Regarding your “Just An Opinion” op-ed in the Aug. 5 Tribune, it does not seem appropriate to just whitewash the filthy politics or one-sided reporting of the Cherokee Tribune in all of this by saying we should all just move forward in the spirit of cooperation.
Your repeated attempts to draw sides by referring to the different viewpoints as “pro-public education” and “pro-charter” just highlight one of the many “opinions spoken as fact” by yourself, Marguerite Cline, Dick Yarbrough, Mike Chapman, Frank and others.
The insinuation being that those of us who support Cherokee Charter Academy do not support public education. Sorry that you wasted hundreds of column-inches on that argument attacking the delegation, Michael Geist, Kim Cochran and others, but it just isn’t true.
The fact is if we didn’t believe we could make a difference in Cherokee County schools, we would have moved out (as Mike Chapman has suggested) or never moved here at all.
If you want to discuss facts, please address the fact that we have a sitting BOE chairperson and other school district employees who directly engaged in a slanderous campaign against our local delegation incumbents and certain school board candidates (surely you noticed the signs “Save Our Schools”, “Boot Chip”, “Dukes Is A Hazard”, “Chip Supports TSPLOST — backed with “Chip Supports Gambling)” ... By ignoring these “facts”, when do you begin to really address all the “facts”?
Oh, but way, you did write a story on the robocall that looked and read suspiciously like Brandon Beach’s narrowly distributed press release on the incident ... “fact”?
In conclusion, there has been much written in the Tribune to support your opinion but little consideration for alternative opinions (some might say facts) that do not reflect well on the district or sitting BOE.
Even the letter from Mr. Conkey, which chided Mike Chapman, spoke well of Frank P. which may be the only reason it got published.
Where is the journalism? Where is the impartiality? Who holds you accountable when you arbitrarily decide what is opinion and fact and what gets reported or not?
Not sure how we can move forward cooperatively with that as an open “opinion” or “fact” ... guess you’ll decide.
Chris and Barbara Knowles
Citizens for Having Options In Children’s Education(CHOICE)