In regard to “Dispiriting vote on Children’s Bill of Rights” (Viewpoint, June 5), clearly Mr. Bruce Gibson is disappointed with the board not sharing his viewpoint. Unfortunately, he took that disappointment as an invitation to take a political cheap shot, going so far as to lay blame for failing to win the support of his board at the Tea Party’s feet (sadly predictable).
I can certainly understand his disappointment, as well as the fact that he seemingly didn’t realize the full nature of the children’s rights issue. What I don’t understand is why he felt compelled to turn this molehill of an issue into yet another steaming pile of political nonsense (and that The Tribune editorial board felt compelled to chime in? Slow news day?). Let’s get a grip here; this is the Air Pollution Control District board we’re talking about here.
The bill’s relevance in front of this board is tenuous at best. Yes, clean air impacts everyone, but the board’s failing to support this “ceremonial” bill of rights hardly constitutes the lack of commitment to children or the failure to exercise responsibility it’s been made out to be. Enough of the grandstanding; let’s just get back to work.