To say that Barrow County politics is tumultuous would be an understatement. At times, it appears to be akin to a blood sport as accusations and recriminations fly back and forth.
Much of this is driven by the “politics of personality” — who is friends with whom, family relationships, political paybacks and petty grievances that get magnified into pseudo-controversies.
Maybe it’s time for everyone to take a deep breath.
There are a number of real issues that confront Barrow County and its towns. The overriding concern today is the economic downturn, which has slammed county finances and the budgets of the county’s municipalities. Not since the 1930s has any local elected official had to confront the kind of difficult financial decisions now facing all elected officials in Barrow County.
No doubt, much of the current political turmoil is driven, at least in part, by turf-protecting from those who don’t want their budgets cut. Every public agency has its defenders.
But every department in every local government is going to feel the impact of the economic downturn and the resulting decline in government revenue. There’s no escaping the fallout of these difficult times.
These very real financial problems feed the discontent and magnify it, sometimes in ugly ways. Although there are legitimate issues to debate, when the talking starts to focus more on personalities than on the real issues, all sides have lost perspective.
Is Barrow’s political culture going to be style over substance, or substance over style?
The bottom line: Both public officials and citizens must all keep an eye on the financial ball — and take the appropriate actions to stem the flow of red ink before it engulfs government budgets.
This economic crisis and its impact is too big for other, unproductive distractions.
Much of this is driven by ..... political paybacks and petty grievances that get magnified into pseudo-controversies.
The bottom line: Both public officials and citizens must all keep an eye on the financial ball
Well said, and with that said --- My lawsuit against the county is just that a political payback and petty grievance.
It's one the county can't win and yet they insist on spending more monies that they cannot afford to defend a suit they can not win.
Flood plain is flood plain -- it floods!!! Flood plain IS NOT R1 - it's AG. My property is currently under water, has been pretty much for the past month. Flooded with the snow storm, flooded again this week. Water is within 20 feet of the house -- River's about 1/4 mile away! I'm still under water and will be for at least two weeks - that's how long it will take the water to recede.
The new BOC is still wasting money. Not only with me, but chief Post -- how much did he get when he resigned? There was a reason for the confidential agreement. It usually means, they got money and the county doesn't want the citizens to know how much!