Saturday, November 5, 2016

OTIS POWERS SUPPORTER RESPONDS TO PHIL COWEN ADS

Dear Editor,

For weeks now, Otis Powers' opponent for Place 3 on the board of the Brownsville Independent School District has had a free hand in the pages of the local newspaper. I thank the El Rrun-Rrun blog for giving me the chance to respond to set the record straight.

1. He accuses Otis of “conspiring” to get the former BISD CFO to file a grievance. If you read the quote from his “documentation” you can see that the former administrator was asking him for advice on how to protect his job. He was his friend and an able administrator and Otis did. Friends do that.

2. He blames Otis for not firing a teacher who had been indicted for an inappropriate relationship with a high school student. I don’t know where he got his law degree, but obviously it was not it was at a law school that teaches that everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The teacher in question had only been charged, not convicted. To fire someone and deprive them of a livelihood based upon a mere charge and not a conviction violates every legal standard in our constitution. He did say, after all, that he was a lawyer, did he not?

3. Even more serious is the fact that these discussions on these cases all took place in executive session. The discussions there require the utmost discretion for the protection of people’s privacy. For Otis to comment on the specifics of a case would expose him, and, more importantly, the district, to legal action by the accused. Phil knows this. As a result, he has sought political benefit that has amounted to him punching a man whose hands are tied.

4. Phil was on the BISD board when student transportation was shifted to a private carrier, Durham Bus Service. In 1992, bus drivers rebelled against the unfair labor practices, organized, and went out on strike. As many as 55 of them were fired because the board – instead of owning up to its responsibilities to labor – hid behind the contract with the private company and the drivers, our neighbors, paid the price. That was the origin of the labor troubles we have had with our bus drivers up to now. Thanks a lot Phil!

Cowen hides behind simplistic and jingoistic slogans like “I’m BISD Proud!” Unlike him, Otis has worked over the years to make our district better and to have our students perform at higher levels and lets the results speak for themselves.

Our BISD was recognized in 2008 as the most improved school district in the United States and received the Board Award that gave our students $1 million in scholarships when he served as vice-president of the board.

And that same year our school board was recognized as the most efficient and effective board in the country and was awarded the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) Award.

No amount of mudslinging can compare to that, Mr. Cowen. I know who I'm going to vote for, and it's not you.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

go powers
you have my vote

Anonymous said...

Regardless of what Cowen says, people do not trust Otis and this was way before the election. Rumors circulated all over campuses before Cowen even brought it up. Finally and most importantly Otis has done nothing according to atleast 5 members. Sorry my vote is for Philip Cowen. No explanation can change that.

Anonymous said...

"..everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The teacher in question had only been charged, not convicted. To fire someone and deprive them of a livelihood based upon a mere charge and not a conviction.."

That is hands down a stupid explanation. These are children that teacher is surrounding himself with! And a very serious charge. Thank you for stating that. You have just shown that your thinking stinks as much as Powers'. I'm glad I voted for Cowen. Hopefully itll be enough to get someone like Powers out!

Anonymous said...

Powers is serving for one purpose only.to protect his family who is currently employed by BISD. Just do the research, he abstain from voting on important issues for fear of the majority. Let's face it anyone but otis

Anonymous said...

WAY TO GO POWERS!!!! I GUESS THE TRUTH HURTS!!!!

Anonymous said...

Cowen and Powers are using politiqueras.

Anonymous said...

Go Philip Goooooooo

Anonymous said...

Juan,
I like the fact that you are publishing both sides and cite the Herald ads but where article about the ad in response to Cata's questions???
Where is your objectivity on that one?

Anonymous said...

Juan your article is a little out of time and Otis is a lost case, he is not Donald Trump to defy politics. He simply didn't want to return to the Board and the vote of one unhappy camper will not matter because the majority will be doing the right thing and voting for Cowen, a real attorney with a real record. Teachers are with Cowen, Mothers are with Cowen, the general public is with Cowen!!!!

Anonymous said...

The Broad Award was nothing more than a numbers game, it was nice to get the $$$$ but it was really all about how Hanna and the BISD Admin cooked the numbers.

Anonymous said...

Otis is a two faced manipulative individual. He deserves to lose to Cowen or anyone for that matter. This guy defending Pendejo Powers is his mouthpiece who tries to convince people on FB that Powers is a swell guy. Keep taking it up the butt my friend and don't forget to pucker up. There's alot more ass kissing to do!

Kimberly Dale said...

Last night at poll watching, there we're 100's of ballots not even voted on for the BISD.. AND THERE WERE MANY DOUBLE BOBBLE'S NO GOOD VOTES!! ITS ANY ONES WIN NOW!!!

Anonymous said...

i voted for Phil Cowen. Otis is horrible. Horrible!

Anonymous said...

COWEN!

Anonymous said...

No good choice in this race. Otis is a DICK and Cowen; is a Cowen. Neither is a good candidate.

rita