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The Loss of Reason

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I am not without my biases and opinions. Nobody is. I’ve chosen to fight for those issues and causes that I care about. However, I also know that “Radical Common Sense” means that there is more than one side to an issue.  Too often today, people are not willing to have discourse about issues without insulting or refusing to consider the other side. They craft their opinions and make their decisions simply out of fear of the other side.
It really bothers me when I see so much hate towards local elected officials such as School Board Chairman Ryan Sawyers without a regard for the facts.  Yes, one can argue whether or not the Godwin name change to George Hampton was a good decision or not and there are valid arguments on both sides. However, if one disagrees with him, Sawyers’ advocacy for the renaming of the school should not automatically make him a bad guy or a wasteful spender of tax dollars. As we have pointed out on The Counts, the cost of the namechange is miniscule compared to t…

Of Partisanship and Projection

I was recently reading an article about toxic people, relationships, and how to avoid them. One word that stuck out to me was "projection." In the article, it was defined as a defense mechanism used to displace responsibility of one’s negative behavior and traits by attributing them to someone else. 

Recently School Board Chairman Ryan Sawyers raised concerns about the proper process in appointing an interim member to represent the Brentsville district while Gil Trenum is deployed. This is a unique circumstance where Sawyers' concerns are valid and his idea to consult the Attorney General is a good way to make sure that the process and decisions in appointing an interim member are done in prudent ways.

While Trenum has offered some decent candidates to fill the void while he is deployed, it does not mean that there are not others in the Brentsville district that should have the opportunity to be considered as well. One who has wished to be considered is Don Shaw, who happe…