Amore’s a good guy, not so good politician

To the editor,
By almost every estimation, educator Gregg Amore is a great guy, a great teacher and probably a great mentor to his students. I’ll even go a step further in suggesting that he deserves credit for taking the time to be involved in the community, for example, coaching sports and his active participation with the Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation and Friends of Townie Athletics.
However, it is important to point out that Greg is also a member of the East Providence Democratic City Committee and does serve on the Board of Directors of the East Providence Education Association.
During the first debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Greg discounted Joseph Botelho’s claim that he would be beholden to special interests, answering that his only special interest was his family.  However, in borrowing a line from President Obama in the third Presidential debate, i.e. “it’s in the math,” the people of East Providence’s District 65 should know that an amazing 40% of his campaign have come from special interests, many of which represent what is commonly known as big labor. One must wonder if elected, Gregg would join with the RI Chapter of the NEA and seek to overturn pension reform.
Another interesting outcome from the Joe Botelho/ Gregg Amore debate worth mentioning was Gregg’s denial of the fact that more than 2/3 of R.I. High School diploma holders needed remediation upon entering Community College of RI. (Source: State’s Board of Governor’s for Higher Education). An educator who is a union official denying this data/fact (this study is commissioned annually) suggests that he might want to spend more time doing his own homework when It comes to the many challenges facing our schools, parents and educators in this state.
Jeffrey J. Brown, CFP
Mr. Brown is a graduate of the EPHS Class of 1982 and a business and property owner in the city.


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