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brownj00 1 year, 7 months ago on $245 million sewage plant upgrades nearly complete

This is good news... big, expensive public works project - finishes EARLY and UNDER BUDGET. AND saves more money in the long run. AND is more environmentally friendly.

You don't hear that often. I don't know if I have ever heard it before! If it was more common, I think people would have an easier time trusting our local governments to handle infrastructure properly. I manage much smaller IT projects- so I can imagine the difficulty on projects this large.

Major kudos to the planners, project managers, and implementers all around!

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brownj00 1 year, 10 months ago on Lasseter's resignation another black mark on Gwinnett's government

I am just curious... can anyone point to any county government that is popular, has no controversy, makes nobody mad, makes no mistakes, etc.? Don't get me wrong - I am not defending anyone here. I just think these kinds of complaints are pretty universal.

We have some serious issues in Gwinnett, and generally I favor very harsh treatment of any public official (or officer) who violates the public trust so badly.

However, I've lived here 20 years (post-military) but it gets tiresome to hear long-time residents who fondly remember the (semi-rural) 60's-70's make it sound like Gwinnett is experiencing the end of civilization and it is all the fault of the county board. I've lived elsewhere, and overseas, seen more development, etc. This is not what TERRIBLE looks like and I don't see a lot of other places in GA or the US looking terribly different if you compare apples to apples.

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brownj00 1 year, 10 months ago on Lasseter's resignation another black mark on Gwinnett's government

Or you could say "up for sale" instead. I wonder if this did not steer the airport vote clearly against. If the Board had voted for it people would scream (and maybe rightly) that the vote was bought.

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brownj00 1 year, 10 months ago on Lasseter's resignation another black mark on Gwinnett's government

You are just being silly. So you are saying it’s hard (for you) to be mad at a corrupt Commissioner because you are too mad at the Governor.

I guess that is not hard to understand – since you also tell us you don’t know what fascism means. As is often the case, it looks like just a (misapplied) label you use for something you don’t like. I laugh when I see people use the term – 90% of the time it is just silliness. Silliness that tells other people a lot about the speaker though. Like the terms “nazi” or “racist” the term gets misused more often than not, and thus becomes arbitrary. Just a sharp stick to poke other people with. Try an encyclopedia or Wikipedia for the term and see what it really means. It has nothing to do with the situation you describe. And that has nothing to do with this case- unless you assert that Deal is taking bribes to do that.

As for “abuse of authority” – your example is pretty poor (and very arguable) but show me any government anywhere, at any time, that was free of any abuse, misuse, or corruption. It's easy to say authority is bad - especially if you have never lived under anarchy. A perfect system is not an option. I suggest 99%+ percent prefer the results of our stable government so far (no matter how imperfect it really is) compared with the alternatives. Besides anarchy, look at Russia, Greece, France, China, etc.

I wish people would stop the ignorant outrage and get a clue. Unfortunately the media and education industries seem to pushing us in the wrong direction (e.g. sensationalism and political correctness).

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