by David Safier
At the Catalina Foothills Candidates' Ed Forum Monday night, Ally Miller was possibly the most eloquent candidate of the bunch, even though she wasn't there. No, I'm not disparaging the candidates who attended, many of whom presented themselves very well. It's just that the reason Ally gave for not attending the forum speaks volumes about her. As the Immortal Bard once wrote, brevity is the soul of wit -- or in Ally's case, the soul of witlessness.
I asked a number of organizers of the event why Ally didn't show, and they all gave the same answer. Ally said she didn't believe a Pima County Supervisor's job has anything to do with education.
Well, let's see. The Supes have funded the GED program because the state cut GED funding to zero. The Supes fund the libraries, probably the most important secondary educational institution in the county. The Supes fund or give seed money to a number of organizations that provide educational help and guidance to students, like helping students who want to be the first in their families to go to college learn how to go about it. Nancy Young Wright, who showed up, made most of those points and spoke of her genuine passion for education and how she will make it a significant part of her job as Supervisor. Ally was probably fortunate she wasn't there so she didn't have to fess up to her ignorance.
All elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who control the purse strings and make decisions that affect the people in their areas have a stake in the education of the children under their watch. When it comes to education, as is true in so many other areas, Ally Miller just doesn't get it.