Thank you for your recent coverage of my campaign for Boston City Council. I am happy that my outspoken voice has shifted the public debate to a topic that is on the minds of parents all across our city.
Having attended Boston’s public schools for the entirety of my youth, having taught in the schools, and as a member of the Boston Teachers Union, I hope that my background and experiences will enable me to speak honestly about busing, which — more than any other single policy — has driven our working and middle classes out of the schools.
I believe that the school department should cater to the preferences of parents — whether they prefer a public, pilot, charter, magnet or neighborhood school.
That being said, I wanted to correct an error in your reporting. I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the Libertarian party. I am a conservative Democrat, with practical and progressive positions on public safety. Although my skin is white, my race has not prevented me from being the only honest voice in the race, speaking up for the people who are hurt worst by a failed “war” on drugs — poor people, sick people and people of color. My campaign is not about race, it is about issues. I hope that the Banner readership will remember this on Nov. 8.
My husband and I have worked with both Dorothy Reed-Jackman and her husband Kent — both of whom have become close friends (“Dorothy Reed-Jackman is 78 — and still modeling,” Oct. 27, 2011 Bay State Banner). Dottie certainly is outgoing, fun, beautiful and always professional. We wish her many more years of her career. Great profile!
Bill and Angela Ryding