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Commentary September 14, 2006


In the first place God made idiots; this was for practice; then he
made school boards.
~ Mark Twain

In spite of Mark Twain’s amusing observation we are not suggesting the San Marcos Union School Distric Board is comprised of idiots; but we do question their wisdom and judgment.

They hired Ed Brand as Superintendent of the district after Brand had clearly outlined his planned program for improving the district, after clearly outlining how he intended to accompish those goals and after the district had clearly examined his successful record as Superintendent at Sweetwater Union High School District. However, after having been hired, he was not allowed to complete his stated mission. The teacher’s union ganged up and applied pressure to the board members and they caved in. The board and the faculty sought to micro-manage Mr. Brand and his program. As a result, they decided that he, not they, were at fault for the program not proceeding as planned. He ‘voluntarily’ resigned. Most knowledgable sources acknowledge he was forced to resign. The best evidence of that is the buying out of his contract. Had he been dismissed for cause they would not have had to bestow such largesse on him. By forcing him to resign, they had no option.

This action stinks, to use a technical term.

Apparently our Republican legislators are not listening.

The following brief from the NYTimes really irritates the hell out of me. The people have been ranting and raving for the past three years about Immigration being uppermost in their minds . . . that Congress needs to get the lead out of their pants and do something for a change instead of just paying lip service.

Democrats are looking for a way to beat the Republicans this year. The GOP may have just given the election to the Democrats:

September 5, 2006
G.O.P. Sets Aside Work on Immigration
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 — As they prepare for a critical pre-election legislative stretch, Congressional Republican leaders have all but abandoned a broad overhaul of immigration laws and instead will concentrate on national security issues they believe play to their political strength.

With Congress reconvening Tuesday after an August break, Republicans in the House and Senate say they will focus on Pentagon and domestic security spending bills, port security legislation and measures that would authorize the administration’s terror surveillance program and create military tribunals to try terror suspects.

“We Republicans believe that we have no choice in the war against terror and the only way to do it is to continue to take them head-on whether it is in Iraq or elsewhere,” said Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, the majority leader.

A final decision on what to do about immigration policy awaits a meeting this week of senior Republicans. But key lawmakers and aides who set the Congressional agenda say they now believe it would be politically risky to try to advance an immigration measure that would showcase party divisions and need to be completed in the 19 days Congress is scheduled to meet before breaking for the election.

(Read the complete article in the NYTimes here:

We are encouraged and supportive of Councilmember Marie Waldron leading the efforts of Escondido’s City Council in making a strong statement for local legislators taking action where our federal legislators have chosen to ignore the problem. We hope more and more cities and their legislators will take a courageous stand that Ms. Waldron has taken and commence legislation that will clearly state that illegal immigrants are not welcome in our communities, pure and simple. Legal immigrants? You bet! Give us all you’ve got. But no criminals, please.

The Feds, and the national GOP members simply aren’t listening to America and her people. Our local, grass roots legislators are and we say bravo for them. They need and deserve our support.





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