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Young Harris, GA

#41 Sep 27, 2012
Cooter wrote:
<quoted text>That's because you are idiots. You love it here so you want to move here then bitch when things don't go your way or it's "not the way it is where I come from" Then take your ass back there..
If you had your way locals would still be getting water from streams, be so inbred you'd all have three eyes, no thumbs, a thick tongue and still be walking on all fours.
Cooter

Canton, GA

#42 Sep 27, 2012
thick tongue.? who said anything about black folk?
Even

Young Harris, GA

#43 Sep 27, 2012
Cooter wrote:
thick tongue.? who said anything about black folk?
My mistake. I meant to say forked-tongue, which would go nicely with their two faces.

There are some awfully nice people who were born and raised in Towns and can grasp new ideas with ease. It's the backward dumb-ass whose only retort is, "...if you don't like the way things are, move back to wherever you came from," that it applies to.
Wow

Waverly Hall, GA

#44 Sep 27, 2012
Even wrote:
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My mistake. I meant to say forked-tongue, which would go nicely with their two faces.
There are some awfully nice people who were born and raised in Towns and can grasp new ideas with ease. It's the backward dumb-ass whose only retort is, "...if you don't like the way things are, move back to wherever you came from," that it applies to.
Cooter wasn't born and raised here, either. Yet bitches about move ins.
Do not agree

Cornelia, GA

#45 Sep 28, 2012
Voter wrote:
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It is NOT a better place, or worse, just different, a place where time stands still but in reality is moving backwards because it can't keep pace. I like it because it gives me a chance to pause and catch my breath.
Change, like it or not, and I could care less if it does or not, is happening, only it's not coming from "outsiders," rather the town is dying from neglect. If that's okay with you, it's okay with me but I'm not going anywhere, so get used to that and find some other "solution" to your problems!
Define moving backward please.
I've lived and worked in your "real world" and it is less competitive than small town life for the unscrupulous.
I count myself blessed to be able to live and work in a small town.
We aren't moving backward, just hanging on to some values we hold dear.
Check your barometer, maybe what you define as progress is skewed.
What is it that you want? Please be specific. Saying that this area is dying from neglect is subject to interpretation.
We know

Jefferson, GA

#46 Sep 28, 2012
If nothing else comes from this election Bill Kendall has been exposed for the corrupt, close minded, vindictive person he is. He takes much more than he has ever given. Behind that kind old man facade it a hate filled, power hungry grifter who has sucked the life out of a community. Those who support or follow him either don't know or don't care.
Voter

Young Harris, GA

#47 Sep 28, 2012
Good morning!
Do not agree wrote:
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Define moving backward please.
"Moving backward" is along the same principle as "Growth, measured by a comparative rate of growth," which is to say that if everyone else is taking ten steps forward and you're only taking one or two, you're in essence moving backward.
I've lived and worked in your "real world" and it is less competitive than small town life for the unscrupulous.
Could you rephrase this, please? It's hard to tell what you mean.
I count myself blessed to be able to live and work in a small town.
Me too! My "office" is my laptop and I'm able to get a lot more work done here because there are fewer distractions.
We aren't moving backward, just hanging on to some values we hold dear.
I've concluded this is either a cliché or urban myth. What "values?" People here are no different than anywhere else except many here move/work/live at a much slower pace, I guess because of a lack of competition or opportunity. Or lack of urgency. And of course money factors into it.
What is it that you want? Please be specific.
So you'll understand, I want nothing, I already have everything I need for the life and lifestyle I have chosen. It would be nice, but not necessary, for me, for the people here to have something they can be proud of, something that helps them feel special, unique, different. Call it pride if you want, something that makes life worth living beside being born, existing and dying.
Saying that this area is dying from neglect is subject to interpretation.
True, but look around! Check out the empty store-fronts. The almost total lack of opportunity and advancement for the next generation. The unemployment rate. The lack of any industry. The near lack of cultural or social events and just the physical "downtown." And what is there to show for the years and money we've invested with our tax dollars? IMO? Not much. We are getting another senior center, although the logic for building it escapes me. And a park of some kind. Maybe.

But whatever you do, don't do it on my account. I'm not going to resist change, if it ever happens here, but I'm also not going to insist on it.

Have a nice day and may the wind always be at your back.
Joe citizen

Toccoa, GA

#48 Sep 28, 2012
Mr. voter you are full of it no matter what name you are posting under. I don't know how long you have lived here but a few years ago people like you were complaining about uncontrolled growth. All the greedy locals who were destroying "our" mountains for profit. With the worldwide recession that growth has stopped, and we have empty second homes and storefronts, just like the rest of the world. If you would open your eyes instead of your mouth you would see a lot of improvements to existing structures in the downtown area, a lot. You would also notice the huge construction projects at YHC, BRMEMC and the Baptist home east of downtown. Two large projects which in your mind do we do not needed or live up to your idea of what they should be. In spite of you are moving toward completion, the Senior Center and the Towns County Park. Two projects that are needed that also put some people to work. Towns County Park may not be a "park" in your opinion but you are sick and can’t see any good in anything that wasn’t your idea.
The wind you speak of must always blow in your face. Thats the only reason I can think of that you keep your eyes closed to whats good.
You are one sad example of humanity.
Do not agree

Commerce, GA

#49 Sep 28, 2012
Voter wrote:
Good morning!
<quoted text>
"Moving backward" is along the same principle as "Growth, measured by a comparative rate of growth," which is to say that if everyone else is taking ten steps forward and you're only taking one or two, you're in essence moving backward.
<quoted text>
Could you rephrase this, please? It's hard to tell what you mean.
<quoted text>
Me too! My "office" is my laptop and I'm able to get a lot more work done here because there are fewer distractions.
<quoted text>
I've concluded this is either a cliché or urban myth. What "values?" People here are no different than anywhere else except many here move/work/live at a much slower pace, I guess because of a lack of competition or opportunity. Or lack of urgency. And of course money factors into it.
<quoted text>
So you'll understand, I want nothing, I already have everything I need for the life and lifestyle I have chosen. It would be nice, but not necessary, for me, for the people here to have something they can be proud of, something that helps them feel special, unique, different. Call it pride if you want, something that makes life worth living beside being born, existing and dying.
<quoted text>
True, but look around! Check out the empty store-fronts. The almost total lack of opportunity and advancement for the next generation. The unemployment rate. The lack of any industry. The near lack of cultural or social events and just the physical "downtown." And what is there to show for the years and money we've invested with our tax dollars? IMO? Not much. We are getting another senior center, although the logic for building it escapes me. And a park of some kind. Maybe.
But whatever you do, don't do it on my account. I'm not going to resist change, if it ever happens here, but I'm also not going to insist on it.
Have a nice day and may the wind always be at your back.
Yes badly stated
I've lived and worked in your "real world" and it is less competitive than small town life for the unscrupulous.
Could you rephrase this, please? It's hard to tell what you mean.

It should have been less competitive because the uscrupulous have more potential victims in he city than in a small town.

The empty storefronts are an unfortunate consquence of overbuilding and in some cases tenants left to take up new diggs. Competition at work, eh?

This area does not have any ppeal for industry per se for obvious reasons. There is little if anything any government body can or should do that would have a lasting effect. Check out the revolving door in Murphy- as soon as the tax credits go away, so do the businesses.
Voter

Young Harris, GA

#50 Sep 28, 2012
Do not agree wrote:
<quoted text>...This area does not have any ppeal for industry per se for obvious reasons.
I disagree. There is a small but willing labor force available.
There is little if anything any government body can or should do that would have a lasting effect.
Ouch! If that's true, why bother to have an industrial development board that costs us $37,000 (FY 08 - I don't know what it is now) a year and is expected to do nothing? Why have a tourism board? Or for that matter a chamber of commerce? Sorry but I don't buy off on the notion government should do nothing to bring in industry just because it might not be lasting. Nothing ever is.
Check out the revolving door in Murphy- as soon as the tax credits go away, so do the businesses.
That happens everywhere but at least Murphy gets to bat and every once in a while gets a hit and scores a run. Private sector jobs and a healthy economy are, to me, more important than adding to the coffers of government.
get over it

Toccoa, GA

#51 Sep 30, 2012
Voter wrote:
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I disagree. There is a small but willing labor force available.
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Ouch! If that's true, why bother to have an industrial development board that costs us $37,000 (FY 08 - I don't know what it is now) a year and is expected to do nothing? Why have a tourism board? Or for that matter a chamber of commerce? Sorry but I don't buy off on the notion government should do nothing to bring in industry just because it might not be lasting. Nothing ever is.
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That happens everywhere but at least Murphy gets to bat and every once in a while gets a hit and scores a run. Private sector jobs and a healthy economy are, to me, more important than adding to the coffers of government.
Murphy has a major hwy, Blairsville has a four lane out of town.

We have winding mountain roads any direction you go, no manufacturing company is going to take a second look.

The industrial development was a joint effort between Towns and Clay, the evil BK had no part in it. It had a lot of problems and all of that is old news, so get over it.

If the world economy gets going again and that’s a really big if! Towns will get back to what it does best, selling overpriced land to people chasing a dream.
Voter

Young Harris, GA

#52 Sep 30, 2012
get over it wrote:
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Murphy has a major hwy, Blairsville has a four lane out of town.
We have winding mountain roads any direction you go, no manufacturing company is going to take a second look.
The industrial development was a joint effort between Towns and Clay, the evil BK had no part in it. It had a lot of problems and all of that is old news, so get over it.
If the world economy gets going again and that’s a really big if! Towns will get back to what it does best, selling overpriced land to people chasing a dream.
Are you trying to make us believe the board no longer exists and the so-called empty industrial park out there by the sheriff's office, which Towns County now owns outright after the law suit Kendall lost, is just .. what, there for the looks?

We don't need a GM plant employing thousands, just smaller companies with several dozen employees each. Lowes, for example, would have been nice and it's reasonable to assume delivery trucks would somehow have managed to to make it in and out so why couldn't.... The assisted living facility east of town, in the city limits, is welcomed, when they get everything settled.

It's high time the people here STOP accepting excuses and START DEMANDING results from our elected officials!

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