I found that heated exchange that took place between commissioners’ Frazier and Howard over the dismissal of a person she’d hired as a “paraprofessional” on Jan. 18, 2013 (at $27.50 per hour), to be as gratifying to hear as it was ludicrous.
While, on one hand, it cleared the air of any doubt as to how members of the board were, from the time they took office, factionalized and ”marching to different drummers,” it illustrated, on the other hand, where mudslinging has a way of boomeranging.
In that regard, I would hark back to my blog of November 21, 2011, titled “A Rose is a Rose by any Name,” in which I charged, in my usual not too subtle manner, both Howard and Rothschild of having played the same form of subterfuge themselves. (Or the political shell game as I call it.)
For despite their having pledged at an open meeting (reported in a Carroll County Times editorial of 5/8/2011) as part of their reducing the costs of running the board ”to get rid of special assistants,” they cleverly (or so they thought), in order to avoid being accused of reneging on their promise labeled the newly created positions to be held by two individuals as “Administrative Coordinators.”
The first one of which was to work for Rothschild (at a salary of $25,000 for a 25 hours workweek); and a private lawyer to work for Howard (at a salary of $35,000 for a 30 hours workweek.)
It’s too bad that both they and Frazier didn’t heed the warning words in that song, I’m forever blowing bubbles before blowing their own, that were bound to burst in the air.
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