I am voting yes on the 2017 budget, but questions need to be addressed

This is to inform you that in tomorrow's Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting, I intend to vote YES to approve the 2017 Budget as proposed by CEO Michael Thurmond. Like all budgets, this one is imperfect. But, in the near ...

As President Obama departs, we owe him our thanks

The final days of the Obama presidency are upon us. His popularity is rising with the economy, and with the increasingly stark contrasts to his successor. It is worth being clear about the legacy that he leaves behind.

A resolution for DeKalb's water billing woes

Thank you for welcoming me back to office as your CEO. Upon returning to office, I immediately began working on a resolution to our water billing crisis. Some of you have received inordinately high water bills, and others have received ...

Here’s an opportunity to clear some felony arrests

Having a criminal record makes finding a job more difficult. But if you’re able to clear that blemish from your record, your chances of finding work – or perhaps finding a better job – are greatly improved. This is why ...

Electoral College undermines principle of 1 man, 1 vote

America’s election system is a disgrace, as the 2016 presidential election once more demonstrates. This isn’t sour grapes.

Being your candidate has been one of my greatest honors

Last night, I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans. This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so ...

For a new start, new leadership and a new city, join me in voting yes to Stonecrest

A small group of dedicated individuals have worked very hard for almost four years for all of us to have our say on forming the new city of Stonecrest. There is no “trick.” The City of Stonecrest is feasible..without a ...

Create a city for the right reasons, not because someone else is doing it

The residents of the Stonecrest area have a choice on the Nov. 8 ballot to create a city or not. This referendum outcome will have an impact on the region for decades to come.

Cityhood within DeKalb County affects the entire county

I feel an obligation to inform my fellow South DeKalb neighbors about issues that might have impact on their vote. My community, Kings Row, is not within the parameters of the proposed city of Stonecrest, but cityhood within DeKalb County ...

We do not need incorporation, we need the right county leaders

You have all heard all the reasons and justifications to vote yes or vote no for the city of Stonecrest. They say it won’t cost you to live in a city, but ask those that have moved to unincorporated DeKalb ...

Why I oppose the city of Stonecrest

I respectfully ask that you vote “no” on the City of Stonecrest. A new city is unnecessary and will not, in and of itself, achieve greater commercial growth. Citizens living in the proposed city would not only incur county taxes ...

Who do you want teaching and looking out for our children?

Been there, fought that … and won: Why the attempted state takeover of public schools is personal for me I have said it before, and I’ll say it again now: I am opposed to any state takeover of local schools ...

Donald Trump appeal for black votes falls on deaf ears

Donald Trump made a pitch for black votes, in his own inimitable fashion. Speaking in a virtually all-white suburb of Detroit, he suggested that African-American communities are “suffering from Democratic control.”

Why are Kaepernick, others frustrated about civil and human rights issues of today?

Our country is more than 200 years old, and we have gone through many trials and tribulations. I ain’t no way tired. I still breathe hope in the American dream.

It is time for reckoning if we are to save black men

I don’t believe young African American men who are caught up in crime and violence necessarily know how they got there. I also do not believe black people are inherently violent.