I wish to take strong exception to the recent commentary penned by Dick Yarbrough, “Get to First Base.”
As a proud member of the Cobb Citizens for Government Transparency and one that was present at the press conference that was mentioned, I find it unfortunate that a citizen leader and community advocate be singled out and pilloried for standing in the gap and being the voice among us who take exception to the manner in which some of our representatives take us for granted and treat us like potted plants. On the contrary, Messrs. Rich Pellegrino, Ben Williams, Tom Barksdale and Michael Opitz should be thanked and not spanked for putting forth in a cogent form a communication that deserves a response and not sophomoric criticism.
Part of my support is due in part to my personal tribute to the men and women of Vine City in Atlanta who were not fortunate to have leaders like the aforementioned citizen soldiers that stood up and asked questions when the Georgia Dome came to their community several years ago. Fortunately, they will at least get another bite at the apple. The citizens and taxpayers of Cobb are not likely to be so fortunate. There is no free lunch.
If government is going into my wallet, I have a right to know how often and how deep that intrusion is likely to be.
I would suggest that we have gotten to first base and before all is said and done, we may end up getting a hit for extra bases once the sunlight allows for fuller disclosure and more honest dialogue. Since when does public policy need to be done under the scrutiny of a chairman holding a stopwatch and a calendar? Last time I checked, the elected commissioners work for us, not a well-heeled organization doing very well, thanks to America’s greatest pastime.
Thank you Mr. Pellegrino, El Hombre