Steamboat Springs Like it or not, Dr. D's e-mails are public record. They were public record as soon as he signed the district's form acknowledging anything he wrote on school property could become public and as soon as he wrote them on his school computer. He wrote them - the staff at the Steamboat Pilot & Today didn't.
The Board's inability to focus on the long-range future of the district became a topic of concern among many of us well before the e-mail revelation. The expenditure of district funds to "investigate" the source of the e-mail "leak" is another example of poor judgment. The e-mails are out, Dr. D admitted writing them and they were and are public record. The board should not waste district funds and resources on lawyers or investigators. Doing so is inexcusable.
Any viable board, in the face of these e-mails, our district's deteriorating reputation in the state and the discord that a recall will create, should act to prevent it. They should ask for Dr. D to resign.
Had the paper not published these e-mails, the community would not have become aware of how mean-spirited Dr. D was. After reading the content and language Dr. D chose, even our children know that someone who could write them should not be in a leadership position. Suggesting the paper not publish them is like asking a baker not to bake bread. It was not only our paper's job but its duty.
Former Parents for Dr. D: Greg Dixson, Brian Kelly, Jim Swiggart, Marci and Tom Valicenti, Michael Loomis