Here's my philosophy about the board: I cast my vote for the people I trust to run the building and then I let them run it. I may not always be in complete agreement with their decisions but that's life. And if I really hate what they do I don't vote for them again.
For the last several years in my building - my home - there's been a rabble-rouser faction who go to every meeting, question every act, second-guess every decision. They've accused the board of fraud, they delay needed repairs, they call names, etc. and it makes me want to run screaming from this building.
We have an election coming up and there are people who seem insane running for the board, not to mention the ones who are already on it. It's very scary. Here's the text of an email from one board member to another (this is word for word):
If you want your legacy to be that of a whiny little girlie boy bitch...For god sakes...Leave with some class and dignity and be a man.I know you have no context for that and there's stuff I left out but really...is there anything that could make this all right?
Here's another snippet of an email from one board member to another:
My advice to you is to have a big glass of shut the **** up and find something more important to complain about.And here's one from someone who's running for the board (and who wants to be president) to a board member:
With regard to "needing help," who the fuck are you? Jesus, get over yourself.God. Wouldn't you want to run screaming from here with me?
I know it's not fair to put this stuff up here without context and without the other side of the story (there's always another side) but what the hell, it's my blog so screw that. And I've seen the context and you just have to believe me when I say (as a non-political, non-activist person) that these responses are not justified. And what could justify this kind of childish behavior anyway?
Isn't a difference of opinion the cornerstone of democracy? We elect a body of people to represent us and those people express their ideas and ours, and discuss them, even debate them, and come to a resolution that works for the common good. But the key to that system working is respect and that's what's lacking here. I don't want people like that in office, not in my country and not in my condo building. But there they are and I feel helpless to do anything about it except to rant, ineffectively, on my blog.
I would not presume to tell people how to vote, I would say that if there is a board member you trust, consult with them. But just in case you want to know, I'm voting for Sandra Procida and Donna Arends.