Wizard Marks TC Daily Planet Minneapolis | Minneapolis Park board retiree says former coworkers fear retaliation for inequities complaints Posted at 8:44pm, Oct 01
This is sad, but not entirely unexpected. Not just at the Park Board. This seems to be fairly common. It points to the fact that the agency culture needs to change. Not an easy thing to do and the Board of Directors cannot do much to affact the change. They can search out a superintendent who has a reputation for changing agency cultures and guiding them in the way that would be the best, but they cannot insure that the culture changes. Also, it's not a thing that can happen overnight. It means that virtually every person working at the Park Board needs to change his/her attitude and behavior vis-a-vis the job. Talk about pushing an egg uphill with your nose! But it's worth it. We have, perhaps, the best city park system in the country. It's well worth the effort to push it to be internally better. There are at least five members of the Board who are schooled in duking it out with problems. This is the time for them to step to the fore and exam how to make the internal working of the agency more just and fair. Then, who knows? Maybe everyone will respect the parks more and there will be less trash to dispose of, less damage to repair, more flowers to feast one's eyes on. And maybe, in the best of all possible worlds, it will rub off on other agencies--the library, Community Action. It could turn out to be another Minnesota mini revolution. Or am I away with the fairies again?