There are no stupid questions


I was born in 1964 in Bangor. I started attending public schools in 1969 in Milford, Conn. We moved back to Bangor in 1970 where I attended Catholic school, and approximately one year later started attending public schools. In 1974 the family moved to Auburn where I finished my schooling.

The one thing all of these schools had in common was every teacher who taught me always made clear to every student that “there are no stupid questions.”

I took that practice into my adult life and have always stood by it because questions are how people, educated and uneducated, learn.

Yet at a public school committee meeting Tina Vanasse made the comment, “How does a businessman with no educational background have the arrogance and audacity to stand before the school committee and ask the questions that they are asking tonight”?

What about there are no stupid questions? Is Vanasse saying that since a person may not understand a certain issue they have no right to ask questions? Since graduating from Edward Little High School I have also learned to always question people in authority, because they are not as right as they think they are.

I would like to thank the United Citizens of Auburn for asking the questions they are asking, because they need to be asked. Maybe if this group had formed 10 years ago, we would not be having a problem now.

Danny N. Loudermilk Jr., Auburn