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a dog in this fight. Every taxpayer has a dog in the fight as the NAACP puts forth another groundless attack.

They have yet to put forth one concrete fact. They spew forth a cornicopia of innuendo and gossip. Sounds like they were in Columbus County taking lessons from those who dislike Senator Soles.

Specifically, when did Mr. Roper not attend a meeting?

Specifically, what derogatory or insensitive remarks did he make?

Specifically, what hiring practices are alluded to; and specifically what control or even input does Mr. Roper have below the Superintendant's position?

How hard is it to understand the bulk of hiring practices and standards are set at the state level; and failure to comply with those stndards costs the County state education funding. What input does he have on that?

And, who specifically, do you allude to when you refer to nepotism?

The State investigated your charges; came back unfounded did they not?

So you don't get your way, go with another attack.

The success of children has nothing to do with race, background, or gender. Quite True.

But that success is impacted by absentee parents who take no interest in their child's education and who look upon the school system as a means of providing child care.

It also depends upon the school board focusing all of its attention and resources, in a tight budget atmosphere, on the education process and not in spending untold hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars in responding to vague, open ended, unfocused allegations laden with innuendo.

And the School Board better replace Mr. Roper or else.

Well, NAACP, put up or shut up. If you have so much on him, why wait until the next election?

You have an attorney or so it's been reported in the media. Why not file an action, in court, to have Mr. Roper removed before the election. Surely there must be some type of specific civil rights violation you can point to.

But, if you fail, write a check payable to the Pender County School Board to compensate for all the resources expended. And write a check to Mr. Roper's favorite charity. And, go on the media and apologize. And, Ms. Stephens, after your 15 minutes of fame have passed, go public with a resignation.

I'm a taxpayer. I'm tired of seeing County school resources being squandered by your vague allegations.

Be specific with your charges. No one wants an inappropriate Chairman in place. On the other hand, haven't Pender County test results and graduation levels been pretty good? And, isn't that success what should be the measure by which the entire School Board should be judged?

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