My comments on these stories begin by offering congratulations to Sam Moore on his win over Meagan Biello and reminding him that he has mighty big shoes to fill if he expects to fill the shoes of Calvin Hill. But I wish him the best as he attempts to fill those very big shoes. Calvin was a personal friend, a much respected legislator and a friend I will miss. He was the anchor of the Cherokee delegation.
And I congratulate Jeff Duncan for submitting his well-written letter to the editor.
But my focus was on the SCRAM! story. It intrigued me to the point that I searched online for their new website. Perhaps it’s my age, but I couldn’t find it. But I did find their website that focused on Kelly Marlow. To say I was disappointed in that website would be an understatement.
I would have hoped that a political group here in Cherokee County who declares their sole purpose is supporting what’s “best for the children of Cherokee County” were more innovative.
While I fully support SCRAM!’s right to form their group and to establish their goals and website to accomplish their goals I would have thought that SCRAM!, a group dedicated to the support of “the children,” would have shown better taste in building their website, a website that reminded me of the northern trade unions known for their hatchet attacks on those they oppose.
SCRAM! should remember they have set themselves up as a role model for those children they are so determined to defend. During the last 40 years I have been involved in numerous political campaigns, some won, others lost, but never once did our campaigns consider such standards. Perhaps it’s a sign of our times.
However, I now want to applaud SCRAM! for changing their focus away from Marlow and to the candidates running for the Cherokee School Board on the May 20 primary ballot.
It’s not difficult to see their goals are to defeat, and that is their right, any candidate they feel is opposed to their agenda — those who would dare challenge the status quo, candidates like Kelly Marlow. But do they have to try and destroy those candidates in the process, as it appears they attempted to do with Marlow and Chip Rogers last year. There has to be a better way.
I have been emphatically told there is no affiliation here in Cherokee County with the national NEA — but to me and others who have been around for many years they will have a hard time convincing me there are no such connections. Their goals seem too similar.
Perhaps SCRAM! won’t want to consider any suggestions from me, and this I could understand, for their new focus group called ‘Smart Citizens Realize Academics Matter” because I agree, academics really do matter.
My suggestion is that while focusing on academics SCRAM! could establish committees to read the textbooks that are being used by the school system. As more parents become aware of the real goals of Common Core there are going to be more parents calling for massive changes in the “academics” being promoted by Common Core.
Parents in St Louis are already up in arms because of the “choices” students in St Louis are being given in social studies regarding how best to “re-distribute wealth” here in America. The three choices provided were all Marxist biased. Capitalism was totally ignored.
If SCRAM! members are truly interested in “the children,” they should perhaps become proactive in finding candidates willing to take a look at the textbooks being used to implement Common Core, as Marlow attempted to do.
The day could come, after we learn how disruptive Common Core will become, that SCRAM! will seek candidates with the courage of Marlow, candidates willing to confront “the establishment” and ask the hard questions. Perhaps Marlow could have been less bombastic and more genteel in seeking answers to her questions but no one will ever accuse her of being a pawn of this administration.
Donald Conkey is a retired agricultural economist in Woodstock.