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Nolte’s remarks were off the mark

Nolte’s remarks were off the mark

To the Editor:

First, we had to deal with Haywood County School Superintendent Bill Nolte’s ridiculous posting of white kids working on a farm to which he added: “Even white kids picked cotton.” This at a time when systemic racial inequalities have, yet again, come to the forefront of our supposed conscience as a nation. And he arrogantly mentioned that we should just read a book to understand his posted photo and for us not to be ignorant.

Now I read a quote from Nolte insulting and disparaging Gov. Roy Cooper for “... giving us two plans at once” regarding our childrens return to the classroom. No, Dr. Nolte, you are flat-out wrong and with an election this close I can only discern that you are slamming the governor. The governor gave our school board, the people who hired you, the option to do a full return for elementary kids but not the older kids. It is your employer, the Haywood County School Board, that voted 5 to 2 to give you the mixed plan that we will be operating under.

So first I suggest, if necessary, you look up the definition of option and compare that to a mandate. Secondly, if you still feel that it’s a crazy set-up you are facing, stand up and address your bosses, the school board. Tell them how disappointed and aggrieved you are about how they voted.  

But the last thing you should do is attack the governor because following the science, he and the Secretary of Health and Human Services decided it was fair to put the elementary school option out there for local officials to have more leeway. Read: more choice, not less as you infer.

Governor Cooper has been attacked, unfairly, by Trump for not opening up our state fast enough. Georgia and North Carolina have nearly the same population yet Georgia, an early opening state, has twice the deaths of our state. South Carolina, with only half our population, also opened early and has about the same number of fatalities that our state has. I feel that Gov. Cooper has done a good job in protecting us and you, Dr. Nolte, took a cheap, uneducated shot at him.

I have no grievance with the school board on this issue, but since you are mad about what has been placed upon you, just call your bosses up and do the right thing. Complain to them about their decision and how frustrated you are by their actions. Or are you not ready to prepare a new resume? Stop treating us, the people who voted your bosses in, like ignorant fools. Or are you deceptively telling us to vote all the school board members out of office and elect newcomers? Hmmmmmm .... 

Bob Clark 

Waynesville

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