Bob Bland is the campaign manager for the teacher union-hating members of the Hinsdale school board.
He wrote a note of apology to this site and other internet sites for having called Hinsdale senior Marissa DuPont, among other things, “a tart.”
Marissa had the audacity to be a participant in the political process by handing out flyers for other candidates in front of school in a public space.
There she was verbally assaulted by board member Claudia Manley for whom Bland is the manager.
So here is Bob Bland’s apology as he sent it to me and how I posted it:
My name is Robert Bland. I am campaign manager for the Gershuny, Cappetta and Skoda campaign. I have decided to publicly apologize to the Dupont family and my candidates for my inexcusably poor choice of words in several online exchanges regarding last week’s incident that involved a Hinsdale South student and a sitting District 86 board member. I have 7 children and have always taught them to apologize when warranted and so I am doing that here.
I also noted that Bland had earlier said, “No apology coming. Not now. Not ever.”
Today I received this note from Mr. Bland:
I refered (sic) to her words to board member Manley as tart. I’m 61 and always knew that word in literature to be disrespectful or uppity. Or a baked snack your grandmother would make. The word us (sic) used extensively in Shakespeare’s works. I was then reminded that there is a 3d and very bad defininition (sic) and once I realized that, I decided to apologize for my poor choice of words rather than argue which definition I mean. Ben Franklin: “Tart words make no friends; a spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.” English literature is replete with this use of the word tart but I could see that my explanation would hold no weight. Once I realized the newer definition that has taken hold, I apologized. Should I expect my candidate’s opponents to believe me?
My apologies to Mr. Bland. When he called high school senior Marissa a tart, he only meant it in the Shakespearean sense.
Or a baked snack.
But certainly not the “newer” definition of tart.
I totally misinterpreted his meaning.
A baked snack. What a dope I was to think me meant the other kind of tart.
Mr. Bland also wrote me:
“I have been told that @getague is Bland.”
You were told wrong. This is not me. Has never been me.
You also attribute or infer that I wrote this: “In another comment high school senior Melissa is called an “attention whore.” That, too, was not me.
Will you correct or refine you statements?
Sure, Bob. If you say you were not @getague, I absolutely believe you. I mean you thought calling Marissa a baked snack was okay. Why wouldn’t I believe you about @getague.
By the way, what does that mean?
Is that supposed to be get a clue? Because it reads like get a goo.
Get a goo?
But anyway. That’s not you, so never mind.
Consider it corrected.
And if you deny calling Marissa an attention whore, I believe that too. Unless you meant it in the Shakespearean sense. In which case there was no need for you or me to apologize.
Although I don’t think the word whore is new.
I believe it was Shakespeare who said, “I must, like a whore, unpack my heart with words.”
But Mr. Bland didn’t actually call Marissa a whore. He only helped create the atmosphere where that seemed permissible.
No matter. Consider it corrected, Bob.
I do have a problem with Mr. Bland’s math.
I asked Mr. Bland to explain his claim that the average yearly salary for a Hinsdale teacher is $120,689 per teacher.
I used simple math, he said. The October press release and board meeting minutes announced a 2-year, $91 million pay package agreement. That’s $45,500,000.00 per year for 377 union teachers on a gross pay, all-in, basis. $45,500,000.00 divided by 377 comes to $120,689 per teacher on average.
Simple math indeed.
The starting salary is $52,000. The top salary for a 35-year veteran teacher is $127,000.
Given the spread of teachers around the salary schedule an average of $120,000 is curious. It certainly doesn’t tell you where the median salary is.
It’s all untrue, in fact.
Mr. Bland knows very well that you don’t get the average salary by dividing the total budget line by the number of teachers.
Perhaps he is using Common Core math.
But a teacher with a graduate degree, after working 35 years and earning $127,000?
To quote William Shakespeare, “A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.”