GOOD: The Cobb County School Board, in an unprecedented move, elected its two newest members to the positions of Chair and Vice Chair, within hours of their being sworn in. Both the Chair, Randy Scamihorn, and Vice Chair, Brad Wheeler, come bearing impressive dossiers equal to or better than those of their fellow board members and of Superintendent Michael Hinojosa.
BAD: Hinojosa’s reaction and remarks might well be, and indeed have been, interpreted to mean that he feels he will have to run the board, due to the inexperience of the newly elected officers. It would behoove Dr. Hinojosa to remember that he works for the board, and they work for the taxpayers of Cobb County. I am pretty sure the two newly elected members have ideas of their own about who will run the school board.
UGLY. In a truly unwise and unpopular move, initiated by his predecessor, newly elected District Attorney Vic Reynolds, agreed to have felony charges dropped against Jessica Colotl. So, the most mishandled case of illegal immigration, in legal history, comes to a close.
After a routine traffic stop, it was discovered that Colotl was in the country illegally, allegedly brought here by her parents, and that after taking advantage of the public school system to receive a high school education, she was attending Kennesaw State University, illegally, and was paying the lower in-state tuition when she is not a Georgia citizen.
For this, she is being rewarded with a free pass for lying to the authorities and is still living in the country illegally and still attending the taxpayer funded Kennesaw University.
The message is clear. “Get enough bleeding hearts to plead your case and the law does not matter.”
GOOD: Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee floated an idea for replacing the current property tax with a Sales Tax. I count it as the best idea Lee has had for some time. It would spread the burden of paying for county facilities and services more fairly to the people who use them. In the case of the school system’s share of the revenue, it would end, forever, the question about seniors paying their fair share. Currently seniors receive an exemption from the school board’s share of the property tax bill, on their primary residence.
I hope this idea is pursued to fruition.
BAD: Alas, Lee also came up with a couple of real stinkers, a practice at which he seems to excel. Almost on top of one another, he proposed a 3 percent raise for himself, the other commissioners and certain county officials, and the purchase, by the county, of a snow plow.
When questioned about the advisability of the 3 percent raise, he claimed that he had not heard any negative feedback on the idea. I submit that he needs to have his hearing checked. There has been a huge public outcry against the move. A number of commissioners and county officials have already stated they will not accept the raise.
The snow plow issue is a no-brainer, even though the bulk of it would be paid for by the Feds. (Where do you suppose the Feds get their money?). We simply do not have the frequent accumulation of snow to warrant the investment. It is more economical and convenient to rent such equipment when it is truly needed.
GOOD: The current proposal to have all firms doing business with the county to be IMAGE certified should pass with flying colors. It is another step toward being certain Cobb County tax dollars are spent to employ citizens and not illegal aliens.
BAD: Two members of the board, including Lee, are waffling about supporting the IMAGE proposal. Their excuse is that they want to fully study it. Sorry, but that has already been done by the entities currently using IMAGE.
UGLY. The picture, in the MDJ, of a handcuffed peaceful citizen being removed from a meeting by police is abhorrent. What is more abhorrent is Tim Lee’s unwillingness to accept responsibility for this atrocity.
All this drama unfolded in four weeks? It should be an exciting year in Cobb County!
Pete Borden is a retired masonry contractor in east Cobb.