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Letter to the editor: On conspiracies, elections, term limits and changes wrought by development


Oh, my goodness gracious! Man! I miss the time of my life that I was too darn busy to even care about politics or the economy. Where is a good conspiracy therapist when you need one? I’m sure is must be just a coincidence; just weeks before a brave new plan to inject federal funds into small town local newspapers like the BCN are made public, we are blessed with an influx of guest editors who also double as a local and a national democratic party operatives…hmmm.

No doubt those local newspapers do need the life support as they are vital sources of good humor and reliable information about local news and events but I worry about the “I’m from the government and I’m here to help” part. I would expect such coincidences in California, NY and Ohio but in Georgia? Well, maybe Atlanta…, but you cannot tell if the federal honey money is the fly or the fly paper in this situation.

You would think that people who run away from a state that is socially and economically disintegrating from its own legislative and administrative actions would have some insight into the connection between these actions and the results. You’d think you might expect enough change in their life perspective from the experience that they would not want or support more of the same and expect production of a different result. You could expect a national party operative to market the plan everywhere he goes. You’d think. Interesting to observe if their almost reasonable sounding thought processes will hold as Election Day approaches.

I agree with Tom Seaman’s submission in last week’s BCN regarding election security. I expressed similar concerns in an earlier letter to the editor to the BCN. After sending a copy of my letter to EVERY city, county, state, and US local elected official about the naiveté of trusting voting machines as being secure, the number of responses that I got was…… The machines are archaic, cannot be certified in accordance to state law, even to 2005 standards. For our elected officials to support this delusion of secure machines “because the Georgia Secretary of State says so” (and we will “fix the problems that we know exist-after the 2024 election”) is an abject failure to represent their constituents, whom they are counting on to be way too busy living their lives and trying to pay their bills to notice. But really they do not have to act, since the law is that you cannot have an election law violation unless it has been documented to happen two election cycles in a row. So…now what? If you listen to our state and local election officials there is absolutely NOTHING that can be done to fix this abandonment of our most precious voting rights before the next election. Here is a solution: Video/return-hand-counting- missouri-elections-webinar There are many good people working together, who have developed an inexpensive, reliable low tech (hand counting) protocol for tallying and tabulating hand marked paper ballots with bipartisan poll watchers working as teams to ensure a fair counting of everyone’s vote. They can deliver results by the end of Election Day when the protocol is followed. There are also good reasons to think that they will be MORE reliable than the machines. Using human judgment in a public forum with efficiency and open accountability seems to be an idea too far for those already elected. Don’t tell me that ballots and tally forms can’t be printed and teams trained in the year plus time till the 2024 election.

I also agree with Mr. Edwards position on term limits for our elected officials, with some reservations. Namely they need to be in office long enough to become effective legislators and learn to avoid rookie mistakes and be unduly and wrongly influenced by the hoards of deep pocketed lobbyists that will descend upon them like flies on ... honey. For federal legislators that would probably be something like 6 terms in the house and 2 in the senate, a max of 12 years in both cases. ^@(6 2) that’s all for you!

These should also be automatic sunset review for ALL regulations.

After 10 years, and because the bureaucrats will need something to do besides prey on the public trust and gorge at the public trough, every administrative regulation undergoes review to determine if it has been effective at achieving a required goal without causing more problems that require more regulations or unreasonable expense to tax payers. A period of public comment would also be a required part of the review. Think about it.

On a related note, I confess that I lived in the San Jose area in the mid 70s while in while pretending to pursue a higher education school right after high school. I find Coastal Georgia has started to feel the same these days with unfinished freeways, disappearing trees, mass zoning changes, termite nests of residences and herds of developers and lobbyists who are courageously concerned about meeting the needs of the community of developers and lobbyists.

Many folks are selling, hoping to get enough money to get the heck out of dodge. I hope we are up for it, because ready or not, here it comes. Are you ready for Silicon Valley Syndrome, East?

Tom Byrnes, Richmond Hill

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