Despite the unforgettable assertion that revenge-based abuse of power on funding legislation is merely "part of the political game," most Georgians reject the concept that we should blame Senator Josh McKoon for the underhanded CSU financing snub from Governor Nathan Deal and Speaker David Ralston
McKoon serves as the benchmark of honest, hard-working conservatism in the state Capitol and if he is to be the focus of seemingly endless and undeserved attacks, it should also be recognized that the retaliation from Ralston/Deal for McKoon’s courage in speaking truth to power extends much further than financing CSU and the Infantry Museum.
McKoon was the only legislator in the entire state willing to carry legislation (SB6) aimed at ending the Deal administration’s policy of giving the same driver’s license to illegal aliens issued to foreign diplomats and Mercedes-Benz executives.
McKoon also sponsored legislation (SR675) that would have allowed all Georgia voters to decide on a ballot question in November asking if the state constitution should be amended to make English the official language of government in Georgia — and if we should constitutionally codify commonsense protections for non-English speakers in official actions. Pretty radical stuff, eh?
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to the Ledger-Enquirer
Both bills passed the senate with 2/3rds majorities and had the votes to pass the House. Republican Speaker David Ralston used his underbosses in the House to kill any chance for a floor vote because of his personal animosity for McKoon. This is not “grown-up” government.
The Ledger-Enquirer has used extensive quotes from former Nathan Deal henchman Brian Robinson regarding McKoon and Deal. For many Capitol insiders — including this one — Robinson’s sanctimonious remark that Deal “does not hold grudges” is viewed with a similar level of amusement that would be given an assurance from Valerie Jarrett that Obama is not a Saul Alinsky Marxist radical.
D.A. King, Marietta
After review …
You recently published a letter I authored criticizing our elected city officials. I have just received a very informative letter from our mayor, and I have an obligation to correct my inferences.
My observation was the city must establish the cost of the necessary services, and set the millage rate in proportion to those needs. Not doing so is harming this city. The mayor points out that the City Charter has a mandated limit on the millage rate, which is further restricted by the property tax freeze. Thus, by tying their hands, we as the citizens are forcing our elected officials to do some dumb things we will regret in the future. Fixing the mandated millage rate must be done by our state legislature, or by special election. The freeze fix is on the next ballot and I do hope our citizens will undo the harm it is doing.
We have elected these officials to do a job; let’s allow them to do it by taking away the restraints. We need to adequately and competitively pay police, firefighters, teachers and other public employees. Right now, we pay to train them, and then they leave for better pay elsewhere. Not a good business practice.
L. Ray Vinson, Midland
Right on one count
Whether you like Trump or not, he has brought forward the issue of secure borders, which should be forefront on our agenda as you can see from what's happening in Europe,
Europe has no countries anymore … no borders, no way to stop anyone from invading the continent. I don't blame refugees for wanting to leave their Middle East countries, for those countries have been demolished into rubble. No jobs, no money, no security, no place to raise kids.
However, the net effect of their massive migration to Europe is to swarm those countries in uncountable numbers, making it totally impossible for those countries to accommodate them. There are no jobs for such an disorderly migration and no housing either. Civil unrest is sure to come and it will be horrific.
You cannot visit Sweden as a tourist right now because all of their hotel rooms are filled with migrants. That can happen here without secure borders. Just as these swarming migrants have overloaded the ability of Europe to cope with them and are bankrupting the countries, so the exact same will happen here without border security.
R.A. Valentine, Phenix City