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#1 Dec 9, 2013
Our local govt. is fast changing. We are in the midst of that change and we need to be thinking of where we go from here. A single commissioner or a multi commissioner board, The city will also be changing as the unlawful way it has been run will soon be coming to light. How do we approach the future. We need to go back to the freedoms that once made our country great and at the same time embrace the future with forward thinking democratic function. How about we discuss the future without throwing stones and trying to make our present govt. look better than it is. I believe anyone with a brain and the ability to see knows what we now have so how do we make it better?
#2 Dec 9, 2013
A good start is to rid your county of a sole commissioner seat. 3-5 person board is a good place to start.
#3 Dec 9, 2013
I am not against the original poster's idea, and may very well decide to promote the idea. Howver, for the sake of argument here is another thought.
Aside from the obvious fact that Lamar Paris is definitely a disgrace as Commissioner), and that an obvious problem exists having such a disgrace be the sole person making decisions - I think everyone needs to think long and hard about WHY he is able to do this. Because the roots of the problem won't change just because you get rid of Paris, nor even with a multi commissioner board (although it might help).
1) You have a disgrace of a newspaper that basically whitewashes and spins facts. It's publisher is a seeming coward, who possibly feels pressured by financial interests (ie.. losing advertisers if he prints the wrong thing).
2) The biggest money in the town all leads to the bank. The bank even has influential seats at the table of many organizations and businesses via connections within.
While I agree with the concept of multi commissioner, I think that money and media would probably in the end simply end up with a multi puppet board. TRUE, it is harder to control 3 puppets than one - but still possible. Look at Atlanta or Washington. They routinely make thousands of puppets dance in a chorus line without breaking a sweat, as they change whatever tune they choose to keep the audience enchanted.
When seeking real change, best to cut down the rotten trees in the middle of the garden first.
That's an analogy that stretches farther than Blairsville also.
aka The Mountains Voice
* no peace to the wicked
#4 Dec 9, 2013
It seems we have two thoughts and both are good but unfortunately not the answer. As for a multi-commission we need only look to the city council and the school board to see that even with more than one at the helm the platform for honesty and integrity are soon swallowed up by greed and the desire to use the office for personal gain.
The idea that the money people behind the scenes are the people in actual control is correct but ever since the money changers in the temple that has been the case and no one has found a way to correct this.
Communism was a brilliant idea but not feasible because the wealth didn't end up in the hands of the people but in the hands of the politicians. Russia has already gone to a type of Democracy and China will have to as their wealth grows.
I like the town hall type of govt. but it would take a very large town hall to hold meetings in Atlanta.
#5 Dec 9, 2013
That's some pretty good thinking. I think that ultimately over time, good systems of gov't and bad systems of gov't rise and fall, perfect and pervert.
One historical trend I have seen is that when these things trend towards the bottom of the curve, it often takes a revolution, a complete turning over of things to set the stage for the next governmental system to grow from (hopefully in a positive direction, but alas historically that is not the case).
I think that now is such a time of transitions, and of razing the old foundation to the ground, and then doing the hard work of laying the ground straight and firm for a new foundation.
But the labor of this day is in the pulling down of that which is rotten. All of it, all the way to the root. I think things will change during this process, and there will be time to plan the layout of a new foundation.
aka The Mountains Voice
* To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up...
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