Steamboat Springs I found the April 6 article "E-mails Reveal Anger" deplorable on many levels.
To the Pilot & Today and the handful of zealous, Internet posters, I encourage you to exam your holier-than-thou attitude. I find it difficult to believe that all of you righteous people have never said or written anything in anger - whether an e-mail, writing in your personal journal, discussing a particular bad day, week, month or year in confidence with a friend or significant other.
I find it difficult to believe that you've never disliked a co-worker or public official so intensely that you have not made derogatory comments about their character. If all the venomous, anti-Bush e-mails wishing him harm became public, there would not be enough jail cells in the nation to house all the "criminals."
I challenge you (Pilot & Today, righteous Internet people, and particularly Donna Howell and Cyndy Simms) to bring forth all your personal e-mails and present them to the public for scrutiny. Pilot & Today, I not only challenge, but I am willing to wager any sum of money that equally strong, controversial e-mails and private conversations have emerged from Howell and Simms in reference to DeVincentis. What e-mail fairy is going to deliver those to your door?
Simms and DeVincentis did not agree on various issues. DeVincentis having disdain for a former superintendent was not a breaking news story warranting a full page-and-a-half with a full-page picture.
If any of the "outraged" parents and members of the "We Hate Dr. DeVincentis Club" would stop for a moment, they would realize how angry and hateful they sound. The various "anti-John" Internet postings have stooped to gross levels of name-calling, "psycho," "crazy" and "sick." The only difference between them and DeVincentis is they all post anonymously. DeVincentis was given no such choice.
DeVincentis has strong beliefs. His beliefs were and are in direct conflict with Simms and now, Howell. His beliefs propelled him to take action against these people that he felt were a problem and a detriment. The exact same inference can be applied to Howell. She continuously takes action against DeVincentis because they are in disagreement. Exactly who had access and motive to search years of e-mails? This means-to-an-end, unethical tactic is unacceptable.
If the Pilot & Today and Steamboat citizens are going to try to run-out-of-town anyone who is vocal with strong convictions and beliefs, then there will be very few people remaining in this community.
If the Pilot & Today is really going to do some enquiring-mind-reporting, please make sure you encourage anyone in authority to seize personal emails. I'm sure this community can then get behind articles discrediting those having affairs, looking at porn, and a multitude of other human foibles.
I am thoroughly disgusted with, shocked and dismayed by those individuals who were responsible for this travesty: those who turned over the emails, the author of the article, those who approved it for publication, those who have crucified DeVincentis in public and over the Internet, and those who seem to have found a comfortable seat next to God to pass judgment.