Do Goreham, Cupid have courage to ‘be their own women?’
January 30, 2013 12:25 AM | 1010 views | 6 6 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

Now that Commission Chairman Tim Lee has been re-elected, he can drop all the facades. Lee obviously hasn’t forgotten how Chamber lobbyists were “saving” a job for him in case of his defeat, because in the first real controversy of 2013 he’s decided to reverse a pre-election commitment to use a crucial, no-cost federal tool that would weed out county contractors who profit from an illegal labor force.

Chamber members won’t answer reporter Jon Gillooly’s specific questions about IMAGE, the program in question, but it’s obvious they want to turn a blind eye to black market labor, as larger chambers historically have.

Recent public explanations for why Lee no longer supports the IMAGE program are incredibly weak, especially after he previously characterized it as such a win-win, protecting jobs and ensuring security from terrorists, no less. Lee heralded IMAGE with great fanfare before reporters during his campaign, but now ... ehhh … gee, not so sure. And the sudden lack of backbone seems contagious, as Northwest Cobb Commissioner Helen Goreham seems also on the verge of nullifying her own previous vote.

Will commissioners ensure more jobs for Cobb’s law abiding citizens by supporting legal hiring and contracting practices? We were promised they would and many of us voted for them because of their firm stand on immigration laws. We also believed commissioners were against identity theft, gang violence, drug wars and the other ills that exist in counties where black market labor is the rule, not the exception.

One must ask: Does Cobb really want to become Gwinnett? Who do the commissioners work for, us or the Chamber bigwigs? How much rubbing elbows with lobbyists at the Chamber is too much?

The chairman has already shown he’ll capitulate to lobbyists on this and other issues. We’ll soon see if the undecided members, Goreham and newcomer Cupid, will have courage to be their own women, and do the right thing.

Laura Armstrong

Acworth
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anonymous
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February 02, 2013
D.A. King's blog currently posted on the MDJ website clearly shows that the average time to fill out the IMAGE application runs around 90 minutes, so we are left wondering what kind of incompetents cannot fill out this application in under, what did Goreham claim? 460 man hours or some dumb thing? Do they believe we are all idiots? We know the answer to that.

This is a law abiding county, dear commissioners, not a county that promotes contractors who break U.S. law. It's as clear as that.
Jim Stoll
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January 31, 2013
Kudos Laura! As usual, you hit the nail on the head. I guess your question about Helen Goreham has been answered by her statements in the "pictured" article by Jon Gilooly, on the front page of the MDJ of 1/31. Her Half Dozen reasons in that article for allowing invading foreign nations to continue to work in Cobb County for daily cash payments and bankrupt our social services in the process is indicative of her thought processes. These foreign nationals are invading our country and she is trying to find a way to let them stay here? Like Tim Lee, she is another "gotta go along to get along" politician who fits right in to the "Good Ole Boy" network in Cobb County.
anonymous
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January 30, 2013
We miss regularly having your clear,articulate and fully-spined voice of reason in the MDJ, Ms Armstrong.

No shame. No embarrassment. How true, misterbill.
misterbill
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January 30, 2013
Laura-

Good column. I do not think it will do much good. I do not know if it is me, but in current years , it seems that being caught in a lie or changing one's position on an issue without a good reason seems to carry no shame or embarrassment. Nice to read you again. A voice of sane conservatism.
Pat H
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January 30, 2013
We can only hope that the FBI is looking into the incestuous relationship between the Chamber and Commission in Cobb. Including the deals of Sam Oleans.
anonymous
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January 30, 2013
Rumors to the effect. Reminds me that chamber players have claimed to be "philanthropists" in the past, but as a letter writer said recently, it's only philanthropy if you aren't getting the benefits of it.

The Chamber is a lobby that is directly opposed to the betterment of the county when it comes to making money off of illegal labor, especially some of the large government contractors sucking off the one billion dollar CCSD budget and the larger county budget, can you say SPLOST dollars?
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