Friday, March 10, 2006

Sharon Cox's remarkable confession

In a single sentence, School board Vice President Sharon Cox offers a look into how she views the role of government in ensuring the public interest vis a vis the citizen.

Her remarkable comment shows that the county's independent Inspector General should not investigate citizen concerns about waste, fraud and abuse, but should take "direction" from county politicians.

In the very same sentence, she accuses parents of Seven Locks Elementary School students of caring more for their property values than for their own children. Then she says the school board knows better than the parents about what is in the childrens' best interests.

"Our concern here is that the inspector general is not necessarily working at the direction of the Council but," Cox says in the Almanac, "is being used by persons in the community that are unhappy with the decision and are trying to get at pursuing the interests of property over the interests of children."