Hering: I do not understand people

Update: Link to the editorial added. Someone should have told me earlier I forgot to include it.

Hering on the recall of three LCSD board members:

If the recall committee gets enough signatures and makes the ballot, the resulting election should clear the air, either ratifying what Alexander has been trying to accomplish, or backing up the school district administration in going in a different direction altogether.

And if the backers fail to get enough signatures to force an election, that should clear the air as well.


No. Hering is right about one thing: Many, many people will use the outcome as evidence to support their point of view (though just who those people are will depend on the outcome).

However, if Hering is implying that a recall is a decisive event that will settle anything, he’s mistaken.

Very few people are simply going to give up and walk away just because they don’t like the outcome. Some will; others may. Some will change tactics, or revise their beliefs. But the community and its members are too invested in the Lebanon Community School District to just walk away based on one event, even if it is momentous.

Hering, of course, is not content just to predict that this event will somehow resolve the tension in the district; he’s outright calling for it to do so:

In any case, when the current recall attempt is over, one or the other side in the long series of Lebanon school district disputes will have lost and should then retreat from the field, giving Lebanon schools room to reorganize in peace.


If this dispute did not have at its core differences of opinion regarding the future of education – in other words, if it was really only about personalities – then this might stand a chance of happening. As is, what Hering is missing is that there is still a very real, if implied, debate going on regarding the best way to educate people in the LCSD. That debate isn’t going to disappear after the recall, no matter how it turns out.

Side note: I’ve often wondered if Hering just sounds completely ignorant when he sounds off on any given topic, or if he’s actually ignorant. This editorial provides me additional clues, as it’s about something I have been paying a lot of attention to. I think Hering doesn’t really understand the situation all that well. He should let someone else write the editorials about the LCSD – Jennifer Moody, perhaps (though of course she would not be able to sign them).

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18 Comments on “Hering: I do not understand people”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Yeah…well Moody generally seems to favor Robinson, so of course you would rather she write the editorials! Thank goodness she doesn’t!

  2. Dennis Says:

    I have seen no evidence that Moody favors anybody. Furthermore, I made the point solely because I think she probably has the most knowledge of the situation of anyone at the DH, not because I think she would take a particular point of view.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Why do you suppose neither Moody or the Express guy did not bother to write a story on Kim’s presentation to the board?

    Yes, Moody eventually wrote a story (thank God) that appeared yesterday, but why wasn’t there coverage the next day including many of her remarks?

    I know, Sprenger resigned too…and yes, that’s a bigger story. But several stories appeared about the meeting, and not one of them marked this major news event where the head of the union had the guts to say what she said right in front of Robinson and the Board.

    And people cheered her. Good grief, if that’s not worthy of at least a 6-inch story the next day, there is bias in the media.

  4. Dennis Says:

    I really have no idea why her farewell speech was not covered. Perhaps you should ask Moody or Coonrod directly.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Kim F. said herself that her farewell (to Union Leadership) speech was not covering anything new–that everyone had heard it all before.
    It wasn’t new, that is why it wasn’t news.
    Kim F. has not shown reticence in the past. This was not somehow “brave” behavior on her part. It was typical behavior for her. Again, not new, not news.
    A loud group clapping and making a ruckus for someone speaking out against the District Administration and Jim R. in the School Board meeting.
    Not new, not news.

  6. Dennis Says:

    Anon @ 4:22 raises a good question: Is it news when someone with standing – a union president, a superintendent – says something because they are an official, or does what they say have to be news in its own right, regardless of who is saying it?

  7. Anonymous Says:

    A bigger question might be why weren’t more teachers there to show their appreciation for her ten years of union leadership? That in itself could be rather telling.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    So if someone in an official position once again is arrested for drunk driving, is it not news because they have done it several times before? Of COURSE it is news.

    My God, it is AT LEAST news she was resigning at the meeting…has she done that before too?

    It really does make one wonder about bias, but if could of course been pure lack of judgment.

    Does Moody have a degree in journalism? I have wondered. She writes pretty well, but the omissions have left me wondering. Of course today’s media is generally less objective than it used to be, so maybe her decisions just reflect that. (Think FOX news.)

  9. Anonymous Says:

    How many teachers want to go to a school board meeting just to recognize someone leaving? Tom Yates’ retirement was celebrated at the meeting too. I did not notice there were people who came just to have a piece of cake and celebrate him…there was ANOTHER retirement party for him another day.

    This comment about teachers not attending to recognize Kim’s service is just another nasty slap at her, pure and simple.

  10. Dennis Says:

    I’m getting a little tired of the Moody-bashing.

    So there wasn’t a giant headline in the DH the next day – so what?

    That could have been a decision out of her hands. Reporters don’t necessarily choose the stories they write, remember?

    Moody covered Fandiño’s retirement, and it got a story all to itself.

    Just because it was not covered right away is not evidence of bias or a lack of judgment.

    Ad hominem attacks re: Moody are not going to make it into this comment thread from here on out.

  11. Roxy Says:

    You don’t need a degree in journalism to be a journalist. Getting a journalism degree shows that you can write and understand journalism law. It doesn’t give you a background of politics, economics, history, government, etc. etc.

    Whether or not she has a journalism degree is irrelevant.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    I hope anon realizes how this all comes off: Widdle Kim Fandweeno threw a fit because she didn’t get in the paper. Had her friends (hello, IE) call the paper and complain, claiming bias. Now she has her front-page photo and story about her “farewell” speech. Can we now say “farewell” to her?

    Also, has Hering been to a single Lebanon board meeting in the past 12 months? Because Moody, whether you think she’s biased or not, certainly HAS.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    I have not heard Kim was upset it wasn’t in the paper the next day…some of the rest of the people in this community were, however.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    Roxy — Do you have a degree in Journalism? If not, how do you know what it gives you. Actually, courses in those areas you mentioned ARE also required.

  15. Roxy Says:

    *Sigh*

    After writing and re-writing a response I’ve decided to leave it at this: No I don’t have a J-degree. Yes, one course in 100-200 level economics (or statistics) and history are required.

  16. Dennis Says:

    I’ll add to Roxy’s comment: I am of the opinion that a comprehensive understanding of the field they are covering is useful for journalists to have.

    In that vein, someone with a degree in economics and some training or experience in journalism/writing can probably write at least as good a story as someone with a J-degree and Econ 201. Plus, the Econ grad will know what’s interesting in the field.

    The time when a journalist could have a deep understanding of multiple fields at one time is over, if it ever existed.

    My two cents, anyway.

  17. Roxy Says:

    http://writingmatters.lee.net/articles/2003/04/10/front/wrote/z178-moody2.txt

    “Jennifer Moody graduated from Pacific University with a double-major degree in journalism and English.”

  18. Anonymous Says:

    Thank you, Roxy. I am glad to she has a J degree afterall.


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