What school board member is doing is just plain tacky
by Dick Yarbrough
December 07, 2013 12:00 AM | 1617 views | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dick Yarbrough
Dick Yarbrough
My momma was the quintessential and feisty Southern lady. When she called something “tacky,” you didn’t have to ask what that meant. “Tacky” needs no explanation. Momma had several variations on the word. She could use “tacky” like a rapier or like a cudgel, depending on the circumstances.

In the case of Cobb School Board member David Morgan, I suspect she would have used a cudgel. According to a front-page story in Tuesday’s Marietta Daily Journal, he is involved with a group called “LUHV 2 LIVE,” which dispenses relationship advice at bars, lounges and restaurants around metro Atlanta. I am afraid to ask what kinds of relationships are being discussed but after visiting the website of one of the locations and seeing the gyrations between the boys and girls, I am getting the idea.

I asked the Woman Who Shares My Name if she would have any problem with me having a day job like “LUHV 2 LIVE.” She said only if I was willing to call my venture, “LUHV 2 DIE” because that was exactly what would happen to me. I thought that was tacky.

Morgan has adorned his Facebook page with young women wrapped around stripper poles and oozing sexuality. Let a teacher try that and see what happens. I think we are talking about your basic double-standard here.

If memory serves me correctly, Cobb County school teachers have had to labor in a “guilty until proven innocent” atmosphere where their colleagues were being keel-hauled out of the classroom, thanks to third-hand accusations. I don’t remember hearing a peep out of our LUHV machine while that was going on. He may have had other things on his mind, like “LUHV 2 LIVE.” Being a star of stage, screen and lounges can be a time-consuming matter.

Morgan seems nonplussed by the whole thing. In a memorable line which should find its way into the venerable Yale Book of Quotations, our lean, mean love machine said, “What I choose to do in my personal time is what I choose to do.” Wow. That’s heavy stuff.

You may remember that some time back the self-styled “DecaturRegulator” –— Don’t ask me what it means. I have no idea — told a group of Cobb school teachers who were understandably leery of a proposed CCSB scheme to pay teachers based on performance with a lot of the details left out that it would be unrealistic to “prediagnosticate” when the program might be implemented. I don’t know what that means, either.

The DecaturRegulator does have a way with words.

What he doesn’t have is common sense. He is a member of the Cobb County School Board, for Pete’s sakes, and should know that this he has a great responsibility for how he carries out that role. He says he is not ashamed of what he has posted on his Facebook page. He should be. As school board chairman Randy Scamihorn told the MDJ, “We as leaders at any level oftentimes forget that people are watching us.”

I have a feeling that the DecaturRegulator really doesn’t care. That’s just my prediagnostication.

Speaking of relationships, Morgan and his wife, State Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Austell) were divorced in August, according to court records. Mrs. Morgan is a candidate for state school superintendent. Her biography continues to list David Morgan as her husband, but on her Facebook page, she proudly announced that DecaturRegulator Morgan (her words) introduced her at an event he was hosting in Dallas, Georgia, as “his ex-wife AND candidate for state school superintendent.”

Bless his heart.

Meanwhile, Morgan promotes his activities with such terms as “phreak” and “ridz” and “phun.” The man is just too cool for school. Da bomb. Off the chain. I know teachers throughout the county are thrilled with his innate abilities to prostitute the English language. Fo’shizzle.

If Mr. DecaturRegulator wants to shake his booty, good for him; just don’t associate yourself or your booty with public education while doing so. Teachers have a hard enough time as it is with furlough days, rising costs, apathetic parents, turf-conscious education associations, red tape, second-guessing critics who couldn’t carry their book bags and legislators egged on by the big bucks from special interests like Alice the Walmart Lady and the Koch brothers and the American Legislative Council. Now, they have to deal with a guy with the sensitivity of a kumquat.

“I feel very comfortable in terms of how I represent myself. If other people have a problem with that, that’s their right,” Morgan said.

That’s good because I do have a problem with it. I think it’s wrong. My momma would say it’s tacky. Very tacky.

You can reach Dick Yarbrough at yarb2400@bellsouth.net or P.O. Box 725373, Atlanta, Georgia 31139.
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Mike Woodliff
December 07, 2013
Very good column, Dick. However, I'd have used a much stronger word than "tacky". How about crude? Repugnant? Contemptuous? Perhaps the voters will take notice and dump this dude. But then again, maybe they won't. There's no accounting for voter taste or lack thereof.
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