kthomas

kthomas 7 months, 4 weeks ago on LETTERS: Giving thanks for local school system

Bill, you must sit on the winning side of one of Wilbank's famous rich-school/poor-school surgical redistricting jobs. The Sugar Hill area got the losing side when the North Gwinnett district was split to create the Lanier district. They defend the argument by pointing out that we have a fantastic state of the art new facility, which we do, but the split purged the illegal immigrants and lower income families from North and poured them into Lanier. This created a massively unbalanced set of demographics and vastly different learning environments. This allows Wilbanks to brag about his stellar schools while still begging for money for his 'poor' schools.

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kthomas 1 year ago on Airport tower on chopping block

To those who say its no big deal, I've flown in and out of Gwinnett on days where the controller AND the supervisor had a hard time coordinating all the landing craft while still letting a long line of departing craft have a turn. Its just a matter of time before someone gets hurt and for no good reason. The contract towers ran more efficiently that the government towers ever could and were lauded and awarded by the FAA for their cost conservative operation. But terrorism from the white house occupiers want to make a political point so here we are. One day we will wake from this ruse and take our country back.

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kthomas 1 year ago on Airport tower on chopping block

And to all those who complain about the airport... if you don't want hurricanes, don't move to the beach. If you don't want loud trains, don't move next to the tracks. If you don't want car and truck noise, don't move next to the interstate. And if you don't want airplanes, DON"T MOVE NEXT TO AN AIRPORT. The airport was there FIRST and it has an extremely important function to the local community and economy. Just because YOU do not make use of it does not mean it has no purpose.

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kthomas 1 year ago on Airport tower on chopping block

Apparently the Fulton County airport was on the closure list at one point but somehow got taken off and will remain open. I looked up airport operations in an FAA database and found in the past year, Gwinnett had 75,763 airport operations while Fulton had 50,643. The decision was obviously not justified using operational data (aka facts). So lets see, what does Fulton County have that Gwinnett does not.... Ah yes, a black, democratic, Obama fund raising mayor whose name would indicate that he too is likely a muslum hiding in plain sight. Well, if that's the price we have to pay for having a republican local gov't, then so be it.

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kthomas 1 year ago on Counteroffers cast in Sugar Hill renaming proposal

If the offer was to rename the city 'Gary Pirkle' I bet he would have jumped. Just like he did a few years back when the Garner family sold their land to the city to build a park. The original agreement was to name the park after the family. But along the way the city reneged and instead named it after, you guessed it, the sitting mayor. Don't get me wrong, its a very nice park and the city did a great job in building it. But the name is just wrong. And do not believe the stories that Pirkle did not agree with the motion to name it after himself, or that the business was done while he was away. The council meeting notes from 5-14-07 tell exactly how it went down. (see http://cityofsugarhill.com/content/62/141/208/4989.aspx)

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kthomas 1 year ago on Dating site offers Sugar Hill $3.75M to change name

If the offer was to rename the city 'Gary Pirkle' I bet he would have jumped. Just like he did a few years back when the Garner family sold their land to the city to build a park. The original agreement was to name the park after the family. But along the way the city reneged and instead named it after, you guessed it, the sitting mayor. Don't get me wrong, its a very nice park and the city did a great job in building it. But the name is just wrong. And do not believe the stories that Pirkle did not agree with the motion to name it after himself, or that the business was done while he was away. The council meeting notes from 5-14-07 tell exactly how it went down. (see http://cityofsugarhill.com/content/62/141/208/4989.aspx)

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kthomas 1 year, 5 months ago on Charter amendment passes

Gwinnett has carefully engineered attendance zones to create highly polarized rich and poor schools. Whether for federal funding for poor schools, pressure from local politicians and developers, or both, hopefully the new amendment will result in choices for those forced into the 'poor' schools (Lanier, Duluth, etc)

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kthomas 1 year, 10 months ago on Shirley Lasseter -- Rise and fall of a down-home dignitary

I'll bet the deeper the investigators dig the more they will find. Its my belief the corruption runs much deeper, and can be traced back to previous commissioners. Especially the ones that have stuff named after them in the past 15 years or so.

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kthomas 1 year, 11 months ago on kthomas

I have a a couple of issues with the proposal. Public oversight of government activity requires much more than an annual audit. Do you know how much damage a government can do in a year? In just a few months time they can be far beyond the point of no return. Second, state law theoretically protects such fees from raiding, but in practice, only the state Constitution is strong enough to keep the Legislature’s hands off designated funds. And it is abused regularly. For instance, most of Georgia’s $1 tire recycling fee hasn’t actually gone to recycle tires or to clean up solid waste. And, court filing fees that are earmarked for indigent criminal defense do not go there so counties continue to be stuck with the bill. Lets get our house in order first and then see whats needed once the mess is cleaned up. The problem is real but new taxes are not the proper solution.

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