LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Election should focus on issues, not personal attacks


The questions that now should be asked are: Who is behind Williamson Secrets and Williamson Strong? How are they funded? Is there a connection between them? What, if any, connection do they have to Dr. Looney and/or some of the school board members? And how much credibility should voters give to places that use, or approve of using, deceitful tactics as such taking statements out of context to attack a private citizen’s character?

To the Editor:

Its been a long time since I was a student in a public school system, but Ive really gotten an education the past few days.

In an open letter, Superintendent Mike Looney encouraged residents to vote, writing, I believe it is imperative to demonstrate to our students the importance of exercising our rights and responsibilities as citizens.

So, in an effort to become better informed about the upcoming election before voting isnt that what good citizens are supposed to do? I made a few phone calls trying to gather the facts on various election issues. I am opposed to Common Core and was particularly interested in learning where the candidates stand on it.

I also attended the July 10 forum for school board candidates and the July 17 debate between Glen Casada and Cherie Hammond. Then, again seeking more information, I attended a meeting with several individuals who I recently learned share my concerns about Common Core and other related issues. At that meeting, I offered to help with communication about these issues, and the next thing I knew I was falsely accused by a blog, Williamson Secrets, of being part of plot to oust Dr. Looney.

Certainly there are many people in the community with concerns about Dr. Looney (who, it should be noted, made a $1,500 contribution to Ms. Hammonds campaign), as well as concerns about some of the school board members, but the meeting I attended was about getting the facts out about election issues.

As the Williamson Secrets article correctly states about me, I believe that character is important and how we relate to others really does matter. However, it then took a blog post I wrote some time ago about a back door way to get ongoing publicity completely out of context. Anyone who reads my post will immediately recognize that its focus is on the value of becoming an expert source for reporters so that they come to you for insights and commentary.

Williamson Secrets took two unrelated statements and tried to weave them together out of context to give a very misleading impression of me. Williamson Strongs Facebook page also linked to the article, giving hearty approval of it. What does that say about the character and integrity of the people behind these Internet sites?

Had the individuals at Williamson Secrets or Williamson Strong taken the time to contact me, I would have been happy to answer questions about my blog post, clarify my involvement and try to have an honest discussion with them about the important issues before voters.

The questions that now should be asked are: Who is behind Williamson Secrets and Williamson Strong? How are they funded? Is there a connection between them? What, if any, connection do they have to Dr. Looney and/or some of the school board members? And how much credibility should voters give to places that use, or approve of using, deceitful tactics as such taking statements out of context to attack a private citizens character?

Don Beehler

Franklin

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