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Month: August 2018

Abrams’ debt has no impact on governing

Re: Stacey Abrams’ debt. Ms. Abrams came from a low income family and was accepted by Yale Law School. To take advantage of the opportunity meant taking on debt. To not take advantage would have been foolish. When she came to Rabun County, she spoke eloquently about obtaining a job with a law firm and…

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Stacey Abrams focuses on the real issues

A hot race for Georgia’s Governor is underway. It is time for us to put a pragmatist who focuses on the real issues into the Governor’s office. Stacey Abrams single-handedly stopped the largest tax increase in Georgia history. It occurred in 2011 when a Republican backed bill proposed cutting income taxes while raising a tax…

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Time for officials to sign SDS agreement

As Rabun County commissioners discussed the rationale to raise taxes, citizens asked the commissioners if they could take advantage  of state funds and grants. The commissioners responded that they were unable to receive state loans or grants while Rabun County’s service delivery strategy (SDS) is in dispute. The SDS negotiations blew up over 3 years…

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Trump poised to set dubious record

Donald Trump is now poised to become the new gold standard in Presidential lying — an ominous role formerly held by Richard Nixon. We must all remember regardless of our political affiliation, we are first Americans. The 4,229 lies of Donald Trump, documented by the Washington Post, are a direct threat to our lives and…

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Compassion for families necessary

As a new grandparent and the proud father of a wonderful daughter, I am heartbroken about the news that perhaps 500 children torn from their parents as they sought asylum may never see their families again. I can’t imagine never seeing my precious doughter again. In many cases, these innocent children have been taken at…

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Encouraged to see citizens cooperate

It has been refreshing to watch a citizens group of  localDemocrats, Republicans and Progressives in action the past few months. This recent non-partisan “Coalition for Good Government in Rabun” has had a constructive impact on our local governments by doing research on the Service Delivery Strategy (SDS), presenting their input in a professional and dutiful…

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Fred Swann – Agriculture Commissioner

The Agriculture Commissioner is head of the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Established in 1874, the department’s mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and…

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Dawn Randolph – Public Service Commissioner

The Georgia Public Service Commission is a public utilities commission, a quasi-judicial tribunal, which regulates telecommunications, transportation, electric and natural gas services in the U.S. state of Georgia. Commissioners are elected in partisan elections statewide, though they must reside in a district. The PSC is charged with protecting the public interest and promoting a healthy…

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Trump insulting his own supporters

Polls show most Republicans give President Trump high marks for his recent European diplomatic tour, in which he disgraced himself and our country by scorning our allies, showing disrespect for the Queen of England, and playing lapdog to the murderous Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. Is it not fair to ask: What is wrong with these…

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