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The Citizen Newsletter
Issue # 256 April 2, 2011

The Conservative Voice of Henry County
Contact The Citizen at Your comments and submissions are always welcome!

McDonough Town Hall
In This Issue
A City of McDonough town hall meeting for District 4, which is
represented by Councilmember Monta Brown, will be held on
Tuesday, March 29. This activity will be held at Henry County
• News & Announcements Middle School from 6:30-8pm. The purpose will be to share
• He’s A Thug information and receive feedback among citizens and elected
• Holmes to hold Town Hall officials.
• GA Cities too White
• T-SPLOST: Henry Loses Please share this information with family, friends, and neighbors.
• Tax Changes to Cut Charities
• Your Voice Thank you,
• Mr. Wade Brannan passes Leslie Balog
Executive Assistant to Mayor Copeland
• Conservatism Today
770 957-3915
• Columbus GA Tea Party
• Cherokee County GOP
Check out the event page on
• Henry County GOP


Bataan ARG heads to Libya duty in Med
Editorial / Publication Policy NORFOLK, Va. — A journey into uncertainty began Wednesday as the
Available in HTML (original) or PDF format Bataan Amphibious Ready Group left its Norfolk bases, bound for the
Send email to Mediterranean and a yet-to-be-determined role in the coalition
operations off the coast of strife-torn Libya.
The Citizen newsletter is available online “They’re Marines, and they’ve been trained for the widest range of
at View online at missions, from humanitarian assistance to combat operations,” said
Col. Eric Steidl, commanding officer of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary
Unit. “And whatever we’re told to do, we’ll execute.” USS_Bataan.jpg The ARG consists of the amphibious assault ship
Bataan and the amphibious transport dock ship Mesa Verde, both of
which left Norfolk Naval Station on Wednesday, and the dock landing
ship Whidbey Island, which pulled away from Joint Expeditionary Base
Little Creek-Fort Story. The ships will jointly carry the 22nd MEU,
which consists of 2,200 sailors and Marines, Steidl said.
The MEU’s 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing is bringing along 10 MV-22s, six
AV-8B Harrier jump jets and a variety of attack, heavy-lift and utility
helicopters, Steidl said.
Also embarked are Tactical Air Control Squadron 22, Helicopter Sea
Your Support is Appreciated Combat Squadron 28 and Fleet Surgical Team 8.

The Conservative Voice of Henry County has Dream as if you will live forever. Live as if you will die today.
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ideas and principles.
A Boy's Understanding

I (the speaker) was eating lunch today with my 10 year old grandson
when his mom asked him "What is tomorrow?" He said "It's
Or visit President's Day"

She asked "What does that mean?" ... I was waiting for something

He said, "President's Day is when Obama steps out of the White House
and if he sees his shadow, we have 2 more years of unemployment."

Main Street McDonough

“First Friday Munch a Lunch” is April 1st which will be held through
Main Street District businesses will be in the park on the square and
folks can come out with their lunch and watch demonstrations or
maybe make purchases and listen to the piped in music.

“Second Thursday Ladies Night Out” is scheduled for April14th on
the square, businesses will be open until 9:00 PM all who visit three
merchants on the square from 6:00 – 9:00 will be eligible for a chance
to win a $500.00 basket. This event will take place every second
Thursday through December.

Thank you for your support and participation

He’s a thug!

The Citizen was told, “He is not just a loose cannon, he is a thug,” commenting on District 5 commissioner Bruce Holmes
display of arrogance at the Fairview Recreation Center.

Elvis had his Memphis Mafia, the group of friends, associates, employees and "yes-men" to accompany The King, run his
errands, and be on hand to perform any duties assigned.

Bruce Holmes’ entourage has been a source of talk since election night. Perhaps a fitting moniker would be The Holmes

One of Holmes’s associates took a Holmes-sponsored basketball team to the Fairview Rec Center. Fortunately there was an
open court and a recreation department employee noted the vacancy and directed the team to that court. He then politely
informed the man that coaches should sign-up and reserve the courts. That procedure should help in the future.

The Holmes associate called the commissioner, and then Holmes went to the recreation center. Holmes
bullied and cursed the center employee, reportedly saying, “This is my g__dd__m recreation center and I will have a court
whenever I want it.”

Commissioner Holmes then “fired” the employee. Of course, our District 5 King does not have the authority to hire or fire an
employee, but he was apparently reassigned to Moseley Park.

The employee’s reassignment may not be sufficient for Holmes. Another of Holmes's teams plays football and His Majesty
made it clear to recreation department employees at Moseley Park that he will have access to a field there anytime it is

The Citizen confirmed the scuttlebutt by two sources. Commissioner Bowman was not available for comment, but our
sources reported he was not happy about the situation. Of course, commissioners Holder and Stamey could also demand
privileges of eminent domain to grab county facilities for personal use – but they have never acted in such manner. In our
county’s history only Nash Farm was ever closed to the public to fulfill one commissioner’s agenda. It appears the new
District 5 commish is following in her footsteps – at least until other board members put a stop to it.

Commissioner Bruce Holmes
to Hold Town Hall Meeting

Focus will be on economic development

District V Commissioner Bruce Holmes will hold his third monthly Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, April 16 at 9:00 a.m. at
the Fairview Recreation Center.

Speakers include Chandra Harris, Press Secretary for Congressman David Scott, Michael Hightower, CEO from The
Collaborative Group, and Bob White, Executive Director of the Henry County Development Authority.

The Town Hall Meeting is open to the public. Liberal Democrats are encouraged to post neighborhood signs and organize
transportation. Donations will be accepted to erect a Bruce Holmes Monument at his recreation center.

The HOLMES Recreation Center is located at 35 Austin Road in Stockbridge.

Featured at the Hack Line
New Ga. cities too white lawsuit claims

Some Georgia cities formed over the past few years are too white, according to members of the Georgia
Legislative Black Caucus who have filed a federal lawsuit calling to dissolve the city charters of Dunwoody, Chattahoochee
Hills, Sandy Springs, Milton and Johns Creek, Atlanta Business Chronicle broadcast partner WXIA-TV reports.

Read more:

From the Henry Herald

Henry County submits transportation ‘wish list’

Henry County wants nearly $430 million to make road improvements in one of the state’s fastest-growing counties,
which now boasts a population in excess of 200,000 people.

The request is part of Henry’s wish list, which has been submitted to the Atlanta Regional Commission, the area’s
planning agency. The list includes 15 road projects, according to Cheri Hobson-Matthews, Henry’s director of planning
and zoning. She said a roundtable group created by the ARC, established criteria for the projects.

The projects would be funded by a one-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), authorized by House
Bill 277, also known as the Transportation Investment Act of 2010. The funding, however, is contingent upon voter
approval of a sales-tax referendum.

the Hack Line writes: “The list does not contain I-75 or Jodeco Road. It is hoped though Henry obtains many of these
projects and we see a good return on the tax if it is to pass. Another interesting point is these projects add up to
$360,557,000 and not the $430 million, nearly $70 million difference.

It will be interesting to see how much of the list we are endowed and as important to when the projects will be completed.
The $360.6 million is approximately 4.5% of the total estimated $8 billion tax to be collected.”

The Citizen remains very doubtful that Henry County will ever see an equitable return on taxpayer investment.

If ten metro counties pay into the tax scheme, an equitable split would be no less than 9 – 10% coming home to each

Our Wish List coming in at only 4.5% of expected revenues tells it all -- this new tax must be defeated at the

Proposed State Tax Changes Limit Deductibility of Donations to Churches, Charities

They are looking at a cap for all deductions. Take/make time to write them, send it to your friends statewide. As
usual, we don't see anything about cuts. They should be able to cut 25-30% of the spending (cars, expense accounts,
over staffed-cut from the top down).

~ Steve Lynn

As you may have seen elsewhere, proposed legislation in the Georgia General Assembly would significantly limit deductibility
of donations to churches and charities for state income tax purposes. My understanding is that deductions would be capped
at a low level and amounts above that low level could not be deducted from your state income tax.

This will likely have a significant negative impact to Bethany Baptist Church. While information received late today points
toward a limited deductibility of some contributions, the low level of the cap on all deductions will hurt many that are faithful
to Bethany.

The bottom line is that any roll back or partial repeal of deductibility of charitable contributions will adversely impact
Bethany, or any church organization, with a similar membership.

Please consider contacting your state representative and state senator ASAP to indicate your feelings on this important
subject. This has the potential of seriously impacting your church and your family in a negative way.

The state representative for the Bethany area is Andy Welch; phone 404-656-0109; e-mail:

The state senator for the Bethany area is Rick Jeffares; phone 404-656-0503; e-mail:

Best regards,
Mike Sabine
Chairman, Stewardship & Financial Management Team
Biscuits & Brunch
Hey Henry is a regular feature of The Henry County Times
149 Burke Street
Stockbridge, GA 30281 Hey Henry, responding to the Hey Henry relating to GA legislature members being
(770) 507-6800 stupid, they usually train at the local level. Refer to the purchase of Tara Field, the
police shooting range (needed in 10 years?), Nash Farms, etc.

Hey Henry, I would like to run for commissioner in Henry County, but I don't live in
your area. How would YOU- Henry County- like this, knowing I live in another county
rather than yours. Would this make you uneasy?
Cemetery Research

Signature Broadcasting

Network – SBN TV
We’re all about you!

McDonough Arts 2011 events

For more info contact: Debbie
Withers 678/522-4020 or

Spring Fever Cure: two outdoor events
hosted by McDonough Arts
Save the dates: Art in the Park (April 2) and Arti Gras (April 17)

McDonough, Ga -- Got spring fever? Indulge the urge to get outside for two fun
events on the McDonough Square hosted by McDonough Arts. Attendance is free.

Art in the Park

Artist demonstrations- visual, performing, and literary arts; photography
Main Street McDonough
Program Saturday, April 2 noon-5pm on the Square in McDonough
5 Griffin Street McDonough, GA 30253
770-898-9868 Artists interested in participating in this event (no fee) should contact Jeff Hunter at 770/633-6738

Arti Gras

A New Orleans-style festival featuring live music, food, arts and crafts

Sunday, April 17 noon-5pm on the Square in McDonough

Artists interested in this event ($25 booth fee) should contact Faye Meyer at 678/763-
3710 by April 1

Advertising your business or
organization in The Citizen will Henry County Airport
reach thousands of people
every week. Georgia Senate Bill 202 was passed by the Senate and is now in the Georgia House for
final approval. The county commission voted to request local legislation to allow
Send us your logo or photo spending untold $Millions to acquire the Tara Field Airport.
and ad copy to or call To amend an Act entitled "An Act to create the Henry County Governmental
404-425-2361 for info. Services Authority," approved May 6, 2005 (Ga. L. 2005, p. 4014), so as to add
airport facilities within the definition of the term "authority"; to modify and clarify
Rates: Your Voice column ad the powers of the authority; to provide for the issuance of refunding revenue
(as shown here) - $10 / month bonds; to modify the investments authorized for moneys of the authority; to
expand the purpose of the authority to include providing public airports and
Article length ads with logo or landing fields; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
photo (max 125 words) - To what extent?
$20 / month
[Project] also means and includes public airports and landing fields for the use of
aircraft, related buildings and structures, and facilities, buildings, and structures usual
or convenient to be located at or co-located with such undertakings; extensions and
improvements of such facilities; and the acquiring of necessary or convenient
property, both real and personal, so as to assure the efficient and proper
development, maintenance, and operation of such airports and landing fields
deemed by the authority to be necessary, convenient, or desirable for the operation of
such airports and landing fields anywhere within or for Henry County."

How to pay for it?

The authority is authorized to provide by resolution for the issuance of revenue
refunding bonds of the authority for the purpose of refunding any revenue bonds
issued under the provisions of this Act and then outstanding, together with accrued
interest thereon.

At 12:30 AM most of us are in bed sleeping or watching the late shows on TV. But one
night just a few days ago a McDonough Police officer stopped a pick-up truck for a traffic
violation. After getting consent to search the truck, he found in a bag some flashlights,
gloves and some vases that go in cemeteries. Henry County Police was called in to
investigate and one of the people said to one of the officers that the vases were taken
from Eastlawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery just two hours ago. They were charged with
theft by taking and bound over to Superior Court these are felony charges.

Our County’s cemeteries are very important to us. They are our link to our past. The
citizens that rest in the Henry hillsides made Henry County the great County it is today
and they deserve a clean honorable place to rest in peace. We would like to thank the
McDonough and Henry County Police Departments for doing a fine job on catching the
suspects with the vases. With all citizens coming together we can protect our cemeteries
from vandals that only care for self and not the community as a whole.

From the staff of the Cemetery Research Group you are some of the Counties finest
thank you and God bless.

Alfred Britt
Founder CRG

Dr. Mike Moon
Senior Researcher

Mr. Wade Brannan died March 25, 2011

Mr. Wade “Pop” Brannan, age 57, of McDonough, Georgia passed away March 25, 2011. He enjoyed spending time with
his family especially his grandchildren and friends.

Wade graduated from Henry County High School in 1971, he was a strong Christian man who loved God and was an
active member of McDonough First United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday School and served in various
leadership positions. He served as a trustee for Shingleroof Campground. Wade worked for Clayton County DOT, and
retired as the general manager of Clayton County Water Authority. He was a member of the McDonough Masonic Lodge.
He enjoyed the lake, antique car shows, cooking, and NASCAR.

Survivors are his wife of 35 years, Lynn Hightower Brannan of McDonough, daughters and sons-in-law, Leigh Anne
(Baby Doll) Collins (Tony) of Smyrna, Ginger (Lil Ole B) O’Neal (Ryan) of Odessa, Texas; grandchildren, Brody O’Neal,
Emily O’Neal, and Raleigh Collins; parents, T. S & Gwen Brannan of McDonough; brothers, Sidney Brannan of
McDonough, T. Daniel Brannan (Sue Ellen) of Atlanta; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service for Wade was held Monday evening, March 28, 2011 – 7:00 PM at McDonough First United Methodist
Church with Rev. Dana Everhart officiating. The family received friends at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 4 –
7:00 PM. For those who wish in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the McDonough First United Methodist Church
or to Shingleroof Campground.

Conservatism Today

Before we look at conservatism today, let us look at the view of conservatism of the past.

“What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried? Abraham Lincoln 1860”.
And an even older view “A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes
to replace them with others. Bierce.”

But conservatism today is seen as needing to save and create a smaller ruling body as well as the bureaucracy of which
it creates. The point that We the People have a strong voice is part of the conservative movement toward a better way
of life for everyone. Conservatives believe in God and the Holy Bible, as well as, the ideas that are found within. Life is
precious to a conservative to the point that they will stand and fight for what they believe and hold to the values of
which they have created morally and visibly.

Yes, We the People as our nation was begun stood tall and free of those who kept us under bondage. The forefathers
worked through their own differences to create a sound and vital nation that has for so many years been a beacon for
those who feel the burden upon their backs. Slowly, though, the task masters have made their way back into our lives
and created a scenario built upon high taxes and low wages. The same thing our forefathers freed us from.

Socialism has made it’s way to the forefront of leadership in Washington. There men and women are seeking to tie our
nation to a bill that cannot be paid. Just “follow the money” and see where it goes in our nation and how it is used.
There are more taxes created in one day that we cannot fathom the numbers they create. Yet we are told that our
nation is in financial trouble. If so, it is from greed and poor management. It is likely that many of those who lead the
people to drink cannot hold down a nine-to-five job. They depend on someone else to do their speaking and thinking.

“The waters wear the stones” from Job of the Bible is so true. The water has worn our nation’s workers to the point of
collapse without any recourse without being attacked verbally and financially. We the People do have a voice and it
sounds like it is coming from the wilderness. Tea parties, local conservative groups and 912 groups have sprung up all
across this vast nation in an attempt to voice the opinion of the tired people of this nation. In order for their voice to be
heard, they need someone or some outlet so that voice can be heard.

Many times town hall meetings and the like are held for people to voice their opinion. But many times that voice is not
listened to because of the ignorance of vanity. The leadership will show up to listen, but not act on the wishes of the
people. The best way to let that leadership know we are here is to say look out at the voting polls because we are
coming and coming in mass. And if that doesn’t work begin standing on the corners and avenues of these large cities
and let your voice be heard. Amendment 1 of the Bill of Rights to our Constitution gives you the right to truly voice
your opinion.

Real changes must come from our conservative base or we as a nation are in more dire trouble than earlier thought.
Platforms that people can truly live with and understand are what our political parties must reach back and pull
forward. We don’t need more of the same; we need a clear and sweeping change from top to bottom in our nation to
be able to say that things are truly better.

Many say, “Where are the jobs?” Well they are right in front of us in places people might not have thought about. Our
infrastructure is weakening rapidly in our nation because it is getting older by the day. Bridges, dams, power grids, and
even highways must be restructured or they will fail. These are jobs and jobs plenty for those who need to have a job.
Fix our nation before we worry about fixing someone else’s land. Remember charity begins at home and it is far
overdue. Give the American people this chance and it can be done. It was done before and with less to do it with.

Let’s work to make this nation the land it was meant to be: A nation under God where its citizens have that right to life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Mike Moon (the Doctor)

Columbus GA TEA Party

Rally and Planning Program

We have reserved the auditorium at the Macon Rd Library for Tuesday, April 19th, 6-8 PM. Instead of an outdoor rally
for tax day, we have planned this indoors to provide more opportunities to plan and discuss our objectives.

Featured speaker: Alexa Meadows on Obamacare changes to Medicare and the medical supply companies.

Cherokee County GOP

The Cherokee County Republican Party is helping with a Pre-Convention Get Together at The Right Wing Tavern in
Woodstock on April 9, 2011 at 9:00 am. A continental breakfast will be served.

Cost is $5.00 per person. Come and mingle with and meet the candidates for Party offices in the 6th District. That's
Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 9:00 am. We hope to see you there.

Henry County Republican Party
Meeting Notice

April 5, 2011
7:00 P.M.
Chairman Bill Herndon
Welcome and 2011-2013 Vision€
Keynote Address€
Henry County Government Annex
Community Room
116 South Zack Hinton Pkwy.
McDonough, GA 30253
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