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Rants & Raves - May 8

TIFTON —

Here it is in plain English for those of you at city hall. I don't give a crossed-eyed cat about this stupid sign war that is going on in Tifton. I want to know when you plan to go after the gangs that are infesting our town and shooting it up every chance these thugs get. They have AK's and AR rifles for God sake! Why aren't you on the front page every day speaking out? Gangs can be outlawed. Why isn't the city council getting the police department a lot more officers on the street, not just working overtime but actually hiring more people? People are getting shot, getting killed and all you can do is have workshops about a sign ordinance?
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“Thank our Republican governor and Republican legislators for refusing federal money which would have paid the adjustment for low income premiums.” In other words we can freeload off of the government like other Democrats do. The money comes from our taxes that we pay. We wouldn't be paying higher taxes if the Democrats weren't so insistent on giving money to welfare cheats and lazy people that won't work. Let's regulate the insurance companies instead of having to pay inflated premiums caused by Obamascam.
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Robert's Rules of Order defines a called meeting as a special meeting held at a different time from the regular meeting. Recent City Council decisions to rebuild the Myon with SPLOST funds, raise property taxes and take over operation of the Tift Theatre were made during called meetings. These called meetings are effectively not open to the public because there is no advance notice. It seems that all potentially contentious City Council decisions are reached behind closed doors without the possibility of any public input. The mayor owns property near the Tift Theatre. At least one other city councilman owns property downtown. Half of the Myon is privately owned. Millions have been spent on downtown projects in recent years without any independent cost-benefit analysis. Many of these decisions greatly benefit the few at the expense of the many. The City Council's decision process appears to be a cleverly disguised legal version of the good ol' boy system. 

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