“What do they want? I don’t think suburban students have been treated fairly,” she said. “Poor people learn. Slaves learned to read. I don’t know why poor people can’t learn to read and write. I have a lot of poor people in my family, but they are still expected to learn.”… http://timesfreepress.com/news/2011/jul/03/scales-my-side
I read and re-read Rhonda’s comments to try to make sense of what she meant. As usual, she stuck her foot in her big mouth. Not only is Rhonda out of control, but she clearly shows that she is being used as a tool and a fool by certain members of the dysfunctional school board and county commission. Rhonda fits right into the ‘snake’ category of politicians. That is, she is a back-stabber only out for her own gain and glory and will do whatever it takes to win.
Although a degree is not required to hold a political seat, there are certain characteristics that voters should expect from politicians. A few characteristics that come to mind are, 1) remain civil, professional, and respectful at all times, 2) have strong listening and communication skills, 3) have a tendency toward openness and communication, 4) encourage constructive criticism, 5) willing to acknowledge weaknesses in knowledge, and 6) have strong leadership characteristics. Ronda is definitely lacking in the above areas.
I can only speculate whether the Lyndhurst foundation would support her comments. I would think not, since their website states that the foundation ‘set new priorities, centered on the enhancement and enrichment of the natural, educational, cultural and urban environment of Chattanooga and the surrounding region’.
Rick Smith, as soon as you go against the grain, your days will be numbered. The best thing to do at this point is to begin negotiating your buy-out.
Rhonda, your ramblings and outbursts are an embarrassment to our community. Please tone it down.