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Newsletter 331

Newsletter 331

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Fiber Optic Saga, $4 million shooting range, Trea Pipkin & Tommy Smith hold events, Wag the Dog: BHO v Rush
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The Citizen Newsletter

The Conservative Voice of Henry County

Issue # 331 March 6, 2012
Over 35,000 reads at Scribd.com Over 4,100 subscribers

Track your local gas prices!
In This Issue:
Page Feature 1 2 3 3 5 5 6 7 8 9 9 10 10 Tommy Smith Meet & Greet $4 Million Shooting Range When Your Hut s on Fire Gingrich Slams Media On Target for Pipkin Mind Games Our Heroes Need Help A Taxpayer s Perspective No Fiber Optic ~ for now Bib Overall for County Chair Butts County GOP Friends of the CRG RedState on Romney
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Tommy Smith's "Kickoff Meet & Greet Event" Thursday, March 22nd from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at the American Legion 55 Hall on Veterans Drive in McDonough.
Tommy is working very hard to become the next Chairman of the Board of Commissions and he needs your help and support. He is looking forward to seeing all of you!!!!!

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Henry County now has a $4,000,000

yes, four million dollar

shooting range.

The firing range is the first phase of a comprehensive Public Safety Training Center to be constructed on a 168 acre site the County purchased in 2008. The facility will eventually be shared by the Henry County Police and Sheriff s Office. Eventually. Since its purchase in 2008 citizens have added this expenditure to a long list of spending by the county board of commissioners. It has taken three years to erect a shooting range. See photo above. While recently visiting Turner Field in Atlanta I witnessed the replacement of ALL the grass sod in one day. The difference? The folks at Turner Field have funds to complete needed work. Note the word needed. Henry County needs to balance its budget. There is simply no money available for the grandiose plans stated for this farmland by officials. Training classrooms, K-9 training and demonstration facility, Emergency Vehicle Operations Course, a mock village . Yet not one county commissioner has spoken about the actual cost or completion date for this black hole for our tax dollars. And they are still not admitting there is a state operated police training facility just a few miles south in Forsythe. The County press release says a portion of the property has been set aside for the Fire Department to develop a training center. Woo-Hoo! It appears that about 90% of the old family farm has been set aside. After three years we get a shooting range. Maybe when pigs fly the county will open a new Porcine Aviation Museum at Nash . And charge admission. But wait, that is another financial black hole. The County is facing a $10 Million shortfall in the budget due for submission in April. They are again saying that layoffs and furloughs are the only answer. Take a drive out Jonesboro Road (Nash $8+ million), Stroud Road (shooting range $4 million), or to Cotton Fields ($22 million) and do the math. At the end of the thought process, we citizens, taxpayers and voters must face reality. We have been walked through the valley of financial death by the current board of commissioners. Not one has spoken or voted against the spending frenzy every purchase was given a unanimous vote. So, too, must our votes be unanimous. Turn the rascals out!


When Your Hut s On Fire
Hat tip to Kay Stanley

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect himself from the elements, and to store his few possessions. One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, 'God! How could you do this to me?' Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue him! 'How did you know I was here?' asked the weary man of his rescuers. 'We saw your smoke signal,' they replied. The Moral of This Story: It's easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain and suffering. Remember that the next time your little hut seems to be burning to the ground... it just may be a smoke signal that summons the Grace of God.

Gingrich Slams Media on Limbaugh Focus
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich slammed the elite media for focusing on the contraception controversy that Rush Limbaugh escalated last week instead of reporting on the issues relevant to the campaign. Watch Meet the Press video:

I am astonished at the desperation of the elite media to avoid rising gas prices, to avoid the president s apology to religious fanatics in Afghanistan, to avoid a trilliondollar deficit, to avoid the longest period of unemployment since the Great Depression, and to suddenly decide that Rush Limbaugh is the great national crisis of the week, the former House speaker said Sunday on NBC s Meet the Press.


The controversy erupted after Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke testified before Congress to lobby for the availability of birth control. Limbaugh, who referred to the woman as a slut while commenting on the issue, apologized for his rhetoric on Saturday. Gingrich told Meet the Press host David Gregory that it was appropriate for Limbaugh to apologize and he s glad the talk-show host did This is the most fundamental assault on religious liberty in American history, he said, referring to President Barack Obama s new requirement that insurance companies provide coverage for contraception for employees even at Catholic and other religious institutions that object to birth control as a matter of theology. It s not about access to contraception. It is a question about whether or not a religiously affiliated institution should be coerced by the federal government. Read the transcript of the discussion between Gregory and Gingrich on the contraception controversy: HTTP://WWW.NEWSMAX.COM/NEWSFRONT/GINGRICH-LIMBAUGH-CONTRACEPTIONFLUKE/2012/03/04/ID/431320?S=AL&PROMO_CODE=E530-1

Israel, this one s for you


Mind Games
By TheDoctor I am sure that everyone is feeling the pinch of the rise in gas prices. The price will affect the cost of food and other services that we depend upon in our daily lives. I said a few years ago to a friend of mine when gas went to $1.50 a gallon that it would begin taking a toll on our nation. Then the prices continued to rise over a period of time and look where it led our nation. We have been suffering one of the worst recessions ever and in many cases depressions. The cost of the transport of building materials caused the cost of building homes to rise and then the ballooned marked burst. There are many people today who have to pay most of their paycheck just to go to work. This cycle will have to end and it will likely end in disaster for the nation and our people.


The oil companies, the government and people in politics played mind games with the people with the price of fuel. When you see the price at the pump drop by one or two cents it is soon follow by an increase of anywhere from eight to twelve cents. And if that isn t enough the state will tack on more in tax when the fuel rises to a certain level. Then we have people running for office whether they be republicans, democrats or libertarians; they will use the price of fuel to try and garner a vote. But here is some sobering news for everyone. Just think about this: a transfer truck leaving California with a load of lettuce using diesel fuel will take about 600 gallons to transport that lettuce to Georgia. At an average price of $4.00 per gallon across the nation that load of lettuce will cost $2,400 just to bring it to us. And it doesn t matter if it comes by train or truck it is still diesel fuel that runs those engines. Now where do you think the breaking point is in a total collapse of our economy? This is something to ponder.

Our Police & Fire Heroes Need Our Help
The night the tornado hit Branson Missouri I was in contact with 5 storm chasers thru a live internet feed, I could see what they was seeing. We also had a live chat line open so we could relay information to them; at one point I had six windows open. Four with audio including Branson Fire and Police radio plus live news broadcast from different news stations in the area. When you are chasing a storm in the field you need others with bigger computers that can gather information and get it to you quick. This night it fell to a guy in North Carolina and myself. Being out of the area not near all the lighting we had faster Internet to look at and interpret more radar sites to help plot the storm. After the storm hit Branson listening to the Police and Fire we get a sense of the damage and the strength of the storm. It became apparent soon this was a good size storm with powerful winds that did a lot of damage very quickly and in the middle of the night. Some of the first reports came as the storm was plowing through the City of power lines coming down as well as trees being up rooted. After the storm passed we started hearing of people being injured at a Taco Bell Restaurant that had been heavily damaged in the storm. A Police officer called dispatch to let them know he would be out of his car because he had been flagged down by some people to tell him that there was a elderly lady trapped in her collapsed house and the propane tank was leaking. You could hear the concern in the officer s voice as he said he was going to see if he could help get the lady out of her house. And then we heard dispatch send an officer to check on a report of a hotel that was called in as being damaged. About 4 min went by and the officer called to dispatch, the officer stuttered and said the hotel was destroyed to the ground you could hear the sadness in his voice. For the next 2 1/2 hours we listen to Police and Fire personal giving reports of the damage they were witnessing. I shut down at 4:30 AM our time but could not fall asleep just thinking what they were going thru. Our own Henry County Police and Fire Department has been thru some big storms and have went thru the same emotions the Branson Department went thru the other night. They also go thru it every day be it not on the same scale. They do it to serve you and I so we will be safe as we go thru our lives day after day. But our Police and Fire Heroes need our help they have not had a pay raise in 4-5 years and yet they still come to work putting their lives on the line to protect you and me. The current Board of Commission Chair B J Mathis keeps saying she supports the Police and Fire Departments. But look at her record since being District 2 Commissioner as well as Chairmen they have not gotten a pay raise. But Mathis was able to lie about history and get the County to buy Nash Farm. The


County has gotten the privilege of now owning a golf course. And of course we just got a new airport that will suck the County dry. The Commissioners just a few weeks ago broke their own law by appointing a Commissioner to County Manager and then changing his title until they can rewrite the law. This Board of Commissioners have shown by their actions they have no respect for law and order or for the Police and Fire Departments, if so they would sell those three properties and give those Departments a pay raise. It is time that we replace the current Board of Commissioners as soon as we can let s start with the ones that come up this year vote them all out and then when the next set come up for re-election vote them out also. We need a fresh start in Henry County with people that will put the people of the County first and not their own back pockets the Police and Fire Departments are the backbone of this County without them we would not survive. Remember when you go vote, incumbents out!! These are my thoughts, Alfred Britt

A Taxpayer s Perspective
No, I have not died yet, just keeping my mouth shut, but have got to express my short views on some things. I know people are against Henry County buying the airport. I really think it has been the best buy they have made, unlike Nash Farms. It s a great investment made by Henry County for the future of Henry County. Having ran a charter/commuter airlines, the business it s brings in, if handled properly is very beneficial. Keep it small, unlike Atlanta, Fulton, & Peachtree DeKalb airport. I was not asked who should have replace the county manager. Their choice of Mr. Auletta was a great choice. I don t agree with is the instant appointment to fill his seat in our district. A temporary appointment until a speedy election should have been the proper thing to do. The seat was not earned, reek with preferential treatment. Shooting range is needed for training, but how much property must it take up. I guess B J Annie Oakley Mathis enjoyed it, viewing her shooting picture in the paper. T-Splost tax raising needed revenues is very alarming. Sure would like to have an endless source of money at my disposal, I don t, but B J is spending money faster than a printing press can print. How many times have you heard we need to raise revenue, hire more people, add salaries, keeping up with other counties. Why not our commissioners set an example of cutting outgo? I call it downgrading. Golf carts??? Oh well, it s just money. Public servants have taken on a new meaning. Voters, remember to vote if you want change. Right kind of change. Mr. Auletta, I know you will do great in your new position. Just this Old Redneck Boy s point of view! Malcolm


PROOF OF RIGHT ~ Tracking Henry County Politics

No Fiber Optic

for now

After a lengthy presentation by the Director of Technology Systems, Clark Rainer, the HCBOC opted to pursue private telecommunication entities to take up the matter of providing broadband service to the county government. Rather than authorizing Mr. Rainer to proceed with seeking financing options for a massive governmentowned fiber optic network, they agreed to seek private providers who would be willing to come in and do the job of constructing and servicing a broadband network to the BOC, BOE and HCWSA. Here is the video of the meeting which lasted for just over an hour. I would encourage you to watch the entire thing but in the mean time I d like to point out several significant comments raised during the discussion. Regardless of how dramatically BJ Mathis says the words Government Use Ooooonly (0:46 second mark), Mr. Rainer made clear in his very first statement that, as suspected, the plan does in fact include the potential for private businesses to eventually become subscribers. This is the Pandora s Box that almost always leads to higher taxes and subsidies. [Newly appointed to the District 2 seat,] Brian Preston said, And I don t like us competing against the private sector because I just thinks that s opening up a Pandora s Box to a lot of concerns to what we could do in the future and I don t know if we re the greatest efficient provider of doing those things. So, the ownership concerns me. Then there s Warren Holder who won t commit to anything. At first he says he agrees with Commissioner Preston in that we should not compete with the private sector. Then he hides behind a human kiddie shield saying that, if the private sector won t come in and do it then he would vote in favor of the massive project for the sake of the children. I would like to make a special mention of a comment made by BJ Mathis at the 1:04:49 mark of the video. Well, and I think that there s been, because we have discussed this for how many years now? There s a lot of MIS-information out there among the public and when they hear fiber, they hear, oh, you want to provide cable internet service to citizens in the county. First, and you won t appreciate this without having watched the video, note the complete and utter dripping contempt in her voice as she literally mocks the citizens of Henry County in that statement. The truth of the matter is SHE is one who is blatantly lying because the plan all along, up until now, HAS specifically called for providing service to private industries and if you continue watching the video, Mr. Rainer confirms that in his very next remark he makes after her comment. Disgusting. I HAVE NEVER once MADE THE CLAIM that this project would provide internet service to private citizens and I don t know of anyone else who s made that claim either. So, Mathis needs to just stop lying. I VE SAID IT BEFORE and I ll say it again: She thinks you re stupid.


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Bib Overall comments on BoC Action
I watched as the Henry County Board of Commissioners decided to let the fiber optic program be handled by private business at the morning meeting of March 5th. This was the best plan for the people of Henry County. We do not need to fall into any more expensive plans at this time. You could tell that my opponent Ms. Mathis was not happy with the outcome of the proceedings. You could also see that Mr. Rainer was not happy either at the outcome. He was almost in tears wanting this project pushed forward. This is something that has been bantered back and forth for over four years now and it needs to stay off the agenda because it is costing money to have it put up for the board to talk about. A thank you goes out to Commissioner Bowman for recusing himself because of his dealings with AT&T. To stop future progress on this item vote for Bib Overall for Chairman of the Board. Paid for by the makers of Washing Powders, Inc.

Butts Co. Republican Party Mass Precinct Meetings and County Convention
Fellow Republicans; this coming Saturday the 10Th. of March we are having the Mass Precinct meetings and the Butts Co. GOP convention. These meetings are very important since we are having National Elections in November. The meetings are scheduled in the Butts County Administration Building as follows: 1- Mass Precinct meetings convenes at 9:00AM SHARP!! The precincts elect their delegates and alternates to the County Convention. We have five precincts in Butts Co. Stark, Butts Co. Comm. Ctr. Jenkinsburg, Worthville and Towaliga. 2- The County Convention will convene SHARPLY at 10:00 AM at which time the doors will be closed. We need to elect nine (9) delegates and alternates to the District 10 convention to be held on April 14 at The Spotlight Theater Parkside Main 8 in Greensboro GA. We also need to elect seven (7) delegates and alternates to the State Convention May 18-19 in Columbus GA. I encourage everyone to attend and participate; the future of our country is at risk!! Gus Escalera Chairman Butts Co. GOP


Friends of the CRG,
We have added a new page to our site; it is an aerial survey of the Cook Family Cemetery that is on private property so we implemented driving by the property and using aerial photos provided by Google Earth and NASA to determine the condition of the cemetery. We hope you find the educational and interesting we will have more surveys coming up soon. Thank for you interest in our great history in Henry County. Link to the new page below; note this page is under zone 1: http://www.crghenry.org/cook_fam_cem/cook_fam_cem.html Alfred Britt Founder CRG

RedState Morning Briefing
Erick Erickson provides the facts on Romney:


In July 2009, Mitt Romney wrote an op-ed in USA Today urging Barack Obama to use AN INDIVIDUAL

On the campaign trail now, Mitt Romney says the individual mandate is appropriate for Massachusetts, but not the nation. Repeatedly in debates, Romney has said he opposes a national individual mandate.

In 2009 Mitt Romney took to the pages of USA Today to tell President Obama that as he came up with a healthcare plan he should consider using tax penalties as Massachusetts did or tax credits, as others have proposed to help cover the costs of health care. The tax penalties is Mitt Romney s individual mandate, a key portion the Obama Administration has credited all along as having been embraced in Obamacare.
Imagine a Republican candidate debating Prez BO and trying to denounce ObamaCare. Romney is not the man who can defeat the Great Socialist Obama! They are peas in a pod . We Need Newt!

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Sgt. Joe Friday and Sgt. Bill Gannon (Dragnet) with President Obama

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