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The Citizen Newsletter

Issue # 275
July 3, 2011 The Conservative Voice of Henry County
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In This Issue

News & Announcements Fred Evans Ethics Complaint Mayor Stuart Receives Honor Stockbridge Above the Law? Stockbridge at a Glance VA Censors Prayers Your Voice Clayton Increases Millage Our own Community Organizer Henry BoE Saves $5 Million Caterpillar Adds 200 Jobs Commodity Food Distribution What if they left?

The article about Stockbridge City Council member Fred Evans appeared in the AJC last night and today but it was "clipped" by the writer's editor at the newspaper. Mr. Evans' shoddy attendance record is NOT a new phenomena ... there is a 2 year trend here (both 2009 & 2010) where he has missed 33% of all meetings in each year. Open records from Stockbridge City Hall prove it. More importantly, Evanss bouncing a check and stiffing the payee was, and should be dealt with as a criminal matter, not just an ethics complaint.

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The Stockbridge ethics board is investigating a complaint a City Council member has been a consistent no-show at meetings and work sessions.

Council member Fred Evans has not been at a regular council meeting or work session since early May, according to city records. So far this year, he has missed three of the nine regular meetings and two of the six work sessions. Yet Evans, an electrician, has shown up each month this year to collect the $700 check paid to City Council members. Several calls to Evans over two days seeking comment were not returned. In a separate matter, Evans bounced an $1,800 check at a local auto repair shop and has yet to pay, according to another complaint filed with the ethics board. Thurman's Transmission Service in Stockbridge made repairs to Evans' truck in January 2010. Evans wrote a check that bounced, Robert Thurman said Thursday, and has yet to pay the bill.

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Stockbridge Mayor Receives Honor

By TheDoctor

Mayor Lee Stuart, whom is a member of the Native American tribe of the Sappony in Northern North Carolina and Southern Virginia, recently visited the Council Meeting. He was awarded the Bald Eagle Feather which is the highest honor a veteran can receive from the tribe. Only Native Americans are allowed to receive the feather. Mayor Stuart is a very proud gentleman of his heritage and I congratulate him on this award from North Carolina. He said it is like receiving the Medal of Honor from the United States government. When you see him go by and congratulate him on this most prestigious honor.

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Stockbridge Council Above the Law?
Members of the Stockbridge City Council became enraged when newly elected Mayor Lee Stuart began to exercise his lawfully authority of veto by specifically rescinding what he described as wasteful spending through contracts that did not serve the best interest of the City. A move was launched to strip the Mayor of such authority, which had existed for decades without challenge. Mayor Stuart filed suit against the City Council in an attempt to preserve the authority of the Mayor. Legal block and parry went on for months and when Mr. Stuart was no longer able to personally fund the suit a settlement was reached. But the settlement had far reaching implications. It essentially altered the City Charter by redefining mayoral jurisdictions and authority to carry out the duties of the office for which Mr. Stuart and every previous mayor were elected to perform. An ordinance was prepared to enact the changes and the Council sought local legislation through the Henry County Legislative Delegation to formally alter the City Charter. That move stalled in the legislature earlier this year. The settlement and subsequent Ordinance effectively relegated the office of Mayor to a ceremonial position with no direct executive authority. To remove any doubt the Council members intended to specifically strip Mayor Stuart of those powers, note Ordinance #11246 as passed by the City Council. April 18, 2011 City of Stockbridge Ordinance #11-246 To amend Chapter 2.12 of the City of Stockbridge Code of Ordinances SECTION 2. Binding Effect. This ordinance and the amendments to the City Code of Ordinances contained herein shall be binding on the mayor and the City Council and shall remain in full force and effect through December 31, 2013 and any action to amend, rescind, revoke or modify the foregoing ordinances prior to said date shall be null and void without the unanimous consent of the Mayor and all members of the Council. On June 20, 2011 a citizen of Stockbridge requested information concerning the Settlement in the law suit between Mayor Lee Stuart and the City Council. The Citys response to the Open Records Act request, dated June 23rd, was prepared by Ms. Lindsay M. Hodgson, an associate at Smith Welch law firm. However, the requested information was denied as protected by attorney-client privilege and protected by terms of the settlement. Since the three-day period allowed for presenting that information had passed, and the information was not forthcoming, the citizen contacted the Georgia Attorney Generals office. Both the citizen and the City of Stockbridge requested the AGs position on failure to comply with the Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-73).

In a letter to Mr. Andrew J. Welch III, representing the City of Stockbridge, Mr. Stefan Ritter, Senior Assistant Attorney General, stated the following: 1. A public agency may not by contract create an exemption to disclosure under the Open Records Act that does not exist in statute. Such a contractual term violates the public policy underlying the Open Records Act, which favors openness of public records and narrowly construes exceptions to public disclosure. 2. O.C.G.A. 13-8-2 states contracts against public policy are void and cannot be enforced. 3. The settlement agreement requested under the Open Records Act should be produced in response to a valid Open Records Act request. 4. Contractual terms within the settlement agreement purporting to make those documents confidential and exempt from disclosure are likewise void and cannot be enforced. Mr. Ritter provided several citations of previous Attorney General Opinions and Georgia law that grant his office authority to rule in such matters, and point out that the actions of the Stockbridge City Council stand in violation. The City Council has violated Georgia law and the public trust by creating a secret contract concerning City operations, then by shielding the settlement from public view, and by denial of a records request. There can be no question that the Stockbridge Mafia, as council members have been dubbed, could not tolerate a mayor who would actually stand in the path of handshake deals, one-sided contracts and their usual business of personal aggrandizement. Every citizen, resident and voter in the City of Stockbridge must be aware that three Council seats are up for election in November 2011. All seats are non-partisan and At-large, meaning each Council member represents the entire city. Kathy Gilbert Leader and spokesperson of the cabal determined to undermine the citys mayor. It is not clear whether she is the puppet of local power brokers (which certainly would feed her ego) or the citys law firm (which has controlled most official actions of the city for decades) Shirley Dabney A quiet person whose opinions and positions are unknown because she never says anything in public. She follows Ms. Gilberts lead and casts votes that will win her favor, without regard to citizens desires or needs. Fred Evans City records for 2010 and 2011 prove he did not attend 33% of council meetings. Recent ethics charges and actual questions of fraud as reported by the AJC show he is both unwilling and unfit to represent the citizens of Stockbridge. Pettiness and power grabs make this city council a joke. Please vote them out of office this year!

Stockbridge at a Glance
Reprinted from The Citizen #213, September 20, 2010 Stockbridge has had a city manager for years. The position and role of a city manager is not at issue now. The problem today is the coup d'tat launched by council members against the mayor. There was for decades a tight cabal including the mayor, city attorney and city manager. The council was consistently reelected, all at-large seats, and there was always very low voter turnout. In many ways Stockbridge government existed in spite of the citizens, not to serve them. They could and did throw around political weight to get personnel to do or say, or simply follow like sheep. Nobody should be concerned about an elected official "being in charge." That is how our government works. The President & Congress are civilians, but have authority over military agencies. It is the elected official whose job it is to represent the citizens, while specific agencies are employed to fulfill the objectives. Mayor Stuart's military background simply provides sound experience and understanding that someone must lead and make the hard choices. Councilor Kathy Gilbert is generally the spokesperson for the Council in their resistance to Mayor Stuart. When first elected she was a citizens' champion against wrongful use of eminent domain. That was the public battle cry of the day. Although she privately opposed the cabal of elites running the city, Gilbert, Fred Evans nor Shirley Dabney took a public position. But Ms. Gilbert did file an ethics complaint against Mr. Evans. There was in-fighting and bickering, but nothing came of it. When Mayor Stuart took action against wasteful spending and deals that benefited targeted individuals, took responsibility for a cemetery inside the city and refused to abdicate his official role that is when the current unpleasantness began. Whether the Council could legally override a mayoral veto turned into a lawsuit with the city attorney representing the Council and Mayor Stuart seeking private legal counsel. The latest misstep by the Council was to discuss a coup d'tat against the mayor in Executive Session. Such discussion is not legally protected, but rumors and innuendo flew when a council member divulged the information. The City of Stockbridge is not a sandbox for these children, and the operation of government is not a game for personal wins and losses. Councilor Gilbert likened the City to "any corporation" saying the mayor is like a CEO and should not be involved in day-to-

day operations. She is wrong on both points. In the corporate environment a CEO can hire and fire his top lieutenants, whereas a mayor cannot fire elected council members. Fortunately, a disgruntled group of councilors also cannot fire the mayor.

As reported by Fox News , "Veterans in Houston say the Department of Veterans Affairs is consistently censoring their prayers by banning them from saying the words 'God' and 'Jesus' during funeral services at Houston National Cemetery." ~

A Redress of Federal Laws Pertaining to The use of the Words God or Jesus during Religious Ceremonies at Federal Sites
The United States Government under the auspices of the Department of Veterans Affairs has created a statute that says the words God or Jesus cannot be used at Federal Cemeteries or other Federal events where such words are normally used. This redress of the government comes as we Americans are seeing the tide turn toward more atheistic teachings within our landscape of government. We the People began over two hundred years ago to fight for what is right in our nation. The words God and Jesus are from the Holy Bible put together by King James in 1611. We are at the dawn of the 400th anniversary of this undertaking. Our frontiers were settled under the teachings within the Holy Bible. Even our laws and judgments are based on the teachings of the word of the Holy Bible. When the Bill of Rights to the Constitution were drafted We the People were guaranteed Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Speech. The undertakings of the recent activities of the Department of Veterans Affairs go against the Constitution of this nation and strongly infringe upon the rights of all Americans even those who dont want the words God or Jesus used. The people who make up our nation are a cross section of different nationalities and religions. But it seems Christianity is constantly being attacked just as it was during the Roman Empire Days; although Rome did convert itself to Christianity before the Empire disappeared. We the People therefore ask for the words God and Jesus to be used within the confines of Federal cemeteries or other facilities where funerals are being performed this second day of July in the year of our Lord two thousand and eleven. May others see this and push to make it so for it is the right thing to do. Pastor Mike Moon

Tara Field as "Controlled Airspace"
Joanie Scott commented: "As a former Air Traffic Controller, I can tell you that because Hampton lies within the 40 mile radius of Hartsfield "Controlled Airspace" it is unlikely that any volume of traffic in and out of Tara Field would be allowed by the FAA. The structure of the Hartsfield traffic operations extends well beyond the actual airport itself and safety issues involved by adding operations to Tara within the existing TRSA (Terminal Radar Service Area) would be almost impossible to get approved by the FAA. Gwinnett has been working to expand their airport for years to no avail. That being said, if the FAA and State Legislature are given a choice between economic development of Henry County and the busiest airport in the United States, Hartsfield, it's a pretty clear choice for them. Again, that's not even taking into account the safety issues that would arise from increased air traffic operations of Tara Field due to its proximity to Hartsfield."

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Tara Field be used an investment for the future, though I am not sure how taxpayers
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will get a ROI. It now appears like a money pit. When the BoC reveals the whole story we will see if Henry County stands to benefit.

Henry County has a track record of buying money-pit properties Nash Farm comes to
mind. We must get new leadership in the County.

Q I am told by people in the trenches that Henry county purchased Nash farm because
McDonough Arts 2011 events they were being threatened with high density building and the public did not want high density. I guess it is lack of information and participation on all our parts me included. Ugh

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

A It was not a threat but a planned development. Then D-2 commissioner Freedman
worked with land owner for R-2 zoning. In the deal the land owner was GIVING 100 acres to Henry County for a park or greenspace or whatever use they wanted. BJ Mathis unseated Freedman in D-2 and moved to kill anything he had in place.

Q What is Tara airport going to be used for? Something to do with movies not to
expand airport? anyone know?`

A The movie studio deal apparently is not associated with the county's purchase of the
airport. Billy Abbate owns 97 acres adjacent to the airport property. Henry County floated $40 Million in bonds in 2010 to finance the studio he planned. No financial institution would loan him the money. The studio project has not progressed yet.

Clayton Increases Millage Rate

I attended the CCBOC meeting this afternoon at 4:00. The only thing that impressed me was that the Chair started the meeting straight up 4:00. After that it was all down. I sat in the back and it was somewhat hard to hear what most of them were mumbling. Parts I do know. Shortly after the meeting started, they went into executive session to discuss real estate and personnel issue. That lasted no more that 15 minutes. Real estate was never mention in the budget discussion. The Chairman presented his budget that included 14 furlough days for all employees. The Finance Director explained how much tax money the county is loosing because of the extremely low assessments. Anyway, they did not approve a budget for 2012. They did vote and approved a 4.5 mil increase in the property taxes and .5 mil for the fire tax. If I understood Commissioner Wole Ralph's comments before he made the motion, this increase will eliminate the furlough days. I will give you a better picture tomorrow when it comes out in the Clayton Daily News. I have to tell you, the Clayton BOC was a penny away from being totally dysfunctional. Hampton Resident

BJ Mathis: Community Organizer

Jim Nichols wrote: Larry is dead on. Chairman Mathis is a community organizer at heart and it speaks to one of her strengths as Chairman. We need more community organizers in general as our society is very divided and isolated right now, and we definitely need MORE OF THEM running for office because they have their ears to the ground about what's going on in the community. There are two things we need more of in politics-- Policy advocates and community organizers. We have enough of the self seeking, rent seeking, self profiting politicians who focus on helping themselves and their buddies--we need more people focused on improving our community, state, nation, and world. Mr. Nichols is former chairman of Henry County Democrat Party. He ran an unsuccessful race for Georgia Senate district 17 (formerly held by John Douglas) in 2010. Republicans have known this all along. Finally the county's Democrats acknowledge one of their own.

History Repeats Itself

If we fail to learn from the past we are destined to repeat it History repeats itself, and you thought Liberals/Progressives/Democrats were so smart! We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started. And an enormous debt to boot! I want to see this country prosperous. I want to see people get a job. I want to see people get enough to eat. We have never made good on our promises. Henry Morgenthau Jr. close friend, lunch companion, loyal secretary of the Treasury to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and key architect of FDRs New Deal.

The date: May 9, 1939. The Federal Reserve's massive stimulus program had little impact on the U.S. economy besides weakening the dollar and helping U.S. exports, Federal Reserve Governor Alan Greenspan told CNBC Thursday. In a blunt critique of his successor, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, Greenspan said the $2 trillion in quantitative easing over the past two years had done little to loosen credit and boost the economy. "There is no evidence that huge inflow of money into the system basically worked," Greenspan said in a live interview. The date: June 30, 2011

Quote of the Day: "If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you're not a racist, you'll have to vote for someone else in 2012 to prove you're not an idiot."

School boards bond move gets positive results

District saves $5.23 million By Johnny Jackson, Henry Daily Herald The Henry County Board of Education will realize a savings of more than $5 million after refunding some of its bond debt. The five-member school board voted unanimously to approve a resolution accepting bond refunding worth nearly $95 million, during a special called meeting Tuesday. To refinance its debt, the board sold off what remained of its Series 2001 and Series 2004 General Obligation bonds.

Caterpillar to add 200 jobs to Georgia,ga

ATLANTA (AP) Caterpillar Inc. is investing $120 million in its Spalding County facility and expects to create at least 200 more jobs in Georgia. The Peoria, Ill.-based company is upgrading its Griffin Engine Center in Spalding County. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal called Caterpillar "one of the world's most recognizable and successful brands." The Caterpillar Griffin Engine Center assembles engines and generator sets for more than six engine models. Rod Shurman, Griffin Engine Center facility manager, said the location has been a success for the company because "it keeps us close to our customers and supply base." Caterpillar posted sales and revenues of $42.6 billion in 2010. It's the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.

Commodities Food Distribution

By TheDoctor Henry County residents who need help on July 12, 2011 food will be distributed between 9:00am--4:00pm or until the commodities are gone. The Locations are:

Henry County Government Annex 116 S. Zack Hinton Pkwy McDonough, Georgia 30252 Stockbridge Presbyterian Church 4740 N. Henry Blvd Stockbridge, Ga 30281 Locust Grove City Hall 3528 Highway 23/42 Locust Grove, Ga 30248 Applicant must have proof of residency. You must show a picture identification. Food will be given out on a first come, first served basis. Each household is eligible for only one bag of food. House hold size Gross Monthly Income 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 $ 1,173 $ 1,578 $ 1,984 $ 2,389 $ 2,794 $ 3,199 $ 3,604 or more $ 4,009

For any questions cal 404-363-0575 Option 2

Hat tip to Kay Stanley

What if they left ....AND ENTERED LEGALLY?

WHAT YOU WON'T HEAR ABOUT DURING BUDGET TALKS What if 20 Million Illegal Aliens Vacated America?

I, Tina Griego, journalist for the Denver Rocky Mountain News wrote a column titled, "Mexican Visitor's Lament". I interviewed Mexican journalist Evangelina Hernandez while visiting Denver last week. Hernandez said, "illegal aliens pay rent, buy groceries, buy clothes. What Happens to your country's economy if 20 million people go away?" Hmmm, I thought, what would happen? So I did my due diligence, buried my nose as a reporter into the FACTS I found below. It's a good question it deserves an honest answer. Over 80% of Americans demand secured borders and illegal migration stopped. But what would happen if all 20 million or more vacated America? The answers I found may surprise you! In California, if 3.5 million illegal aliens moved back to Mexico, it would leave an extra $10.2 billion to spend on overloaded school systems, bankrupt hospitals and overrun prisons. It would leave highways cleaner, safer and less congested. Everyone could understand one another as English became the dominant language again. In Colorado, 500,000 illegal migrants, plus their 300,000 kids and grandchildren would move back 'home', mostly to Mexico . That would save Colorado an estimated $2 billion (other experts say $7 billion) annually in taxes that pay for schooling, medical, social-services and incarceration costs. It means 12,000 gang members would vanish out of Denver alone. Colorado would save more than $20 million in prison costs, and the terror that those 7,300 alien criminals set upon local citizens. Denver Officer Don Young and hundreds of Colorado victims would not have suffered death, accidents, rapes and other crimes by illegals. Denver Public Schools would not suffer a 67% dropout/flunk rate because of thousands of illegal alien students speaking 41 different languages. At least 200,000 vehicles would vanish from our grid locked cities in Colorado. Denvers 4% unemployment rate would vanish as our working poor would gain jobs at a living wage. In Florida, 1.5 million illegals would return the Sunshine State back to America , the rule of law, and English. In Chicago, Illinois, 2.1 million illegals would free up hospitals, schools, prisons and highways for a safer, cleaner and more crime-free experience. If 20 million illegal aliens returned 'home', the U.S. Economy would return to the rule of law. Employers would hire legal American citizens at a living wage. Everyone would pay their fair share of taxes because they wouldn't be working off the books. That would result in an additional $401 Billion in IRS income taxes collected annually, and an equal amount for local, state and city coffers.

No more push '1' for Spanish or '2' for English. No more confusion in American schools that now must contend with over 100 languages that degrade the educational system for American kids. Our overcrowded schools would lose more than two million illegal alien kids at a cost of billions in ESL and free breakfasts and lunches. We would lose 500,000 illegal criminal alien inmates at a cost of more than $1.6 billion annually. That includes 15,000 MS-13 gang members who distribute $130 billion in drugs annually would vacate our country. In cities like L.A. , 20,000 members of the ' 18th Street Gang' would vanish from our nation. No more Mexican forgery gangs for ID theft from Americans! No more foreign rapists and child molesters! Losing more than 20 million people would clear up our crowded highways and gridlock. Cleaner air and less drinking and driving American deaths by illegal aliens! Americas economy is drained. Taxpayers are harmed. Employers get rich. Over $80 billion annually wouldn't return to the aliens' home countries by cash transfers. Illegal migrants earned half that money untaxed, which further drains Americas economy which currently suffers an $14 trillion debt!! At least 400,000 anchor babies would not be born in our country, costing us $109 billion per year per cycle. At least 86 hospitals in California, Georgia and Florida would still be operating instead of being bankrupt out of existence because illegals pay nothing via the EMTOLA Act. Americans wouldn't suffer thousands of TB and hepatitis cases rampant in our country-brought in by illegals unscreened at our borders. Our cities would see 20 million less people driving, polluting and grid locking our cities. It would also put the 'progressives' on the horns of a dilemma; illegal aliens and their families cause 11% of our greenhouse gases. Over one million of Mexico's poorest citizens now live inside and along our border from Brownsville, Texas to San Diego, California in what the New York Times called, 'colonias' or new neighborhoods. Trouble is, those living areas resemble Bombay and Calcutta where grinding poverty, filth, diseases, drugs, crimes, no sanitation and worse. They live without sewage, clean water, streets, roads, electricity, or any kind of sanitation. The New York Times reported them to be America's new ' Third World ' inside our own country. Within 20 years, at their current growth rate, they expect 20 million residents of those colonias. (I've seen them personally in Texas and Arizona; it's sickening beyond anything you can imagine.) By enforcing our laws, we could repatriate them back to Mexico. We should invite 20 million aliens to go home, fix their own countries and/or make a better life in Mexico. We already invite a million people into our country legally more than all other countries combined annually. We cannot and must not allow anarchy at our borders, more anarchy within our borders and growing lawlessness at every level in our nation. It's time to stand up for our country, our culture, our civilization and our way of life.

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