Friday, June 20, 2008

Patrick's letter to fellow members of council

Dear Colleagues,

I would be grateful if you would take a few moments to review the attached letter. I look forward to spirited and positive discussions over the next few days.

All the best,

Schenley-letter-Dowd to page with a link to the PDF now posted at

Reactions welcomed here or on the wiki.

We knew that Patrick Dowd was going to be quick to defend the actions of Mark Roosevelt. Patrick's statements at the end of the public hearing were "interesting." He blamed city council for not doing enough. But then he wags a finger to city council for getting involved.

At the end of his rant, I shouted out, "Bring it on." Patrick wants to reform schools. So do we. Patrick wants hard decisions to be made. So do we. But, we need to have the right decisions made. Closing Schenley isn't it.

Patrick also was clear that he didn't know if closing Schenley was the right decision. He couldn't defend the decision to close the school. He expressed a good deal of doubt that I didn't expect to see from him.

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