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Edgewood school is a boondoggle

It was a cynical and hypocritical public relations move when the Kanawha school board president railed against the school levy, as if such a spendthrift abuser of taxpayers was a model of fiscal restraint.

Despite facing deficits, our blindly wasteful school board is completing construction of the bloated boondoggle that is the $22 million Edgewood Elementary.

When land can be had at a song on any blighted block on the West Side flats, the board instead flushed away millions to build a single school at a mountain site so absurdly remote that it required blasting, mountaintop removal, a valley fill, and miles and miles of new water andelectric lines.

Astoundingly, the site is so remote that $6 million of those taxpayer dollars (of the $12 million total that county taxpayers are paying) were flushed away just to build the quarter-mile road across the wilderness and prepare the site.

How true Mark Twain's adage is: "God made the Idiot for practice, and then He made the School Board." If these multi-million dollar boondogglers aren't tossed out in the next election by the citizens it betrayed, then Twain's observation about idiots is true of county voters as well.

Walton C. Shepherd

Sissonville


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