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Writer says: "Don’t Make a Chitty Decision"
posted November 3, 2008
The winds of change are blowing, but one has to look no further than
Edgefield County and the school board to see that it is time for
change. Chitty, running for re-election for the school board, is one of
those changes. Chitty came to Merriwether, endeared himself to the
community, embraced the mantra of “doing it for the children” only to
fall as another casualty of corrupt, selfish, self-serving politics.
Chitty says he’s for the family, the children, the community, but when
the citizens of the community were struggling with inflation and
soaring gas prices, they came up with a solution-the Express Bus, which
should be used as a model.
Instead, Chitty moves behind the scenes to cancel the bus because he is
afraid it will siphon off students from Fox Creek High School
(FCHS). Chitty supports FCHS, himself, and nothing else.
Sherolyn Bishop, a board member of FCHS endorses Chitty and resorts to
the old liberal playbook of playing on fears. In essence, she says
without Chitty we might lose FCHS. Another fear oriented rumor floated
was that the Express Bus was costing the county money, inferring that
anyone saying anything about the fee they are trying to charge parents,
would ultimately do away with the Express Bus. And, let’s not forget
our friend Danny Bishop-spreading the rumor that if Chitty loses his
board seat, the newly elected is going to close FCHS.
Well, it’s been said before, one person can not close FCHS.
Albeit, we should assure the Bishops, and Mr. Chitty, that regardless
of who is elected to Chitty’s position, the winds of change are
blowing. We as a community need to clean up the mess at FCHS or be
stuck with yet another “bailout”.
Nationally, ACORN has been tampering with voter registration and
elections. Locally, we have our own ACORN-Chitty, Cowart, and
others at FCHS have engaged in some pretty questionable activity at the
ballot box, circa 2006. Chitty and his minions standing watch over the
ballot box of which Sherolyn Bishop, was being re-elected as a board
member of FCHS, then breaking the chain of custody for a period of
time, taking the ballot box to a back room. Moreover, Cowart and others
employed by FCHS illegally endorsed candidates. Then you have the
Bishops and their ilk running up the debt of FCHS and not allowing any
outside audit-sounds like the prelude to the current mortgage
crisis. Politicians run amuck with debt, sweep it under the
carpet, and then when it’s too late, hold the taxpayer accountable for
And let’s not forget Sallie Cooks-her responses during the latest open
forum were nothing but me, me, me, and how she is padding her own
resume at taxpayer expense. And then most of the board collecting an
extra $100 every time they call a meeting. Doesn’t take a genius
to figure out they’re calling meetings just to pay themselves. The only
ones that seem interested in anything remotely resembling sanity is
Covar, who wants to reign in spending and shrink the budget deficit;
Collier who also wants to make needed budget cuts when elected; and
Hoffman who pledges to refuse his monthly school board pay when
elected. And yet Cooks, Chitty and the rest want to empty your
pocket and cry budget problems? It is time for change.
So remember, on election day, don’t make a Chitty decision. Vote to
start the change at the lowest level. ALSO REMEMBER, TO VOTE for a
school board member YOU HAVE to SPLIT your ticket. School Board members
are not party affiliated. Split your ticket or you are not casting a
vote for a school board member.
N. Augusta, SC
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