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Questioning a school board candidate

Ann McDonald-Cacho
Monday October 14, 2002

To the Editor: 


I’m amazed at Lance Montauk’s self-profile as “activist” for “fundamental political rights.” His selective logic is head-spinning. His feel-the-world’s-pain cloak is offensive on multi-levels: 1) To women: Women don’t define ourselves as potential rape-victims. Our world is not a prison; 2) To humanitarians: Touting his stint for Amnesty International is shocking. Last time I looked, Amnesty’s mission includes...‘research and action focused on...ending grave abuses...[and] freedom from discrimination.’ Lance’s thoughtful plans for the district include “dropping special education students?” Where will the brave champion of human rights drop them? The dumpster? The institution? The locked closet?; 3) To defenders of civil rights: According to Lance, the “fundamental” U.S. civil right to an education can be ditched by a local school board. Not only special ed parents, but minority parents too take heed of this twist. Lance’s “so-sue-me” quote is particularly unwise. Litigation in the BUSD was highlighted by the county as one of the disturbing trends leading to waste of district resources. Lawsuits cost money, particularly when your position is patently unwinnable; 4) And to potential patients: Thank my lucky stars Dr. Montauk was not on duty when my son was born requiring emergency care. If the good doctor wants to “drop” this special education student now, would he have withheld care of my son’s neo-natal injuries then – when he had the opportunity to really make a fiscal difference? I shudder as he cavalierly draws his line on human worthiness. 

Amnesty International’s vision, embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, states: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” Lance-the-activist needs to brush up on his homework. 


Ann McDonald-Cacho