Tired of the poor leadership, scandals, crime and corruption that plague our community? An Albany resident is using Facebook to try to educate citizens about local government with hopes that the information helps voters make good decisions at the polls.
The spearhead of the Facebook page Albany Voters for Good Leadership is remaining anonymous.
“Unfortunately, I have to protect myself in this endeavor. I am in a position that I feel would earn myself a bulls-eye by starting this group,” said the man, whose Facebook moniker is Guy Dauntless. “Regardless of my identity, the group is an earnest effort and will be populated by locals. I want the group to be focused on the issues that I’ve listed and not so much about me.”
Dauntless says his mission is to get Albany citizens to “collectively advocate for a clean, transparent, lawful and accountable local government organization.”
“Through knowledge and awareness, we can vote smarter to bring forth sound leadership for Albany,” he said.
Dauntless said that he was called to action because “people are not only scared” for their safety, “they are fed up.”
“On the same token, it seems that there is just as many problems with the integrity and constitution of our city leaders,” he said. “Instead of reading on what’s being done to tackle issues such as unemployment, crime and empty factories; there are frequent reports of taxpayer-funded boondoggles, scandals and just plain crime from city officials.
“Rhetorical question: Do the citizens that watch the news and read the paper consider APD and others solid and credible after the Judge Weaver fiasco? How about the Judge himself? Someone is lying. Public confidence in our city leaders is on a decline. Now there’s the DCSS investigation.”
Then there’s race.
“It seems that every time a report is made, whether it was another official scam or a heinous crime, it becomes an ugly two-way racial issue,” he said. “I do not see where this productive. The pattern is destructive and just puts further strain on race relations. This also tends to act as a diversion away from the real issue. There’s a lot of people complaining but what they are doing to improve the situation or improve Albany in general? Taking inflammatory cheap shots by labeling both blacks and whites is not a solution.
“People want change but they have to get involved. We have voices and the solemn right to vote. Use it. The officials work for the citizens but they seem to have lost sight of that.”
Dauntless says that with the Albany municipal elections on the horizon, he hopes that the group will provide objectively produced comparisons of candidates, including their prior achievements, failures and misdeeds.
“The mayor’s race will definitely be on the table,” he said.
It’s important that Albany Voters for Good Leadership remain fact-driven and nonpartisan he said.
On the other hand, Dauntless says the endeavor produces results and helps root out “ineffective, weak, corrupt and otherwise bad leaders.”
To be part of the group, visit the Facebook page Albany Voters for Good Leadership and request to become a member.
Health leader passes
Cheryl Henley, who retired recently after more than 30 years with the Dougherty County Health Department, died Monday at age 66 after a lengthy unspecified illness.
“… She served as the guiding force for Public Health in her community, both through the strong prevention and health promotion programs she oversaw and through her leadership during times of disaster,” the Southwest Georgia Health District said in a statement. “We, her colleagues and associates, offer our sincere sympathy to Mrs.
Henley’s friends and family and join them and the community in mourning the loss of a true champion of Public Health.”
Meadows Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Her family is receiving friends and relatives at 2719 Davenport Drive in Albany.
Special bowlers to compete
The Albany Recreation and Parks Department is gearing to host the Strikers Classic Masters Bowling Invitational for Special Olympics Georgia.
The tournament, which is the first of its kind in Georgia, is designed as a excellent opportunity for athletes to compete in the sport before the multi-day Special Olympics Georgia Master’s Bowling event to be held in August in Warner Robins. The Invitational will be held on Friday, July 29 at the AMF Bowl-A-Rama on Broad Avenue.
Invitations were sent this spring to all Special Olympics Georgia accredited agencies in the Georgia. More than 100 athletes from as far as Newnan and Valdosta will travel to Albany for the competition.
Charles White, the Special Olympics’ area manager said, “This is a top notch event with athletes from around the state having this event marked on their calendars since last year. Albany Recreation and Parks Dept. along with the help of volunteers from the Albany community do a fantastic job with this and we look forward to a great competition.”
Volunteers are needed for the event, which will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, contact Kristin Caso at the Recreation and Parks Department at 430-5222.