Good luck to new city councilman
December 31, 2013 10:02 PM | 1175 views | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print


My letter is in response to the recent article by the MDJ on how Stuart Fleming, city councilman-elect, wants to focus on the importance of Marietta’s “relevance.”

Although we do not live in Fleming’s ward we do find his “vision of relevancy” is the kind of spike that is needed for our Marietta elected leaders and caring citizens to rally around to hang their collective “thinking caps and hard hats.” The tools that will be required for the “selfless” sound visionary planning and “effective” hard work that is/will be required to form the solid civic and mortar foundations required to revitalize and redevelop the blighted sections of our historical city. Yet, keep the city of Marietta charming and beautiful while blooming boldly with new life, families and opportunities.

Hopefully Mr. Fleming will be able to keep his vision and enthusiasm bright and clear for the work he is about to begin. Please do not let the overly long and wasteful “pondering” hours, the committees and sub-committees, side bar committees, personal agenda committees or the general stalling tactics committees that are so ingrained in the operational agenda of the current Marietta City Council keep him from his noble mission.

Ron Bucksot

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January 03, 2014
Stewart is a great person. I wish him well. But Mr. Buckshot's faith in elected officials is misplaced. Political economist Don Boudreaux puts it best:

"The reason is that the first and always-dominant interest of politicians is to gain and maintain power. Doing good – even when that is of some interest to a politician – never ranks higher than second as a goal. As they say, to be a good senator first requires that one be a senator.

"Put differently, in no profession are the prizes for spooking the People with concocted devils, demons, and doomsday fears – and for falsely promising wondrous deeds of miraculous salvation – greater than in politics. It’s a gaudily glittering stage that attracts and rewards those who excel at charlatanism."

Russ Wood

Powder Springs
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