Presberg’s silence undermines trust

Mr. Presberg, I agree with your assertion that values and beliefs do not qualify or disqualify you from administrative aspects or political actions of your appointed position.

I also admit your religious or non-religious interpretations are of little relevance when deciding minimum qualifications of the BOE position.

However, there lies a duty of inquiry among the citizenry and its media representation when it comes to public leadership and representation.

Since you have been entrusted with our most valuable asset, our children, I know of no reason precluding a representative from willingly disclosing information to assist the public in building trust and confidence in your vision and goals.

No matter how obvious these reasons appear to you, as a leader-servant it is not the belief which is judged to be wrong, but the action resulting from it.

In public office or through public representation, a person’s beliefs and values aren’t considered private.

As an extension of this public platform, your words and thought processes should be viewed as common property of the public for which you’re held accountable.

Beliefs are embodied in our attitudes as outward expressions of our inner core. Beliefs are chosen and choices and decisions we make are influenced by those beliefs.

It is this influence on your decision-making that is being called into question.

Your message could have stated you are a self-proclaimed atheist who embraces the value of Christian behaviors in that you aspire to conduct yourself in similar moral and ethical fashion, and want to be judged for your values as a human being.

The public cannot ignore the substance of what is being said, especially in the form of silence. You cannot represent the public in silence, so in the wake of your expression of leadership, don’t expect the public to sit in silence accepting the image you have cast.

The late William Clifford stated that “He who truly believes that which prompts him to an action has looked upon the action to lust after it, he has committed it already in his heart.”

Jeff Fisher

Senoia, Ga.

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Think again, Social

I've been raising hell for years and working against Smola and Smith and watching the sheeple re-elect them no matter what. Similar to the FC these days, the BOE has long had some deep-rooted problems that have been ignored because "life was good" and "FC schools are good."

It took the school system building a totally unnecessary school(which would have been unnecessary even if the economy had never crashed)and staring at a 10million shortfall in the upcoming budget to get people to finally wake up, sort of like it took WFB(among other issues) to wake up people about the FC commission. They stayed sleepy enough still that the candidates to replace these clowns was very limited in quality last year and may be even worse this year with 3 seats open.

Pressberg is one dude with one vote and doesn't have the power on his own to do much besides his one vote. The people in the newly-formed district get to decide in November whether he returns to the BOE or not. Those that believe that everyone's religious beliefs should be well-known and publically advertised had better convince the District 5 voters of that viewpoint. Also, you might as well go ahead and demand everyone else in FC that is in office or seeking office to declare in writing a) which religious denomination(if any) they are a part of and b) where do they attend church and how often do they attend church?

THe point about Pressberg I made is real clear: you and anyone else have the "right" to ask him anything. He has the "right" to not answer it, half answer it, 100% answer it, or tell u to go pound sand. The voter then has the choice of voting for him or not.

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I agree with most of what you

I agree with most of what you have just said. However, that is a convenient last comment to make seeing that the people did not vote for Mr. Presberg. He was ushered to the "chair" with relative ease and not a "shot fired".

The real problem is in the Charter. The "chair" should always be of an elected offical, not one of appointment. Someone on the board needed to stand up and represent the populous. This does not speak well of Smith and Smola.

I still think you're missing the "big picture". This article doesn't focus on the topic of religion. It focuses on transparency. If you don't ask the questions then you deserve what you get in office. As for a representative not answering questions, you bet, he will more than likely be ousted from office.

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Social: What really reeks in the situation is.......

Besides the Smith/Smola votes to go along with his own in making him chairman(no one complained when Steve Brown voted for himself to be named FC Chairman but I guess it's because that was defeated by the other 3,but that's another story) the next action was OK'ing district voting, meaning that the only the select few in District 5 get to vote on Presberg, up or down, and not the whole county. It also might help Terri Smith some in her re-election, though as extremely unpopular as Smola's husband is in Tyrone, it probably dooms her.

Definitely need to amend the BOE charter to deal with this type of situation differently in the future in case it arises again.

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Well said, MYTMITE

Amidst the howling from the hardcore fundies, it's nice to hear a voice of reason and experience instead of the usual ignorance that is associated with myopic fundies and their stupid "demands."

Yep, voters have the right to ask any kind of question they want to Pressberg, and he has the right to answer them in any way he feels or totally ignore them for that matter. All the thumping and childish whining from the crazed fundies doesn't change that.

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Politics

It's obvious that you've never been in a public position of trust. Ignorance isn't bliss and complacency is one of the factors that offers our public figures near carte blanche.

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Position of Trust

I don't see this article as an attack on a man's character or questioning his abilities as prior posts seem to suggest. I also don't see where this is focused on religious beliefs. If you're going to act in a capacity to represent me, before trusting anyone, I want to know what you stand for.

Isn't a lack of inquiry a derivative of complacency and visa versa? To succumb to such a notion sets you in a reactionary position, instead of being in a proactive role. In a position of public trust there is an obligation to the people to be transparent and forthright. Mr. Presberg volunteered to take a public position. In doing so, he should have left his notion of "privacy" at the door. This goes for any public official, not just Mr. Presberg.

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Social Realist, perhaps Mr. Pressberg should do what most of

our politicians on the national and local level do--come out for Mom, apple pie and the American flag. Of course that would change if they were talking to a group who preferred pecan pie, but hey, that is the American way.

I am just curious as to how many board members have been asked the same types of questions in the past. Maybe we can get our hands on the old forms that McCarthy used and use it as our model for a questionnaire for all prospective candidates---then we can leave a blank where the word communist appeared: remember(and I paraphrase): I am not, nor have I ever been a communist--we could then just fill in the blanks with whatever we consider the boogie man of the day--remember all those people who got tainted with that brush? lost their jobs, had their lives ruined---God forbid that we ever head in that direction again or give some power driver ego-maniac such power. And yes, I did say God forbid.

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So, according to you Mr. Fisher, serving on any

board or commission thereby makes ones words and thought processes public property of the public for which they are held accountable. What a bunch of horse hockey---and maybe you can read my thought processing there and know what I really mean. The only thing anyone serving on a board or committee should be held accountable for is doing the job they are supposed to do on that board or committee. Until such time as Mr. Pressberg or anyone else does something that goes against what they should be doing, then we should shut up and let them do the job.

I have read all the foolishness that has been written here and in the papers and cannot believe adults are acting this way. Last time I looked, we lived in a country where our thoughts were our own and we enjoyed religious freedom. We may be on that slipperly slope leading us to where our thoughts belong to the government but thankfully we are not there yet.

If you and others are not happy about the way Mr. Pressberg was appointed then work to change that. When Mr. Pressberg does something that goes against what is in the best interests of the students and the schools then act. So far, Mr. Pressberg, if I understand correctly, has not done anything at all. Just what is it you expect Mr. Pressberg to do? Do you expect him, like the Pied Piper of Hamlin, to tootle his horn and all the children in the city will blindly follow him as he leads them down the path of the unrighteous? I do not know Mr. Pressberg's religion or lack or religion and I do not care to know. I feel it is none of my business, just as I feel it is none of your business what my religious beliefs may be. I also don't feel you need to know any thing else that I consider my private business. Get over it--and act like the adults you are all supposed to be. And just for your information I am not an atheist, agnostic or wiccan, but if I was it would be my right and none of your business. Seems that is one of the reasons our forefathers left England, lo, those many years ago and what many men and women have lost their lives defending. .

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He's done NOTHING wrong ...

end the with hunt. I'm becoming embarrassed to admit I live in Fayette County. Some of you are behaving like spoiled, obnoxious toddlers who have been told no. Presberg has shown great restraint in dealing with the pompous, intolerant bible-thumpers. I'm with Gandhi -" I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. THey are not very Christ-like.

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abacus2 I agree
abacus2 wrote:

end the with hunt. I'm becoming embarrassed to admit I live in Fayette County. Some of you are behaving like spoiled, obnoxious toddlers who have been told no. Presberg has shown great restraint in dealing with the pompous, intolerant bible-thumpers. I'm with Gandhi -" I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. THey are not very Christ-like.

I couldn't agree more.

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