Reading about Whitehall school board member Brandon Howard's trouble with the law was little surprise to me.
To the Editor:
Reading about Whitehall school board member Brandon Howard's trouble with the law was little surprise to me. With a series of officials in Whitehall behaving badly, unpleasant front-page headlines seem to be par for the course.
When leaders remain silent and ineffectual and voters stand aside in regard to corruption, deceit, ethical lapses and scofflaw behavior, what else would I expect?
What I find most telling and disturbing, though, is Brandon Howard's statement, as reported by the police, that he assumed the issue would be "just swept under the rug." Isn't the issue here a crime? Why would he assume that? It's an excellent question to ask.
The air of familial entitled security and special consideration in that utterance says so much and is indicative of what I've been so critical of here since 2009. It's a Whitehall where rules appear different for some of those within the city's governance who value and rely on their familiarity to each other over their obligations to ethics, morality and the citizens (and now the parents and students) they're supposed to serve. My gratitude goes to the police for not being a part of that and doing their job.
The stand-up guy here, though, is board member Mike Adkins for the varied risks he took in alerting the authorities to the situation, especially considering his relationships with those on the school board and the political fallout and criticism he might suffer as a result. He stood up and did the right thing, and I applaud him for that.
If only more within our city's leadership had his courage and ethical principles, perhaps we could again call Whitehall, with full truth and conviction, the "City of Pride."