News for Tuesday, June 23, 2009

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Officials: Gas prices may be leveling

By Johnny Jackson

Nationalized health care -- The tax shuffle - Mike Reagan

Last week, I wrote about the serious risks which older Americans and those seriously or terminally ill face in the so-called "efficiencies" which President Obama and congressional Democrats say will fund a large part of their health care plans.

June 23, 2009

We need to do more than just say, 'thank you'

Man shot at Conley Road townhome complex

Clayton County Police say a fatal shooting at a Conley Road townhouse complex Saturday may have been drug-related.

Obituaries - June 23, 2009

Randall Herman Crane

Thousands attend annual East Clayton festival

By Curt Yeomans

Shades of green - Joel Hall

An incident at my local Wal-Mart the other day really made me meditate about where America is in terms of thinking green.

Court date set in BOE ethics case

By Curt Yeomans

Chairman Bell responds

"On April 7, 2009, Commissioners Ralph, Singleton, Edmondson and Hambrick unanimously voted that I present budget recommendations to the Board for the 2010 budget. They made this recommedation despite having created a Finance committee that did not include me and provided no reports. The Board, having passed a new ordinance in January, sought to diminished my legal authority as Chairman of the County Commission and wrest it in the hands of our Chief of Staff Alex Cohilas. They did this also after having terminated the contract of Ed Walls our Financial Advisor and KPMG, our financial auditors who had found substantial issues with the County's financial records and bookkeeping along with a freeze in grants by the State of Georgia. They did this after approving new positons and raises for certain staff in the midst of a recession when other counties have made choices to freeze new hires and raises. It was under these circumstances that they turned over the budget to me. It does not take a rocket scientist to recognize what is behind the sudden generosity to give power when you've done a yeoman's job to take it. Nevertheless, I did not shun nor run from this "Olive Branch". Instead I endeavored to do the job they tasked me to do in the resolution - to make recommendations. The Commissioners were well aware that I would have to make some tough RECOMMENDATIONS, recommendations that they did not have the political will or the courage to do.

Commissioners Say 'No' to Furloughs

Clayton County Commissioners respond to Chairman Eldrin Bell's 2010 budget recommendations, in which Bell called for across-the-board furloughs of all county employees in addition to layoffs. Vice Chairman Wole Ralph, along with Commissioners Singleton, Hambrick and Edmondson, release the following statement: