The late, veteran news reporter Helen Thomas once said, "Democracy works best when we ask tough questions and hold our leaders accountable."
Unfortunately that level of journalism is not what we are finding in one of our local newspapers in Fairfield. It appears that whether for political purposes or personal ones that some have decided that smearing the reputations of people in our town who are willing to ask the questions of our leaders in the school district makes for good journalism.
The problem with that is we are open to having our emails to the leaders of the Fairfield public schools and Board of Education used against parents in the press when they deem our questions too uncomfortable to answer or if we are in opposition to the position the leadership has chosen to take. Is this the direction that we want our town to go in, where the school district uses this form of censorship as a way to silence the opposition and intimidate parents from speaking out?
It appears that with the school year gearing up to start, we have not made any progress in moving away from the unprofessional stream of leaks and information that we saw from the leadership of the school district and the Board of Education last year but rather they have ramped up their intent. Just imagine how great our school system would be if the amount of effort that the school district has used to air their dirty laundry and take down parents was put toward moving the educational goals of our school district forward. What a shame!
Editor's note: The Fairfield Citizen on Aug. 2 reported that John Llewellyn, a Republican candidate for Board of Education, and his wife Dawn had sent more than 4,100 emails to local school officials and educators since 2007. Material obtained by The Citizen in reporting the story constituted public records available to any citizen on request. No information was "leaked" by school officials.