We thank Mr. Meyer for his "grinch" award in his most recent editorial [click here for editorial]. Despite all the evidence against the good and trustworthy character of Steve Achramovitch, Mr. Meyer awards a "Gold Star" to the search committee for finding the most highly qualified person. We take issue with his award for a number of reasons:
- How does Mr. Meyer know that the other candidates interviewed were less qualified than Mr. Achramovitch? Is it because Mr. Meyer takes the school board and administration's words as gospel?
- Did Mr. Meyer do any research on Mr. Achramovitch? If he had he would not give gold stars to anything involving Mr. Achramovitch.
- How does Mr. Meyer know that the committee strongly supported Mr. Achramovitch? We've been told only Mr. Ogilvie was privy to the survey results.
- Did search committee members violate their confidentiality and speak with Mr. Meyer about the candidates? If so, someone who violates their agreement deserves a grinch award themselves.
- Of course the names are too numerous to list. If you have so many people giving opinions you decrease the risk that people will actually discover their opinions were ignored.
- Nothing about paying another administrator an inflated salary should please taxpayers. Well, actually we do not know how much the taxpayers of Hamburg are paying Mr. Achramovitch. Another well kept secret.
As for the Grinch award: Mr. Meyer you show your true bias. Yes, we are exercising our rights to free speech, but we are also providing a forum for others to exercise that right, something The Sun does not bother to do. Many of the issues posted on this blog are facts that can easily be supported by doing a quick bit of research. We're surprised that Mr. Meyer believes only pomp and circumstance rather than an inconvenient truth will accomplish anything positive for the community. We argue as Thomas Jefferson argued, "Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own ... This will give you an enlightened people and an energetic public opinion."
Well Mr. Meyer, touché. We assign you to the naughty list. Clearly you have misunderstood these bloggers. Do we again need to remind you of your duty as a journalist? Remember, as Supreme Court Justice Black said, "the press was to serve the governed, not the governors."