Ellen Giles and Janet Siddiqui are both very good friends of mine. I had the honor, pleasure and privilege of serving with them on the Howard County Board of Education for four years. They are smart, dedicated, knowledgeable, hard-working, caring and conscientious. They are both running for re-election to the Board of Education based solely on their desire to serve the best interests of our children.
Throughout this campaign, Ellen and Janet have been negatively criticized and personally attacked by some of their opponents and their followers. While people certainly have a right to their opinions, they do not have a right to distort facts, spread lies, and make false claims to impugn the character and integrity of two fine public servants. As Andrew Carnegie said, "What you say about others, says a lot about you." These particular opponents and some of their supporters have shown themselves to be no more than bullies by harassing and attacking the integrity and reputations of both Ellen and Janet.