MINOT, N.D. — “Hostile school board meetings have members calling it quits,” a national Associated Press report tells us.
The article details the travails of local elected officials as they deal with the convulsions attendant to a strident, social-media-driven wave of angry populism.
The issues are myriad, and the people pursuing them are unreasonable.
A Wisconsin man, in his letter resigning from his local school board, described the job as “toxic and impossible to do.”
Our region isn’t immune from this trend. It’s becoming almost typical for public meetings to devolve into shouting matches. Nor is this a new development. In 2019, local members of Democratic Socialists of America showed up to a legislative committee member to shout expletives at lawmakers.