If the Shoe Fits!
So, Jody Liebowitz, Diane Huster,
Mr. Ellen Moeser and Mark DiSalvo are all in a tither
about being called "school nazis?"
Maybe they should take a look at their public behavior
and question the validity of such label?
Last week, the North Andover school nazis (also known as
the Diane Huster campaign group or "TUFF")
turned their viscous personal attacks away from Wendy
Wakeman and Jim Xenakis and made me their
What does it mean to be the focus of the "TUFF"
group in North Andover?
Well, here is a quick history: first they intimidated and
threatened Selectman Wakeman saying she had no right to
go on the Paying Attention! radio program because Wakeman
criticized them for advocating more school spending yet
ignoring how the money is spent.
Then they accused Wakeman
of using the term "nazi," which she never did,
and publicly admonished her for "appearing on the
radio" to air her personal feelings about what is
going on in the town.
When Wakeman refused to back down they actually requested
that the town solicitor give a written ruling as to
whether Wakeman has the "right" to say she is a
"North Andover Selectman" when she is on the
radio. Mrs. Liebowitz actually said at the selectman
meeting that Wakeman had no right as a town official to
air her peronal opinions on a radio show.
Just imagine what
America would look like if these people had their way?
When they were told by Town Hall officials that it is
unconstitutional to engage in censorship, these haters of
free speech next contacted WCCM management demanding that
I be taken off the air. Taken off the air? That
is contrary to everything this country stands for. It is
something oppressive, socialist and communist governments
They also contacted the parent company of WCCM and
demanded the same, (with no satisfaction).
All this, because I expressed my opinion about their
tactics of threatening and intimidating people in the
community who oppose overrides and excessive school
You see, the school nazis do not want people to question
why the North Andover Schools get 65% of the Town budget
yet, seven teachers have to share a light bulb for an
They don't want the public to shine the light of
accountability on school spending because their only
mission is to spend more of your money on schools to
expand their political influence within the town.
So they manipulate public discussions away from
accountability in school spending and focus primarily on
attacking those who speak out. Attack the messenger and
you silence the message, is their tactic and until
recently it has worked.
I get letters on a weekly basis from people who are
afraid to speak out about the waste in the North Andover
schools. Parents call the radio show regularly and beg my
producer to use a fake name when they go on the air so as
not to be identified by Liebowitz, Huster and DiSalvo.
What is saddest of all is that their fears are
The school nazis have gone after Dr. Chuck Ormsby,
candidate for School Committee, making personal public
attacks against him for daring to question school
spending. Three weeks ago they stormed the board of
selectman meeting hurling insults and attacks at
Selectman Jim Xenakis because he dared to write a letter
to the editor detailing the history of last years
Last fall they signed a letter accusing a candidate for
State Representative of "purposely putting
children in harms way," saying she opposed a
sprinkler system at the Bradstreet School.
Coincidentally, that candidate had a child at Bradstreet
and never opposed putting in sprinklers. Truth is
apparently not one of their virtues.
So you see, my friends, the standard operating practices
of the so called "TUFF" group of school nazis
is to assassinate the character of anyone who disagrees
with their agenda of endless tax dollars going to schools
with no accountability.
It is no different from the tactics used in Nazi Germany
prior to World War II. Both groups silenced critics with
threats, insults, intimidation, public humiliation and
every under handed tactic available to them.
Yet, Huster and company object to being called school
Well, here's a little memo to the members of
"TUFF" who engage in this type of behavior,
particularly Liebowitz, Huster and DiSalvo:
If you are looking
for a proper forum to address this issue have the guts to
face me on the air and speak your peace. Don't threaten
people, promote censorship and then cry that you are the
victims of "uncivil tongue." Stop intimidating
people who disagree with you, stop trying to hide the
fact that you lied to the taxpayers last year when you
said 47 teachers would be laid off if the override
failed. (*the override failed and the finance committee
balanced the town budget less than 24 hours
later with NO layoffs)
And please, please Mrs. Liebowitz, do not insult the
publics' intelligence by hiding behind your Jewish
heritage and feigning outrage at being called a nazi.
("I am the mother of three Jewish Children in the
school system" she told the North Andover Citizen,
"I don't think the term nazi should be thrown
around. I am offended," she said.)
Your pathetic attempt to paint me as an anti-Semite
doesn't wash with my Jewish Girlfriend, my two Jewish
children or my future in laws.
In fact, as a Jew, Mrs. Liebowitz, you should be
offended. But not at me. You should be offended and
ashamed that your group is engaging in the very type of
behavior that the socialist nazi movement used to promote
their own agenda before slaughtering millions of people.
You should be ashamed at the way you disgrace the ideals
of free speech in America. And you should think very
carefully about the example you are setting for your
"three Jewish children."
Unlike you, I believe in the United States Constitution
and everything it stands for. I believe in giving a voice
to those who disagree with me. I have invited you all to
appear on my program and dispute anything I or anyone
else has ever said about you. Anyone who listens to
Paying Attention! knows that for a fact. I believe in
giving people AMPLE opportunity to get their message
across, even if, no especially if I detest what they
stand for. What a far cry from your ideology of bullying
people into silence.
So I say, if the shoe fits wear it. I will continue to
call you school nazis if you continue to act like them.
If you don't like
being called school nazis, don't call other people names.
If you don't like the credibility of your little group
being threatened, don't threaten people who disagree with
you. And if you don't want people to call you to task for
lying about overrides and school budgets, just don't lie!
The good book says "do unto others as you would have
them do unto you."
It's good advice from an amazing prophet.
Maybe you should start practicing what you preach?
Because, I do not back down to tyrants and bullies!
And up until now, you
have behaved like nazis!