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Not too wordy today. Just thoughts. One: is our BOC chairman in violation of the Hatch Act?

Thoughts and opinions appreciated.

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timeontarget commented on Thursday, Aug 23, 2012 at 06:55 AM

iknowyou posted a blog recently which explained the Hatch Act.

It seems from that blog that our newly elected Chairman is not prohibited by the Hatch Act.

However I feel like he should not have been allowed to run for office of Chairman or even before as a district Commissioner because he is an employee of the county because of his position at the hospital.

Does anyone really think that he will not be biased regarding issues involving the hospital.

I certainly don't think so.

There is another commissioner who is employed by the City of Hinesville and I don't think that is good for the taxpayers.

Then you have the mayor who is a lifelong government employee and he saw nothing wrong with voting himself a handsome pay raise.

When one has spent a lifetime being paid a payroll check derived from tax dollars extracted from private enterprise then they cannot possibly be trustworthy to protect the poor taxpayer.

HMJC commented on Thursday, Aug 23, 2012 at 07:48 AM

How different would the political scene be if performance benchmarks were part of the criteria to retain employment during their tenure? Oh wait a minute...thats what the rest of us working folks(tax payers) are evaluated by...for our employment. Hmmm....

timeontarget commented on Monday, Aug 27, 2012 at 07:02 AM

Jimmy Mack, I too am a local born and reared here in Liberty.

I saw your post in another blog recently where you said that you were giving thought to cashing in here and going elsewhere.

If I was younger I'd consider leaving also.

The influence of Fort Stewart has destroyed what was one of the finest places in the state.

These folks who contribute to this site love to complain about our local government officials and frankly we don't have very good leadership in our city and county commission offices at this time.

I wish that we could have more insight into the decisions being made by Hinesville city council and Liberty county commission meetings.

The Courier is not the watch dog that the Liberty County Herald was or for that matter not even as much as the Sentinel from long ago.

The age of the internet has brought us much but it will have been responsible for killing the print media.

We need to try to use this site to dig deeper into the goings on at the court house.

Donald Lovett is a good guy but simply does not have the things needed to lead us forward.

JimmyMack commented on Monday, Aug 27, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Tot: ditto to above post. Hinesville as we knew it is over. I regret it every day. It is all about the dollar bill now. And yes, it is not where I wish to spend the Fall and Winter of my life. I am putting serious thought into a condo or townhouse with reasonable HOA fees and just might make the move.

This will make many on this here blog ANGRY but with no disrespect to our soldiers, I wish Ft. Stewart would draw DOWN to say..5 to maybe 7 thousand troops. It may happen, with this sequestration thing, I do not know. I loved Hinesville when we were a Southern Hamlet. I just think Happy Days are over here. There is no longer a community soul.

sebekm commented on Monday, Aug 27, 2012 at 15:58 PM

"I wish Ft. Stewart would draw DOWN to say..5 to maybe 7 thousand troops. It may happen, with this sequestration thing,"

I doubt it. With all the new construction and the strategic proximity to and importance of the port of Savannah and Hunter Army Airfield, other posts/bases will shut down completely before the Fort Stewart/Hunter complex reduces in population to any significant degree. In fact - with all of the politicking that has been done on behalf of Ft Stewart's "Lost Brigade" - I wouldn't be surprised if some part of the reductions that occur overseas make their way to Fort Stewart and actually add to the existing troop level (or at least offset any reductions designed to make us pay our "fair share" of the peace dividend).

Our local installation is one of the "boom" stories in the U.S. military, don'tcha know. IMHO - there's a far greater chance that Romney will win in November AND the Republicans will own both houses of Congress than we will see any noteworthy reduction in troop strength at Ft Stewart/HAAF.

My Prediction: There are about 20k troops stationed at FS/HAAF now. Civilian positions will be cut; contractors will be laid off; we MIGHT see some reduction in active duty military (especially if we don't gain from other drawdowns/closings elsewhere). But I have no doubt that we'll stay well within the historical range of 15k - 19k troops, regardless of any sequestration impact.

JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 at 13:50 PM

You are usually right about most things Sebe. I kinda admire that. I am more of "the glass is half empty" kinda fella.

I think that no matter whom is at the helm of our Country, Romney or BHO, once we hit the fiscal cliff which is akin to the iceberg that sank the Titanic, then only those insulated (big CD's, money markets, low or no mortgages, little or no credit cards etc..." will be the lucky ones who get on one of those economical lifeboats and survive.

I personally, look for all out chaos.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 at 16:03 PM

Yes - chaos and uncertainty in the financial world is a bad thing. If you listen to the arguments on the right, the present administration has greatly contributed to the present level of chaos and uncertainty.

As to the financial "lifeboats" - I had several CDs awhile back but got out of them in favor of a money market account, fixed annuities and dividend paying stocks. Now money market rates are just about equivalent to CDs (i.e., REAL LOW), so you're almost better off keeping your money in an interest bearing savings or checking account. Of course, a paid-off mortagage and no credit card debt carried month-to-month is a goal that we should all aspire to.

Something tells me that our elected representatives will find a way to fix the "fiscal cliff" problem that doesn't result in total disaster. After all, if most of the country grabs their pitchforks and lays seige to Washington, D.C., they won't be able to continue their "business as usual," right?

I guess that makes me a "glass is half-full" kind of guy....

JimmyMack commented on Sunday, Sep 02, 2012 at 14:29 PM

BTW: Am slowly drafting a letter to the Georgia State Attorney Generals office re the Hatch Act as it applies to our BOC and other elected officials employed by tax receiving entities.

Will keep you posted.

timeontarget commented on Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 14:30 PM

I hope the AG comes back with an answer that reflects our desire. Afraid it won't be that way.

We need to urge our local county organ to be more informative to the public as to things going on in local government.

timeontarget commented on Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 14:33 PM

The fact that our newly elected Chairman was employed by the taxpayers should have been boldly proclaimed by The Coastal Courier.

If it was I missed it.

sebekm commented on Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 18:21 PM

I think it was in an article or two, but it wasn't highlighted as a bad thing or that it should be considered a negative for election purposes. Jimmy - let us know how it turns out.

timeontarget commented on Tuesday, Sep 04, 2012 at 17:32 PM

Whether or not it had been highlighted as a bad thing or a good thing.

The "COUNTY ORGAN" should have made sure that the public was aware of the cirmstance.

It is their responsibility.

They are the "FORTH ESTATE "

sebekm commented on Thursday, Sep 13, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Here's some recent news on possible Hatch Act violations at the national level:




JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Sep 13, 2012 at 13:34 PM

Danka Sebe. Still committed to finishing the Hatch Act letter to the Ga State Atty Gen. office.

Kinda at a set back right now with wife's health issues, type 1 diabetic, blind left eye, artificial aortic valve, coumadin levels uneven and to top it all off she had to undergo oral surgery last week. Anesthesia, heart monitering the whole bit. Got to tend to her.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Sep 13, 2012 at 18:48 PM

Ouch. I've had the heart monitoring and am playing the coumadin game myself. All the best to her and to you for your support over what I'm sure are long hours and days.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 14:14 PM

More national developments on a probable Hatch Act violation:


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