I appreciate the opportunity to respond briefly to John Hiland’s letter to the editor published June 8. In his letter, Mr. Hiland makes several statements concerning the local education advocacy group SCRAM: Smart Citizens Realize That Academics Matter.
To refer to SCRAM as a hate group is as ridiculous as is Mr. Hiland’s claim that they destroyed Kelly Marlow’s career.
SCRAM was originally formed by a local group of concerned parents, teachers and students of our public school system that were focused on the outlandish behavior of former Cherokee County School Board member Kelly Marlow. Through her actions, they felt that her intent to destroy our school district, its accreditation and our superintendent was obvious.
The members of SCRAM proudly and vehemently fought her at every opportunity. Their purpose was not to destroy Ms. Marlow personally. She needed no help with that effort. She accomplished that through her own actions, her arrest and subsequent conviction of felony charges of lying to police. SCRAM’s goal was and is to protect the 39,000 public school kids of Cherokee County — period.
SCRAM is now 1,800 members strong. Over the past year, thanks originally to Ms. Marlow, these folks have become very aware of the political fringe groups in our county that endeavor to push their radical agendas for their own personal political gain.
And Mr. Hiland’s former T.E.A. Party leader Carolyn Cosby is no exception. Her questionable ethics are currently under scrutiny here in Georgia as they have been for the past 20 years since her days as a political activist in Maine.
Simply Google her name “Carolyn Cosby” along with the word “ethics” and see what you get. You will see what Ms. Cosby is really all about. Then you will understand why she is outside a post office illegally collecting signatures and why she really wants to gain a position of political authority here in our county.
We don’t need any more people with hidden agendas and ulterior political motives in our county’s politics. Enough is enough.