When I read your headline "Chamber head asks columnist to stop writing," initially, I thought that it was an early April Fool's issue. When I was growing up, my hometown newspaper would write an untrue funny story about our City Council on April Fool's Day. It was always a story that initially the reader thought may be true. For example, one year they reported that the City Council meetings would be held at midnight and public comments could be made at 1 a.m. Some folks thought the story was true and flooded the City Council with calls demanding that they keep the meeting at 7 p.m. When I read your article it truly reminded me of the April Fool's issues from my hometown newspaper.
First, I have the utmost respect for Mr. Meadors. I read all of his columns. Thanks to his recommendations and guidance, when my daughter graduated high school, she had already completed two years of college under the Dual Enrollment Program. My respect for Mr. Meadors was validated when my daughter was accepted to the University of Georgia and they accepted all of the college classes she completed at Georgia Perimeter College. In my contact with Mr. Meadors, I've realized that he truly cares about the students and the Newton County School System. I admire his devotion and dedication to the students and the Newton County School System.
To ask Mr. Meadors to stop writing about factual information about our students and school system is foolish. We can ignore our problems and become another Clayton County School System or we can allow Mr. Meadors to use the Citizen to address the problems facing our educational system and work to correct them.
"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley
P.S. I cannot believe that one of the board members actually thought the comment to Mr. Meadors to stop reporting factual information about our school system to the public was a "home run." We, the voters of Newton County, need to make sure he is not in the game next election cycle. It is time to pull this board member out of the game!
-- Randy Upton