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Letter to the Editor: Weighing in from the Southern Hemisphere

Beth Cushman
Truckee

Is is just that I have been living upside down and on the other side of the globe for the past three years that this seems nearly the most incomprehensible news from my dear hometown yet?

While I applaud the one board member for putting forth the resolution for adoption, some members of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Board actually think it is in the best interest of our community and themselves to not adopt the and#8220;Speak your Peace Civility Code guidelines to their Board because? Why?

The only reason that I can think of that any board member could possibly find these guidelines objectionable would be due to a lack of understanding of their goal and meaning.

First of all, the idea behind this is simply to raise people’s consciousness with regards to how they are treating each other.

These are simply and#8220;nine tools of civility and part of a campaign to improve communication by reminding ourselves of the basic principles of respect.and#8221;

That’s it folks. No hidden agenda. No conspiracy theory hidden or presented from the and#8220;other sideand#8221;. Just a plea to remind people what treating people respectfully looks like, talks like and feels like.

In my mind there is really no harm in adopting these tools; it’s simply a gesture to show good faith effort.

You are leaders in the community simply by holding an elected office. People look to you not only for the decisions you make regarding schools, but they are also watching and learning from how you function as a board and how you treat each other as human beings who do not always agree.

Lead then, and show our community that you believe these are positive tools for civilized folks to follow.

What can you possibly think would jeopardize your position or might feel threatening to you from these tools of civility? You are merely being asked to set an intention and#8212; to act civilly.

Please take responsibility in the elected position that you are in. Listen to your community who is begging you to lead them constructively.

Be agreeable and agree to listen. Get on board. Adopt the idea to begin to use these tools within our school board.