… thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” – Abraham Lincoln

Work and travel have kept me from contributing to this blog and for that, I apologize. Even right now, I am facing yet another deadline and have little time to spare.

Much has been happening but I want to highlight one of the most outrageous board member reports I can ever recall.

These reports are almost always meaningless. Each board member tells the other board members about the ribbons they cut and the dog-and-pony shows they attended. They usually speak for longer than the three minutes the public is allowed, which is another blog post.

Last Tuesday, several members of the public spoke about the need for term limits for board members. When it came time for the board member reports, the first five trustees ignored term limits or anything else substantive. It was though they had not realized how important this was that night, or they did not care. Either way, it’s bad.

Then Vicki Snell spoke on the topic. Snell railed against the recent crop of activists who are making demands and sticking their noses where they don’t belong. And, oh, gee, they’re critical of the board and the administration.

Snell pointed out the time she puts in/they put in and the meager compensation and implied that we should all be grateful for her effort/their efforts. Dana Black was actually applauding this.

Here’s what for Snell, Black, and any other trustee who isn’t feeling the love: Too bad. No one put a gun to your head and forced you to be a trustee. You signed up for this (Snell and Black as recently as last November) and if you can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen.

Stop whining or resign. If you don’t like the money (Snell conveniently failed to mention her generous health care coverage), stop whining and start organizing an effort in Sacramento to change the rules and pay trustees a real wage. Stop whining and start listening: Those people you complained about are taxpayers and they deserve far more respect than you gave them two days ago. They’re trying to tell you something: They wouldn’t be demanding term limits if things were going well.

Thank you, Vicki Snell, for putting an exclamation point on why we need term limits.

Steve Smith
Taxpayer, N-MUSD