Why no significant issues discussed in upcoming election
Posted in the Athens Forum
#1 Apr 15, 2014
Why are no significant issues being discussed in the up coming election for Mayor? All we hear about is the selfish issue of crossing Prince Ave.
What about illegal criminal pollution of rivers and streams by homeless living as animals with corrupt government failure to enforce laws, thereby risking the health of everyone else?
I am not in favor of more corrupt EPA rules. However, here is an example of how much local yokels care about clean water. I live in Athens Clarke County, Georgia where about 100+ homeless people live like animals, illegally dumping raw garbage and sewage directly onto the ground which in turn washes into the rivers and streams, and is already a crime in federal and state law. The total lack of sanitation, water, heat, proper shelter, etc., also means they are living in patent violation of local and state and federal housing codes. However, neither the local government nor the local office of the State Department of Public Health will enforce the laws on these homeless people living as animals. Political correctness, you know, they do not want to be perceived as "uncaring" for the homeless, so they wink and permit them to pollute the rivers and streams and wells which serve the rest of the responsible law abiding citizens and risk their health doing so. No authority even looks, let alone forces the local outlaw government to comply with the law and enforce the laws it is sworn to enforce but ignores every day. If I allowed anyone just to live in a tent in my back yard I would be promptly jailed, but nothing happens to the officials of the local government who violate their oaths of office every day. The U.S. Justice Department, which is the authority responsible for enforcing such local corruption in government also looks the other way. No authority in Georgia will attempt to force local officials to comply with the meaningless oaths of office they took.
When I once asked the local State of Georgia Health Department official why she did not act, she simply blamed the local Athens Clarke County government. Shameful is far too polite a word to describe this obscenity in local government.
All this is why all government is a dismal failure in our country. We do not need more laws. We need enforcement of the present laws on the books and we need higher authorities to force local yokels to enforce the very laws they took a meaningless oath to enforce, but instead wink at every day of every week of every year. I am quite sure most cities of any size have similar problems with homeless populations living as animals possibly creating the conditions for horrible diseases which all the health laws were intended to prevent. We differ little from a third world country like Haiti. We might as well have open sewers running down our main streets. The only amazing thing is that we are not all dead from disease caused by corrupt government failure to enforce the existing health laws.
Observe the local newspapers totally avoiding any serious subjects for discussion.
How about a discussion of no sewers for rural areas as promisted in the original Charter in 1992?
How about some talk of the horrible conditions of local roads and the waste of so much money on dangerous, polluting and mostly empty buses?
How about some talk of the many unsolved murders in Athens Clarke County? How about some talk about police secrecy? The local government could force the police department to open the Jennifer Stone Files if they wanted to. Instead they voted to appeal the case to the Georgia Supreme Court which permitted but did not require them to keep the case files secret? This case will likely never be solved anyway. Why the secrecy?
How about some talk of how difficult and dangerous it is to cross Hawthorne AVe., instead of only talking about a short stretch of Prince Ave.?
There are plenty of problems in Athens, but they are not being even talked about let alone solved. What is the point of having an election?
#2 Apr 16, 2014
The so called "Unified Government of Athens Clarke County" is about 22 years old, but still does not comply with its own Charter.
Citizens were promised equal services no matter where they live but they have never received equal services. The rural areas are not provided equal sewer service, equal water service, equal bus service, equal garbage pickup service or numerous other services which are routinely and unfairly and illegally provided to favored citizens who live in or near downtown.
The State of Georgia has totally abdicated its responsibility to oversee local government. Local government in Georgia can lie, cheat steal do almost anything and say almost anything to taxpayers with impunity while the State Attorney General, the State Legislature and Governor look the other way and do nothing about the crimes of Athens Clarke county against its citizens.
This is why the U.S. Attorney must file suit against the local outlaw government and force it into compliance with the Charter it swore to comply with, but routinely ignores every day and has ignored now for 22 years. Athens Clarke County and Georgia are outlaw governments which flaunt the very law they purport to follow, but routinely violate every day.
If this government will not comply with the very law it swore to follow, it must be shut down by higher authorities.
The local worthless newspapers and radio and television stations ignore all of this corruption in Athens Clarke County.
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