Roeser’s little empire of personal pet peeve pushing is far more connected to much of the right wing crap brought up in this state. Case in point is the recent kerfluffle in District 214 over novels deemed pornographic by a few well organized angry folks.
How well organized? Check out one guy quoted in the Daily Herald, The Pioneer Press and Tribune as if he were just another resident (misspelled his name).
Resident Bruce Pincknell was one of the few who supported Pinney’s plan, saying that teachers promoting the books were motivated by their own progressive social agendas.
And from the Herald:
Bruce Tincknell, a former Prospect High parent, read an excerpt from the book, omitting some terms he felt were too inappropriate.
“This is unacceptable to many of us,” he told those in the room. “We want better.”
Arlington Heights resident Bruce Tincknell said although he does not have children currently attending District 214 schools, he is concerned about the content of the required novels.
Tincknell said he has read The Perks of Being a Wallflower and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent, as well as excerpts from the list of books.
“When I read some of the excerpts, it concerned me as a parent, as a taxpayer. It’s quite outrageous. I can’t see any literary value,” he said prior to the board’s decision.
Who is Tincknell?
He’s a Board of Director at the Illinois Family Institute
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The IFI Board of Directors consists of:
Dr. John & Dena Koehler (Chairman)
Dr. Gary & Mary Draper
Mrs. Virginia Nurmi
Dr. Don & Sandra Helfer
Mr. Bruce Tincknell
This is a case of the Right Wing Wurlitzer continuing the efforts to make a controversy out of something where the community doesn’t find anything controversial. I don’t blame the reporters since Tincknell, Pinney and the others affiliated with IFI and Roeser probably set it up to get exactly this kind of coverage, but it is something to watch out for.
It gets better, his affiliations go unmentioned in other articles where is more of the focus. In one from the Herald on February 12th,
“It’s branded Paul Simon. It is an institute representing the Democratic Party,” said Bruce Tincknell, a former District 214 parent who’s heading up Citizens for Quality Education, a watchdog group focused primarily on District 214 goings-on. “It’s more than a name.”
He’s also in a December 3rd article challenging the current superintendent in relation to his record in Stevens Point.
Funny, the guy shows up talking about public education funding and ‘family values’, two of Jack Roeser’s hobby horses, but he never is identified as attached to Roeser affiliated groups.
Now to Erin Holmes credit, she does identify Tincknell on April 1, 2005 as
Meanwhile, Illinois State Board of Elections records show Jack Roeser, head of the Family Taxpayers Network that endorsed Pinney, made a $12,000 contribution this week to Mount Prospect-based “Just the Facts,” a group headed by Tincknell.
This was during the election which Pinney won.
The point here being the amount of noise from a small number of people is awfully loud and this ought to be pointed out more regularly.