Charlie Williams: Advice for elected official |

Charlie Williams: Advice for elected official

I read Steamboat Today from a faraway perspective here in Illinois. I read this excerpt in today’s story about this week’s school board meeting with my own puzzlement:

“Andrew seemed genuinely puzzled by Harris’ attack. I’m trying to rack my brain about that,” Andrew said in an interview after the meeting. “When I go visit, I wait until a teacher motions me in. She’s invited me into her classroom. I’m confused. I just need to email her and see what’s going on.”

I must comment to Mr. Andrew. Sir, why don’t you demonstrate the sincerity elected officials, especially local ones, should possess and learn to say you would desire to meet Ms. Harris face to face and move forward together to resolve past differences in the best interests of the community which chose you to serve.

Email is so impersonal, especially for a local elected official in a small tightly knit community. Contact her by phone or email if you must in order to set up a meeting and talk.

Resolve your issues face to face. Or, thicken your skin and ignore the comments if you can’t deal with criticism and opposition in person.


Charlie Williams

Deerfield, Illinois

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