Letter to the editor: Letter supporting Marlow sent wrong message to students
November 23, 2013 11:55 PM | 1297 views | 2 2 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print

All great companies, communities and organizations are built on respecting diverse educated opinions to form policy. Best policy comes from making mistakes, and readjusting upon proper evolution from open dialogue which fosters different opinions, experiences and honest objective evolution. Our country was based on the ability to listen and compromise while respecting minority views.

The reason our founding fathers created a represented type government over a straight democracy was to avoid mob rule mentality like countries in the Middle East. Our country did not want genocide mentality thrust on the other side after elections. America is famous for the peaceful transition of government no matter what side wins.

The disturbing part of the Kelly Marlow incident is how this flies in the face of our legal foundation. Kelly and her friends are accused of filing a false felony police report that could have resulted in stripping Dr. P of his liberty. The Marlow legal team and her supporters have down-played the seriousness of the charges. Kelly will and should get her day in court under our legal system, but as a school board member, it sends the wrong message that this type of alleged behavior is not a serious crime.

Marlow, Mike Geist and some of her supporters are sending a message to the students in our county that it is acceptable to make false felony charges. Instead of writing a letter of support for Marlow, school board member Geist should have advocated for any felony indictment of a public office holder should result in a suspension from public responsibilities, the only consideration should be paid, unpaid or termination by the state.

The final straw is Marlow has been publically attacking the school district about an audited financial that gave Cherokee schools a pass. Marlow was offered a class on public financing for schools so she could better understand the issues, instead of taking the class to learn, she has recklessly posted accusations.

Meanwhile, she sends her own children to a publically financed charter school that their own board members will not sign off on the financials, not even at the same level scrutiny of a public accounting firm audit, because the school cannot even figure out how many students they service.

Ironically, Geist and Marlow publically attack me because I warned about the lack of fiscal controls in the Charter Amendment, which, by the way, the legislator is now working on dealing with issues I brought up.

As many of you know, I have challenged the establishment on school policy more than most. At the same time, I have also shown respect for what we have accomplished in Cherokee County with our schools.

I have attempted to bring groups together on advocating school policy from homeschool/public school options, vocational, co-op. … In most cases, I find people agree way more than they disagree, it is personal nasty politics that gets in the way of us improving our county.

John Konop

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Patrick Thompson
November 24, 2013
Exactly right, John K, our children are getting lessons in values and democracy everyday with our State and Local governments. We are a forgiving representative democracy that focuses less on punishment and more on the inclusion of ideas, whether majority or minority views. Some examples we see around us aren't advancing our democracy. When you see an action most people would call wrong is sidestepped because it isn't "illegal" or when the person who committed the wrongdoing is given a pass because of their position, these actions definitely send our children messages - the wrong ones to model. Makes it harder to be a parent, or grandparent, family member, or citizen who is trying to set a good example but it does make the distinction wider.
November 24, 2013
How does someone who is charged with a crime and going through the whole legal process "fly in the face of our legal foundation"? Who is "downplaying the seriousness of charges"? How are indictments passed by a grand jury "flying in the face of our legal foundation"? The legal system seems to be taking this quite seriously, as did the judge who recently recused himself.

How is "innocent until proven guilty" flying in the face of our legal foundation?

The only thing that has flown into the face of our legal foundation is your belief that the woman is guilty before a jury has come to that conclusion. Your claim of 'challenging the establishment' is utter nonsense. Not once have you written an editorial that questions anything the District does, including the mind-numbing, several-hundred-million-$$$ debt this superintendent is foisting upon our children...and us taxpayers.

Meanwhile, Mr. anti-"personal, nasty politics" brings the woman's children into the discussion. Such complete, total hypocrisy.

What a despicable human being you are, Mr. Konop. You and your ilk are exactly what's wrong with this country today. Your refusal to apply the same standards to your side of the debate renders your entire opinion worthless.
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