Saturday, February 02, 2008

News Sentinel Letter to Editor In Today's Edition

Carson hasn't served school board well

Elections are supposed to be about choices, and in 2008 voters have the opportunity to exercise their preferences in all of the thorniest issues of choice - race, gender, religion, abortion, governing experience, socialism, national security and economic security. We can elect our first black president or our first female president.

We can choose from five candidates with absolutely no executive experience. We can decide whether we want a president or a preacher. We can decide whether Mormonism is a Christian religion or a cult. We can decide that honesty is no longer important and elect a candidate whose campaign team includes two convicted criminals.

We can vote for a candidate whose ideas seem completely nutty but who has been supported hundreds of times by our own U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. We have never had such freedom of choice.

On the local scene, only one of the critical school board seats is being contested - that for the 5th District. Karen Carson seeks re-election based on her leadership as chairwoman of the school board. After ousting former superintendent Charles Lindsey without good reason and at a cost of $400,000 in February 2007, Carson said a change in leadership was required and that Lindsey's replacement would have to help the school board define its goals, measure them and help achieve them.

In other words, she wanted someone who could show the school board how to do its job. Her concern for the schools was so great that a search for a new superintendent did not even begin until almost the end of the year.

She did, however, lead a trip to China at taxpayer expense, ostensibly to decide whether Chinese should be taught in Knoxville schools. That is not leadership; that is self-indulgence. Carson has not earned the re-election she is seeking.

Vote for Laurie Alford for the school board and hope for better results.

John P. Shanley


Anonymous said...

Brians blog so wrongly states..."We can choose from five candidates with absolutely no executive experience."

Huh? CEO business EXECUTIVE Mitt Romney would differ
Let us see what Wikipedia says...
Romney is a former CEO of Bain & Company, a management consulting firm, and the co-founder of Bain Capital, a private equity investment firm. After his business career and serving as the CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympics, Romney was elected as the 70th Massachusetts Governor in 2002. Romney served one term and did not seek re-election in 2006; his term expired January 4, 2007.[2]

that my friend is executive decision making!

Brian Hornback said...

Hey Dannyc. I didn't say it. Brian's Blog didn't say it. Mr. John Shanley said it, in a letter to teh editor of the News Sentinel. It appears you corrected him.

Anonymous said...

oh yeah...your right...oops sorry I got a little over-protected of my candidate!

Brian Hornback said...

No problem.

Luke Isle said...

I am disappointed I am not in Ms. Carson's district so I could vote against her. I would vote for either Scott Moore or Lumpy Lambert before I would vote for her.


a resident of the "new" village of South Hardin Valley or if you prefer Farradin Valley.