Does governmental consolidation make ...

Does governmental consolidation make sense here?

There are 5 comments on the Douglas County Sentinel story from Apr 14, 2012, titled Does governmental consolidation make sense here?. In it, Douglas County Sentinel reports that:

Consolidation has always been talked about in Douglas County. With only one city and just over 200 square miles of land, combining the county government with that of Douglasville makes both geographic and political sense - at least on paper.

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Informed9

Douglasville, GA

#1 Apr 15, 2012
If you read the article directly before this one in the same issue of the Sentinel, you would have seen just how different the population of Douglasville is from that of Douglas County. Citizens of Douglasville want their own government representation.

And more importantly, the trend is just the opposite in metro Atlanta, and for good reason. Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, Milton, Chattahoochee Hills have all incorporated in the last few years because their citizens demanded representation that focuses on their needs, not the needs of the entire county. Douglasville is an urban area while most of Douglas County is a rural area. The interests of Douglasville citizens revolve around increased commerce, thriving business and a revitalized downtown. The interests of the majority of people who live in the rural areas of Douglas are the opposite, and their commisioners correctly focus on those, many of which revolve around keeping thier county rural and resisting change. The citizens of Duoglasville want government representation that focuses on Douglasville, not the rest of the county. Why on earth would we try to combine governments when other thriving areas (listed above) have already learned that local representation is indeed the way to go. The need for seperate representation will only increase as the county grows.
Informed9

Douglasville, GA

#2 Apr 15, 2012
What is this article anyway? Is it an editorial piece? Looks to me like Haisten Willis has an agenda and is portraying that these are somehow actual news articles. Why does the Sentinel keep publishing these opinion pieces as thinly veiled news stories?
Informed9

Douglasville, GA

#3 Apr 15, 2012
"Consolidation has always been talked about in Douglas County. With only one city and just over 200 square miles of land, combining the county government with that of Douglasville makes both geographic and political sense - at least on paper."

Talked about by who? Haisten Willis?

And what sources does Haisten cite that "combining makes both Geographic and political sense - at lead on paper"?? What paper? Haisten Willis' piece of paper? Does his paper decide what citizens want in the way of government representation?

This is an opinion piece, not a fact and has no business in the news section of a paper.
typhoidkelly

Columbus, GA

#4 Apr 15, 2012
The liberal press propaganda machine at it's best. It is obvious that jouralism no longer exists in America.

Since: Jan 10

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#5 Apr 15, 2012
Informed9 wrote:
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And more importantly, the trend is just the opposite in metro Atlanta, and for good reason. Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, Milton, Chattahoochee Hills have all incorporated in the last few years because their citizens demanded representation that focuses on their needs, not the needs of the entire county....
I've heard Milton is nice...:)

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