My Visit to Cuba

I recently stopped in Havana Cuba on a cruise, an experience which proved to be an eye-opener, to say the least.  Although I was taught about the bad points of socialism in high school, my visit exemplified just how negative an effect Socialism (Government run everything) plays on human beings and their quality of life.   You could easily envision what a beautiful city Havana once was, but you would be very sadden to see how many great, magnificent Russian influenced buildings constructed many  years back were actually crumbling and going to seed.  You often saw these once beautiful structures deteriorating at the roof level, while people still lived on the lower floors of the building. Laundry hanging out on the balconies was a common sight, as most people do not own a washer and dryer.  The government buildings were, of course, maintained or under reconstruction, while almost every other building was gray  from lack of paint and lack of the variety of color found in most cities in the Caribbean.    There were very few shops around the pier normally found on a Caribbean island, except for the typical flea market.  I was told that businesses were  government controlled.

 Lines of people stood outside the food markets, as food remains rationed.  Although Cuba has free education, I was told by a Cuban native that the government decides what kind of occupation and how far up the ladder you can go, thereby eliminating your personal potential.  Since the government runs the “free” health care, doctors’ salaries are government controlled and often are below that of a tourist guide, since the guides receive tips from the tourists.   I understand the Cuban government has recently allowed the people to have cell phones with limited coverage.  I pondered over what I saw and wondered if those who tout socialism for America really understand just what they would have to give up to receive “free” stuff.  Hmmmm

2019 Committee Assignments

Benefits Committee:                                        Com. Carthan & Chairman Jones

Finance Committee:                                         Com. Robinson & Chairman Jones      

Programming Committee:                               Com. Mitchell & Com. Carthan

Safety Committee:                                            Commissioner Carthan

Technology Committee:                                  Com. Mitchell & Com. Guider

Pension Advisory Board:                                 Chairman Jones & Com. Carthan

Transportation Committee:                             Com. Robinson & Chairman Jones

FIRE/EMS:                                                         Com. Guider & Com. Carthan

Intergovernmental Committee:                           Chairman Jones

Parks & Recreation Oversight Committee:         Com. Mitchell & Com. Carthan

Public Safety Committee:                                    Com. Guider & Chairman Jones

Stakeholders Committee (Villa Rica):                  Chairman Jones, Com. Guider

Purchasing Oversight Committee:                       Com. Carthan & Com. Robinson

Residential Development:                                    Com. Robinson, Chairman Jones

Tax Abatement Compliance:                                Com. Guider & Com. Carthan



The rain delayed the completion of the 2018 resurfacing program, and the county paver was damaged in a recent fire at the equipment barn.  Please be patient, both the 2018 and the 2019 roads will be resurfaced this year.


·         Bright Star @ John West – Turn Lane – Right-of-way acquisition in process – construction this summer.
·         Dorris Road @ Sweetwater/Highpoint – Turn lane -  Right-of-way acquisition in process – construction this summer.
·         Hwy 5 @ Douglas Blvd.  NORTHBOUNDR-Turn lane – in design stage.
·         Hwy 5 @ Douglas Blvd. SOUTHBOUND – Dual L-turn lanes – Construction to begin soon (State project).
·         Stewart Mill @ Reynolds Road – Turn lane -design finishing in next few weeks – construction bid this spring or summer.

POST ROAD BRIDGE – Right-of-way acquisition in process – Construction to begin this summer
WHITESTONE BRIDGE – Construction bid  recently awarded


Residents who live in and around Mirror Lake will be happy to know that your City, County, State and railroad officials have found a solution to the Connors Road RR Crossing problem.  Working together, we all have worked out an agreement of placing an early warning sign at the intersection of Connors Road/Mirror Lake Boulevard that will  inform drivers there is a train sitting on the track at the bottom of the hill, and they should use an alternative route to get to downtown Villa Rica.  This has taken a long time, but the contract to install the warning sign has been awarded and the sign should be installed within a couple of months. 

Watch District Dialogue - AJG and the Douglas County Fire Department:






District 4 – TOWN HALL

WHEN:          Thursday, December 13th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE:         Dog River Public Library, 6100 GA-5, Douglasville, Ga
TOPIC:           2019 Budget and Things Happening in District 4 and Douglas County


General Election Voting: November 6, 2018 from 7a-7p

Advance Voting will start at the Douglas County Courthouse (ONLY) on October 15, 2018 from 8a-5pm, Monday thru Friday and continue through November 2.

Additional locations and extended hours

October 29-Nov 2 from 8am - 6pm (ALL ADVANCE VOTING LOCATIONS)



People here in the county often ask me my recommendations in the upcoming election.  Well, people who know me know that I am a conservative, as defined as a theology “that promotes traditional principles, personal responsibility and limited government.”  I define traditional principles” as those that value God, family, and country, but I also include doing what is right, having integrity, telling the truth, doing as you say, and having compassion and caring for others..  I always favor other conservatives….plain and simple.  I stand firm against those who are entrusted to service by the citizens who support manipulation and untruthfulness, and, frankly, will always expose them when I find it.

 I truly believe in being informed and that is why I love talk radio.  However, I do confine my attention to those outlets that…on most issues… are in compliance with my own conservative beliefs.  I certainly do not listen to those sites that state “911 Was A Fraud” and would suggest the one who made that statement last week look closer to see if the word ISIS appears anywhere in the credits of those reports.

I fear that our education system is failing to teach our children true American History, about the founding fathers, the explanations in the Federalist Papers, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights…all these are FREE at the Hillsdale College link below. From what I see and hear on the news, there are many individuals who do not even know what the difference is between socialism, communism, fascism, and capitalism. Does anybody else find it odd that those wanting “FREEdom” are actually promoting the ideology of “slavery” to government  and intolerance of differing opinions? And, why do they wear masks?

Here are the top news outlets I frequent:

National Review:
Human Events Online:
The Heritage Foundation:  
**https://www.hillsdale.edu/academics/free-online-courses -
**http://www.marklevinshow.com/  - my latest favorite on Fox Sunday nights

Getting back to the original topic of this article, what I tell people asking me on my opinion for the elections, I ask them “Are you happy with the direction of our county/state/country?”  IF NOT, VOTE CONSERVATION!

General Election Voting: November 6, 2018 from 7a-7p

Advance Voting will start at the Douglas County Courthouse on October 15, 2018 from 8a-5pm, Monday thru Friday with additional locations And extended hours starting October 29-Nov 2 from 8am - 6pm:

  • Old Courthouse- 6754 Church St. Douglasville, GA 30134
  • Deer Lick Park- 2105 Mack Rd. Douglasville, GA 30135
  • Boundary Waters Aquatic Center- 5000 Highway 92 Douglasville, GA 30135
  • Dog River Library- 6100 Highway 5 Douglasville, GA 30135

Saturday voting for General Election will be at the COURTHOUSE ONLY, Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 9am - 4pm

REGISTER  BY OCT 9TH TO VOTE  https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov

To register to vote you must:

  • · Be a citizen of the United States
  • · Be a legal resident of the county
  • · Be at least 17 1/2 years of age to register and 18 years of age to vote
  • · Not be serving a sentence for conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude
  • ·  Have not been found mentally incompetent by a judge 

MORE INFO: http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/register_to_vote


The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.  PLATO.


Newsletter - District 4 Supplement

Douglas County Community Strategic Plan Unveiling



Well, I am sure you have heard by now that a 4-route bus system did pass this week by a vote of 3-2.  Those Commissioners who voted in favor of accepting a $4 million CMAQ grant (over the next 3 years) as “seed money” for the 4-route system were Commissioner Chair Jackson-Jones, Vice Chair Kelly Robinson, and District 1 Commissioner Henry Mitchell.   Commissioner Mulcare and I cast the dissenting votes.

Although this may have been a surprise to many, I had held on to the hope that since Commissioner Mitchell had been so appalled and publically critical of the “back-room” deals taken by some to change the original 2-route system into the now 4-route system, that he just might not go along with it.  However, when the latest version of the routes was revealed to the rest of us on the BOC just 2 weeks ago, my hope began to fade as it was apparent that the newest route was almost entirely in the Lithia Springs’ area of his district!

Back in 2015 when all this began, our main objective and about 95% of our public dialogue was about providing transportation for the seniors and the disabled.  The majority of those who came and spoke before the BOC from all areas of the county stressed the need for this service, even up to the day of our vote. That had been my objective all along, just as it had been for a couple of others on the Board.  However, Commissioner Robinson is quoted in the August 9th Sentinel as saying  “Traditionally, seniors and disabled needs were only being met in Douglas County but NOW a more inclusive set of citizens can partake….such as Millennials, part-time workers, one or no car owners”…    Somewhere he changed his objective and persuaded others to go along with him.

Before the vote, I proposed rather than the BOC accepting the grant for a system estimated to cost $2 million a year to operate from this day forward, we initiate a dial-a-ride system, similar to what Carroll County recently adopted.  With this program, a person would reserve a ride within 24 hours to and from any location within Douglas County for a reasonable fee and would allow pick up at their home.  This would have provided service at a much cheaper price tag to any Douglas County citizen who did not have transportation. The now adopted program does not serve anyone in the western or the southern parts of the county although we will all help pay for it.

I am writing this to keep you informed and ask that you continue to monitor this issue.  Yes, I am disappointed and somewhat concerned about adding $2 million to subsequent budgets.  However, it is done.  This is a huge project to bite off at one time and the citizens must demand that those steering this project must be forth-coming and transparent with them.



Although we had good turnout at the Open Forum the other night, the weather played a major factor in prohibiting those who wanted to come and were intimidated by the evening storms.  I have included a link for those wanting to view all or part of the meeting via computer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYsScyj-BAE


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