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Letter to the Editor

Writer supports School Board member Brad Covar's observations

web posted October 18, 2007
Dear Editor,

The recent publication of the open letter from school board member, Brad Covar, has brought about much discussion and debate over the last several days. I wish to use this forum to respond.

First of all, I wish to thank Mr. Covar for having the courage to step forward. I also wish to thank Brad for his continued years of service. Let me assure you, however, that we are all aware of what is going on here. The residents of this county aren't stupid. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that the chickens have come home to roost with the Edgefield County School Board. Years of bad leadership, runaway spending, property taxes of a county three times the size of this one, nothing to show for the people with their own hidden agendas, personal hires that nobody can even understand, much less explain. Principals with way too much power to hire whoever they want to regardless of the fact that there were people with way more experience; principals who feel they are above the law can do as they please. School board members who have forgotten who elected them and who placed their faith in them. The list goes on and on.

In 2004, I was asked by a group of citizens in this county to toss my hat into the ring and run against Sallie Cooks. I lost mainly for lack of money, too many demands from my full-time job and not enough exposure. All of us wanted to debate Sallie Cooks on the issues. Trust me, we would have torn her apart.

My motives for running were simple-for the good of the kids. Far too many people in leadership in education are in it for the prestige, the chanced to be important. There are many attitude problems, especially at Strom Thurmond High School. Adults who feel they can do as they want. In my campaign, an issue that was on my agenda was a code of conduct for teachers, administrators, merit raises and performance standards for every department.

I can't change what has happened in the past here, but rest assured the voters of this county can and will. For too long, we have all sat back and watched this take place. It is our own fault. I encourage all of us to stop, take a look at the direction we are headed and turn around and go down another road before it is too late.

I didn't choose to fight this fight, but I, for one, will not sit back and watch people who were elected with the faith of the people betray the county, the voters and not do anything. If this continues, myself and over 300 voters in this county will be forced to begin recall proceedings, ask for an investigation into conduct unbecoming the voters of Edgefield County. I'm in business. If (one) of the folks I supervised did this, they would be out of a job. The choice is yours-shape up or ship out. I'm just a simple man, but I believe in doing what's right and for standing up for Christian principles.

Tony Edwards

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