In a stunning example of obliviousness, a profoundly irrelevant email was generated from KY's edisonohio.edu account at the close of business, Wednesday. The email was sent without comment, and seemed offered as evidence that might help excuse the madness with which he and his ilk have soaked our College:
See? I told you it's bad out there!
Though the text in the email was clearly not KY's work, it was offered without attribution, and would thusly fail any Edison Comp I section. After a cursory blogs-facebooks-interweb search, we located the original article on Gongwer.com, an Ohio legislative news service. All members of The Editorial Junta work at Edison and therefore cannot afford a subscription to the service, so we must trust KY (no small order) when he cuts and pastes 1000 words of budget blather. The article does not mention the education tranche of the budget, the provisions of which may not be affected. Or maybe they will. We don't know because the article is only tangentially related to what we're dealing with here at Edison.
Let's take this from the top, shall we? Yes. Let's.
- The State of Ohio's financial situation is problematic.
- A reduction in the rate of subsidy may present budgeting challenges.
- Edison employees--as well as the community--are confused about exactly how deep our "cuts" in subsidy will be, because the administration has intentionally misled us at home, and in the press.
- The Edison HR Columbine was a hideous overreaction based upon a misreading of KY's and the Board's own policies, a thickheaded misunderstanding of applicable laws and common sense. In short, a very stupid thing to do.
- The Edison HR Columbine exemplified a pattern in KY's actions that constitute managerial malpractice which is being committed at an accelerating rate.
- The Edison HR Columbine was only the last in a series of horrible decisions taken by KY, or taken with his imprimatur.
- The Academic Senate is within its rights to call BS on KY when his MO seems to be to take decisions that will ensure the destruction of our College.
- KY's--and his minions'--responses to the exercise of parliamentary prerogative were personally directed, transparently petty, juvenile, retributive, base, malicious and in several senses, illegal.
- KY's biggest concern in the current crisis seems to be that folks are no longer pretending his see-thru unitard exists.
- The Board of Trustees' responses to the Academic Senate's concerns show the money KY has thrown at junkets (and perhaps other perks of office) has been well spent, as no matter what evidence is given them seems to affect the Board's reluctance to stand up to the bully and his cronies.
- KY's--and the Board's--intransigence has caused terrible harm to Edison's reputation and the confidence our students have in the College.
- KY's--and his minons'--increasingly erratic, hostile behavior has utterly destroyed an already crumbling morale.
KY and his minions' weak, absurd responses to the budget crisis, and their shameful reactions to principled objection from free-thinking grownups, comprise the crisis.
What vexes Edison is not that we're facing a possible contraction in the budget. It's that KY's management has in large part caused the problem, and continues, in the face of this challenge, to show plainly how we should regard the last decade of his stewardship: appalling in the extreme.
We distrust KY's leadership. The money is secondary. For years KY has been running this place into the ground. Now that it's time for a reckoning, he expects the rest of us to pay his always bloated tab. The email generated from his account shows he has, as is customary, missed the point completely. But we shouldn't be surprised. In his long rap-sheet of mal-leadership, dollar signs have often eclipsed humanity, and keeping his subjects cowering in fear has constituted the whole of his management ethos.
An email from KY explaining, justifying or--gasp--apologizing for the horrible things he's done to people these many years would be quite a thing to read. But who would have time to write such a thing? Or to read it, scanning through page after page after page? Especially when it's so much easier to pretend the folks who have pitted themselves against your will are worried after money, instead of higher or human concerns.