Sometimes it appears that we have become a Government of the Government, by the Government, for the Government.
A case in point was last month's Napa School Board meeting. Everyone in town seems to semi-understand the Indian logo issue at Napa High, and it has become one of the most divisive school issues that most people can remember.
Here are a couple of interesting and perhaps disturbing observations. The meeting was held in the auditorium because of the size of the crowd. The administrators decided to lock down the building, even though there was a driving rain outside, requiring people to walk all the way around to the front entrance to access the building. The excuse was, so they could count the numbers going into the auditorium, which could have easily been done at the entry doors to the auditorium.
There is a sense that our employees and elected officials act like they own the building, not us voting tax paying citizens. They are only our representatives elected to represent the majority of Napa citizens.
That brings up the next point. There was a limited time for speakers, who should have been Napa citizens who wanted to express our community opinions. We listened to two women from John Swett High School who were ashamed of their school logo, and the San Francisco rep from the ACLU, wanting to lecture us on their Liberal agenda.
One of the most pertinent and eloquent speakers was a Napa woman with a proud Indian heritage who actually works in that school building, who counseled the Indians from outside the community to use this discussion opportunity to educate people about their proud heritage. We are not sure who picked the speakers from the cards presented.
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That brings up the matter of the Board Chairman Jose Hurtado, who has long been a proponent of trashing the Indian logo for some unknown better logo. He should recuse himself from any further leadership role in these meetings due to his extreme and campaigned bias against the Indian logo, including past meetings with our students.
Then there is Mr. Sweeney, who tried as best he could to rush this matter to a decision, even when several board members pointed out concerns, that he should have been addressing, like costs to the taxpayers of this political correct-motivated proposal, and other issues.
This is a Napa community issue, not some Dakota Access-Woodstock type of event, and our public servants need to bring this back under local control and stop trying to make everyone outside our community happy. We are tax paying voters so let the legitimate voters of this community decide this issue.
The school board does not own our Indian logo, and if they believe that they do, then it will take a recall election to convince them of this. They have bigger fire storms brewing in that district building that need their immediate attention. Perhaps it is time to bring the state, or our grand jury into that building to investigate what is going on.