Of course, I also alluded to Wyoming stubbornness in a previous post. Sometimes that stubbornness is so thick that no real deliberation seems able to pass through it. Take the comments from Wheatland school superintendent about who, exactly, he has heard from in Wheatland.
Stuart Nelson, the superintendent, said the only negative comments he has heard about the board's decision are from out-of-towners, special-interest groups and former residents. He said all the local parents he's spoken with have supported the board's decision.
Not even that insensitive, arrogant claim can get through the reality gate. Three board members, after all, voted the other way; Wheatland High Principal Maureen Ryff has made no secret that she disagrees with the decision; the article points out that "On lockers at WHS and a gymnasium door are 'No Place for Hate' fliers that students printed and posted" and the article contains quotes from residents of Wheatland who disagree with the decision. That makes Nelson's comments especially irresponsible and, pardon my blatancy, stupid. He's either not listening, or he's being dishonest with the media. Neither trait will deliver a better image for Wheatland.