Past year extraordinary one for Most Misguided Quotes

‘Call the Tune’ by Mike Anthony

By Mike Anthony

2016 certainly was an extraordinary year for candidates for the Most Misguided Quotes of the Year.

As usual, we have more quotes than space for our annual column, in which we chronicle the most misguided, misinformed and misleading statements of the year. We offer the Most Misguided Quote of 2016 selected from previous columns and another just too good to be overlooked.

Sunset Hills Ward 3 Alderman Keith Kostial, dubbed the “Robo Alderman,” has the distinction of appearing twice in our quarterly Misguided Quotes columns regarding his penchant for attending more aldermanic meetings via videoconferencing than in person.

In May, Ward 4 Alderman Thompson Price criticized Kostial’s FaceTime attendance, saying Kostial had an obligation to attend meetings in person, “which means being here, seeing each other, body language that you would never see on a videoconference …”

Kostial later told aldermen, who couldn’t see him because the iPad was facing the audience.

While aldermen were spared the sight, those in the audience unfortunately were not.

In Lindbergh Schools, teachers and their supporters unhappy over the average 1.25-percent salary increase for this year and other issues railed against the Board of Education and Superintendent Jim Simpson, who announced he will retire in June 2018.

resident Kimberly Cassidy said at a June meeting, as she was interrupted by cheers.

Legacy of failure? Let’s see if we’ve got that right.

Under Simpson and the board’s leadership, Lindbergh was the No. 1 school district in the state academically for five consecutive years and continues to rank among the top districts in the state — not to mention that the real estate market in Lindbergh, particularly Crestwood, is among the hottest in the country.

Epic fail? Hardly.