Barlow: In Smith’s rerun, he’s leaving out lots

There are a lot of things on our plate when it comes to the primary election on July 31. We will be voting in a crucial time for Fayette County. I hope that I can count on your support in my run for county commissioner.

I went to the debate on the Transportation Investment Act or T-SPLOST in Fayetteville. After the debate, only a handful of people stood up when they asked who would vote for the T-SPLOST. As one of the debaters, Bob Ross said, “It’s not what you’re getting out of the T-SPLOST, but it’s really about what we’re getting into.”

The T-SPLOST spends 52 percent of the region-wide funds on mass transit which would formally be the introduction of a new regional transit system. MARTA’s own numbers show that their ridership is declining even with rising gas prices and a growing population.

The Fayette County chairman at the time, Jack Smith, voted in favor of the mass transit heavy list in 2010. He also voted in favor of several mass transit projects in Fayette County through the regional Concept 3 mass transit plan.

We have learned to be distrustful of these slippery T-SPLOST proposals. The county Board of Commissioners created one in 2009 that was full of special interest developer pork. Fortunately, the word got out quickly about what was really in the project list.

The chairman at the time was Jack Smith. Smith and the others simply couldn’t defend the 2009 T-SPLOST and Commissioner Lee Hearn had to admit they hadn’t even laid eyes on the road project part of the list until the evening they approved it to go to referendum.

That 2009 T-SPLOST was slaughtered by a 3 to 1 vote. The author of that 2009 T-SPLOST, Jack Smith, has decided to run against me.

You have a definite choice when it comes to mass transit buses and trains in Fayette County. I will not support that kind of intrusion in Fayette County while my opponent Jack Smith has a record of consistently voting in favor of it.

I will always support keeping the rural character of Fayette County. Anyone who wants big transit buses or trains can move to Atlanta.

David Barlow

Candidate, Fayette Board of Commissioners

Tyrone, Ga.

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Who are Mr. Hofrichter and Mr. Howard working for?

Another case of sneaky politics! I can't wait for the do-do to hit the fan on this one.

I've already voted: Ognio, Oddo and Barlow

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Uh, dodo

I think doo doo is what you're looking to express here. But only if we are using baby caca words, such as poo poo. haha.

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Dean Howard and Mike Hofrichter could be in deep trouble

I checked online with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission and there is no record of Dean Howard and Mike Hofrichter having filed
an RO form (a registration form for a committee other than a candidate).

If anyone else besides those two individuals contributed money or anything of value for the full page ad attacking the Take Back Fayette County Tea Party, Harold Bost, Bob Ross or any of the candidates, Barlow, Ognio or Oddo, they are in deep trouble!

Anyone can go online and check to see if what I said is true.

My “Concerned Citizens of Fayette County” is a properly registered PAC and the registration number is NC2012000064.

Jim Richter

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On a side note about TSPLOST,

On a side note about TSPLOST, my night at Yknots on the deck turned into an information meeting about TSPLOST. One in our group brought out a ballot that he picked up at the county election office. His question was about which candidates to vote for on county commission and of course TSPLOST. Our table had a lively discussion which brought in more surrounding tables into the political mix. It was nice having ordinary citizens respectfully debate the candidates, but when it came to TSPLOST it was a land slide of oppisition. With everybody against TSPLOST people wanted to know why on earth it would possibly pass and I had to tell everyone what the aurguments are that the supporters are saying. Lots of eye rolling and chuckles ensued.

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Bob Ross said, “It’s not what

Bob Ross said, “It’s not what you’re getting out of the T-SPLOST, but it’s really about what we’re getting into.”

If you boil all debates of TSPLOST down, this comment is what you would get. Well said Mr. Ross.

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Josh

I can assure you with great certainty that anyone who has thoroughly researched TSPLOST will conclude that Bob's “It’s not what you’re getting out of the T-SPLOST, but it’s really about what we’re getting into” comment hits the bulls-eye.

It is really sad that the Chamber of Commerce and the local realtors associations went in lock-step with their larger Atlanta parent organizations on this rotten deal. We need to see more of their members taking a stand for what is right for our county.

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I confess

Oh the horror! I might be one of the “former Commissioners” who have been seen “sharing a meal” with Susan Stopford and Sheila Huddleston. How evil I must be! I'm actually supporting some candidates who aren't Ginga's candidates. What could I have been thinking?
When some other people (Susan and Sheila) stepped up to run for office, I made it my business to go and meet with them; to learn about them, learn why they were running and learn about their principles and what they believed. It was as a result of my “sharing a meal” (more than one actually) that I decided to support them.
There, I've confessed. I feel so much better. Thanks for warning us all about the dangers of “meal sharing”. Who knows what the results could be when one goes wild like that. Sharing a meal indeed.

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Ginga on Nuk

It's personal with Nuk. He opposes anyhing I do. There are a couple like this - they will not let the issues get in the way of a good drubbing of those they do not like.

Barlow over Smith is a no brainer.

As for transit in Fayette, GRTA has tried twice already. The Transit Planning Board minutes show what the objective really is: a regional transit system. Jack Smith voted for their transit master plan called Concept 3. Smith admitted he voted for the plan.

Nuk is either being stubborn or is in denial.

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Not so, Steve

It's your tactics I don't support, not all of your positions. I definitely supported the idea that you championed of re-allocation of the TSPLOST money after GA passed a bill allowing it away from the WFB and EFB and into areas that definitely need funding immediately. Sadly, the 3 Stooges are so entrenched in their love for the road taxes collected that they couldn't grasp basic common sense.

I also support your position that ignoring basic maintenance needs and using reserve funds is not a sustainable model for FC govt. Matter of fact, it's been going on long enough that FC is pretty much in arrears in several key areas and now has to play catch-up on basic county needs.

Definitely share your disdain for Smith and Smola on the BOE also.

See, you and I have a lot of common ground positions. It's your methods and populist over-the-top theatrics that I don't agree with and call you on.

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Ok, Nuk

Then I offer you a personal apology. I appreciate your support on the issues.

Steve Brown

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Nuk's not the only one

I noticed that when Mike King comments on your letters, most, if not all of the comments are directed against you, personally, instead of the LTE issues, themselves. He can't get past how much he didn't like your performance as mayor of PTC. However, I would like to see him confine his comments to the particular LTE issues he is addressing. We're not talking about a mayoral election now, and listening to beefs of what happened years ago in PTC has gotten tiresome.

But you know what? Most PTC citizens didn't write you off. After you registered to run for county commissioner, most of the citizens of PTC thought enough of you to vote you in as their commissioner. They bought your platform over that of Jack Smith and his "self published accomplishments." Unfortunately, the holdover commissioners from the Jack days have since formed a "3 to 2" voting block alliance in an effort to mathematically deny you and Commissioner McCarty the right to represent those who voted for you. The fact that you were not incumbents, yet were both elected is proof positive that the voters of Fayette County do not want any more Jack Smith politics. At the same time Mr. Smith was voted out in Fayette County, he received "outstanding" recognition for his work on the Atlanta regional transportation projects. Adding to that, the retirement of Mr. Frady and the defeat of Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele, voters are screaming for a change. While Mr. Smith has argued in behalf of the TSPLOST, he never did say that he would vote for it. That would be political suicide in Fayette County. Likewise, Commissioners Horgan and Hearn, to my knowledge, have not said how they will vote. I have not seen Commissioners Horgan and Hearn vote against Commission Chairman Frady on any major issues since you took office. Voters want once and for all to be free of the "good ole boy" system.

I hope that LTE readers will put the question of TSPLOST voting to Horgan and Hearn. I think it would be more likely to see snow in Fayette County than to get a "yes" or "no " answer by election day.

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Mike, you should know by now

I have done everything in my power to stop the process on the West Fayetteville Bypass. Ask any reporter covering the county. In fact, we did stop Phase III (However, Horgan, Hearn and Frady could change that after the election).

If you go look at the reporting on the TDK Extension, yes, I initially looked at the project with some possibility. However, I took five staff members with me to Newnan to talk to Commissioner Mutt Hunter (the road site was in his district) and I asked him to let me know what the land plans were for the Coweta side. Hunter replied, "That's none of your damn business." This comment was made in front of city staff.

I immediately did some investigating, found the developers and totally denounced the project forcefully from that point on. Mike, it proved to be the right call.

The old power structure railed on me until I was out of office, you know that. Bob Lenox wrote the infamous letter blaming me for killing the project and he cited about a dozen elected officials who agreed.

The Newnan Times Herald Editoral Board wrote a scathing piece on me for killing the project.

I am not really sure what else you want me to do, Mike.

But I still like you though.

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Now PIPS...

...Should you decide to get your head out of the clouds and remember that the plank Steve ran upon for his commission seat was to stop the West Fayette Bypass, you might realize that he has yet to fulfill that specific pledge. As far as my comment regarding his initial support of the TDK extension, why not ask your hero if he initially supported it.

My commentsa are directed at his positions/actions or reversals, if you will. I do consider him to be a publicity hound, but that is an opinion of mine that may well be shared by others who I would not characterize as lemmings prepared to run off a cliff should their leader so direct.

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Barlow over Smith

yes, we can all agree. I think it is a given anything with the name Smith in this election is toast.

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We Need To Remember, Jack Smith

Lest we forget, former Commission Chairman Jack Smith is the public official we discovered continually said one thing and did another. He said one thing and meant another.

In his position as our representative on the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), Mr. Smith betrayed the voters of Fayette County by continually voting in favor of mass transit within our county even though he knew the majority did not want it.

It is documented in the minutes of the meetings.

Then Mr. Smith came home and said that he did not support mass transit in Fayette County.

When he was faced with the truth during the 2010 Commission Candidate forum, Mr. Smith said that he voted in favor of mass transit just in case we ever wanted it in the future. He said that in his capacity as our representative with the ARC he was just one vote.

Absolutely preposterous! Is there anyone foolish enough to believe that if Fayette County wanted mass transit to come, it would be denied? I don't think so!

MARTA, GRTA, or whoever would be falling all over themselves to get mass transit in Fayette County.

Remember when Mr. Smith repeatedly said that the WFB was for relieving traffic in Fayetteville?

When many citizens asked how he explained away the county's own map showing almost 2,000 acres of old family developer land along Phase II of the WFB., Mr. Smith said the WFB was for "future development." We determined that he also meant "future" traffic because when we researched the matter, we discovered that the county was building the multi-million dollar WFB without a traffic study. The only figures that could be provided were figures as to how many cars the WFB would accommodate. That is what's known as "projected figures." So, the taxpayers had no choice but to foot the multi-million dollar bill for a road that would accommodate traffic from 2,000 + acres of high-density development, IF THE DEVELOPMENT HAPPENED! The development hasn't happened, but the road is being built.

DO WE WANT TO SPEND THE NEXT FOUR YEARS DECIPHERING EVERYTHING MR. SMITH SAYS?

I once sent Commission Chairman Jack Smith an email with a question. His email reply to me was that if I wanted to know what goes on in the county, I should attend the commission meetings. I HAD attended all of the commission meetings and there was nothing within those meetings that answered my question. My question went unanswered!

DO WE WANT TO SPEND ANOTHER FOUR YEARS DEALING WITH MR. SMITH'S ARROGANCE TOWARD FAYETTE CITIZENS?

While Commission Chairman, Jack Smith also sat on the Board of Directors for the Bank of Georgia. That bank had a reputation of catering loans to developers. In fact, the president of the bank made a public statement to that effect. When questioned about that, Mr. Smith said that there was only one or two developers on the Board. We researched the facts and discovered that almost all of the Board members were developers or in development related professions.

In comparison, I have known and volunteered with David Barlow for several years, and he has always been true to his word. He has always proven to be a no nonsense, straight forward, truthful person. Even if the truth hurts, David will tell you the truth. If you ask him a question, he will give you a straight answer. I truly believe those qualities are in his DNA.

I voted for David Barlow!

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WFB traffic studies

Over two years ago when the BOC meeting room had one entire side filled with citizens wearing "No WFB" stickers on their shirts, I asked Commissioner Hearn after the meeting, "You were the County Engineer when the project was put on the list, just show them the traffic engineering report and why it concluded the need for that additional north-south capacity."

Commissioner Hearn said there' been several studies, the most recent done by a very reputable Atlanta firm using software called "Street Smarts", he was kind enough to provide me the lead engineer's name, phone number, and an introduction by email.

I met with the fellow in the company's Atlanta office. I showed him traffic flow data I'd researched from GDOT, as well as an analysis of projected traffic within and through Fayette County from surrounding counties (based on ARC and US Census data). I pointed put that their Syreet Smarts study did not conclude the need for additional N-S capacity, nor did it recommend it. He concurred with my statements.

Finally, I summarized my work and presented it to the commissioners during public comment in 2011.

Obviously, it didn't have any impact on Chairman Frady and Commissioners Hearn & Horgan- all three continued to support additional money to the WFB requirements without a supporting traffic engineering study that supported the need for the road.

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RWM, I Truly Understand

However, I have witnessed David vehemently differ with Steve Brown on many occasions. I've also seen them agree on matters.

That is one of the reasons I voted for David.

David Barlow will definitely tell anyone what he thinks and stand his ground. Our commission has been overwhelmingly fraught with "yes" people. It is a good thing if folks get along, but when one person runs the show that isn't good.

I think we would all have to agree that Steve Brown is a strong personality. I have to admit that when Steve was Mayor of Peachtree City, I didn't keep up with what went on. Having said that, however, I've known Steve a good four years and can't imagine the Steve Brown I know is the same Steve Brown some people describe here.

Steve has done a great job, as commissioner, of adhering to his promises. I have to qualify that by saying that the three hold-over commissioners had it in for Steve and Allen McCarty from the beginning. We all knew they would. Steve and Allen knew they would. The three continually voted as a block. Many of us watched as Mr. Frady, Mr. Horgan, and Mr. Hearn publicly baited, coerced, and led Jack Krakeel and County Attorney Scott Bennett to provide carefully worded answers to thwart any and all points made by Mr. Brown and Mr. McCarty. I even witnessed Mr. Frady go back, after he didn't get the answer he wanted, and lead Mr. Krakeel and Mr. Bennett two or three times until he got the carefully worded answer he wanted to stop a proposal.

Much to the credit of Steve Brown and Bob Ross, people across the region have a clearer more informed picture of the TIA (Regional T-SPLOST). I know that folks here have accused Steve of being a publicity hound with regard to the T-SPLOST, but how in the world would one get the message out to ten counties without publicity?

If it had been left up to Jack Smith, Ken Steele, and Herb Frady that wouldn't have happened. During the first commission candidate debate this year, Jack Smith continually defended the Regional T-SPLOST during the entire debate. Then at the end, an audience member asked him and Robert Horgan how they would vote on the T-SPLOST. Both men replied that they had not made up their minds.

Ms. Huddleston presented herself in a well spoken manner. But, she was soft spoken. Also, at the debates I witnessed, she didn't jump in with opposing views to any of the other candidates. That worried me.

I know David Barlow has two bankruptcies in his past. I know that Steve Brown has what some folks view as a questionable past as Mayor of Peachtree City. However, I know that both men are extremely intelligent and dedicated. If we are intelligent and dedicated, we will surely learn from past mistakes. And, we all make mistakes, even some of the commenters here.

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Mass transit in FC...LOL
ginga1414 wrote:

Absolutely preposterous! Is there anyone foolish enough to believe that if Fayette County wanted mass transit to come, it would be denied? I don't think so!

MARTA, GRTA, or whoever would be falling all over themselves to get mass transit in Fayette County.

Actually it's preposterous to think MARTA would come to Fayette County because they have no money to expand(or operate right now for that matter) and FC is hardly an area they would be interested in serving in the first place due to low density and the total lack of desire by most residents for MARTA bus or rail. Same goes for GRTA. They don't have the money and resources to come into FC no matter if everyone in FC was begging for it.

Fulton and Dekalb fund MARTA with their "MARTA sales tax" and anything that MARTA does is going to be to the perceived benefit of Fulton and Dekalb, not other counties that contribute nothing. You see FC voters approving a one cent sales tax for MARTA to come into FC? LOL! do you see FC voters approving a TSPLOST next week that has some MARTA components to it, even though this wouldn't encroach on FC by any means?

Smith is a poor choice, but so is Barlow. I agree with Cal....give someone else a chance and for me that is Huddleston and not Barlow. I expect that this race will have a run-off and if it's Smith vs. Barlow, Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck or cyclist will get my vote.

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Nuk & Transportation Issues

Having not uttered one word on TSPLOST yet, I will make just one comment: I sincerely believe that the GA Legislature made a huge mistake in 2009 when they passed the TIA bill, thereby splitting the state into regions and divesting themselves and GDOT of responsibility for planning and funding transportation issues in the state. I think it's called "divide & conquer"! Anyway, I don't think it's any way to run state business. The Gov would have been smart to veto such legislation. Anyway, that's my belief and I'm sticking with it!

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Nuk & Huddleston

Well, that's at least 2 votes for her!

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Newest robocall

this morning...grrr.

Yes or no on Tsplost

Hollowell or Marchman

Kingsley Westmoreland or Chip Flanegan

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NUK, I Agree Somewhat

MARTA or GRTA don't have the money to put transit anywhere. That is the reason they, the Governor, and ARC want regional taxpayers to fund the Regional T-SPLOST.

Having said that though, what in the world was Jack Smith, Ken Steele, and the other ARC representatives thinking when they planned for mass transit to be in Fayette with the Concept 3 Plan? It is there! I've seen it in the plan.

You are probably right. There is a good chance there will be a run-off, and that is exactly what Jack Smith and Lee Hearn are counting on. Certain former commissioners have been seen sharing a meal with Mrs. Stopford and Ms. Huddleston. Those commissioners have their own personal run-off agenda going by supporting Mrs. Stopford and Ms. Huddleston.

We will see what happens. It is going to be interesting, to say the least. What won't be interesting, however, is if we have the same commission situation we've had over the last 6 to 8 years. That will be scary! The same goes for the BOE.

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morgan - the agenda

What exactly is the "Steve Brown agenda" and please cite your reference.

We can compare notes.

Ginga stated the obvious to Nuk: TSPLOST is the beginning of regional funding of regional transit. It's obvious.

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Morgan II

Ok, let's play the game. It's power, promotion and publicity to what end?

You probably have some examples, let er rip.

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Sure do have examples, but birdman is the real expert here

plus his memory for the details is much better than mine. Therefore his list will be longer.
So, birdman - what to take a shot at

Power

Promotion - that's 2 things really - desire to be promoted to Chair of Fayette County Commission and do I dare to even say it? - promotion or elevation to statewide office and also general self-promotion - kinda like Obama does when every other sentence starts with "I".

Publicity

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Agenda answer using only the letter "p"

IMHO, the agenda is power, promotion and publicity
References cited - past performance

Others are welcome to play the Agenda game, but you have to use other letters

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You were doing fine until the last 2 paragraphs, ginga

All good reasons not to bring back Jack Smith, but I voted for Sheila Huddleston.

I worry about Barlow's financial management skills and his apparent devotion to the Brown agenda.

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Jack Smith

David Barlow makes no "gross distortion."

The regional government records clearly show the former chairman, as our regional government representative, voted for trains and buses in Fayette and regional transit governance and the scandalous TSPLOST.

Both Beverly Scott of MARTA and Mayor Kasim Reed have stated they their desire to make MARTA a regional entity. I have read all the minutes, Nuk, and they believe everyone should be paying for MARTA.

Your "religious litmus test" comment is just not true.

And Nuk, you calling someone a "real loudmouth" is the pot calling the kettle black. We can all let it rip, so let's not be hypocritical.

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The religious litmus test comment is certainly true

TSPLOST to Drake, badgering the crap out of Presberg, and the asinine comments to Terry Garlock are 3 instances of Barlow's kookiness and trying to apply a religious litmus test to ANY issue. Sorry, he's a crazy, even though he obviously worships at the House Of Steve and will 100% support you. I also find the second half of his bankruptcy tale to be full of omissions and frankly unbelievable. He's a terrible candidate and for once Maxwell has a good point.

I don't like TSPLOST or Presberg, but that doesn't mean Barlow gets a free pass to attack either with Bible-thumping nonsense. He was demonizing Presberg before the man ever voted on ANYTHING simply because he wouldn't tell nut-job Barlow what religion he practiced. That's not a Christian; that's a fundie zealot that FC and everywhere else doesn't need.

As far as "real loudmouths" go, I'm not running for any elected office. I'm not trying to be a leader and build consensus amongst other elected officials in order to get what I want done. Maybe if some of you loudmouths who in fact are running for office(or already in office) and who are supposed to show leadership could dial it way down and focus on what you want to accomplish instead of only what you are against and the people you despise and demonize, you might not end up in situations where people stop listening and start voting for someone else. Let's hear specifically what you are FOR besides the "responsible government and balanced budget" generalities and a lot less of what you're against since we have to hear and read that non-stop.

To say that MARTA is coming to FC along with big buses and mass transit is beyond a "gross distortion;" it's an ignorant opinion that some would call flat-out lying.

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I took it a liitle differently...

What concerned me about the whole Smith-mass transit issue was his voting at the ARC for plans that clearly included bus & train service through Fayette County, then stating at the candidates' forum that he wouldn't allow transit here as long as he was in office ( or words close to that).
I got the clear impression that when he was in Atlanta he "went along to get along", then changed his spots in front of the hometown voters. That's no longer a transit issue, but something else...

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Barlow's BS
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The Fayette County chairman at the time, Jack Smith, voted in favor of the mass transit heavy list in 2010. He also voted in favor of several mass transit projects in Fayette County through the regional Concept 3 mass transit plan.

This is a gross distortion yet again by clowns like yourself that want to get elected no matter if it means bending the truth and facts as hard as possible over and over. Keep on catering to the ignorant, it will probably get you elected.

There are so many reasons to vote against a Jack Smith, yet you and people like Steve Brown latch on to this issue and grossly distort it to the point that you try and make people believe MARTA is going to invade Fayette County, which is laughably stupid, wasn't what anyone voted upon, yet sells to the unwashed masses apparently. All that does is scream how depraved you are when it comes to begging for votes and how integrity means little to you as long as you can win the next election. Whooooo!

It's the same bit as your contemptible BS about BOE Presberg and wanting to apply a religious litmus test. Just like Jack Smith, there are many reasons to NOT support a Presberg, but you and your herd want to focus on the most asinine reason(is he a Christian or not because we all are and sounds like he ain't?!!) instead of legitimate reasons, which there are plenty. Yet, you ignore those and are consumed with the reality that maybe he doesn't observe your religion. That's pathetic.

You, sir, have been a real loudmouth since first arriving in FC a few short years ago and I applaud you for stepping up and running for office, fundie goofball ideals, gross distortions to pander to the ignorant and all, etc. I can't wait to vote against you and vote for BALD HEADED CYCLIST once again, the PEOPLE'S CHOICE!

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Mr. Barlow, Your Turn...

with a FACTUAL rebuttal, if you please.

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"UNLESS SOMEONE LIKE YOU CARES A WHOLE AWFUL LOT...

NOTHIING IS GOING TO GET BETTER. IT'S NOT." (Dr. Seuss, The Lorax )

WHO IS THE BEST PERSON TO LEAD FAYETTE COUNTY IN 2013?

The July 31, 2012 Election will be one of the most important elections to take place in Fayette County in decades!

The deadline for registering to vote in this election is July 2nd. Early voting begins July 9th.

There will be a DEBATE BETWEEN CANDIDATES FOR the BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS on Tuesday, June 19th, 6:30 pm at the Harvest Christian Community Center, 383 N. Glynn Street (GA Hwy 85 N), Fayetteville 30214, in the Fayette Place Center "Behind the yellow Mexican Restaurant."

ALL CANDIDATES ARE WELCOME! These are NONPARTISAN debates sponsored by the Fayette County Issues Tea Party. http://fayettecountyissuesteaparty.org

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However, FCITP members and regular attendees are free to support the candidate of their choice.

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Ginga & Caring

How's this for FC Officials caring about FC Citizens: AJC reports today that Fayette County DOES NOT HAVE a list of proposed projects for using T-Splost dollars should it pass! So it's left up to us to use what's called "Blind Trust" is it? More Traffic Engineers, that's what we need! Oh, where does one go to school to get a degree in 'Common Sense'?? No such place? Thought so.

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Barlow attacks Smith on mass transit, Let's ask why.

It really isn't anything to do with the job description of a county commissioner which you or Smith and others might be next year, a full 6 months after the transportation sales tax was rebuffed (hopefully) by the voters. True the fact that the tax will be on the ballot in July is certainly the work of past politicians like Smith, but that was then and this is now. An attack on Smith about mass transit, which is mostly not true and certainly old news is nothing more than a thinly veiled character attack that implies the new commissioner will be in a position to support or oppose mass transit in Fayette County. This is a play right out of the Steve Brown playbook. Remember his "stop the west Fayette bypass" campaign promise? Populist crap.

This is evidence to me that Barlow will support Steve Brown for county commission chair and that is enough for me to vote for the other guy. Sure I'm holding my nose when I do, but there's going to be a lot of that in this election. Thank God the district thing has died, that's how squirrels like Barlow and Brown get elected.

By all means go to the debate where one of the questions posed to Barlow will be "what does mass transit have to do with your possible job as county commissioner?"