Straw that broke the camel’s back
I’ve tried, with some success, to be impartial regarding political parties, candidates, and politicians. In such a polarized nation and in a state like Arizona staying “neutral” is not the same as staying on the sidelines.
The recent revelation that the owners of a charter school have been lavishly spending money on sporting event tickets, concerts, travel and on an array of other non-school-related items has pushed me over the edge. I’m incredulous that nothing can be done to punish and/or stop this kind of larceny of our public money.
While I still feel I can support and vote for some Republican candidates on the federal, county and city levels, I can no longer tolerate GOP politicians running our state. Why? Because they have refused and are still refusing to stop having the fox guard the henhouse. To wit, our charter school laws, rules and regulations are so weak that even our GOP attorney general has called for them to be strengthened.
However, since too many of our GOP legislators are charter school owners and/or benefit from their relationship with charter schools, no charter school reform laws can be heard or passed in our Legislature due to this blatant case of self-interest.
Until such a time when GOP lawmakers take seriously the notion that charter schools aren’t their own personal “cash cows,” I’ll be voting a straight non-GOP ticket in up and coming Arizona legislative and governorship elections.
Richard Meszar, Whispering Pines