Sunday, August 16, 2015

"That is not a conversation I need to engage in ..."

So said APS Supt. Luis Valentino in a recent interview with a KOAT TV reporter, link.

Valentino does not need to explain to stake and interest holders, anything at all about his negligent allowance or willing permission of procurement code violations.

Neither does the school board; not individually, not collectively.

The rules that bind them do not require them to answer legitimate questions about the public interests and their public service, candidly, forthrightly and honestly.  The rules do not compel them to answer questions at all.

Though the power they wield belongs to the people;
though the resources they spend belong as to the people,
politicians and public servants have written rules for themselves that allow them to simply refuse to answer questions about the power, about the resources or, about their public service.

Their rules allowed them to simply say "no comment" and then turn around and walk away.

The terms of public service are the prerogative of the people, not of their servants.

If you object to unwarranted secrecy and the squandering of trust and treasure by the leadership of the APS, plan to show up at the school board meeting next Wednesday.

Demand candor, forthrightness and honesty in the wielding of your power and the spending of your resources.

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