Allegations against me by Mary Thompson in her letter to the editor ("Trustee's conduct not professional," Mailbag, June 16) cannot stand unchallenged. The first allegation that my "lack of courtesy and respect to the board president was shameful" and the implication that I should be disciplined is similar to another employee-written complaint submitted directly to the district. Apparently she believes the Ocean View School District president has dictator powers to be meted out against those that dare to speak up.
I am a person who dares to speak up and speak out frequently. A board president is elected by the people without superwoman powers different from other trustees. When the president publicly rules in error, she must be held to account in public; this is democracy, not disrespect.
The more substantive claim by Thompson is that my questions regarding the illegal and immoral overcrowding in Oak View neighborhoods are somehow uncompassionate. Housing around this neighborhood school consists of small two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartments in "fourplex" buildings. Social services have advised me that the vast majority of these housing units are "doubled up" with two families residing in each apartment. This means two mommies and daddies plus six to 12 children for a total of 10 to 18 persons residing in one tiny apartment.