Brodner exemplifies Irish proverb advice

Jeri Zeder

February 6, 2014

I am writing in support of Bonnie Brodner, who is seeking re-election to the School Committee in a vote that will take place on Monday, March 3.

The Irish statesman Edmund Burke said, “Your representative owes you not only his industry, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of servicing you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.” Gender-inapt pronouns aside, this quote perfectly describes Bonnie’s conduct on the School Committee, and why I think it is in Lexington's best interest that she stays there.

Bonnie has a record of listening respectfully to all perspectives and voices, not only to the squeakiest wheels, and of asking questions and gathering and understanding the facts before reaching any conclusions. This approach is so very important. Emotions can run high when it comes to our children and our schools. The schools themselves are like delicate ecosystems in which changes in one area can have unintended consequences elsewhere. It is imperative that our School Committee members listen carefully to the community, yet conduct due diligence before acting.

Knowing Bonnie as I do through her record on the School Committee and through my many conversations with her, I trust her to caringly absorb the concerns of parents, students, and community members, to understand situations thoroughly, and to use her good judgment to reach informed conclusions that are in the best interests of Lexington’s schoolchildren. Please join me in voting for Bonnie Brodner for School Committee on March 3.

Jeri Zeder

Massachusetts Avenue

This letter originally appeared in the Lexington Minuteman in print on February 6, 2014.

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