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Letter to the editor: Republicans are playground bullies

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 12:01 am

Hubris: Arrogant exercise of power beyond majority boundaries meant to isolate and weaken opponents and minorities — punishable in ancient Greece as battery.

Gov. Pence and board of education member Elsener and sinister tea party tactics “started this fight” (in the department of education) to quote the governor, hiding behind alleged accountability. Daniels and Pence packed appointments with pseudo independents and Republican radicals who would never be elected by any group of informed voters. Elsener has made Marion College the bastion of charter schools using state dollars and inbred administrators reeking of Republican privatization favorites and manipulation.

The new board and governor then “assign” $5 million for the new board to become the new gubernatorial educational tearoom division. They then falsely accuse duly elected Superintendent Glenda Ritz for slow release of worthless school grades while hopelessly unsupervised and incompetent ISTEP contractors actually cause the delay, then secretly ask for and receive partisan Republican legislative leadership transfer of this lawful task to the formerly independent Legislative Services Agency, now polluted with hopelessly Republican influences.

Such tactics are usually associated with tea party attacks on Obama. Partiers cannot stand any Democratic victory and will corrupt lawful practice to get their way. Kids and the people do not matter.

The call for a gubernatorial appointment of the education superintendent is a natural tea party reaction to the Republican hatred of Democrat Ritz. After the 1985 corruption conviction of then-Superintendent Negley, Gov. Orr, a progressive Jeffersonian Republican, appointed a true professional in Dr. H. Dean Evans. With the election corrupted and Evans’ perfect style of leadership healing wounds, the Senate proposed a positive change to gubernatorial appointment along with nonpartisan congressional district elections of School Board members. Both Sens. Sinks and Thompson saw these as jointly professional in statesmanship and leadership. Drowned by the A-plus program battle, they failed. Voters duly fired the Bennett regime. Gov. Pence “started this fight.” Ritz’s vote count beat him, and he just can’t handle it. Such Republicans are just playground bullies.

Fred Gilbert