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Letter to the editor
by Dave Gregory Marion, Iowa · August 31st, 2017

To the Editor:

On my way to the August 17 Marion School Board Candidates Forum, I passed Marion City Square where early arrivals for a free concert nearly filled the park. They were already parking four blocks away.

At the forum, I counted seventeen people. About half of them seemed involved in conducting the meeting. Two candidates were competing for three school board seats. After they introduced themselves, a moderator read a list of "predetermined questions", mostly dealing with abstract management skills, after which other attendees could submit written questions. Both candidates gave intelligent, thoughtful answers.

I'm sorry no one brought up the pending trial of a Marion teacher for failing to report sexual abuse of students at Starry Elementary School or the continuing police investigation of the possible abuse of three more students. Ignoring such situations won't make them go away.

The forum adjourned about forty minutes ahead of schedule.

Dave Gregory

Marion, Iowa
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