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truthmatterstome2 has been reading one-sided lists by Civitas that don't include Stephen LaRoque, Stan Bingham and Don East, good Republicans all. Corruption is not limited to one party any more than lack of piety is limited to one religious sect, and our current administration hardly qualifies as "the most corrupt government in history." Please, spare us tthe hyperbole. What our state needs to avoid is this destruction of our educational system by the narrow-minded and cluelessness with more dollars than sense. With great fanfare the legislature ended a 1/2 cent tax that I didn't even know I was paying, all to hatchet anything and everything the legislature didn't like. From there they went to every "brainchild" hatched by people without a lick of sense twelve states over that thought that if they thought it was great, then it would work in North Carolina. They have no knowledge of the set of challenges our state faces, a state almost landlocked by its Outer Banks and devoid of natural resources like coal or oil. No, North Carolina must rely on excellent education, and its earliest leaders understood that -- men like Archibald DeB. Murphey, Calvin Wiley, Kemp Battle, Buck Duke, R.J. Reynolds. They built sold educational institutions to keep our state strong. The cabal that is using the Republican Party as its stalking horse have one thing in mind -- to starve the state educational system. They are not farsighted enough to see what the effect of their policies will be. One need only look to the counties in Virginia that, rather than integrate in the early 1970s, abolished their public schools entirely. These same counties now have -- 40 years later -- the lowest effective literacy rates to be found in the entire nation. Our legislature has now pushed our educational spending per capita to the lowest in the country. There is no way we will compete in a global market with ever lower educational expectations. Do you really want to help? Go to county commissioners' meetings, ask questions, make sure every penny is spent for a purpose. Don't be misled by pseudo-indignations like the voter ID scam, dedicated solely to suppressing entire voting blocs and not to root out a virtually non-existent problem. It's a waste of money -- giving out free photo IDs that the rest of us have to pay for. Also, are you making sure that candidates stick to what they're supposed to be doing, keeping germane to their mandate and not whining about the encroaching United Nations or running commercials that make it seem like our Supreme Court goes out on patrol with the police in their free time, rounding up criminals like they were in Dodge City. Is it great political theatre? Yes. Does it have anything remotely to do with the actual task of the NC Supreme Court. No. Don't let them get away with nonsense. You are too intelligent to be putting up with silliness like this.
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