My granddaughter, Ava Wilson, was born seven years ago with a mitochondrial disease. Last year she began having seizures which have become severe. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has tried all the safe drugs to control her seizures. She is now taking four different medications which leave her so drowsy that she sleeps 18 hours a day.
A month ago, they started her on a Ketogenic diet that has helped very little. Ava's condition got so bad last month she had to be rushed to Atlanta because her seizures were uncontrollable. They told us that she could have died from lack of oxygen. She spent four days in ICU.
The doctors have tried all the drugs that are safe. The only things we haven't tried is medical marijuana and brain surgery. We really need to try the medical marijuana because her seizures are getting progressively worse and I feel that time is running out for our precious Ava.
We have run out of options. Please do all you can to help pass the bill to legalize medical marijuana. It may save Ava's life and many other people who are desperate. Please help us.
The promotion by Ledger-Enquirer reporter Mike Owen for announced mayoral candidate Colin Martin is unprecedented! However, Mike Owen omitted many important political issues about Colin Martin.
Martin opposed the 1999 SPLOT as chairman of ThinkTwice.org, but omitted that Colin was also the vice chairman of the local Republican Party that also opposed the 1999 SPLOST, primarily the $50 million library. This referendum was facing defeat when a couple of weeks before the vote, the local Republican Party had a called meeting and because of Martin's absence and vote, they overturned opposing the 1999 SPLOST. Later, the local Republican Party chairman resigned in disgust and Colin Martin betrayed his adamant stance against the 1999 SPLOST and apologized for his opposition. Colin's conviction is that of a chameleon!
Also omitted was Colin's announcement for Georgia House District 129 vacated by Vance Smith dated June 22, 2009. On July 9, 2009, Kip Smith announced his run for his father's vacant seat. A L-E article Oct. 25, 2009, Columbus resident Colin Martin considered a run for the seat, but decided against it just before qualifying. Martin said Kip Smith clearly had an advantage in the race.
Lastly omitted was Colin's promotion of the TSPLOST as a lobbyist for the Columbus Chamber of Commerce along with Frank Myers (former chairman of the local Democratic Party). Colin created a website greenislandhillbilly.blogspot.com, where they targeted African-American voters and other convincing them through 2,500 television ads, couple hundred radio ads, four billboards and 90,000 pieces of direct mail to vote for the TSPLOST. In this propaganda blitz, they promised a bridge over the spider web on Buena Vista Road, know the people stated specifically a possible bridge.
Colin Martin is a RINO (Republican in Name Only); he has been for every taxation in Columbus.
Cheap talk, little money
Mayor Teresa Tomlinson has some nerve. The Sheriff's Office is continually over budget and "In the end, it's the taxpayers who pay for this." Classic pot calling the kettle black. All the hot air both she and the council blow about revitalizing certain areas of this city. Areas with some of the highest crime rates. Who is responsible for dealing with these criminals and their crimes? Our city's Sheriff's Office and Police Department. Who, along with an insufficient budget to carry out their jobs both legally and responsibly, are also grossly underpaid and underappreciated?
Both Mayor Tomlinson and our council have gone on ad nauseam about the city's budget and how everybody needs to tighten their belts. I don't believe they really know what that means. This city has a brand new City Services Building, a brand new Natatorium, a brand new Recycling Center which, ironically, couldn't even bother to recycle furnishings.
We have a mayor and a council who place more importance on keeping up appearances than actually taking care of business and doing what needs to be done. I have yet to hear Mayor Tomlinson or any members of council actually take responsibility for their part in our city's lacking budget, only finger pointing.
Patience is a virtue that would do them a lot of good towards making good on all their promises made to get elected. Hopefully patience pays off for us all, and when election time rolls around again we might actually get some people in office who have a little more foresight and common sense.