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Letter to the Editor: Civility campaign is worth questioning

Karen Roske
Tahoe City

I applaud the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation in regards to all that it does for our community; however, I agree with the three Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Board members who chose not to adopt the and#8220;Speak Your Peace: 9 rules of civilityand#8221; as a resolution at the board meeting on Nov. 3.

I respect the three board members for asking many pertinent and insightful questions regarding it such as: Who wrote the board resolution?

What is the policy for adopting further resolutions from community groups who approach the board to adopt their values? How would this resolution affect the Brown Act which already addresses these norms? What about a piece regarding cultural sensitivity?

When you attend TTUSD Board Meetings you are already instructed on Board Meeting Protocol and audience behavior. It is on the TTUSD website.

In a letter to the editor on Oct. 15, the foundation stated, and#8220;The purpose of Speak Your Peace Campaign is to encourage a higher level of civility in our public conversationsand#8221;.

While this is a lofty goal, it is absolutely impossible to enforce.

How would the district board go about policing these nine rules amongst themselves, its employees and the public at district meetings?

It is a set of beliefs that we should personally adopt. The TTUSD Board not adopting the nine rules has nothing to do with civility or sending the wrong message. It has to do with being smart about not overstepping their boundaries.

I disagree with your editorial. We can listen to each other and continue to have constructive dialogue about the issues we all care about with out the TTUSD Board adopting this as a resolution.