Money for Durham Public Schools was the only topic of conversation at Tuesday night's "Conversation With Commissioners" at Jordan High School. And it was pretty much a one-sided conversation, as statements from 35 members of the audience ran past the meeting's 9 p.m. appointed quitting time.
County Commissioner Brenda Howerton (right) did manage to get in a word or two, though.
Citizen Ricky Hardy was one of those telling the commissioners not to cut DPS's appropriation for 2010-11, despite the county's own revenue decline. He wanted to know how many of the commissioners had children of their own in the school system.
No hands went up. After a moment of awkward silence, Howerton said:
"Mr. Hardy, you should ask us about grandchildren."