Tyrants come in all shapes and sizes:
County Commissioners' Chairman Nick Picerno said Thursday night the county should take a look at its funding for Sandhills Community College in light of comments by its president that he will not enforce the state's new transgender bathroom law. That came in response to comments made by a Whispering Pines woman during the public comment period at the beginning of the meeting.
"I think the lady had a good argument," Picerno said. "Maybe we should review Sandhills Community College's funding for this year until they learn to obey the law. I agree with that 100 percent."
"The lady" is not only an anti-everything nut-job, she's also on the Planning and Zoning Board and heavily involved in local GOP politics. Calling her "the lady" is nothing more than a lame-ass attempt to cast her as merely a concerned citizen instead of a political hack. She's also the organizer of the anti-Islam "lecture" at Pinehurst resort:
The issue was touched off Tuesday night when Mary Ann Manning criticized Dempsey for his stand on the bathroom law. She also accused him trying to prevent Moore Republican Women from holding a program Sunday on Islam at Pinehurst Resort.
"I find his behavior completely unacceptable," Manning said in prepared remarks. "Taxpayers like me fund his salary of nearly $200,000 a year as well as benefits. We're not paying him to be a community activist. His status as college president does not entitle him to speak for me or any other taxpayer who bankrolls his position.
"He is not entitled to use his position to further his personal beliefs. His job is to educate the students at Sandhills. He is supposed to enforce the laws. He might disagree with them but he should enforce them."
One of the big problems in rural communities and small towns is the emergence of radical demagogues like this. You either agree with them or face political suicide, because they can easily sway the small concentration of voters who show up for odd-year municipal elections. Things that need to be done don't get done, and unnecessary and often unconstitutional acts of discrimination and government oppression are legislated into existence. And that's why we *all* need to get more involved in local government. It may not be sexy, but it is critical.