Every now and then, the word “dumb” needs to be updated. Today, we must add a photograph of state Rep. Joe Heckstall, D-East Point, next to the dictionary entry.
Let us suppose that Republicans have put Fulton County on notice. Through House and Senate maps passed by the GOP-controlled Legislature last week, let’s just pretend that the GOP plans to take control of Fulton County’s local legislation. Maybe even state laws that determine what the school board is, and does.
What is the worst response to such a provocative play? Why, you write – on General Assembly stationery – a semi-threatening Aug. 24 letter to Catherine Maddox, a Fulton County school board member, after meeting Robert Avossa, the new school superintendent:
The issues and concerns I have voiced continuously, have yet to be properly addressed.
Superintendent Avossa mentioned two key words and phrases in his remarks. The phrases were the diversity of our school system and the economic impact that Fulton County Schools have on our region.
I feel confident that Mr. Avossa will:
1. Deposit money in banks in Fulton County owned by African Americans.
2. Closely monitor to ensure that vending and contracts reflect the presence of African-Americans in the process.
Millions of dollars have been spent. Please advise me on the amount of money that has been spent with African American vendors and contractors in the past three years.
And then you confess that you indeed own stock in one of the two banks you insist need the school board’s deposits. Lori Geary at Channel 2 Action News broke the story Wednesday evening:
Click here for a copy of a letter from state Rep. Chuck Martin, R-Alpharetta, to Avossa, strongly suggesting that Heckstall’s letter be ignored.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider