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The Daily "Post" - June 1, 2012 - Ashamed of Gwinnett

"As a County employee and resident, I am now profoundly ashamed to tell people where I work and live. Our leaders have lined their pockets with the proceeds of corruption while telling the 4,500 BOC employees that no raises can be earned for the previous 4 years. Gwinnett WAS the pride and envy of the metro area, but now the selfish actions of elected officials have brought disgrace to what was once a good place."

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roaads1 1 year, 10 months ago

In a county of 800k somewhere around ten people behaving badly will not make me ashamed of Gwinnett. These people will be dealt with. If there's a case on them the FBI has said that Lassiter is singing about all of them and the FBI will go after them. Gwinnett is still an awesome place to live. These thieves can't ruin that for anyone that doesn't allow them to.

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Clemson30 1 year, 10 months ago

I still Love Gwinnett County. I grew up in South GA and this county is still great compared to others. Every county in GA has these greedy people.

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LilburnLady 1 year, 10 months ago

I have been ashamed of some of our county commissioners for years now. Kevin Kenerly forever changed the character of my neighborhood with rezonings for his developer pals that went against the County's Long Term Land Use Plan and the pleas of the area residents. He always spoke from both sides of his mouth and it was painfully obvious to us and many others that he was firmly ensconced in the pockets of the developers. We paid the price and now must live with the over-crowded subdivisions that he foisted upon us that are now primarily rentals and/or vacant homes in foreclosure and breeding grounds for gang activity and crime. When he was photographed partying in Las Vegas with developers, he called it a "dirty trick" and was reelected for another term. That's the voter's fault and anyone who voted for him at that point should be ashamed.

Charles Bannister was of the same ilk. When he was arrested for "drunk" driving the focus was all on the arrest and not the fact that he was seen in an out-of-the-way "hole-in-the-wall" eating and drinking with developers, who, for some reason, were never identified in the news nor did anyone broach the question "what were they there for?"

And now we have sweet little Miss Shirley who, to my mind, followed Bannister's opinions and voted in tandem with him. When Shirley ran for County Commissioner, she ran against some very fine candidates, one of which, Carol Hassell, should have won that election. Carol had government experience, having served on the Suwannee City Council, she had leadership experience with the Georgia Wildlife Commission and the Georgia Piedmont Land Trust. She also was an integral part of the planning and redevelopment of Suwannee's City Center.But most importantly, she had integrity. But the voters apparently didn't take the time to educate themselves about who was truly the best candidate and voted mostly, I believe, based on name recognition.

We need two things to happen right now. Number one is term limits. You should only be allowed two terms as a commissioner and then you must step down. Number two is for the county's voters to educate themselves on who is truly the best candidate and not just vote for who is the most familiar candidate. It is our responsibility to elect our representatives and it is our responsibility to make sure they are held accountable. We have not upheld our duties as citizens and voters in Gwinnett County and it is we who should be ashamed. We have let down ourselves and our children through our apathy and indifference to our responsibilities as citizens.

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pcjohn 1 year, 10 months ago

Well said LilburnLady! The apathetic voters in Gwinnett certainly share fault for not getting out and voting. Instead, the voters allow the crooked politicians and developers to skew the elections by having their friends turn out en masse. Unfortunately, that is how Democracy works sometimes - to the detriment of the populace.

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roaads1 1 year, 10 months ago

LilburnLady- That was a good read. I hope Lasseter talking to the feds will weed out the bad ones past and present. Thanks for all the info.

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BenDover 1 year, 10 months ago

Very well said.... Thank you for your comments....

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GwinnettGirl 1 year, 10 months ago

Well said Lilburn Lady! Especially: "We have not upheld our duties as citizens and voters in Gwinnett County and it is we who should be ashamed. We have let down ourselves and our children through our apathy and indifference to our responsibilities as citizens." Look at the number of registered voters vs. the number who actually voted. That says alot right there. When 10% of voters get out & vote, that is considered a "good turn-out". It is deplorable. A limited few are making decisions that affect the entire county. When was the last time at 40-50% of voters voted? That is what the target should be, at the very least. Perhaps as a result of these scandals it will finally take away some of the apathy and have voters returning to the polls to make educated decisions.

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cp3 1 year, 10 months ago

The number one thing we need is educated voters. It amazes me to see the comments in these articles and on the Patch that refer to Duluth City pensions, Duluth denying an alcohol license, and Duluth letting the Gwinnett Place die, etc. If these people were educated on the facts, they would know Duluth elected officials have no pension, the restaurant in question has not applied or an alcohol license with the City, and the GP Mall is not in the City. Most folks are mis-informed, not informed at all, or just plain ignorant. And 4-5% of these folks (all that show up at the booth) elect your officials. There are good and honest elected officials. Duluth has them, Gwinnett County, and the State has them. For all you folks demanding all incumbents be removed, don't throw out the baby with the bath water.

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roaads1 1 year, 10 months ago

cp3- Great facts about Duluth. Some people just want to complain. Thanks.

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LarryMajor 1 year, 10 months ago

Perhaps we exercised poor judgment when electing some of our officials, but we made up for it by keeping Danny Porter as District Attorney. Our DA has proven, yet again, that the corruption that seems to permeate politics in so many places simply will not be tolerated on his watch. Thank you, Mr. Porter, for a job well done.

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Dubbin 1 year, 10 months ago

Porter has been DA forever. He knew Bannister was a crook yet endorsed him in the 2008 election then let him walk rather than charge him. He has HAD to know Kenerly was dirty from the word go yet didn't do anything to him for 16 years. Trash deals, bad park land deals, airport deals, etc. Porter only goes after stuff that gets him on TV.

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LarryMajor 1 year, 10 months ago

Everything I have ever submitted to the DA’s office has received full and complete consideration. One situation resulted in a felony conviction, which included prison time and a court ordered restitution close to six figures. Evidently, you think this case - and hundreds like it – never happened because they weren’t on your favorite TV show. Readers of this blog will decide for themselves whether to believe an anonymous poster who runs off at the keyboard while sitting at home, or someone who sat in a court of law and witnessed how the DA’s office really operates.

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JCJB 1 year, 10 months ago

Danny Porter is right there with the rest of them. He loves the limelight and Dubbin is right. Can't say much for the ADAs either. They're all trying to make a name for themselves. It's disgusting.

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