By now, those who are most involved with the Dougherty County Taxpayers Association must have excruciating headaches. After all, they have been beating their heads against a wall nonstop for nearly three years now.
But these unselfish, mostly gray-haired citizens keep on keeping on in the name of good, honest, efficient government.
Sure, it is unfortunate that the association’s membership – as is the case with nearly all of the churches and most of the other organizations in town – largely consists of people of the same race. But does that diminish the group’s credibility? Certainly not – just as Albany’s largest churches and civic clubs aren’t less significant because of their lack of racial diversity. Indeed, we think the Dougherty County Taxpayers Association is a microcosm of Albany; it consists of passionate, hardworking, victimized citizens who aren’t willing to give up on their community just yet.
Decent people in Albany surely have their work cut out for them. For example, in the wake of one government scandal after another, with every passing day, two Dougherty County Board of Education continue to arrogantly and deliberately commit misdemeanor crimes by withholding e-mails they have sent and received during the school system superintendent search.
These people are criminals. Yet, their colleagues and our criminal justice system refuse to censure and prosecute them, respectively, because politics prevails over community in Albany.
Speaking of lawbreakers, where’s our mayor in all this? Publicly, he’s silent, just as he was upon learning that the city manager’s subject-matter expert for revitalization was a convicted felon. But if it’s like with other issues, Willie Adams proclaims the school board scofflaws as heroes while dining at Carter’s Grill, but calls them scumbags at Doublegate Country Club.
Truly, it’s no wonder most folks in our community are disengaged. Fighting a corrupt and otherwise misguided government system is demoralizing and even downright unhealthy, as the odds of success are miniscule. But it’s also worth it for this reason, if no other: Good deeds beget good deeds. Our children and other protegees are watching us. Isn’t that reason enough to fight for what’s right?
We salute the Dougherty County Taxpayers Association and offer our support to it or anyone who aims to ensure that government is good. Their efforts provide encouragement to those in the community who have been so badly flo
By Kevin Hogencamp