Pete Domenici won’t say it. Nor Marty Chavez, nor any member of the City Council, nor of the Chamber of Commerce, nor the Character Counts Leadership Council, nor the teachers union, nor an editor of the Journal or Tribune, nor a news director of KOAT, KOB, or KRQE.

Nobody will stand up and say that there isn’t a scandal; because it would be a lie. No one wants to be the one to tell this lie on the record. Nobody will tell the truth. All that’s left is to stonewall; which is precisely what they are doing. They have no choice but to pretend that there’s not an elephant in the room.

The APS senior administration, the board, Modrall, and the Media do not want to talk about this. I can understand why.

Those who want to end corruption and incompetence in public service; apparently don’t want to talk about it either. That; I don’t understand.

There’s an elephant in public service. Talk about it.

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