Dec 042016
 

As if it wasn’t bad enough that we have had to weather weeks of protests by whining liberals, college snow flakes, Democrat sore losers, Green Party shills and even over wrought Broadway actors, but apparently we now have a secret Facebook group called “Action Together Network Admin Group” purportedly to be parents representing parents of the Marvin, Weddington, Cuthberston, Parkwood and Sun Valley clusters is attempting to intimidate the new Board Of Education into browbeating parents.

The following post has been making the rounds to scare up signatures to present at the School Board meeting on Tuesday.

This statement will be presented at the BOE meeting this Tuesday. We are trying to get as many names as possible to sign.
Please let me know if you are willing to add your name to this statement. Thanks
We are a group of concerned parents with children in the following Union County Public Schools clusters: Cuthbertson, Marvin Ridge, Parkwood, SunValley, and Weddington. We have come together to make a request of our Union County Board of Education. As a response to the recent elections and other events, we propose that the UCPS Board of Education and Superintendent Houlihan relay the following statement as a Connect-Ed message (phone and email) to all parents of UCPS students. Union County Public Schools is a welcoming, safe, inclusive, and supportive school system for all of our families, including those who have been Union County residents for a long time, those who are new here, and those who speak English as a second language. We support our students’ rights to an education free of bullying, harassment, intimidation, and discrimination as stated in the Board of Education’s Policy 4-7 Prohibition Against Unlawful Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying (Students). It states: The Board believes that all employees and students should be free of unlawful discrimination, including harassment and bullying, as a part of a safe, orderly and inviting working and learning environment. It commits itself to nondiscrimination in all its educational and employment activities. The Board expressly prohibits unlawful discrimination, harassment, or bullying however motivated, directed toward any person or group, including, but not limited to acts reasonably perceived as being motivated by any actual or perceived differentiating characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, socioeconomic status, academic status, gender identity, physical appearance, sexual orientation, or mental, physical, developmental, or sensory disability, or by association with a person who has or is perceived to have one or more of these characteristics. Our district firmly rejects discrimination of any kind, whether from students, volunteers teachers, staff, or administrators. Anyone (whether student, volunteer, teacher, staff, or administrator) who experiences or witnesses discrimination or harassment for any reason should tell a school counselor or principal immediately. Our school counselors are ready and able to support anyone with concerns. UCPS is committed to ensuring that every student feels accepted. We hold high our Board of Education’s core values of fairness and equality. Thank you for your time. Signed,

JUST YOUR LOCAL DEMOCRATS
I look at this effort as an attempt to do locally, what the Democrats having been doing nationwide. The group writes in their post “As a response to the recent elections and other events”, which ties it into Democrat hysteria over the Trump victory, but reference to ‘other events’  most likely concerns the changes to the board voting majority which will likely make changes restore fiscal sensibility to the school system.

I expect that we will see this group and their allies in the Union County Democrat Party to bring more of the attack and intimidate tactics, we’ve seen elsewhere in the state.

Addendum:

If you’d  like to read the BOE Policy follow this link. 4.7 Prohibition Against Unlawful Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying (Students)

The policy was expanded this past February, beyond the requirements of Federal law.

Addendum #2

Well last night was the School Board Meeting and I thought VSO reader would enjoy watching the “Action Together Network Admin Group make their presentation.

Frankly, I had expected more, like perhaps some supporting statistics or personal anecdotes. All we got was verbal finger waving.

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 Posted by at 10:39 pm
Mar 102016
 

Allowing Beer and Wine sales in Union County, has only one purpose. To allow developers skirt the more substantial zoning requirements  of western Union County towns and develop under laxer County zoning standards.

Look at the map below and all the yellow spaces surrounded or adjacent to the blue areas indicting municipalities, these “donut holes” will be the areas where commercial developers will concentrate. Sure there will be a gas and go stations, maybe a small grocery store in southern and northern extremes of  Union County, that will begin to sell beer and wine. It will be more convenient.  But if you are familiar the recent Raley Miller annexation/commercial development project on Rea Road, where the developer completely ignored Marvin zoning requirements, was rejected then went back to the county.

Folks, the timing of this referendum is NOT coincidental.

Most of the towns do a better job of reflecting desires of their citizens. 1

Recent Boards of Commissioners don’t have the best record of upholding county zoning. There was a spot zoning2 approved a few years ago near Monroe. They’ve allowed high density development near Airport road where they permitted the developer to exceed county density standards. When it comes to “Conditional” zoning almost everything becomes negotiable and all the developer to elected official communication does not see the light of day.

 

Beer & Wine in Union County

source: Charlotte Journal

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 Posted by at 12:44 pm
Mar 092016
 

In my previous posting earlier today, concerning the Connect NC Bond, I asked where is the money coming from to promote the bond. Here is the ANSWER.

Posted yesterday to the Daily Hay Maker blog is this story:

Who’s funding the ConnectNC propaganda blitz? Oh, the folks who stand to get PAID.

 

Paid to Play

 

If you are interested in all the Connect NC investors, here is their campaign report:

2016 CONNECT NC Report

Check out this article:

Charlotte Observer: University groups and businesses give to NC bond campaign

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