The other incidents Stephen1 cites by other people resulted in public outrage (read local newspapers and blogs... outrage galore). It's just that he's talking about county-wide elections for influential positions where there are concerns held by certain people who make gobs of money a certain way who have a certain self-interest in seeing certain other people re-elected. And those concerns trample all political boundaries. Mounting a re-election campaign is expensive, and for certain elected political positions there is a money train waiting at the station. To blame progressives is to understand nothing about Humboldt County.
Whereas, a school board member has no political influence over those certain issues, and thus that money train won't be out in force for a school board election (assuming he even tries to get reelected).
In addition to the alleged plagiarism, in this incident there are many new issues raised about his reaction to the allegation. He would have been far better off keeping his mouth shut and have people outraged by his silence rather than outraged by the new things coming out of his mouth. The Journal interview is nothing short of astounding. Before, I thought he could eventually repent with a full and unconditional (aka sincere) apology... but I think there's just no turnaround from this interview. He's revealed too much about himself.
Tall Trees, treating a group of people poorly, or thoughtlessly, doesn't require malice. Any subset of people have certain issues, certainly cultural issues, in play. One-size-fits-all usually means it only fits the maker well.
Could the following sentence be clarified? "The NCTCA HSU Workgroup is comprised of six tribal and six university officials appointed by Richmond, and is jointly chaired by a representative from each group."
Did Richmond appoint all 12 members? If not, who chose the 6 tribal members? The thing about committees is that you can sometimes carefully pick the members to nudge a committee's decision in your favor. I'd like to know where the consensus broke down, whether people were divided along staff/tribal lines.
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