John Talley: School charade

March 16, 2013 

School charade

Regarding the March 14 article “Bill targets school elections”: Sens. Neal Hunt and Chad Barefoot’s bill is impressive in its wholesale disregard of the intentions of the voters, accelerating the terms of Democrats and lengthening the terms of Republicans on the Wake County school board.

Not only that, but they craft their own districts, effectively taking it upon themselves to gerrymander the board. Why the charade? Why not do away with the expense of elections and simply legislate the installation of their biggest donors?

Certainly Pat McCrory is a kindred spirit. I can’t imagine he would ever veto an honest version of this bill, unless his own big-dollar-donor chief budget writer “advised” against it.

John Talley

Raleigh

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service