To my fellow taxpayers
By Don Wright
Fellow taxpayers, we dodged the bullet. A group of Christian school
teachers and parents have been conferring with an attorney about the
possibility of taking legal action against the Greenville school board.
I’m told this is on hold now since Susie Riegle is taking a hike.
With the exception of the newest member, who seems to have some common
sense, the rest of the Greenville school board should resign and get
out of our way. They are inept and have no credibility.
Let’s look at their decision to get rid of the former coaches that was
objected to by the athletic director. They wanted to upgrade the
program. A noble cause. How has that worked out? Show us the results.
Do we have to worry now that they will put another Weedy in our flower
I have a positive idea (imagine that). First, I want to say that I
would not recognize Bill Funderburg if I met him on the street. The one
person in education that I have never heard a teacher or parent
criticize is Bill Funderburg. It is a consensus that he only wants the
best for the school district and the students. He has been a school
teacher and on the school board. He knows both sides. He knows how to
make the system work. He is personally financially successful and I’m
sure he doesn’t need a job. This would make him able to make decisions
only in the best interest of the school.
I think Bill Funderburg should be drafted to be the next Greenville
school superintendent. He would know how to clean out a boars nest.
I believe Bill Funderberg could work with taxpayers to junk this new
school that’s being promoted and failing. A new conservative
alternative without all the fluff, bells, and whistles, something
functional could be built. Greenville has been losing enrollment for
years. We need to build only what we need for the future.
I don’t expect the school board to ever consider this idea. They have
no common sense and we can’t sue people for being stupid.
Can you believe Bob Rhoades and I agree on something? I’ve been waiting
to see if the commissioners do anything about the Melody Lucas mess. If
there was a crime committed, why hasn’t someone been arrested? Maybe we
could get back some of our $63,000 in fines. The county had no problem
taking $107,000 from me. I’m still upset that they didn’t name the
animal shelter the ‘Don Wright Dog and Cat House’. I paid for it.
I disagree with John Cook about the breach of confidentiality in the
commissioner’s office. Nothing should be confidential. The public is
the boss. We have a right to know everything that transpires in the
commissioner’s office. There should be no secret discussions that
pertain to our taxpayer’s money carried on behind closed doors. We are
Melody Lucas used lies, contextual half truths and deceitful statements
to the public to describe the ‘slow boys and two-term Delaplane’. She
won because her opponent didn’t have enough fire in his belly to light
a candle. Now we taxpayers get to spend a couple of hundred thousand
dollars in the next four years to put an empty dress in a
Melody Lucas seems like a Margaret Thatcher type. I think she would be
a great candidate to run for commissioner.
The only positive thing to come out of the Melody Lucas fiasco is Paul
Ackley’s hog cartoon. Paul Ackley, Matt Light, and Tony Stewart are
Darke County treasures. Paul makes us laugh. Matt remembers where he
came from and sets an example for our children. Tony Stewart is
responsible for bringing millions of fresh dollars into the county.
We’re lucky to have them.
I was sorry to hear about the death of Jeannie Morris. I only met her
one time and talked to her on the phone once. I was in a local
restaurant when she came to my table, introduced herself and sat down.
She informed me that we were miles apart politically, but she
appreciated an equal opportunity trouble maker. She said she took great
delight when a Republican took on the Republicans. We had a stimulating
Before the library bond issue became public, she called to talk to me
about it. She was surprised that I’m a library fan and would vote for
it. She asked me to publicly support it. At great risk to my reputation
as a tax hater, I agreed to do what she asked. It’s easy to see why she
has so many friends.