Stop with the rhetoric
Rep. Frank McGuirt has again chosen politics over policy. His answer to the budget crisis in North Carolina is blaming Republicans and raising taxes.
This legislature inherited more than a $2-billion budget shortfall because past legislatures took money from education, transportation and the lottery to fund big government schemes.
The Department of Public Instruction has more than 2,300 employees. This bloated bureaucracy has 100 directors, most make $90,000 a year or more, who spend tax money on unnecessary make-up work for our teachers. Do you really think we should give them even more money?
Last year CMS laid off hundreds of teachers and assistants because of the budget crisis, but brought them back within weeks. They have now announced a multi-million dollar plan to give iPads to students and plan to spend $2 billion.
In Union County, almost every classroom has Smart Board technology. Why do we put Smart Boards before smart teachers in the classroom? Where are our priorities?
Increasing taxes, especially sales taxes, make the poor poorer. North Carolina is one of the highest taxed in the Southeast; our roads are in bad shape, our jails overflowing and our schools are begging for more money. The interest on our debt is now the fourth largest drain on state tax money. What a terrible legacy for our children.
We need a fundamental overhaul of how education is delivered and we need to focus on keeping smart teachers in the classroom. We must review transportation, foodservice and construction and renovation for schools so we do what we have to do and not what we would like to do. Advanced technology is important, but it doesn’t teach our kids, smart, effective teachers do.
Stop with the rhetoric and come up with answers, policies and action. Our teachers and teacher aides deserve better.
D. Craig Horn
Representative, District 68
North Carolina General Assembly
Urge county to fund schools
Last Tuesday (April 3) our school board voted to cut 455 teaching positions in response to the $10-million budget cut for next year imposed by the county commissioners.
These cuts equal to 55 teachers and 350 teaching assistants who will be out of a job come next August.
In other news, earlier this year, county commissioners signed the lease for the CMC Union hospital for a $54-million windfall for the county.
To review, we are doing less to make our children successful due to a $10-million budget cut. The county gets an extra $54 million for the hospital lease.
I cannot be the only one to see a problem here.
Just a few weeks ago, our commissioners began discussions to cut our property tax by half a penny. While this will only add up to an extra $15 to $20 a year for you and me, it will be a huge savings for the land developers who are major contributors to our commissioners’ campaign funds.
Our children’s future lose, big land developers win.
Makes perfect sense to me!
I encourage all of you to please contact our county commissioners and urge them to restore that $10-million cut to the school budget to keep teachers in our classrooms, to help our children succeed.
Wake up Marvin
Be it known, and it can be documented, that our village council is sneaking “concealed” items under cover of broader issues; scheduling meetings during working hours, usually with minimal notice, to limit public attendance.
Aforementioned “concealed” items refer to operations of Marvin Creek gates on a private road. Council members forced this topic on the planning board’s agenda, despite dormancy since 2008, without true interest in their views. Proving, again, they operate on personal agendas, voting 3-1 (Councilman Overby opposing) to ignore the planning board’s unanimous recommendation against a “no gates in Marvin” amendment that the council plans to push through at their next meeting. Their disregard for recommendations from advisory board volunteers and residents is contemptuous of trust placed in this governing body and public at large.
Does council have jurisdiction to regulate gating of private streets? No. In fact, the village attorney, planning board and even the council itself indicate no current village ordinances regulate gates, yet they have written a blank check to the village attorney to do whatever it takes to have them removed – spending tax payer money to fight tax payers! For what purpose?
How many thousands of dollars have already been spent prior to any public vote? Now, thousands more will be spent unjustly.
This council’s egregious behavior brings deeper understanding to the overwhelming mega-majority of residents who voted against joining Marvin (85 percent of all residents) in the council’s forced annexation proposals last summer. They said ‘no’ to additional taxes for little-to-no services and oversight of this council – hindsight now shows us their wisdom.
The council has called an open public meting Monday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at Banks Presbyterian Church, 1004 New Town Road.
Please join me in attending.
Embarrassed Marvin Taxpayer