Letter to the editor

Posted: May 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

It seems to me that when spending tax-payer money, the prudent politician would be as frugal as possible.  Perhaps public opinion of politicians would increase.  But that doesn’t seem to be the case in Rowan County, North Carolina.  

I understand several people on the Board of Education have convinced a large portion of the public that spending millions of dollars on a new building is somehow more prudent than saving millions of dollars renovating the old Belks building at the West End Plaza.  

I would like for someone in that crowd to explain to me (and the other tax-payers in Rowan County) why they are so bent on building a new building with 20,000 less square feet than the alternative.  Perhaps the backroom deals they made with developers in a “land swap” has something to do with it.  Or perhaps padding the pockets of their friends with tax-payer money has something to do with it.  

Or, maybe it’s the dome?  Certainly the average tax-payer would have to agree that by putting a dome on the administrative building students would instantly grow smarter.  I am certain of this:  when they graduate from school and start paying taxes themselves, they’ll get smarter in a hurry!  When they see how the Board of Education squandered their hard-earned money on a dome, they’ll get an education in politics.

Prudence.  Perhaps each member of the Board of Education should be required to write a simple one-page essay entitled “What prudence means to me.”  I for one would be very interested in reading what this esteemed group writes.

Randal J Klocke
220 Linn Avenue
China Grove, NC 28023

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