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Friday, 06 April 2012


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Barbara Stratton

Our founding fathers intended for government to serve the people. Now the people have become an inconvenience to the government that has become an end all autocracy. Management styles always flow from top down once autocracy takes hold. Our local government entities are modeling the nanny state ideologies flowing down from DC and through state entities. Grass root citizen groups must reclaim the citizen right to control the government before these autocratic get out of our way dictates form themselves into precedents and designer legislations. We must continue our non-partisan pursuit of transparency and open records even when our individual citizen viewpoints are not mirror images. Persistent pressure from the ground up will eventually begin to counter the narcissistic autocratic ideology funneling down from the top.

Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange

Well, a little reading in local histories of the area or talking to people who were involved even a generation or two back indicates that Lowndes County has always been a cliquish sort of place, mostly run by old boys, for reasons that made some sense in the early days (lack of resources, mainly), but doesn't so much anymore in these days of I-75 and I-10, airport, Moody AFB, regional university, technical university system, two hospitals and medical industry, and south Georgia sunshine we can export to Atlanta and points north. However, you're right that there is a source of top-down autocracy in DC: it's called ALEC. That's where the push for private prisons, charter schools, and other shadowy things we've been shining a light on have been coming from.

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