Sun wrong to pub­lish Miller ‘screed’

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND VOICES - Linda Franklin, Bal­ti­more

I read Ann Miller’s com­men­tary (“BCPS board mem­ber: Dal­las Dance must go,” Nov. 15) and then I watched her talk on Vimeo about the five things most im­por­tant to her. The Sun gave her long piece prom­i­nent dis­play, and Ms. Miller re­vealed her own very con­ser­va­tive, right-wing stance on the threat that Don­ald Trump’s elec­tion poses to school chil­dren.

Bal­ti­more County Su­per­in­ten­dent Dal­las Dance re­posted a short Elec­tion Day Twit­ter post by for­mer Mont­gomery County School Su­per­in­ten­dent Joshua Starr who urged teach­ers to “show your mus­lim, black, latino, jewish, dis­abled, or just non-white [stu­dents] that you love them and will pro­tect them!” They, as well as LGBT stu­dents, and outspoken white lib­eral stu­dents, all need sup­port. The graf­fiti, taunts, threats and at­tacks against stu­dents who are Mus­lim, black, Latino, Jewish, dis­abled, im­mi­grant, and/or LGBT, is wide­spread across the coun­try. This is the dan­ger Mr. Trump has sown with his hate­ful and sex­ist talk for the last year and a half.

Ms. Miller is en­ti­tled to her be­liefs, but why The Sun had to give her so much space to spew with­out a re­sponse from Mr. Dance or Mr. Starr or an­other Bal­ti­more County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion mem­ber is baf­fling to me (“The Dance tweet,” Nov. 14). Ms. Miller her­self was a very con­tro­ver­sial ap­point­ment to that board be­cause of what many mem­bers think are her ul­tra-con­ser­va­tive and outspoken po­si­tions.

The Sun did a lit­tle to as­suage my dis­may in pub­lish­ing E. R. Shipp’s piece about “push­ing back against a ’Trump Na­tion’“(“We must ‘ag­i­tate, ag­i­tate, ag­i­tate’ in the Trump era,” Nov. 15) which is im­por­tant to read im­me­di­ately af­ter read­ing Ms. Miller’s screed.

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