Our Say: Schuh must explain his school board fight, Capital, April 19, 2016.
“community members’ votes”
The use of the term “community members” is a loaded term and, if the Capital chooses to use it, it should at least be put in scare quotes to acknowledge it is closely associated with the anti-Schuh faction. Historically, the term “stakeholders” is used to describe representatives of special interest groups who serve on appointed committees. Similarly, the use of the term “political appointees” is a loaded term because the Capital has trained readers to interpret the word “political” as a term of disparagement (by the way, political scientists don’t use the term that way) and the term incorrectly suggests that the stakeholder/community reps are less “political” than the elected official reps.
I would categorize the two sets of appointees in more descriptive terms: those appointed by elected officials and those appointed by stakeholder groups.
P.S. The Capital removed this comment from its website.
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