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DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - FEBRUARY 2021

FREEDOM OF SPEECH THREAT

In the movie Braveheart, you probably remember the famous last scene wherein William Wallace, played by Mel Gibson, is being tortured to his death and with his last breath he cries out “FREEDOM”.  Freedom has been fought for throughout the centuries by those who are oppressed and controlled by others.  Freedom has been the reason America has fought several wars  during our 250+ years of existence costing us thousands of lives in acquiring and protecting it.

Our First Amendment was just one of the freedoms we deemed worth fighting for, as we saw with other countries that once freedom of speech was taken away, it was not long before all inalienable rights were also destroyed.  The First Amendment guarantees that our congress cannot pass any laws to take this freedom away from “we the people”.  However, the dilemma American is currently facing is that it is the large technology corporations who are controlling what information we can access….taking away the platforms where everyone has a voice, as was the original intent of the web.  These corporations have become strong arms that control our speech, and the what and who can be heard.  Whoever thought just a few short years ago that this would be possible in America! The web is not something a few people use, but today is something everyone uses….we are addicted to the internet for social media, for information, for commerce, and for the news.  All are now controlled by a handful of powerful billionaires who look like they stepped out of a sixties movie.

This is just the beginning because they are now using technology to manipulate our minds into changing our ideologies and worldviews into how they believe we should think.  This will destroy not only America as we know it but also our individualism.  Netflix produced a documentary called Social Dilemma on this very topic, currently available, but it will open your eyes and mind.

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD:   The County is in the process of preparing a strategic plan for Douglas County for the next 5 years, and we are asking for your input and participation.  All you have to do is let me know, by return email that you are willing to have your voice heard.  You will have the opportunity to express what your vision of Douglas County would look like in regards to infrastructure, services, enhancements, growth, facilities, etc.  There would be approximately 3-4 on-line, one hour meetings within the next couple of months.  NOTIFY me at aguider@co.douglas.ga.us if you would like to volunteer.
Douglas County will be borrowing $12 million in TANS (Tax Anticipation Notes) for 2021, compared to $25 million borrowed last year.  Counties use TANS to fund the operation of the county until the property taxes are collected in the fall of the year.
Check out my District Dialogue this month airing on Channel 23 (Comcast) or 99 (U-verse) for travel tips for 2021.  Patti Wenck of Wenck Travel is my guest on the show.  District Dialogue airs at 5 pm daily and will also be available online on our county website, Facebook, and YouTube.

Beware of HR1 being considered by Congress, bearing the name of “FOR The People” Act.  This Resolution is anything but “for the people” but rather for more power of the federal government.  It would place our elections under the control of the Federal Government and would allow felons to vote, remove ID requirements to vote, allow election-day registration, and allow massive mail-outs of ballots. Currently, the States regulate their elections.

“A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy, or perhaps both.”  James Madison

 

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - DECEMBER 2020

BRUCE ALMIGHTY MOVIE

I watched a movie the other day, unlike the normal kind of movie to which  I am attracted , starring Jim Carey….yeah, I know …”really”?  I found it to have a great plot, in a humorous sort of way, and one from which we could all learn a thing or two.  Although it was “slap knee” funny several times throughout the movie, it actually points out to 1) why we should not attempt to “play” God, 2) should not try to control other people, 3) that God gives us all free will (good or bad), 4) that true love cannot be forced and is realized only when you desire happiness for others, and 5) that we humans have our limitations.  I highly recommend this movie during the holidays…if for no other reason, but to help us realize that God is more than “the man upstairs”. Merry Christmas to you and your family and a Happier 2021…

2021 BUDGET

The recent approval of the 2021 budget by the majority of the BOC, included an increase of $36K supplement for the incoming Probate Judge.  This was approved by Commissioners Ramona J. Jones, Tarenia Carthan, and Kelly Robinson.  I did not vote for it primarily because of the $36K supplement for the incoming Judge, added to the $88K base pay and the retention of ALL the filing fees (which this year amounted to over $70K).  This would in all probability put the new Probate Judge making more than the 20 year veteran Superior Court Judges. The outgoing Judge only kept one-half of the Death Certificate fees as he personally entered them into the State system.  There are 4 Constitutional Officers in Georgia who have their base pay set by the Legislature according to county population: the Probate Judge, the Clerk of the Court, the Tax Commissioner, and the Sheriff.  Currently the Sheriff receives a lesser supplement mainly because when he took office, his Chief Deputy, who was a current employee, would have been making more than himself.  The BOC adjusted his pay to remedy that problem. No other Constitutional Officer in Douglas County receives a supplement, but my prediction is this will soon change.

EDITOR’S OPINION: Identity politics/polices now seems to be rampant in the county government.  This policy is based on race, gender, favors, and/or party affiliation in regards to budget, hiring/personnel, bidding, and salary.  As one commissioner has stated, it is “our turn”…and “just wait, it is coming.”   This must be what he meant…  Strange, in many years past, Douglas County not only elected a black man as School Superintendent but also, on another occasion, an openly gay woman.  We have had diverse City Councils and BOC’s for years. I did not know we were taking turns. Hopefully, this biased trend will end, and end soon, as many people moved here to Douglas County because of our sense of community and our diversity.

NEVER WASTE A DISASTER

Is there an attack on the Middle Class by the government …especially in certain states like New York and California?  Thank goodness we live in Georgia.  If the middle class is destroyed with all these shutdowns, restrictions, and regulations, the majority of our country will become totally dependent on the government.  That is the definition of a socialist or Marxist country…run only by the so called “elites.”  President Ronald Reagan once said, “Man is not free unless government is limited,” and ”One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism has been by way of medicine...”

 Left unleashed, the government will tell us what we can say, what we can possess, what we can do, and, of course, who we can worship…well, you get the picture.  This is already happening in parts of our country wherein government is arresting the small business owners who want to open their shops or restaurants like the large businesses are already allowed to do.  Not only is this killing one small business at a time but every business that touches that business, not to mention the many workers who will lose their livelihood.  It is said that socialism(or Marxism) is one step away from communism. To quote Karl Marx (father of Marxism), “The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property.”  He is also known for the following quotes:

“If you can cut the people off from their history, then they can be easily persuaded.”   AND 
Communism begins where atheism begins.

Hmmmmmm…makes one think, doesn’t it?  VOTE...VOTE...VOTE - JAN 5TH

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 2020

LOCATIONS OF BALLOT DROP BOXES

Douglas County Courthouse – outside right of front door and inside @ Voter Registration Office 1st floor

Old Courthouse – 6754 West Church Street near Coroner’s Office

Deer Lick Park – 2105 Mack Road @ front door

Boundary Water Aquatic Center – 5000 Hwy 92/166 @ front door

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER 2020

TAX INCREASE

Citizens in Douglas County were rightfully upset about the 27% plus tax increase.  Although the majority of the Board of Commissioners voted for it WITHOUT MY VOTE, I can say I was so-o-o proud of the number of citizens who became involved and voiced their opposition.

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - JULY 2020

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA

Due to the fact we have all been inundated with so much information regarding the pandemic, the economy, the protests, the riots, and the up-coming Presidential election, I thought it better to sit back quietly for awhile.  However, like yourself, what we have seen on the news of late has disturbed me and prompted me to put in my two cents regarding racial unrest not only around the nation but as close as Atlanta in regards to our home county of Douglas.

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - JUNE

Agenda for the Planning and Zoning meeting this Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at 6 pm

MINUTES:

Approve minutes from the 3/3/2020 meeting.

AGENDA:

UDC AMENDMENT

NEWSLETTER CORRECTION - APRIL 2

CORRECTION OF FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING DATE

MONDAY, APRIL 20, The FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL BE AIRED AT 2:00 pm ....very IMPORTANT MEETING (previously stated Tuesday)   Although I verified the date before publishing in Newsletter, I was given wrong info.  With all the turmoil happening around and the endless meetings being held, I know all are over-whelmed with data and dates.    I apologize for the misinformation.

Also, Elections Department has not updated their website from which I cut and pasted info about Advanced Voting Dates.  As of today, it is still not updated.  So please refer to their page later for updates of times and dates of Advance Voting.  www.celebratedouglascounty.com/depts/48/elections_and_voter_registration.htm
The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.  Ronald Reagan

 

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - APRIL.2

COVID-19 VIRUS TESTING SITE IN DOUGLAS COUNTY

We are into our first full week at Hunter Park.  Testing criteria have expanded to any symptomatic person AND persons with NO symptoms if they are a healthcare worker, first responder, other critical infrastructure worker, nursing home resident or staff member exposed to COVID-19.

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - APRIL 1

PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM COMMISSIONER ANN JONES GUIDER:

https://youtu.be/i-n5at7jFYc

GEMA STATS:  3-31-20_Georgia Situation Report COVID.pdf [content.getrave.com]

Here are some very good sites for Individuals, Businesses and General Public.  I tried to pick the better ones from the thousands out there and to place them in categories to simplify.  Pray this helps in some way.

INDIVIDUALS/FAMILIES

Mortgage relief   https://www.investopedia.com/how-to-get-mortgage-relief-4800539

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Cooling Assistance: 

April 1, 2020 at 8:30am, Tallatoona will begin accepting appointments for the LIHEAP cooling program for Senior Households 65 & older and Homebound Households. Appointments for the General Public will be accepted beginning May 1, 2020 at 8:30am. Douglas County residents who qualify will receive either $350.00 or $400.00 toward their electric bill.  To schedule an appointment visit our website at www.tallatoonacap.org [tallatoonacap.org] and click BookNow, or call 770-817-4666, extension 2.  Attached is a program flyer for your reference

Most of the utility companies have put out information that they would not be shutting off service for non-payment during this time. Check out their websites or call them for verification.

BUSINESSES

THE ORDERS ISSUED BY THE CITY AND THE COUNTY STRONGELY URGE NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES TO ADHERE TO THE  6 FT DISTANCING FROM OTHER INDIVIDUALS AND NO MORE THAN 10 IN A GATHERING.   REPORT ANY VIOLATIONS TO rtisone@co.douglas.ga.us or call (770) 920-7372.

GENERAL PUBLIC

GENERAL RESOURCES: https://www.perdue.senate.gov/covid-19-resource-guide

CORONAVIRUS.GOV https://www.coronavirus.gov/

COBB AND DOUGLAS PUBLIC HEALTH http://www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.com/

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - MARCH.2

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