Friday, July 13, 2007

Couple of things

- As we all know, the Greene County charter school won approval, and I shared some thoughts earlier, but can I point out the audacity of James Bostic to wade into something he doesn't know? What personal attacks are we talking about here? And from what side? It's been a rather passionate discussion, but I honestly don't think we've gotten personal in this thing.

- And I second this editorial. It was the proper thing for Brian Burdette to recuse himself, and he should be applauded for doing that.

- These are the types of kids we should be most proud of ... the ones who struggled and fought and came out on the other side better for it, with a degree in hand and a firm idea for what they want to do with their future.

- I'm definitely skeptical about how effective the new Georgia Special Needs Scholarship will be, and I share some concerns here. Also Jason Pye has the list of approved schools.

- Some interesting discussions at Peach Pundit ... John Barrow and Jim Marshall voting with the GOP on the War in Iraq and another Iraq one which has morphed into a discussion on health care.

3 Comments:

Blogger hillary said...

It was the proper thing for Brian Burdette to recuse himself, and he should be applauded for doing that.

I don't know about applauded, as it was clearly the required thing to do and it certainly attracted tons of attention. Would he have recused himself otherwise? And do we have to hand out huge kudos to people for doing what they are suppposed to do? Shouldn't it just get a nod rather than an ovation?

8:17 AM  
Anonymous StoptheBS said...

Agree with Hillary. Given the contentious nature of the whole affair, you have to wonder just how noble Mr. Burdette would have been in the face of a close vote. It's easy to be noble when you know you (and all the voters) are on the side of the angels.

He should be recognized for doing the right thing (finally).

I really agree with the comments about Bostic. I've really kept up with this, and I haven't seen any personal attacks. There were some real opportunities to do so. In fact I saw very few references to individuals at all; the conflict was clearly made out to be between the "Lake People" (think Waterworld and the rest (darker part) of Greene County.

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although Burdette did not vote on the school, I'm sure he discussed it with other board members, and probably directly or indirectly swayed them, either through arguments in favor of it, or just because they didn't want to irritate a colleague. The best thing to do would have been to not take his seat at all until after the issue was resolved.

Blake

3:42 PM  

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