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WhatCha Say, Albany ? September 3, 2009

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SOME PEOPLE CONFUSE TELLING unflattering truths with mudslinging. To me mudslinging is telling half-truths or just out and out lies about a candidate or politician. In my opinion, telling an unflattering truth is a whole different ball of wax. If telling unflattering truths turn campaigns negative, so be it! I know this is a little off topic, but lets not take this negative campaign business to far. As a voter I want to know the TRUTH about a candidate.
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I’M NOT SAYING AKIN to “don’t say anything not nice”. But we, as people, sling mud far too easy. I’m guilty of just that.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE local level is such a contagion of corruption and incompetence that I don’t honestly think there are any polite words that accurately describe it. Let’s face it, Don Buie is a dirtbag and the people that enable him (Adams, Lott, Marietta and Langstaff) are either in it with him or are incompetent boobs that let it happen. I don’t know how else to express it.

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I HAVE NO PROBLEM with saying they’ve screwed up big time. Even to say they have a history of screwing up is fine. But calling them “incompetent boobs” is about as productive as insisting that people only sing Tina Turner songs in the shower. It may make you feel better, but it won’t accomplish a thing.

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I CONTINUE TO BELIEVE that economic development is the MAJOR earthly foundational issue facing this community that we can address and so much discord has been created by the lack of direction, the reaction to outrageous personal gain, the fears and risks of financial exposure, the misunderstandings …

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WE NEED JOBS THAT produce new disposable income. We’re losing population, we’re unemployed, we’re over taxed and subsidizing virtually every endeavor begun by government in memory and we really think the answer is a “plan”. The plan should be to find an industry to come here and employee the non-contributors so the rest of us would have a little something left over to spend in a new privately funded establishment downtown. No more government guarantees for me. If the market will support it someone will build it.

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A PROBLEM IS THAT the local market is, in some respects, kaput and pulled elsewhere and what you suggest we need and what you hope for ain’t happening. Please give the name and number of the CEO of the company that will open up in Albany and employ the non-contributors to the level you imply, and I will call for an appointment lickity split.

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IN JUST BELIEVE THAT we must first find a way to engage more of the local population in the local commerce. Without new cash in more pockets we can plan and build any venue you please and it will either fail or cause some existing entity to fail. All but two of the adjacent counties are losing population. Twenty-five-percent-plus plus or minus of the local population is in poverty and yet we continue to attempt to provide services as though we’re prosperous and growing. Example: the city just began a new 311 service. Who asked for that? Is it a money saver? If so, it will be the first government program that is. I’m not against downtown development, but I do wish we could put our collective effort into bringing some jobs in first and then build the development to service the new $$$. This is way off thread so I’ll leave with this; nail salons and hot dog stands do not provide a stable financial base.

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BRING HIGHER PAYING JOBS to the community is very important. I see the downtown development as a vehicle to not only do that directly, but also indirectly by creating a more attractive environment that might tip in a plant move or some other larger more skill oriented operation.

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I THINK WE MIGHT be glossing over the distinction between “reasonable disagreement” and “criminal acts”. What went on (and for all we know may still be going on) with ADICA is clearly corrupt and criminal. The people who did it (Buie and possibly Woods and Washington) and the people who enabled it and want us to “move on” (Adams, Langstaff, Marietta and Lott) need to be driven out of office and/or into prison. My chief problem with Langstaff is the total intellectual bankruptcy of his positions and his apparent unwillingness to make hard decisions on behalf of the people he claims to be “looking out for.” If Langstaff spent 10 percent of the time watching ADICA and Buie that he’s spent on his public relations crusade against a rapper nobody has heard of, the citizens of Albany would be better off by tens of thousands of dollars. I don’t regard Langstaff’s warped sense of priorities as a “difference of opinion.” It is a shameful and cynical attempt to divert voters’ attention from a blatant and flagrant robbery of tax dollars by a convicted felon who sixty days ago Langstaff was willing to give a blank check to. One other point about how cynical this non-issue is: Has anyone considered all of the other acts that have appeared at the civic center during Bob Langstaff’s time on the commission and wondered why it was important to make an issue of it NOW, just when the ADICA scandal has come to light?

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MONKEY-BUSINESS AT CITY HALL is just going to get worse until decent people stand up for themselves and what they believe. We as a society have let so many little things start slipping until they pile up and BAM, we got corrupt government at the top and thugs on bottom with law-abiding citizens in middle wandering “what went wrong?”. I certainly hope we all remember this next election!

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DOES THE ADICA MESS honestly shock anyone? Can ANYONE in the Albany city government do their jobs? Then again the stupidity of the people who voted for them seems to be growing as well, so who is to blame here? Just wipe the slate clean and start over fresh. Get rid of the rash running the city and WASTING tax money!

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IF WALB FOUND OUT about Buie’s criminal record, shouldn’t the City of Albany have found this out before they hired him? This is a big problem. They don’t properly check out these people they hire. No wonder Valdosta has passed Albany as being the top shopping spot in south Georgia. Valdosta has great leadership and Albany has none. Albany is now known for its out-of-control gangs and crime and mark my words, Lee County will end up the same way! Get out while you can!

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THANK GOODNESS WE HAVE a news agency that cares to get the right facts and that cares about this decaying city will be glad when we can make “change” for Albany the next time all these so called leaders of this city is up for re election we are gonna get all the thugs out of office.

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GREAT JOB, “IT’S NOT my fault” Lott. Hat’s off to the man of the hour for a job well done.

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THE REVELATION THAT DON Buie is a convicted felon does not surprise me, as this city along with its inadequate government does not do complete background checks. This town is steadily declining, and it’s just a matter of time that the last manufacturing enterprise leaves.

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ASSISTANT TO LOTT TAYLOR’S statements notwithstanding, these tenants had every reason to believe that Buie was an AUTHORIZED AGENT for both ADICA and for the City of Albany (Thanks to Al Lott). and in fact he WAS the authorized agent. Since they contracted in good faith, the city MUST under principle/agency law honor whatever agreements Buie made on their behalf. It’s the LAW. I wish Mr. Washington and the Alltel representatives would stop by our firm or any other firm. They should take the city to court to force them to honor the commitments and they WILL prevail.

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  1. rb says:

    more anonymous crap from domestic terrorists who are tryoing to hide their true agenda – make money off the fools who pay them dues – go back to worth county and try not to injure anymore animals

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