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A Time for Change in District 3

When does political inexperience outweigh political experience?

This .  You have the experienced incumbent, .  Also, you have the experienced ex-mayor of Snellville, .  And, then there is the experienced long-term Gwinnett County employee .  Last, the least experienced in the field of politics is .

From what I know and what I have read, all of the candidates seem like fine people that would do a decent job as commissioner.  But, something makes me like one candidate more than the other three.  At the same time, something makes me like three of the candidates less.  And that factor is that one candidate, Mike Korom, is less experienced than the others.  What you might think is a negative, I consider a positive.

I like Mike Korom as a person.  He is sincere and does not answer questions with political jargon. Nor does he avoid questions.  Just as importantly, I have to believe that a person who has been successful in running his own business has to be competent enough to have a say in running our county.  And, my belief is that we need "new blood" on the Board of Commissioners.  Re-electing the same old people to the same old positions will keep the status quo.  What I'd like to see more of is regular citizens holding local leadership positions.

Back in 1980, Ronald Reagan was the outsider.  Even the Republican Party wasn't thrilled to see him nominated.  But, Reagan held firm positions on issues and had a sincere desire to help our country change its course.  And, you know what?  In time of need, people gravitate to someone that they can trust and that they can follow.

So, I say "let's give the new guy a chance".  Let's see what he will do.  Let's see if he has the "fire in the belly" to make some changes in Gwinnett County.

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Ed Varn June 26, 2012 at 08:04 PM
What? I thought you were challenging us to find out your relationship to him? Was I wrong? If so, I gotta ask Google what's up.
Floyd Akridge June 26, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Ed...I assumed you could read but as usual you bury yourself in our own stupidity for the amusement of others. I was saying that there is a question that no one has asked me on the Patch. Didn't think about it myself until a day or so ago myself. I hope I've made it simple enough for you. BTW...still going to be voting for the Democrat in the race if Commissioner Beaudreau wins the nomination? HAHAHA...geeze I loved that one.
Floyd Akridge June 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM
R...once again you fail even the most basic of research. You wanted to know the year of the contribution and being that information is so readily available online I refused to do your research for you. You have got to be one of the laziest persons posting I can remember. Let me know when you've done the research...if it takes you more than 2 minutes you should be embarassed.
Floyd Akridge June 26, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Well congratulations! I was hoping you had the basic skills needed. Understand now why I wouldn't do your homework for you? Pretty simple isn't it. Disclaimer - this being government the campaign contribution reports are a cumulative thing. Also, the number of reports and the dates they are due depend on if it's an election year so that gets a tad confusing as well. Also, the 2011 and going forward reports are under the state and unfortunately they don't make those available online like this. I don't like that and hope it is changed quickly. Glad you did your homework....Now if you would only show a tiny bit of courage and let the communty know if you are a D3 resident. Everytime you ignore and don't answer the value and believability of your postings diminishes.
Floyd Akridge June 26, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Ron...if that's who you really are...(1) Your patch account is with the Smyna-Vinings patch. Will you confirm for the community here that you LIVE in Gwinnett? You have already played dodge ball once already and refused to answer. Be honest. (2) Your first entry here was 100% name calling. Nothing more. Further postings have been bird cage fodder. You've raised nothing that would promote an exchange of ideas. (3) You are handing my ass to me? LOL...that's cute. You couldn't beat a rug. It might be your own ass that your hands are on...might wanna check that. I'm waiting for you to answer if you live in Gwinnett. This requires an honest answer which might be a struggle.....but give it a whirl.
Floyd Akridge June 26, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Ron...everyone here is waiting to see if you LIVE in Gwinnett. Be honest.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew June 26, 2012 at 10:56 PM
@ Pink Floyd, The homework asignment was posted above for all to see. It should help make up some minds. Since your man has at LEAST the 4500 of the Kenerly funds on hand... Would an “ethical” guy keep funds when the guy that gave them owes Gwinnett County over 32K in back taxes? Why not just DONATE this total to the county and clear the books with a great headline (of course) because he really would be making a "hard" choice… "Moving forward with an ABUNDANCE of caution" You COULDN’T buy the amount of positive publicity this would generate…
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew June 26, 2012 at 11:25 PM
@ Pink Floyd, answer to the former Mayor’s question was posted above for all to see, the total is 4,500. Would an “ethical” guy keep funds when the guy that gave them owes Gwinnett County over 32K in back taxes? Why not just DONATE this total to the county and clear the books with a GREAT headline (of course) because he really would be making a "hard" choice while "Moving forward with an ABUNDANCE of caution" You COULDN’T buy the amount of POSITIVE publicity this would generate… Or perhaps Mike B. could make a recommendation to kill an additional issue with regard to the Cell Tower so it can be out to pasture FOREVER. Since Gwinnett is “supposedly” getting TWICE what the original applicant would have received in revenue, why not consider the following: “Consent” to pay the private property owner the amount in terms of the original resident’s proposal agreement rendered per its original payment terms, including all time periods be it monthly, quarterly, semiannually or yearly. Cont.
M.K. OSBORNE June 26, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Time to get the peoples voice back in Dist. 3 !
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew June 26, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Cont “Consent” to allow the property tax evaluation of the land to be made as if the tower structure was actually PHYSICALLY present on the residents land per original engineering proposal drawings for the length of the contract. There may be some tax advantages to the homeowner here, as once a tower is placed, there maybe /are restrictions placed uses for adjacent areas. Remember a government can do ANYTHING in settlement consent orders, and in this case, would save everyone a lot of heartache and legal fees. Doing so without admitting guilt or wrong doing of any kind. And the county still walks away with revenue it didn’t have before and a place to keep EMS digital communications antennas - hopefully gratis. But then again, I’m just a “sock puppet”
M.K. OSBORNE June 26, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Whats one more outside influence , I'm sure Beaudreau would consider this business as usual and support it without bobbing his head.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew June 27, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Actually you stated you were unable to respond but wanted to remember?… Let’s get this straight.. your man is asked point blank about 3,500 from 2008 and he responds that’s from a REALLY REALLY, LONG, LONG, LONG time ago and shifts off into his 2012 total campaign donors … Come on we all KNOW that he really can say “NO!”, not a bad characteristic in and of itself. The only way the response “works” as a time frame reference is if Mike B. developed software/firmware and we know that’s NOT the case. Then you responded “that you couldn’t / wouldn’t post this year data because you’re NOT linked with the campaign”… To tell you the truth at this point, YOUR kind of “credibility” is something we can ALL do without. So thanks for letting me know I don’t play UP or DOWN to YOUR standards, it actually quite comforting. I’m “sock puppeting forward now... ...
Ron McClellan June 27, 2012 at 12:41 AM
PARANOID FLOYD: Ron...if that's who you really are... RON: That's who I really am. Ronald McClellan, of the clan Maclellan, if you want to know my ancestry FLOYD: (1) Your patch account is with the Smyna-Vinings patch. RON: That might be because that is the first patch article I responded to, or something, that was years ago. I've never been to Smyra Vinings so I suppose you can take that up with the folks running Patches server. FLOYD: Will you confirm for the community here that you LIVE in Gwinnett? RON: Floyd, you mean will I confirm it . . .for YOU. The answer is "no." Mainly because I just don't care for you. FLOYD: You have already played dodge ball once already and refused to answer. Be honest. RON: You've played dodge ball about 3 dozen times in this thread, preferring to substitute witless, generic, grade school insults, at myself and most others here, in a failed effort to cover the fact you can't support "an actual position." It's pretty sad actually Floyd, and obvious. FLOYD: (2) Your first entry here was 100% name calling. Nothing more. RON: Wrong. You are aware that people can actually check, aren't you?
Ron McClellan June 27, 2012 at 12:41 AM
FLOYD: Further postings have been bird cage fodder. You've raised nothing that would promote an exchange of ideas. RON: Okay not promoting the exchange of ideas . . . . . . read YOUR posts, Floyd. FLOYD:(3) You are handing my ass to me? RON: Yes. Quite handily, actually. FLOYD: LOL...that's cute. RON: Denial and defiance . . .that's cute Floyd. FLOYD: You couldn't beat a rug. RON: I knew a rug. I stepped on a rug. You Sir, are no rug. "Stole that from Lloyd Bentsen, sorry. Seemed appropriate though, heheh. FLOYD: It might be your own ass that your hands are on...might wanna check that. RON: That didn't even really make sense, and was kind of a "2" if I were rating insults. You get a gold star for "most improved" with that one though! FLOYD: I'm waiting for you to answer if you live in Gwinnett. RON: Have a seat get comfy! FLOYD: This requires an honest answer which might be a struggle.....but give it a whirl. RON: Well it doesn't actually require an honest answer . . .you just want an excuse to stop getting your butt handed to you, heheh (everyone sees it Floyd) It would be easy to answer you actually, but it's kinda fun watching you search desperately for any little tidbit you can latch on to to save face. It's kinda funny! :^)
Ron McClellan June 27, 2012 at 01:54 AM
FLOYD: Ron...everyone here is waiting to see if you LIVE in Gwinnett. Be honest. RON: No Floyd, mainly it's just you who is waiting . . .which really isn't much incentive. You're just looking for any excuse to stop getting your ass handed to ya on a plate, since you can't actually support your positions, heheh.
Ron McClellan June 27, 2012 at 02:01 AM
It's amazing that most folks complain about "politics as usual" . . . yet being new is frowned upon in the voting booths, Ray. One thing is also certain, that Mike is NOT a fan of liberty, and that bothers me immensely. Mike essentially thinks he knows what is best for his constituents without regard to what we actually think. So did "Carl Marx", who I heard liked elephants too.
Ed Varn June 27, 2012 at 02:09 AM
In the final analysis, what we have here with "Floyd" (giving him the benefit of the doubt that that's his real name) is what is known among the computer cognoscenti as a "troll". Just so we don't have any complaints about the term, here's the "research" that I'm sure would have been requested: http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/T/troll.html "(v.) (1) To deliberately post derogatory or inflammatory comments to a community forum, chat room, newsgroup and/or a blog in order to bait other users into responding. It's a shame, because some people on here actually have some insights that could be helpful in making a decision, but they are drowned out by the trolls. Makes it hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Floyd Akridge June 27, 2012 at 04:51 AM
So that's a no then Ron...Too bad...I was hoping you'd have the courage to answer but frankly I really didn't think you would... My positions are completely supported....the fault is mine though...I really am having trouble breaking it down into terms you can understand. But you are doing nothing to me. Your hysterical rantings are about as impressive as a Harry Reid news conference. You are indeed handing something to me but the volume of flies give the contents away.
Floyd Akridge June 27, 2012 at 05:01 AM
R...that would generate no positive publicity as you suggest. However that's not the reason to do it anyway. Your idea regarding the cell tower is interesting but the first thing that leaps to mind is what kind of precedent this sets. That's a tough one to answer in detail but my first thoughts are that it wouldn't be a good or sustainable one. Suggest it to him. Who knows...maybe you'll get a bobblehead out of it! :-)
Floyd Akridge June 27, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Mr. Ed...you've already had one post deleted here today because of it's vulgarity and frankly inappropriateness. I find it amusing that you then point the finger at others. But no matter...we both know that I've correctly refuted every incorrect point you've made and it grinds at you. So I'm a troll or post drivle or whatever the latest fortune cookie said. Affects me not...anyone who is so uninformed that they publicaly state that they are going to vote for a non-existent person in November doesn't really carry any weight here.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew June 27, 2012 at 05:31 AM
You ARE kidding here right? I mean you're the former campaign manager and see NO upside, at ALL? The old software design adage of " if you can't FIX it, FEATURE IT! doesn't apply? I'm sure the "real" campaign has or will read this shortly, the message has already been delivered. AS to a booble head, it can be saved and the funds donated to the future "Refurbish the Stadium Bond fund" ...
Floyd Akridge June 27, 2012 at 07:36 AM
R...that's right...not much if any upside at all. The real reason is that it keeps whatever the initial issue was alive and on the front burner longer.
Floyd Akridge June 27, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Let me explain this a bit better...there'd be no (or or very very little) NET positive results. Let's say he took a contribution from Jerry Sandusky and returned it as soon as everyone learned about him...In that hypothetical case, yes, there would be at least some positive benefit but even then you start getting the "why didn't you know?" stuff from people so the net value is diminished. Every situation is different but hopefully that better explains why the positive value would likely be small or non-existent. But of course, he wouldn't do it for that reason anyway.
Floyd Akridge June 27, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Good morning! The tone of this blog has proceeded to deteriorate beyond continuing...as I've played my part I point no fingers. Lets have some serious fun discussing the SCOTUS's decision today or tomorrow.
American Patriot June 27, 2012 at 12:31 PM
@MK or any of you rep's I am still waiting to hear how you would handle the issue of the libraries being under funded or how we are misusing the SPLOST funds.
Ed Varn June 27, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Good idea, Floyd. For me, I expect SCOTUS to take the easy way out by denying the individual mandate while leaving the rest of it intact, thus making the whole law moot.
Ron McClellan June 27, 2012 at 05:31 PM
FLOYD: So that's a no then Ron...Too bad...I was hoping you'd have the courage to answer but frankly I really didn't think you would... RON: It isn't a courage issue, heheh. It's a "none of your business" issue, plus it's kinda funny watching you struggle and try to find a way out of the fix you got yourself in. FLOYD: My positions are completely supported....the fault is mine though...I really am having trouble breaking it down into terms you can understand. RON: Oh I understand what your grade-school level generic insults mean, heheh. It's just that they're weak. FLOYD: But you are doing nothing to me. Your hysterical rantings are about as impressive as a Harry Reid news conference. RON: Yea, I am doing something to you. An number of folks here are. What is that? "Spankin ya" . . .and pretty badly. You're a MIke Beaudreau shill, Floyd . . .which speaks to Mikes integrity quite loudly. FLOYD:: You are indeed handing something to me but the volume of flies give the contents away. RON: Another alleged "burn" that simply fizzled out, Floyd. Kinda sad.
Ron McClellan June 27, 2012 at 05:38 PM
So what you're saying is, you want to change the subject, because . . .well . . .you ain't doing Mike any favors with your insulting crap that mostly just ends up biting you in the ass. For that, I can't blame you. But hey, the damage you did to Mikes campaign is in the best interest of District 3, thankfully. Good job Floyd, keep up the mediocre work.
Ron McClellan June 27, 2012 at 05:45 PM
I'm sort of of a similar opinion on this as you, Ed, but I think they may "draw a black line" through other specific sections of it too, beyond the individual mandate. On the other hand, the Supreme Court really does try to keep their decisions as narrow in focus as they can. I'll also say that this has nothing to do with the topic of the thread, it was just Floyd trying to dig himself out of a hole. Great topic . . .but for another article.
M.K. OSBORNE June 30, 2012 at 01:00 AM
J. Morley , Looks like Tommy's one issue water has been put to rest by the courts . I guess he is done , You know kinda like you said of Korom and the Airport.

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