Off The Wall
On The Record
Registered Sex Offenders for Edgefield
2005 Crime Stats
& Audio Updates
PO Box 972
State and Federal
Local Political Parties
Chamber of Commerce
New York Times
New York Post
Los Angeles Times
past articles please visit our Archives
Give them an F
By Carl Langley
posted October 15, 2009
GUEST COLUMN – The year is almost over,
but I have been gifted with my 2009 nominees for the stupidest people
on the planet.
The certain winners are the members of the Christina (Delaware)
School Board, who ordered a 45-day sentence to an alternative school
for a first grader.
Poor little Zachary Christie, the target of the school board's
wrath, committed the "dastardly crime" of bringing to his elementary
school a small utility tool given to Cub Scouts.
The little fellow first grader was so proud of joining the
scouting unit that he wanted to show his possessions to his classmates.
Zach, who loves school so much that he wears a neatly pressed
shirt and tie to class each day, was totally oblivious to the school
board's action against "the crime he committed."
Unfortunately for Zach his scouting tool contained a small knife,
along with a spoon and other accessories. The multi-purpose tool is
used by Scouts to help in survival situations.
When a teacher noticed the tool, she rushed forthwith to inform
the principal, and the principal took the matter to the school board.
This chain of command gave all of them the golden opportunity to let
the entire world know how stupid they really are.
This is the terrible price ordinary Americans pay for letting
bureaucrats run our lives in their hidebound regulatory world. And this
is why people like Zach's parents home school their children rather
than have their minds corrupted by people who cannot teach.
If this tool Zach carried to school is so dangerous, the most
immediate question is why would the Cub Scout organization allow its
new members to possess such a deadly weapon?
Frankly, I am getting more and more fed up with bureaucrats who
cannot line up a two-car funeral possession, and doubly upset with an
education bureaucracy more concerned with rules than teaching young
I cannot count the numbers of times I have heard teachers
mangle our language while conversing with me and others. Some can't
balance a checkbook and others have an abysmal knowledge of history and
The late Sam Woodring, the venerable editor of North Augusta's
weekly newspaper and a gifted writer, once showed me a letter sent out
by the county board of education.
The letter was filled with grammatical errors that Sam had
carefully highlighted with his big yellow pen.
Because of recent school shootings, today's "educrats" can really
get worked up over the most minor of incidents, such as a small boy
showing off his knife and his pride in being admitted to the Cub Scout
I hope Zach isn't mentally damaged by the treatment he was given
by those entrusted with his welfare, who have raised suspicions about
their own mental welfare. I suggest immediate testing of all of those
The Delaware school officials should be busy preparing students
for life outside the classroom environment, while not allowing
administrators and teachers to pick on a little kid who did nothing
more than express his pride in joining the Cub Scouts.
If you are a person with common sense your most immediate
question would be, Why didn't at least one of these seven school board
members urge the others to go slow on this matter so they would not
make fools of themselves?
Unfortunately, not a single one did, and for that each of them
made fools of themselves. Therefore, they should be made to sit on a
stool in a corner with a dunce hat on their heads.
Because they have qualified themselves for public ridicule my
recommendation is that all seven of these clueless dolts turn in their
letters of resignation. Such action probably would be the best thing
they could do to improve education.
© Copyright 2009
original material is property of
EdgefieldDaily.com and cannot be reproduced, rewritten or redistributed
without the expressed written permission of Edgefield Daily.com
We still need recipes for Cooking Section
WEBNEWS – Send in your favorite or
favorites. There is no limit to the number of recipes you can send in.
With the Editor’s wife being the driving force behind her own personal
section, help her create an exchange of local favorites, home cooking,
grilling, sauces, and deserts! Send in your submissions here.