To the editor,
I had no idea how ugly the tactics and behaviors were around the school board election until seeing the CNN news story describing the personal attack to which a committed school board member was subjected, using her child.
I attended the Saturday Dec. 4 rally in Hastings to support the Waits family and to learn more.
I commend the Waits for the courage to tell what happened; it was clearly a difficult decision and not easy to do.
It's deeply troubling that some feel a personal attack involving children is an acceptable approach to politics.
The upside of knowing what happened is that we can clearly see that these behaviors and attitudes exist in our community, even if we wish they did not.
By acknowledging it, we can guard against it happening again.
Much has been written and communicated about what happened, but it’s important to recognize that this behavior won’t go away simply because it was very publicly exposed this time.
I hope we all have the courage to confront such conduct when we see it.
To all moving forward from this, please work to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all in Hastings, including those public servants who are truly dedicated to our community’s betterment.