I am disappointed by the report of Charlie Wilson's remarks about Marc Schare at a recent Worthington school board meeting.

I am disappointed by the report of Charlie Wilson's remarks about Marc Schare at a recent Worthington school board meeting.

I remember when I first came to Worthington 20 years ago how aggravating it was that any question, independent viewpoint or divergent thinking was squashed and its perpetrator personally attacked. I thought those days were gone.

I think that if Mr. Wilson felt strongly, it was okay for him to give his reasons in a civil manner and briefly as to why he did not think Mr. Schare should be elected vice president of the school board. But it does not speak well of Mr. Wilson that all his reasons involved the fact that Mr. Schare questions the status quo, and is an independent thinker.Mr. Schare has the courage of his convictions, is reasonable and moderate most of the time, and civil all the time. In that he is a good role model for young people, regardless of whether anyone agrees with him or not on any particular point. He does not deserve to be publicly excoriated for having and articulating a divergent viewpoint.

As well as the community respecting the work and time given by school board members, the members themselves need to treat each other with respect even when they disagree with each other, which it is okay for them to do.