Recent revelations on this board have had a profound impact on me spiritually, intellectually and even physically to the point where I actually feel weary. Melrose is indeed in a battle for its very soul.
I don’t know how all of you are processing what has been discussed, rationalized, justified, called out, outed, and exposed to the light of day, but I’m struggling with what all this means. I believe that the truth shall always set you free but I’m not feeling very liberated or vindicated. I feel sick. Sad. Embarrased. And not very hopeful.
A war is being waged against all that is good in our community. The school department and the administration are engaged in a massive organized effort to silence those voices who continue to stand up for what is right. And the reality is that they have a very good chance at winning, unless people who have not spoken out before begin to speak. It’s not enough to voice your outrage here. It’s also not right to allow others to fight battles for you.
I’m asking that every reader of this board take small and comfortable steps to summon up the courage to make a difference. Whether that’s speaking out at a PTO meeting, engaging a neighbor in a conversation about recent events, or making a greater effort to contact your aldermen and school committee representatives and tell them who you are and how you feel. Because if you don’t, nothing will change.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)
I agree with every comment you made, especially in your second post, with the exception of the title you chose. It is not time to reflect. It is time for open revolt. It's time to put so much pressure on that collection of - and let's call them what they are - criminals in the administration (and they are indeed criminals for what they are putting this once idyllic community through) that they have no choice but to step aside and fade away.
KT and DC have apparently seen the handwriting on the wall, and like the rats they are, they're abandoning ship. That's the first, but only a very faint, glimpse of a light at the end of this tunnel. But as was said before, we can get rid of every single one of them, and as long as that germ remains in the big office, this sick community we call Melrose cannot even begin to heal. The man is a cancer, and like a cancer, needs to be removed.
So this is for you Mr Dolan. If you have even one shred of decency and humanity, resign. Now. Unless, like that Austrian corporal, your intention is to take the whole society down with you. Because you are going down, and you're going down in flames.
Sorry to say - the Mayor may read this message board but no way is he resigning - in shame or for the good of the community. You don't accomplish as much as he has and then suddenly admit a character flaw - it ain't going to happen.
I suggest that we all start of campaign against his seating him on the school committee - it is clear after a number of years on it - that his input and control is a detriment to the proper functioning of that committee. This should never have occurred in the first place - probably due to voted apathy.
Second, in the November election, since he is running unopposed - submit a blank for Mayor- they would send a strong signal to him that his actions in many areas and particularly on the school committee is unacceptable.
Third, show up at school committee meetings and voice your concerns.
This is the least we should do at this time.
Fourth, as a measure of solidarity you should all wear your red noses and big feet to the meeting and honk in Unison after the Pledge of Allegiance.
For anyone thinking that Vuvu had disappeared, it has morphed into the malignant Clown Patrol.
Nice thought about removing the mayor from SC, which should happen, but it can only occur when the city charter is corrected.
You haven't heard from Vuvu and Clown Patrol lately because they are school administration or their talking pieces and are extremely busy destroying documents and covering up their sins before the Office of Civil Rights gets hold of them...and by the way, still trying to scare the crap out of people so they don't talk to OCR.