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We should post the Ten Commandments in Roosevelt Square.

The comment by Commissioner Ashley Bell at the end of their first meeting, where the three newest Republican amigos were found to have conspired to reshape management of Hall County behind closed doors and before they were even legally authorized, was that "public comment at commissioner meetings would begin because we believe in open government," was the closing zinger in the funniest public meeting I have ever attended. But before Bell made that stupendously idiotic claim, those same three commissioners pledged to the packed crowd at the specially called session that
there was no truth to rumors of mass layoffs.

Our new "conservative" block of commissioners is wasting Hall County's scarce tax dollars at a rate of $5,000 a day with no appreciable benefit to the county. If we are going to waste money on overpriced Atlanta lawyers and a big government tax-and-spend manager from Gwinnett County, it would be nice to at least learn something.

Commissioner Craig Lutz's mastery of Robert's Rules of Order, while impressive to insiders, is of little comfort to his constituency where honesty trumps process on a daily basis. We should post the basis of our social justice systems found in Exodus 20 in our public square so at least in the interim, as we pay the price of Bell's attorney full employment act, those three would see God's ninth decree.

And while they twist in they wind, we the people — minimum 3,250 — should avail ourselves of section 200.20.023 of the Official Code of Hall County.

Bill Finnick
Flowery Branch

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