To say that the community is keenly watching what happens with Jame McCall’s TCAPS superintendent bid is an understatement. (If you need to know the whole background on who Jame McCall is, read this, and read this.)
Two days ago, I wrote an opinion piece on why Jame McCall is unfit to take the top TCAPS post. I heard someone ask the question, and it was a good question. The 12 points were just my little opinion. I link to news articles because people use it as a deflection when I don’t.
As of this writing, 1,134 people have read that article. It has been shared dozens of times on Facebook, since I posted it Tuesday. Total page views on the article is 1,338, and I expect that will go up today, because hits are still pouring in as I write this. It already ranks #18 in terms of total page views on my website. More than one thousand people want to know what some random person thinks about Jame McCall’s bid for superintendent. That’s how many people care about what is going on. That’s how controversial McCall’s application is. That’s how controversial the TCAPS board is.
I would say that the TCAPS board and McCall’s supporters don’t get it, but they do get it, and they don’t care. Here’s this commenter on this very website:
That’s my point. That’s what the TCAPS board thinks of dissenters. That’s what most of the elected and public officials in Grand Traverse County think of dissenters. If you won’t allow members of the public to be a part of the public conversation, you’re going to have websites like this. We will continue to find ways to participate. As members of the public, this is our right. We elect representatives, not rulers. We will not stay out of your educational community. It is also our educational community.
A while ago, a public official saw one of my articles about them. She posted a link on social media, and dozens her friends showed up and posted mildly threatening comments. That’s the extent to which public officials in the Northern Michigan community believe that they do not have to tolerate differences of opinion, or even tolerate critical discussion about their actions and behaviors and the reasons for them. You’re public officials. We’re the public. We get to do that even if you think that the conversation is vehement, caustic and unpleasantly sharp.
A few people have claimed that the Jame McCall article is rife with untruths. They have yet to name even a single one. Name them, and we can talk about it. More than likely, the “facts” that you think are wrong are probably just my opinions and the conclusions that I draw from undisputed facts. You’ve convinced yourself those are “facts” that I’m wrong about, because you’re so convinced of your opinion that you can no longer distinguish between fact and opinion.