“I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them” ―
You're probably here because you've received or heard about the "hit" piece put out by Vicki Barnett & Theresa Rich - the Mud Slingers. There's a copy of their postcard below, and link to a higher resolution PDF. I suppose I should be flattered that the worst dirt these two could dream up was to accuse me of "micromanaging and controlling the library". The problem is their "evidence" - in tiny, tiny print in the footnotes - doesn't support their narrative.
If you have nothing positive to say about yourself, then another way to try to win an election is to go negative about your opponent. But you have to make sure you get your facts straight.
There are a total of 9 pages in 5 documents cited in Barnett & Rich's footnotes. In those 9 pages, the only remark about the library attributed to me was when I relayed a resident complaint that the Board was not complying with the legal requirements of the Open Meetings Act: "Councilmember Lerner noted that the resident mentioned that the minutes never reflected the closing of the café." Does that sound like micro-managing or controlling?
Barnett & Rich also neglected to share with readers that under the Michigan District Library Act of 1989, the Farmington Community Library is completely independent of local government. That fact alone makes their premise impossible. But apparently they did not want the facts to get in the way of their narrative.
Unfortunately, if you didn't bother to read their citations - and most people won't - then what they said would sound bad, and you might assume it was true. Most of the citations had nothing to do with the Library. Instead they seemed to focus on the Mutli-Cultural Muti-Racial Commission (MCMR), their selection of a controversial speaker, and their funding sources. What does that have to do with the library you ask. Nothing at all.
There's a word for people who put out garbage like this in an attempt to trick people into voting for them. The word is pathetic. Vicki Barnett & Theresa Rich should both be ashamed. Farmington Hills deserves better leaders than those who have no compunction about misleading the public just to get themselves elected.
Please take a moment to read their postcard and the actual meeting minutes so you'll know who is telling the truth, and who is slinging mud. And please, share it with friends who vote and care about things like honesty and integrity.