Some of us senior citizens in Centerville are writing to alert the voters here that the tax man is close to striking at our wallets and purses. When we moved here, some 12 years ago, we were promised that we would have no property taxes. We used that as in incentive to move here. Now you decide that we will have to pay taxes after so many years. Some guy named Richard Beladino helped work out a formula. Who asked him? I sure didnt and havent spoken to one single person that did ask him. Besides Councilman Ed Tucker, who really needs to get more taxes when it is reported that Centerville is running a surplus on funds? I ask all concerned citizens to go vote this despicable measure down.
-- Jake Elliott
Richard Beladino came up with the $50,000 exemption idea instead of a total elimination of the senior exemption.
No fear of goblins
I am not scared of all the witches, zombies and assorted goblins wandering about on Halloween. What really scares me is the meat industry. This is the industry that:
Mutilates, cages and butchers billions of cows, pigs and other sentient animals.
Feeds carcasses of cats and dogs killed in pounds to chickens.
Exposes undocumented workers to chronic workplace injuries at slave wages.
Exploits farmers and ranchers by dictating wholesale market prices.
Punishes documentation of its abuses through unconstitutional ag-gag laws.
Promotes world hunger by feeding nutritious corn and soybeans to animals.
Generates more greenhouse gases than any other human activity.
Generates more water pollution than any other human activity.
Creates a permanent dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico that dwarfs the BP oil spill.
Creates deadly antibiotic-resistant pathogens by feeding antibiotics to animals.
Creates epidemics of Salmonella, Listeria and other infectious diseases.
Promotes mortality from diabetes, heart failure, stroke, cancer and other diseases.
Now, thats really scary. And this is why I am dropping animal products from my menu.
-- John Bennett
Voting for Thomas
We live in a time of economic uncertainty in our country and Warner Robins is no exception. Robins Air Force Base being the economic engine that drives the Middle Georgia economy is presently unsettled. The challenges ahead of us demand we have the best and brightest available in public service. Having someone educated, business-minded, mature and the ability to work with and through others will be an asset. Tim Thomas is such a candidate for City Council of Warner Robins.
Tim is keenly aware of how council members actions could affect the image of our community. He recognizes a dysfunctional council sets the stage for disaster. He is committed to resolving any differences through reason, debate and compromise. He understands the importance of open, effective communication among elected officials. If given the opportunity, he has the ability to work collaboratively to resolve the challenges that we face in the future.
-- Tommy Batchelor
Shaheen for council
Four years ago Chuck Shaheen asked the voters of Warner Robins to elect him mayor of the city. They did and he has been busy since then paying the city back for all the benefits provided to him and his family since they arrived as military dependents in 1964.
Chucks tenure as mayor has been positive for the city with many success stories. We have seen what a hard worker he is. He is everywhere promoting the city in any way he can. He and his wife Virginia, have been wonderful ambassadors for Warner Robins.
He knows the meaning of the words benevolent and compassionate as he responds to the concerns of all citizens, regardless of their position in life. Chuck will not run for mayor again but before he decides to go back to the business world where he was so successful, he has decided to continue to give back to the city by offering to serve as a city councilman. He has therefore qualified to run for Post 1 of the city council. His experience as mayor should enable him to lead the way in improving cooperation between the mayor and council. I encourage the voters to vote for Chuck again so that he can use his experience of the last four years to make Warner Robins an even better place to live.
-- Joseph E. Smith
Shaheen for Post 1
As we prepare to elect a new city council, I would like to urge the citizens of Warner Robins to vote for Chuck Shaheen. Not only does he have intimate knowledge of the intricacies required to run a city government, but he is also keenly aware of the pressing issues facing our city. Through his timeless effort and leadership as mayor, we have already seen numerous innovative ideas implemented to better serve our citizens. As a city councilman, Chuck would continue to work tirelessly and cohesively with our new mayor and council to ensure that the concerns of the citizens of Warner Robins are heard and addressed in a timely manner.
Chuck will bring knowledge, experience and fiscal responsibility to our city council as well as a sense of commitment to the people he desires to serve. A vote for Chuck Shaheen, City Council, Post 1, is a vote for continued progress, fairness and integrity in our city government.
-- Sheila W. Keener
Chasing the exodus
Allowing the commercial rezoning of the Zebulon Road residential area would only validate the absolutely correct decision to leave Macon/Bibb. Any talk of economic windfall or tax revenue is bunk. Developers are merely chasing the exodus leaving a reckless trail of abandoned stores and devalued homes. Each new commercial development directly takes away from existing commercial activity. It is a zero sum game. If you want lasting growth, protect our communities. Our old neighbors didnt move away for more convenient shopping.
-- Chris Galloway
Prayer for Today
Dear Lord, although I cannot see or touch you, I know you are here with me. You are waiting to hear my prayer, ready to do whats best for me. You know me better than I know myself. Thank you for spending these precious moments here with me as I open my heart and share my hopes, dreams, fears and needs with you. Increase my faith as I hope in you. In Jesus name. Amen.
-- Johnnie Mae Holland
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