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Newsletter 378

Newsletter 378

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The Citizen Newsletter 
The Conservative Voice of Henry County
 In This Issue:
 Page Feature
1 The City of Stockbridge2 Ouster of Stockbridge Mayor3 Weapons to Syrian Jihadis5 State Dept Hiding Survivors6 Henry County Airport6 New Falcons Stadium7 County Inauguration Ceremony8 CAIR attacks the Constitution9 Boehner: The Fiscal Cliff 10
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Issue # 378
December 15, 2 
The City of Stockbridge 
It would appear the city charter interposes theauthority of the city council with the mandates of state law. Therein, I would think, lies Lee'sappeal. Whether any misconduct has beencommitted has not been determined by a grand jury. There has been no action by the governor.There is no due process as state law requires.One could view the council, who wanted toremove Lee from office, hired an investigator whoproduced the exact findings he was hired to find.On its face the situation begs for judicial review.
Just two days after removing former Mayor Lee Stuartfrom office, Mayor Pro Tem Mark Alarcon hasascended to the helm of city government. The CityCouncil voted to name Alarcon mayor and citycouncilman Richard Steinberg mayor pro tem.Councilman Alphonso Thomas, consistently opposedto action against Stuart, abstained, but the othervoting council members -- Robin Buschman, HaroldCochran and Steinberg -- all voted in favor of Alarcon.Shirley Dabney, the next-highest vote getter in thelast citywide election, was tapped to fill the vacantseat on the council created by naming Alarcon mayor.
Ouster of Stockbridge Mayor
There is something here that needs to be said. In the City of Stockbridge, the Council has removed thecitizen elected mayor in a scene that was ugly and embarrassing to Henry County. Then, they laid out asizeable chunk of change to buy the old Operations Center for the defunct First State Bank. (This is alarge amount of money to shell out during a time of turmoil in the city and makes things look bad eventhough the building is a good idea for the purpose mentioned.) We are told that everything has beendone according to the Charter. Has it?The people who take their oath of office have given themselves to follow not only local but State andNational Law in their duties. In so much as they had continued their expansion to remove the mayor andthen three members of the council elected a new mayor. Where was the citizen in that vote?This takes us back to the oath;
We the People
have been left out of the equation as to what they want. A special election should have been held. Another issue is that the people
s elected mayor is taking thismatter to court and what will happen if that court decides in favor of the ousted mayor? The city cannothave two mayors.Many of the people in the city do not like the ousted mayor, but they do not like the way this was handledat all. If the council felt that there was sufficient evidence that the mayor had committed a crime thenthey should have advised the Henry County District Attorney and he would have investigated their claims.Remember their allegations are just that
claims - and possibly not fact. In this scenario, they haverendered him guilty first before anything else involved.There have been mistakes here that will have ramifications down the road. The way this was handled hasnothing to do with democracy and has all to do with a coup. Think about this; if they can throw out a dulyelected official and then create their own government, then they can come and take your home and youwill have no recourse in the matter. I hate to remind everyone, this is not a Central American country, acommunist dictatorship; we are still the United States of America where the voice of the people can andwill be heard by a writ and the ballot box.
Comments posted at a social media website are nearly unanimous that the city council acted unwisely.
Former Council member
wrote:No one has bothered to mention that there was a retired Fulton County superior court judgepresiding over the hearing and advising the Council. Totally impartial and hearing the evidence forthe first time along with the Council.
 Read the Charter. The State Legislature grants the charter, it can only be changed by an act of theLegislature.
=16645To Quote: Section 2.17. -Removal of officers.
Monroe Roark
: I am also concerned about the ability of a handful of elected officials to throw out onethey just don't like. As much as I dislike the thought of lengthy litigation, it seems that the court is the only
suitable venue for sorting out this particular mess. The good news is that the regular mayoral election is just around the corner.
Katie Queen
: Does seem too easy. If the powers that be don't like the lone voice, is it that easy way tomaneuver into a council that resembles nothing of the people's choice. I know Lee is a bit odd, loud,obnoxious, etc., but was he properly removed? Is this just going to lead to more lawsuits?
Thomas Hester
: This "process" was undergirded by the "research" of a person hired by the very bodywho obviously sought the removal in the first place. Where is the impartiality in that approach?
The Obama administration secretly gave its blessing to arms shipments to Libyan rebelsfrom Qatar last year, but American officials later grew alarmed as evidence grew that Qatar was turningsome of the weapons over to Islamic militants, according to United States officials and foreign diplomats.
in the months before, the Obama administration clearly was worried about the consequences of 
itshidden hand in helping arm Libyan militants
, concerns that have not previously been reported. Theweapons and money from Qatar strengthened militant groups in Libya, allowing them to become adestabilizing force since the fall of the Qaddafi government.The experience in Libya has taken on new urgency as theadministration considers whether to play a direct role in armingrebels in Syria, where weapons are flowing in from Qatar andother countries
Obama administration did not initially raiseobjections
when Qatar began shipping arms to oppositiongroups in Syria, even if it did not offer encouragement,according to current and former administration officials.The United States, which had only small numbers of C.I.A.officers in Libya during the tumult of the rebellion, provided littleoversight of the arms shipments.
Within weeks of endorsingQatars plan to send weapons there in spring 2011, theWhite House began receiving reports that they were going to Islamic militant groups
. Theywere
more antidemocratic, more hard-line, closer to an extreme version of Islam
than the main rebelalliance in Libya, said a former Defense Department official.Relying on surrogates allows the United States to keep its fingerprints off operations, but also means theymay play out in ways that conflict with American interests.

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