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Opinion Letters

This legislative session is finally over and our legislators are gone on vacation. I don't know of another period in history in North Carolina when so much damage has been done in so short a time. Senate Bill 387 makes charter schools boards independent of the State Board of Education. The N.C. Constitution, in Article IX, Section 5, gives the State Board of Education the power to "supervise and administer the free public school system and the educational funds provided for its support." Since charter schools are public schools, any responsibility to authorize, oversee or approve belongs to the State Board as the constitutional authority over public schools. If they use tax money, then they should be considered public schools.

According to Article IX, Section 6, the NC Constitution requires that all money for public education should be "faithfully appropriated and used exclusively for establishing and maintaining a uniform system of free public schools." There is no extensive research proving that charter schools are doing a better job than public schools.


To the citizens of Macon County,

I’ve had several people ask me why I voted against this or that. It’s time to clear the air and let you folks know all the other stuff that goes on. First off, I do try to get along with my fellow commissioners so long as I feel it’s good for the taxpayers. I have tried three years in a row to lower our property tax rate. Two years in a row I voted for the budgets. Our budgets are loaded with numbers and details which are sometimes tricky to get a handle on. However, in this year’s budget here’s just a few of the items I had problems with:


To the person or persons who took Bettie Turlington’s pocket book.

I hope you needed the money worse than we do. You see, it was for paying our bills.

We lost our retirement money and our home the last couple of years and we have not taken anything that we did not work for. We moved here over 35 years ago and have helped everyone that we could in this time.

You have been caught, God was watching you, and karma can be a bad thing.

Larry Turlington — Franklin, N.C.

Collector: At this festive time of year, Mr. Scrooge, it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute.
Scrooge: Are there no prisons?
Collector: Plenty of prisons.
Scrooge: And the union workhouses - are they still in operation?
Collector: They are. I wish I could say they were not.
Scrooge: Oh, from what you said at first I was afraid that something had happened to stop them in their useful course. I'm very glad to hear it.

— Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, 1843

In your August 1, 2013, edition, in a story entitled “Upcoming tax-free weekend to be one of the last in N.C.,” Senator Jim Davis is quoted regarding the state’s termination of the tax-free weekend. “This is one of the ways we are trying to make the tax code in North Carolina simpler… [w]e’re just closing another loop-hole.” A loophole? Allowing parents to save 6.75 percent off school supplies for three days out of an entire year is a “loophole?”


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