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Letter to the editor

School board needs 'honor and integrity'

December 23, 2009 - Dear editor,

Thank you for your excellent reporting and editorial regarding the wasteful May elections. And a special thanks to Tiffany Weber-Phillips for having the common sense and courage to vote for combining the school election with the general November election.

It's sad to see that she appears to be the only person on the board who's more interested in the welfare of her community than the ego trip of holding public office.

Mr. Weidman, you ran UNOPPOSED! Yet when you had the chance, you voted to continue the May elections, knowing they would be even more expensive next time. Do you really think your vote was obfuscated by your lame observation that "With technology as it is today... (we could) look at other ways to consider elections..."

If it weren't compromising the education of our children, not to mention placing an onerous burden on taxpayers, it would be comical to watch all the political wannabes scurrying around to look as if they're trying to control costs without actually changing the system.

But apparently, a position on the school board is so highly coveted that we need to waste more than $25,000 in taxpayer money to make sure the "right" people get elected. Can you really even say you've been elected when only 4.09 percent of the population bother to vote in such an improvident mockery?

I'm appealing to rational members of our community to run for school board and serve with honor and integrity as Ms. Weber -Phillips has.

-Carol Roughton

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