Letters to the Editor

ELECTION: Garth Jackson unfairly attacked

The News Tribune’s recent attack (TNT, 10-25) on Garth Jackson’s teaching record for supposed “offhand comments” is absurd. That’s just dirty politics. Why do his opponents feel the need to go negative in the waning hours of this campaign?

Jackson is a former engineer who left retirement, got a master’s degree and then taught for 15 years. I’ve known him for years and never had concerns along these lines. In fact, my 9-year-old son is in a Cub Scout pack Jackson runs and I’ve been extremely impressed by his dedication in this time-consuming, unpaid position. Those are exactly the characteristics that make Jackson the best candidate for Peninsula School Board.

I was a candidate in this race previously. School board decisions impact my five kids and are important enough to me that I spent thousands of dollars of my own money and scores of hours of time trying to have a positive influence on them. I know Jackson represents the very ideals I was seeking, and I will vote for him no matter what molehill his opponents try to make a mountain out of.