Republican policies seem bent on dismantling public education by Gardenia Hobbs – Rocky Mount Telegram

The public education system in this country was created for two purposes – to prepare our youth to be successful in a career of choice and to provide knowledge and skills that will make them informed and engaged citizens.

I am sure I am not off-track by saying that the majority of our renowned scholars, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, everyday people and yes, politicians, received their educational anchors in a public school system. Now, in this era that stresses preparedness in order to be competitive in a global economy, the Republican legislative majorities in this and other states are on a crusade to destroy the very system that gave them the foundation to launch their careers. They have aggressively passed legislation that eliminates equal educational opportunities for all students as well as the principles of social justice. (More)

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TARBORO — Princeville resident bashes commissioner – The Daily Southerner

Response: I have not seen the letter written by Linda Ingram however I do plan to get the July 20 newspaper. I will respond more in depth after reading it for myself however a couple of people have tried to tell me about and now reading this mess. I want to than Viola Harris for

To the Editor:

(I believe) Commissioner Viola Harris is a liar. Commissioner Harris stated on July 16, 2012 in the Daily Southerner that she visits all her towns in District 2. (More)

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HYPOCRISY RULES REPUBLICAN AGENDAS AT STATE, FEDERAL LEVELS by Gardenia Hobbs

Today, people are asking “where are the jobs”? What happened to the urgency of creating jobs, rebuilding a faltering economy, getting government out of our lives and smaller government? As of this writing it has been 238 days, 10 hours, 4 minutes and 15 seconds since the U.S. House Republicans took control of the Speaker’s gavel and not one job creating bill has been introduced, no real solutions for rebuilding the economy have been put forth and government has become more, not less, intrusive in our lives. Across the country state lawmakers, including those here in NC, have brushed glossy campaign promises aside to enact social, turn back the clock legislation that neither create jobs nor cast a favorable light on a country in turmoil. There is a “rule or ruin” agenda at play in this country.

After the 2010 elections and the swearing in of legislators, the first order of business in the U.S. House of Representatives was to cast a vote to repeal health care reform. This same script was played out in NC and many other states across the country with Republican legislative majorities. This vote should have sent a clear message to all of us. These legislators don’t give a rap about people with preexisting conditions being denied insurance or those of us who have insurance paying the bill for those who do not. To add insult to injury, members of the U.S. House immediately passed a resolution precluding the disclosure of the names of those legislators enrolled in a Government Health Care Plan. In fact, the majority of these legislators are enrolled in a Government Health Care Plan, but they do not want their constituents to know. Renee’ Ellmers is reported to have stated she enrolled in a Government Health Care Plan because living in Washington, DC is expensive. I guess the expense of coverage for the uninsured being subsidized by those of us who are insured is not a consideration.

We are witnessing states, including NC, passing laws that will suppress voter participation in the form of a “voter ID” requirement, which is nothing more than a modern day poll tax. District lines are being drawn to dilute the minority vote, eliminate the number of minority legislators and ensure Republican rule for the next ten years. Unions are being attacked and stripped of their bargaining privileges, “a woman’s right to choose” is becoming more and more under government control, tax breaks for the rich are being guarded like a bear protecting her cub and the quest to dismantle public education, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security moves onward. “Rule or ruin,” that’s the name of the game.

What we’ve got here is a small group of extremist, the Koch Brothers, Art Pope, Dick Armey, Karl Rove, Grover Norquist and a few others, who have literally bought many of the people we call politicians, including some here in NC, to carry out their extremist agenda. This accounts for the unleashing of robot politicians all over the country who are adhering to an agenda prepared for them and enacting laws written exclusively for them by a free-market organization called ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council). This organization recently held a “pilgrimage” in New Orleans and more than 30 conservative members of the NC legislature attended. House Speaker Thom Tillis was one of eight lawmakers honored as “a legislator of the year.” Yes, it is true, the most controversial and extreme legislation being enacted is being written by ALEC.

What we’ve got here is a bunch of flag flying, Bible carrying, God Bless America hypocrites whose hearts and souls are filled with bigotry and hatred. What we’ve got here is a bunch of hypocrites who profess to be Christians but have no respect, compassion or tolerance for people of color. They are mean spirited, tear down and elude fairness and equality. They flock to churches on Sunday, and in between, but their actions and deeds remain contrary to Christian principles. What we’ve got here is a bunch of hypocrites who want to make women jump through hoops before having an abortion, for whatever the circumstances, but are unwilling to rear any of these babies women may be forced to have. It is doubly hypocritical, after restricting the right to choose, to slash the budgets of programs some women may seek assistance from after giving birth.

In a nut shell, what we’ve got here is a bunch of hypocrites whose “real” objectives are “to get a man of color out of a white house” that was built by Black Slaves and to reincarnate the era of Jim Crow laws. They have preyed on ingrained racism to lure followers and sympathizers who are willing to sacrifice, suffer, remain jobless, encourage companies not to hire and work against their own best interest to achieve “the goal.” It would be wise for those committed to ruling or ruining to revisit this country’s turbulent history as a reminder of what the consequences of acts of suppression can be.

Gardenia B. Hobbs
Rocky Mount, NC

Note: Right on!! Amen and Amen!! As always Gardenia Hobbs tell it like it is. She could not have made it any clearer. Oh, but yes she could because the Republican followers don’t get it. Everybody black, white, brown and/or other be they Democrat or Republican ought to see what is going on as it relates to the Republican leadership. Curmilus Dancy II – The Political Agitator

Letter to editor: BRYANT SEEKS COMMUNITY SUPPORT TO CLOSE ACHIEVEMENT GAP

BRYANT SEEKS COMMUNITY SUPPORT TO CLOSE ACHIEVEMENT GAP

As many of you are likely aware by now, I will be serving out the remainder of my elected term as the District 2 representative on the Board of Education. The appointment process for the District 2 seat garnered a great deal of interest and activism from the community. I hope and pray that the issue of closing the indisputable achievement gap between black and white students in our school system will galvanize this community with the same fervor as the issue of a replacement for me has over the past several months.

I want to be clear that I am not completely satisfied with any of our subgroups’ progress and it is imperative that we find a way to improve at every level. This notwithstanding, minimizing the glaring disparity between the performance of Black students to White students must be a priority for us as a district and a community in order to fulfill our responsibility to the children and to improve our standing in the rankings.

Undoubtedly, a factor at play includes what is happening at the school level and there is commitment to identify and eliminate any and all barriers but the root of the cause of this disparity does not exclude what is happening at home and in the community. Will you please help us – whether it be with one child or many – with what is happening at home and in the community that may be hindering our children’s academic development?

Teresa DeLoatch Bryant

District 2

Board of Education

Note: Thank you for bringing this concern to the forefront. I am having flashbacks because I remember serving on the Closing the Achievement Gap Committee over the years but I was not invited and/or informed of meetings thereafter. However I have not heard anything about Closing the Achievement Gap for the past several years. I used to hear about it on the state level but I haven’t heard anything in the past several years either.

I too feel you on your concerns of other subgroups as well as I used to see the reports but I can’t remember the last time I have seen them. One subgroup I always here about is Free and Reduced Lunch. Oh well.

I used to get appointed to committees over the years but I guess some of the board members along with Diane LeFiles made sure that I was not on the committees because they didn’t want to have to deal with this Negro. I am not your average Negro and although I have no college degree, I have been blessed with dealing with this school board and the Edgecombe County Public Schools System as whole when it comes to issues at G. W. Carver Elementary, South Edgecombe Middle and SouthWest Edgecombe but not limited to. The minutes and my record speaks for itself.

Again thank you and I look forward to the response to dealing with Closing the Achievement Gap. Curmilus Dancy II – DCN Publisher

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Thank You Daily Southerner For Publishing My Most Recent Editorial “Talley is doing his job”

Thank you Terry Smith for printing my letter to the editor “Talley is doing his job” in response to SIGN THE PETITION AND MAKE THINGS HAPPEN.

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Another Writer Letters Not Printed In The Daily Southerners Letters To Editor

Greetings Mr. Dancy,     

It was great to see your Letter to the Editor last week.    I wrote lots of `em that they would not print, but it did not stop me. I figured it was a good way to communicate, at the time.

Our President Obama started his campaign in Brazil !   He is setting the bar so high that no one will want to run against him. He can wage war and Peace at the same time and do it fabulously !  As one lady said last week, "he can walk and chew gum at the same time!"    Let us, as a race, follow his example!      

"A Bumble Bee is Aerodynamically Unsound Therefore It Can`t Fly. But The Bumble Bee
Don`t Know That !" (au)

Richard H Parker Jr
Tarboro NC 27886

Note: Yes sir I am very much familiar with your letters because you have sent several to The DCN. I appreciate you for all that you do. I wish more people of your time would address the issues that we face here in Edgecombe County but obviously they don’t know or they don’t care. Oh they know.

I too have sent many and occasionally sends one but not as I did in the past. I have a great following that reads my blog and when I post to my blog it goes to my facebook and twitter accounts. I just don’t make sending letters to the editor in this paper and the other local newspaper a priority because I am too busy. I send letters to the editor to The Wilson Times and they print just about everyone of them.

The local newspapers have been trying to silence me for years but they can’t do that because I voice my opinion in the meetings that I attend. Of you know I have my blog which goes across the nation.  C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

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That Racist Daily Southerner Strikes Again As It Relates To The Edgecombe County Public Schools Restructuring Proposal. What In The Hell Is Terry Smith Problem ?

Terry Smith editor of The Daily Southerner has tried to discredit me for several years. Well it didn’t just start when he came to Tarboro because the racist came by way of the Rocky Mount Telegram where he was previous employed. I have written letters to the editor to both papers for years waking up black folks. I know I am damn good because if I was not Terry would print my letters as written and not take away the crucial points. But this is how racist newspapers operate when they have an agenda.

I sent the following letter to Terry Smith last night to clear up my comments at the Edgecombe County Public Schools Board meeting on Monday night. It is funny as hell how my letter made it in the paper the next day. See my original letter as follows:

From: mailto:thedcn@embarqmail.com 
Sent
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011 6:57 PM
To: Terry Smith Editor The Daily Southerner

Subject: Letter to editor

Letter to the editor:

I am responding to the article titled: Talley defends reorganization plan at meetingbecause I have a problem with the following “Curmilis Dancy provided the only public comments that did not completely bash Talley’s proposed restructuring, citing that most employers do not give their employees notice nor seek input before making similar decisions and that Talley knows what needs to be done more than anyone else.” It should have read I was the only one who spoke in support of the proposal.

I have a problem with the writer’s use of words because for anyone who were not present and have not read my blog thepoliticalagitator.com they do not know what I really said. I am trying to figure out how the writer used the phrase that I did not completely bash Talley’s plan when I stated loudly and clearly that I stood in support of the restructuring plan that Dr. Talley would present to the board during the closed session. However I didn’t know he was going to do it in open session without calling names. So therefore I had the opportunity to hear the plan for the first time outside of what I had heard on the streets and read in this newspaper. After hearing the proposal I stand in support of it 200%.

I agree with Allen Key letter to the editor titled, “On ECPS cuts:’ It is sad… but truth is it is necessary’.”
Board member Attorney Teresa D. Bryant got it right when she echoed what board member Keith Pittman when he asked the audience to give Dr. Talley a chance. Bryant took it to another level and said give him a chance and it will be up to him to rise or fall.
Enough said.

Curmilus Dancy II

Now see how Terry Smith fixed up my letter by leaving out crucial information. It reads as follows:

"Give Dr. Talley a chance"

TARBORO — I am responding to the article titled: “Talley defends reorganization plan at meeting” because I have a problem with the following “Curmilis Dancy provided the only public comments that did not completely bash Talley’s proposed restructuring, citing that most employers do not give their employees notice nor seek input before making similar decisions and that Talley knows what needs to be done more than anyone else.”

… After hearing the proposal I stand in support of it 200 percent. 

I agree with Allen Key letter to the editor titled, “On ECPS cuts:’ It is sad… but truth is it is necessary’.”

Board member and attorney Teresa D. Bryant got it right when she echoed what board member Keith Pittman when he asked the audience to give Dr. Talley a chance. Bryant took it to another level and said give him a chance and it will be up to him to rise or fall.

Enough said.

Curmilus Dancy II

Pinetops

Go back and read my original letter and see how he left out.

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