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The complete P.O.S.T record of Bob Godley. The former cop that thinks the whole county owes him an apology for his bad behavior.
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Who Killed Racheyl Brinson
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Remember Dennis is the one framed by former Sheriff Bill Smith and his lying so called detective Dale Bundy.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
I CALL FOR THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO CANCEL THE UPCOMING VOTE.
We the people can not afford it. We have allowed the commission and Sheriff to drain our own accounts and now we are to give 20 million plus to corporate welfare.
JUST SAY NO!!!!!!!
Friday, May 25, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Will Mr. Hardin continue the Proctor way of limiting your free speech rights. We already know that Mr. Rowland broke his campaign promises and refuses to allow the people of this county to speak freely. If you read the articles I posted on the public speaking at meeting then you saw the one from West Virginia were the school attorney used the phrase " this is a school board meeting, not a public meeting." That is funny because I got a email from Mr. Rowland and he said the exact same thing.( I will post it later) Now how can two people that live 700 miles apart say the exact same thing. Although a federal court judge says differently, but in Camden County we don't have to listen to federal judges. If this district does not get its act together they will get sued. Then only the student will be hurt, because that will take funds from them. You teachers will still get paid, the Board members will get their lousy 300 bucks and the students are the ones who will be affected by it.
What will Hardin do????????????
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
By The Associated Press 02.03.02
PITTSBURGH — The American Civil Liberties Union doesn't think Plum borough's new public comment rules are too peachy.
The ACLU on Jan. 29 asked a federal judge to strike down requirements that residents of the rural borough sign up 30 minutes in advance and speak only about items on public meeting agendas.
The new rules also give the borough council president the right to silence speakers who make comments that he believes are "scandalous, impertinent and redundant." The ACLU is representing four borough residents.
"The First Amendment and the state's Sunshine Law simply do not allow borough officials to restrict residents' speech about important political matters pertaining to Plum's governmental affairs," said David Millstein, a Greensburg attorney who has volunteered to handle the case for the ACLU.
U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose scheduled a hearing on the lawsuit for Feb. 5. The borough's next public meeting is Feb. 11.
The suit was filed after Solicitor Bruce Dice refused the ACLU's request to rescind the policy in the borough about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh.
Dice and the borough's manager did not immediately return calls by the Associated Press.
The lead plaintiff is Harry R. Schlegel, a former council member and now the borough's tax collector. Schlegel contends he was silenced under the new rules at a Jan. 14 meeting because he wanted to criticize the public comment policy.
"Honorable and righteous men do not fear the exercise of liberty. Why, then, do Plum's currently elected officials want to limit and control our liberty to disagree with them if we feel they err on an issue important to us?" said Schlegel, a Vietnam veteran.
"As a Marine, I swore an oath to protect the Constitution, and that's what I and the other plaintiffs are doing with this lawsuit."
The borough council presented the new rules, signed by seven council members and the mayor, at the borough's reorganization meeting Jan. 7.
The ACLU contends the rules weren't formally approved until Jan. 24, when council scheduled a meeting allowing for public comment on them. But no matter when or how they were passed, the speaking rules are illegal, said Witold "Vic" Walczak, executive director of the ACLU's Pittsburgh chapter.
"Legally, it's not a difficult case and I don't think it's a groundbreaking case, but I think it's an important case because a lot of these little (municipalities) violate" the First Amendment, Walczak said.
Council president orders speaker's removal from meeting
By The Associated Press 01.21.05
BURTON, Mich. — The American Civil Liberties Union says a city official violated the First Amendment when he ordered police to expel a speaker from a council meeting for accusing officials of taking bribes.
Council President Danny Wells had police eject former Councilwoman Laurie Tinnin from the Jan. 17 meeting after Tinnin brought up accusations of bribe-taking against city officials.
Before the public comment portion of the meeting, Wells had said he would not allow such discussion.
Gregory Gibbs, chairman of the Greater Flint chapter of the ACLU, said he would write a letter to Burton officials telling them they must allow for open discussion of that or any other city-related topic.
"What they did was make content-based decisions on what people can talk about. That's inappropriate, and that's a violation of the First Amendment," Gibbs told The Flint Journal. "To see police lead her out the door, my goodness."
Wells said on Jan. 19 that he meant only to limit personal attacks and comments on the possible resignation of Burton officials. Wells said he always tells people that they cannot make personal attacks against officials during the public comment period, and he viewed the unproven allegations as personal attacks.
"I have every right to control that meeting," Wells said. "I'm not going to allow the meeting to become merely a photo opportunity for somebody."
But, he added, "Freedom of speech is very important."
Tinnin said she wants an apology.
"You can't try to tell me I can't talk about something," she said
City council critic settles lawsuit over barred comments
By The Associated Press 12.15.01
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — A man barred from speaking during city council meetings has reached a settlement for $75,000 in his lawsuit against the city and mayor.
Grand Prairie Mayor Charles England barred Tommy H. Luckett, who has lived in the town 30 years, from speaking during the public comment portion of two council meetings in 1999.
Luckett had spoken at several meetings against the city's flood control plan after he reluctantly sold the city some property for the project. England said Luckett's comments were harshly critical of the council, city and city staff.
Luckett was soundly defeated when he ran for mayor against England in May 2000.
Luckett's attorney, T. Dean Malone, said Dec. 12 that his client complied with all procedures for speaking at such meetings.
"It made the city understand it cannot censor people from speaking their minds because it doesn't like their views," Malone said. "Hopefully Mr. Luckett's lawsuit will send a signal that tax-paying citizens have the same rights as public officials to express their views."
City Attorney Don Postell declined comment.
Grand Prairie is about 15 miles southwest of Dallas.
Alabama council critic files $100,000 lawsuit against city
The Associated Press 10.07.99
FLORENCE, Ala. — A woman who was acquitted last month of obstructing governmental operations after refusing to be quiet at a Florence City Council meeting has filed a $100,000 lawsuit against the city.
Elizabeth Romine, 75, a frequent critic of the council, signed the claim on Oct. 4 at the Lauderdale County Detention Center, where she is serving a six-month jail sentence on an unrelated charge.
The lawsuit accuses the city of violating her rights of free speech, freedom of expression and right to petition the government for redress of grievances when she was arrested during an April 6 council meeting.
Romine was addressing the council during a five-minute public comment period when she was ruled out of order by Council President Steve Pierce for statements she made to another council member.
She was arrested and charged with obstructing governmental operations, a misdemeanor offense.
Romine was convicted of the charge in municipal court but later was acquitted by a jury in Lauderdale County Circuit Court.
She states in her lawsuit that the arrest subjected her to humiliation and ridicule.
Romine was jailed Sept. 24 after she failed to obey a court order to remove junk and litter from a residence she owns.
City attorney Bill Musgrove declined comment.
Monday, May 21, 2007
By The Associated Press 03.10.05
LEVELS, W.Va. — Former House of Delegates Education Chairman Jerry Mezzatesta may be the most talked-about man in Hampshire County — but not at meetings of the school board that employs him.
Board attorney Norwood Bentley successfully muzzled people demanding that Mezzatesta be fired from his $60,000 administrative job earlier this week, and Bentley said he's likely to do it again.
Speaking is a privilege offered by the board, not a public right, Bentley argues.
"You can't take an employee of a school board to task in an open session," Bentley told the Associated Press after stopping a handful of residents from identifying Mezzatesta or Superintendent David Friend by name or job title.
"It's not the public's meeting," he said. "It's the school board's meeting."
More than 100 people packed into a school cafeteria on March 7 when resident Robert Lee began calling for Mezzatesta's and Friend's dismissal. Lee and others had signed a list to speak, identifying their topics as required by board rules.
Lee was a few sentences into his written remarks when Bentley intervened, saying Lee couldn't mention specific people in his comments about problems in the district.
When Lee demanded that Friend and Mezzatesta be fired for what he called incompetence, Bentley interrupted again, warning the board it was "a libelous situation."
The decision stunned those who had planned to speak, including resident Jim Hott.
"I think he was probably right in saying the school board could not use names, but he was wrong in telling us what we could say," Hott said. "There's absolutely no reason to have an open meeting if we can't voice our opinions."
The meeting came just days after the state Ethics Commission issued a public reprimand and imposed a $2,000 fine to settle complaints against Mezzatesta, who lost re-election last fall.
Mezzatesta pleaded no contest in December to altering and destroying legislative computer records amid the ethics investigation. He remains under investigation by a special prosecutor in Hampshire County over an affidavit he gave the Ethics Commission last year that said he had not used his legislative position to obtain grants for Hampshire County.
Lew Brewer, executive director of the Ethics Commission, says the rules Bentley set for the board meeting are new to him.
"I've never heard of anybody saying you can't criticize the city manager, you can't criticize the chief of police, you can't criticize the municipal judge in a public meeting," he said. "There is nothing in the Open Meetings Act that deals with what can be said by someone who is signed up to speak at a public meeting."
Bentley cites the laws governing school boards for his actions, and Brewer said he's not an expert in that area.
Liza Cordeiro, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Education, said since the state has not taken over Hampshire County's schools, it can't tell the local board how to run its meetings.
But a lawyer for the West Virginia Press Association calls Bentley's actions "highly questionable" and a possible violation of "the fundamental right of free speech and to redress government."
If the board set a time for public comment during the meeting, "they can't restrict it," Mark Sadd said yesterday. "I think you should be able to address any issue you wish to address ... and they can't do anything about it unless someone is being unruly."
Bentley said he found Lee's comments "nasty" but could not recall specifics.
"I just remember being particularly offended, and not because I have any great love for either of these people," he said. "I was asked there for a number of reasons, one of which was to try to make sure that things didn't get out of hand in the public session."
Lee said his taxes entitle him to a voice.
"The Hampshire County school systems are in a state of emergency. We have problems, and I can't understand why we can't address them and solve them," Lee said.
The state has stripped the district of its accreditation, and a recent audit found numerous violations of law and state board policies by Mezzatesta and others, including the use of grants.
"We're the laughing stock of the state," Lee said. "It's a real shame."
Bentley, however, says taxpayers have other means to express themselves: They can address the board in closed session, write letters or air their grips on newspaper editorial pages.
Bentley said he was also trying to protect the board from becoming party to a defamation lawsuit: "I wanted to make it very clear that the board didn't say go ahead and blast these employees."
Board of Education rescinds policy muzzling critics
By The Associated Press 03.22.05
AUGUSTA, W.Va. — Dozens of angry bus drivers petitioned the Hampshire County Board of Education to reconsider replacing the transportation director with former House Education Chairman Jerry Mezzatesta, then delivered a thunderous ovation when an activist suggested the former lawmaker be fired.
The board, meanwhile, rescinded its long-standing policy of muzzling Mezzatesta critics at its meetings, announcing it will now abide by a recommendation from the state Ethics Commission.
Two weeks ago, people intent on demanding that Mezzatesta and Superintendent David Friend be fired were stopped by board attorney Norwood Bentley. He told the speakers they could not identify district employees by name or job title, then criticize them in an open forum.
Many residents complained that infringed on their First Amendment right to free speech, and board President Brenda Pyles began last night's public comment session by announcing new rules.
The public may comment on employees and their conduct, as long as the remarks are not defamatory or slanderous, she said. Pyles said she would decide when a speaker crossed the line.
Pyles said the board had sought guidance from Ethics Commission Director Lew Brewer since the last meeting, and she reviewed her statement with him before last night's meeting. Brewer also advised the board to put its policy on public comment in writing, she said.
Mezzatesta, a nine-term Democrat, lost re-election last year after he became the target of an ethics investigation.
The Ethics Commission has since issued a public reprimand and imposed a $2,000 fine to settle complaints against him. His case helped prompt Gov. Joe Manchin's efforts to toughen West Virginia's ethics law.
Last week, transportation director David Fritsch was notified he would lose his job to Mezzatesta, whose $60,000-a-year job as a community specialist is being eliminated.
A letter from Assistant Superintendent Paula O'Brien told Fritsch he would be transferred to another job for the 2005-'06 school year. Personnel rules automatically bump Fritsch into the next-senior administrator's position he is certified for, special education director.
Fritsch has requested a hearing with the board March 31 and has told the Associated Press he intends for it to be conducted in public.
Fritsch said he was gratified by the strong showing from the drivers and downplayed their praise for his leadership, saying, "it's been a team effort."
Some 38 drivers were in an audience of about 100 at the Augusta Elementary School as Sandy McCune, a spokeswoman for the service personnel, presented the petition. Signed by 55 drivers, substitutes, mechanics and secretaries, it asks the board to retain Fritsch.
McCune and driver James See were careful to avoid attacking Mezzatesta but praised Fritsch as a caring, dedicated supervisor who became licensed and learned to drive the school buses, then rode every route.
"We don't want to lose him," McCune said. "Please reconsider what you're doing."
See praised Fritsch for his accessibility and demeanor.
"We are very proud of the job he's done the first two years, and we need and want him in our working family for years to come," he said. "Do the right thing."
See was among the first to his feet when Wanda Carney of the education-watchdog group West Virginia Wants to Know urged Hampshire residents to keep attending meetings and demanding action on the man at the center of a scandal that has embarrassed the community.
"You pay Mr. Mezzatesta's salary. You pay Mr. Friend's salary. You have a right to ask these elected officials to fire these two men," said Carney, a Kanawha County resident whose group filed the first ethics complaint against Mezzatesta.
Mezzatesta pleaded no contest in Kanawha County Magistrate Court in December to altering and destroying legislative computer records amid the ethics probe. He is under investigation by a special prosecutor in Hampshire County concerning whether an affidavit that he gave to the Ethics Commission last year was false.
Mezzatesta has declined to discuss his job status and took his family on a vacation out of state this week.
A recent audit by the state Office of Education Performance Audits was highly critical of the county's hiring procedures. The audit prompted the state Board of Education to strip Hampshire of its accreditation and declare a state of emergency.
Carney said she believes the local board will never act against Mezzatesta but the state will take over the troubled district in April, "and they will do this task for you."
Federal judge nixes school board's no-negativity rule
By The Associated Press 08.18.04
MOUNDS, Okla. — A federal judge has chosen freedom of speech over freedom from negativity.
U.S. District Judge Claire V. Eagan issued a consent decree that overturned a rule barring those attending Mounds school board meetings from making comments against district policy or employees.
"You could say all the positive things you wanted," attorney Loren Gibson said. "Once you said something negative, it was 'sit down and shut up or we'll call the police.'"
Gibson's client, Cheryl Speers, filed a lawsuit alleging the board's restrictions on what could be said at meetings were unconstitutional infringements on free speech.
"The board will not permit verbal attacks on any school personnel, nor discuss individuals by name, nor permit slanderous remarks against any such individual," the policy read.
The board president could stop someone's address to the board "if the speaker's comments are slanderous, defaming, or may otherwise have a negative impact on the employment status of an employee of good standing or reputation of a student."
Speers, the parent of a special education student, asked to meet privately with the board in executive session to discuss what she said was a special education teacher's refusal to test her son for dyslexia.
She was turned down, then got a spot on the board's agenda, Gibson said.
As she outlined her complaint against the teacher and others, she was told to stop and then was escorted out by a police officer, Gibson said.
Current Board President Ray Driskell said the policy was intended to prevent speakers from slandering teachers and administrators.
"It did allow what we would call constructive criticism," he said.
The consent order, issued in late July, said the district must make a new policy that "shall not limit or prohibit the right of participants in the School Board meetings from making statements that are critical of District policies."
Driskell said the old rule was written by a company that helps create such policies for many schools.
More case click on link: http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/speech/personal/topic.aspx?topic=speaking_meetings.
SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday, May 18, 2007
April 6, 2007 - Key stolen to locker (Source T&G April 18, 2007)
April 10, 2007 -- He was rearrested (Source T&G April 18, 2007)
April 13, 2007-- First Coast News breaks story.
April 18, 2007-- First report by T&G
My question is when did the Sheriff plan on telling us? If someone did not call First Coast News, would we have ever heard of this. Why was the public not informed of this trusty being on the loose? He didn't really bail himself out, he escaped. The public should have been notified of the escape. And who did he bribe and is that person in jail?
Will Lt. Terrell ever do his job and tell us. How about Charlene Sears telling us what she knows.
Sheriff supporters say stop the bashing, I say stop the cover ups.
Good far outweighs the bad a sheriff's office
I'm writing this letter in regards to letters that have been written to you. I read the paper on a regular basis. Due to a few recent events involving this county, from the (Camden County) Sheriff's Office to the recent fires, everyone wants to commend the fire department on a job well done, but I have yet to hear a lot of people commend the sheriff's department on anything.Most of the things I have read in the newspaper about the sheriff's department have been negative. People want to put them down. This town does not look at the good the sheriff's department and their deputies do for this town. I may not agree with some things, but I feel that the entire sheriff's department should be commended, from the 911 dispatchers to the deputies.
People want to put down the trusty program due to recent events. Those who don't agree with it need to stop and think, what if that was your child in jail? Wouldn't you want someone to give your child a second chance?Nobody wants to see the good that comes from the sheriff's department. Here is something else to think about. Who do you call when you need help, from a domestic dispute to being broken down on the side of the road? You call the sheriff's department, which, in turn, a law enforcement officer is sent out. I'm not downing the fire department by any means. It's the sheriff's department who is on the scene first, from accidents to a fire.Does this county realize how much law enforcement puts its lives on the line every day when they put that badge on? Anything is possible; they can have an accident going to a call. They can be on a call and, while protecting you or a loved one, they are putting their life at risk without thought for their own. Think about it. Who are you going to call next time you're in an accident, (with) a child lost, being broken down somewhere or if your safety is at risk? It won't be the fire department.I know I sleep better at night knowing that law enforcement is out there protecting me and my loved ones. They do it because they love their job, and they have families of their own that they take a risk of not seeing to protect you and me.
This town needs to stop bashing the sheriff's department. They should be commended for a job well done.
Do you really want us the praise the Sheriff for fighting fires. He can't even put out the fires in his own department. When we had that fire in St. Mary's last month, I saw it on the news. I call the Camden County Sheriff's Office to find out where exactly the fire was. Do you know what they told me and I quote "What Fire?" They said they weren't firefighters and that I should call the fire dept.
What good are you talking about? You didn't say anything that was good about Bill Smith. This whole thing really has nothing to do with the deputies. It is a leadership problem. Actually I think that there are a few who don't like Bill. That is how these little (as the supporters of bill would say) things get leaked out.
You say what if that was your child in jail, I say what about the victim, the person who the crime was committed against. Last time I checked we still call this great land America. Which stands for Liberty and JUSTICE FOR ALL. Not just those in jail.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
I have documented two cases where the candidates running for office last year have lied during the campaign. Charlene Sears and Mr. Rowland from the school board. Both have not lived up to their own campaign promises. The both of you should resign if you plan on lying some more to the people of Camden County. I think a public apology is in order and I expect it ASAP. And then you need to fix the problems you have started.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Associated Press - May 16, 2007 12:05 PM ET
A Lake Stevens high school teacher is on leave while the district investigates a remark he made to a class.
A parent complained that the teacher, Gary McDonald, told students Monday he would take anyone talking in class and line them up against a wall and shoot them.
District spokeswoman Arlene Hulten says if the complaint is substantiated, McDonald could face a range of discipline from a verbal reprimand to suspension.
She says the 60-year-old McDonald already plans to retire next month.
In February he was reprimanded for including a biblical account of creation in an assignment on myths.
TRSP Review: Dr. Proctor is this something you would not allow a parent to say at a board meeting. I don't see where this would be attacking some one personally. Teachers daily duties in the school has nothing to do with their personal life. Now if I wanted to complain about a teacher getting a DUI at a board meeting I could see you saying no. Hell, I would stand up along side of you and tell that person no also. My point is anything that happens on school property is my business. Weather you like it or not. I have always said peoples personal lives are their own. I don't talk about anything to do with their personal lives. Look through this blog and find one personal attack on anybody. You won't find it. Yes I do attack yours and others job performance as I am allowed to under law. The same law that gives me the right to speak freely at board meetings.
YOU STILL HAVE NOT PROVIDE ME THE LAW THAT GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO RESTRICT SOMEONES RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH.
Dr. P. has done many good things for the system and it is too bad that it is overshadowed by her communist views.
Ann you might want to take a look. You are mentioned many times and not on the good side.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Why are these people so concerned about an open government? It takes power away from them. Dr. Proctor is not in charge of the board members, although you would never know, as they bounce around the BOE like little puppets on a string. Yes, Queen Proctor what ever you say. You are all wrong and you know you are. Your lawyer has no clue when it comes to the open meetings laws.
WHY HAVEN'T YOU CALLED THE ATTORNEY GENERALS OFFICE TO GET HIS OPINION ON THIS QUESTION?
I can answer that also, it is because they know I am right. If they didn't think I was right why change the agenda.
Mr. Rowland if you want to earn any respect back call the Attorney Generals office and speak to Stefan Ritter. Then you will see why I am the way I am.
VIII. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION - (Board Meeting)
a. Public Participation
The Board of Education has established a practice that permits citizens to address the board on a variety of topics of general concern to the operation of our schools. We welcome visitors to board meetings and are interested in hearing from the taxpayers and patrons of our school system. We have a few simple rules for public comment; each person wishing to address the board must sign this roster; each person is limited to five (5) minutes; we request that a citizen refrain from attacking personally any employee of the school system; any citizen who has a specific complaint involving an employee must first address the issue with the superintendent and, if not resolved; then may speak with the board. However, certain matters involving personnel and students must be heard in closed session; the superintendent will inform you whether your complaint is one that should be referred to an executive session with the board. By signing the roster, participants are agreeing to abide by these rules.
This looks like something from the years of Stalin. I did not know we needed the superintendents permission to address our elected officials.
Notice they want to hear from taxpayer and patrons (students I assume since I don't go to school), but not parents. They can't even include us.
Once again DR. SUPERINTENDENT OF THE YEAR PROCTOR, you can not pick and choose what can be said in a public meeting. You only have the right to have public comments or not. You don't have to have public comments if you choose not to, perfectly legal. But if you do have public comments you must allow the people to speak.
The minutes from April are not complete. The BOE is trying to hide things from the public. They are lying to you and me.
Mr. Rowland you should resign, you lied in your campaign, you promised open meeting and have not delivered. Maybe you should cut the puppet strings and be a man and stand up to your only employee. Why should I have to ask your employee if I can talk to you. That is what the public comments are all about. You should be ashamed of yourself. At one point I thought you were a man of integrity, but I guess I was wrong.
Monday, May 14, 2007
THEY DON'T WANT YOUR PARTICIPATION. THEY JUST WANT YOUR MONEY.
DON'T QUESTION THESE FOOLS, BECAUSE THEY WON'T LISTEN ANYWAY.
Could it be I because I questioned the last minutes. If you remember the minutes showed that I was requesting info on the open meetings law. Which all you teachers, janitors, and nurses were there, Did any of you hear me request info? No, I didn't think so.
The reason we have not seen the minutes for April yet is because they refused to let me speak, and if they keep proper minutes that should be in the minutes. And if they put that in the minutes, it is my proof that they will not allow free speech at these meetings. Of course the audio tape I have of the meeting is all I need.
These people were elected to be OUR REPRESENTATIVES. We did not elect them because they were smart, intelligent, or even bright. We elected them to do the will of the people. And they refuse.
Mr. Harden here is your chance to end this and open the meetings.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Here in Camden County there is a saying "If you don't like the weather wait a minute it will change." The same can be said about our elected officials here.
Let's start with the school board:
- Every year we hear from teachers we need more parents to get involved. (I agree teachers) But the board would prefer you be silent when getting involved. Don't speak out against possible problems, because you might hurt someones feelings. (poor baby)
- This year Mr. Rowland ran a campaign on open meetings. ( now you must sign up and if Ann thinks that the board should hear you than you can speak. I am sure that is how our founding fathers would want it.)
- There is no law requiring any part of a meeting to be closed, yet the board will tell you they are required by law to close a meeting. ( the law states that you MAY (not required) close a meeting, that means it is your own personal choice and you personally choose to close these meetings no law is making you do this)
Now on to the Commissioners:
- They tore Sandy Feller a new one because someone put a link to porn on his site. (He had no idea it was there.) Charlene Sears comments on my background (on this blog), that she should know nothing about, (makes you wonder how she got it) and not a single commissioner says a word. In fact I think they all approve of this practice.
- Know when to do a background check. (Amazingly, they will do a background check on a private citizen, but not when required for employment. (Ms. Woodward hired under the Smith-Sears Friends and Family Act of 2007.)
And lastly the Sheriff:
- I don't think there is enough room on the Internet for this one. You all know what kind of Sheriff we have. Some like an unethical Sheriff and other do not. (It is nice to know that his old campaign still supports him, why not he gave their son a job. (Hired under the Smith-Sears Friends and Family Act of 2007 or maybe an earlier version of this same act)
- Notice how quiet it is again in Woodbine. I wonder what will happen next.
- Will we hear the whole story on the trusty that stole the money. Remember Charlene Sears said that she would love to comment more, but could not because of her position in the Sheriff's Office. ( What have we not been told?, Who called the news?, Why did we not hear about this for a week?)
- Lies and cover ups that is why he is not a good Sheriff.
In an open government we would not have these problems. All information will be out on the table for the citizens to review. The term "no comment"(also not required by law, your own personal choice of words) would be a thing of the past. Only the people of this county can change this government. Let's stand up and demand liberty and justice for all, not just Friends and Family.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Thanks to the church and a raspberry for sheriff's deputies
The purpose of my letter is twofold. I have some praises for some people, and I'm throwing darts at some other people.First of all, I want to thank Pastor Edward Dixon and the members of the Camden Baptist Church. They gave me the much-needed support after the tragic death of my son, Lenn "Bubba" Davis on April 12, 2007. Their prayers were a godsend, and they lifted me up to sit with Jesus in a heavenly place. They were so kind. God bless them for their saintly actions. I could not have made it without them. So, I thank everyone who was so kind to me in my hour of need.
Now, I have some "darts" to throw. My son was hounded for about eight long years. He was stopped a number of times for any amount of "questionable" reasons. Some of the reasons were the result of pure out lies. Deputies would handcuff him and carry him off to jail sometimes. Time and time again, warrants were served upon him; warrants made up by some woman and her "free pay" lawyer. She was close friends to many of the deputies. These deputies were always harassing him, year after year after year.One deputy was heard saying, "I won't retire until I see Bubba in prison." Even the D.A. said, "There was no need for a trial, as Bubba was already facing prison time." How brazen can you be? Bubba had never gone to trial and had never been found guilty, but there was a trial pending. When Bubba was in jail, he painted the whole jail. There wasn't a lazy bone in his body.But after eight long years of constant badgering and harassment, poor Bubba did not know where to go or who to turn to. He was frightened and at his wit's end. In fact, he was frightened to death. His death will have to lay at someone's doorstep. A good place to start are those "law-abiding deputies" who languished in placing a "fear" in Bubba's heart. Now that deputy who was going to retire can do so with a clean heart and be satisfied in a job well done.I hold some of you responsible for my son's death. There is no getting around it. Most of those warrants and some charges were BFL (big fat lies).
I read in your paper the gospel according to Walker, "Jesus died so everyone could get a second chance," and so should Bubba.
Annette Davis and family St. Marys
TRSP Review: I hear stories everyday like this. I have documented many of them ( http://schoolpolice.blogspot.com/2007/04/bill-smith-time-line.html ). Yet some tell us that we should ignore the negatives and look at the positives. What positives can we get from this story? Sure we can ignore it, but what does that do? We live in a country that is proud to say liberty and justice for all, but here in Corruption County it is liberty and justice for the Good ole Boys only.
Mr. Terrel, is this the human side you were talking about? Do you feel bad now? I mean surely when you say their is a human side you are referring to all inmates not just people you know, right? Where was the humanity with the deputy in this case? I know, it was with that woman.
The sad part is this family had nowhere to turn because their own Sheriff's office is so corrupt.
God Bless You and your Family
I know that you are busy trying to silence those who want open meetings, but if you could in your spare time please post the agenda from last night that would be great. A little strange that all the agendas have been posted online before the meetings until last night. Could it be that the last agenda is coming back to haunt you. It will.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
They don't care about your views or what you think can make this district better. They don't want open government like Mr. Rowland promised in his campaign. He used a good topic and than broke those promises. Yes Sir you did. If you didn't go back on your promises than stand up with and demand open meetings like you said before you were elected.
Who are they protecting, Good Teachers? No, they are protecting the bad teachers or as they called them Friends and Family.
They don't care about your views or what you think can make this district better. They don't want open government like Mr. Rowland promised in his campaign. He used a good topic and than renigged on his promises. Yes Sir you did. If you didn't go back on your promises than stand up with and demand open meetings like you said before you were elected.
Who are they protecting, Good Teachers? No, they are protecting the bad teachers or as they called them Friends and Family.
DR. PROCTOR ANY LEGAL SUGGESTIONS?
AND BY THE WAY THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TRIED THAT SAME EXCUSE, WHEN I REQUESTED INFO ON AN IP ADDRESS. BUT SOMEHOW THEY GAVE ME THE NAME. INTERESTING.
AND WHY DON'T I TRUST YOU?
You scheduling a meeting between me, you and one or two board members is an illegal meeting. You can not have a meeting outside of the regular scheduled meeting and not have all board members present. I am prepared to present evidence that pertains to personnel under your direct supervision. This must be done in public according to the Georgia sunshine laws.
Maybe you and your lawyer should take another good look at the law. I will see you 7:00 and I will address the board in public.
Monday, May 07, 2007
You thought you had me. You thought what you did would keep my mouth shut. Well, once again like the others you were wrong. I cover my butt. I learned from the government how to do that. You can try with all your might and power to try and take me out but you will fail. Now that you have messed with my family I will continue this fight. You have done nothing but reinforce my beliefs in open government. Thank you.
If you are wondering what this is about, you have nothing to worry about. This is for one person and they know who they are. And filing a false report will get you into trouble.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
WHEN TO DO A BACKGROUND AND CREDIT CHECK!!!!!!!
Last year Ms. Sears took it upon herself to do a background and credit check on me. Why? Well can you it was not because I applied for the county managers job. I posted a political comment on Sandy's bog. Now when the time comes to actually do a check on someone for a job none is done.
This is proof that they do not have the county best interest in mind they are there for their own personal gain.
I am still trying to find out who paid for the trip to Washington, but I have not received a reply from my open records request. Check back because I am not even close to being done. This will be the end of this sneaky commission.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Fly-in trip aims to boost Camden's image
By Emily Goodson
Camden County's potential for growth was the emphasis local leaders made recently during a lobbying trip to Washington, D.C.Twenty-eight representatives from the county, three cities and local businesses trekked to D.C. to present Camden's military, educational and quality of life issues to the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Sen. Johnny Isakson and the Pentagon.
Christine Daniel, president of the Camden-Kings Bay Chamber of Commerce, said she thinks the trip was a tremendous success for Camden County."It was very, very successful," she said. "I think the group was very excited about being there, and our issues were listened to."Daniel said she stressed the need for the county to keep affordable housing available to its working class residents."People need to be aware that, with the rising cost of land ... the working class is going to be priced right out of a house," Daniel said, citing firefighters, police officers and teachers as examples. "That's the workforce that we need to survive."
Daniel also said she discussed Cumberland Island's need for wheelchair accessibility with Kingston."People need to be able to travel the island and see the whole island in itself," she said.Currently, Cumberland Island does not conform to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as access is limited to foot and bicycle traffic.Other issues presented to federal leaders included Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay's potential for growth, but also its aging utility infrastructure. According to an information packet put together by the fly-in group, Kings Bay's infrastructure is about 30 years old, and reaching the end of its useful service life.The group recommended that maintenance funding be allotted to Kings Bay at the same level as Naval shipyards.The theme of Camden's future growth was further emphasized by the $29 million expansion of the Camden Campus of Southeast Georgia Health System. A new, two-story addition to the local hospital will double the size of the current facility and will include emergency, surgery, radiology and cardiopulmonary departments, as well as a maternity center, the packet states.Daniel said she is already excited about next year's fly-in."It was a pleasure to be able to put together such a successful trip," she said. "I look forward to our next fly-in trip."
TRSP Review: I would like to know who paid for these 28 people to fly to Washington, spend a few days, get absolutely nothing accomplished, and fly back? We are looking at 10 grand just in plane tickets. I feel this is a waste of county money. U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Sen. Johnny Isakson all have offices just down the road in Brunswick and Savannah, why not go to them there and let them plead our case in Washington. That is how it is supposed to be done. That is why they are our Reps in Washington. I hope you all enjoyed your trip on the Camden taxpayer.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
There are three subjects which cannot be addressed in an open public meeting:
1. Individual personnel information that deals with an employee's job performance,
2. Any matter related to an individual student's discipline or grade records, and
3. Any matter related to special education in which individual students may be identified.
The Board will not respond to comments or questions posed by citizens in their presentations, but will takethose comments and questions under advisement.
Dr. Eddy Mitchell, a teacher at Camden County High School, spoke to the board about a policy in regard tounethical practices.
Rick Rogers, a citizen, requested information regarding the Open Records Act.
TRSP Review: This is why we need an open school, Just like Mr. Rowland ran on in his campaign. It has been 4 months since Mr. Rowland was elected as Chairman of the Board. He told everyone he wanted open meetings before he was elected, but now that he is in office, he has made it even more secretive. Not to mention the meetings are now illegal. You can't pick and chose who you want to speak at the meeting. Look they called me a citizen, but I did not ask for information on the Open Records Act. I told them they needed to review the OPEN MEETINGS LAW.
That tells me that even the minutes are changed to fit their agenda. This is not what I said at all. I know the open meeting law and records law. The board does not. Their attorney does not have a clue when it comes to the law. Why are the minutes wrong?
I am still waiting on the Attorney Generals office to respond to my letter, which he has received just has not had a chance to look at it yet. As he put it I am not the person complaining about open meetings.
In closing I feel Mr. Rowland lied to us in his campaign He promised open meeting and then went the other way. They are doing everything they can think of to make sure YOU have no idea what is going on in our schools. I told you before and have proved it even they don't know what goes on in these schools.
Teachers must come forward and demand open schools also. If you have any questions ask Dr. Mitchell.
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And grant him a new fair trial.
From the Blog:
I just spoke with a lady that had called Judge Williams number to ask for Dennis Perry's plea be thrown out and to grant him a new trial. Guess what? As soon as Dennis' name was mentioned, the secretary or whoever she was got very cold and told the lady she would have to send the judge a fax or write her a letter. AND THEN SHE WOULDN'T GIVE HER THE FAX NUMBER!! She was told she would have to write a letter..which the lady has done. Does that tell you there is something wrong with this case? You people in Camden County better wake up and smell the roses before you find yourself in the same position that Dennis is in. He isn't asking to be released. Just for a FAIR trial!!