I mentioned the move by the La Mesa/Spring Valley school district to delay the President’s speech to their students. I said then, and I believe more today, that we need to think about how treat each other in political discourse. On occasion, there can be a right and a wrong besides a right and a left.
Well, the Voice of San Diego (a great publication by the way) followed up with two of the school board members who voted to delay the speech. They both seem to regret the decision.
I just spoke to [school board member] Halgren. She explained that she hadn’t understood that the group experience — not the exact content of the speech itself — was part of what made the event important. Two teachers who talked with her about it convinced her that it should have been a collective experience. “There are certain things that you do in life that bring us together as a community and as a nation,” she said.
I also got an e-mail from another board member, Bob Duff. He wrote:
After seeing the President’s speech, I now believe the message should have been viewed live and I regret I was responsible for the delay. All should had the opportunity to have seen it live. For this I truly apologize.
Too bad you don’t normally get do-overs for your moments of partisan inanity. The real losers here were the students of the district.