Dear Lakeside City Alliance, Whoever You Are

Please bear with me for a moment as I am still trying to understand the line of reasoning for the creation of a new city called "Lakeside City."

Dear city alliance leaders, 

Please bear with me for a moment as I am still trying to understand the line of reasoning for the creation of a new city called "Lakeside City."

First of all, if you can rally so many people together, why have you not done so sooner in an effort to help our schools? You must realize that the school system is the main reason for all these upset residents, don't you? Did you plan to start a city all along and you were waiting for things to get this bad before you put forth your idea? Or perhaps you had a hand in the crisis creation since it was your board member, Paul Womack, who had been criticized for having hidden agendas and unknown constituents with private agendas. 

Here are some of the things that I am hoping your "area" will help you consider:

  • You do realize that you are responding to a crisis centered around schools with a solution that has nothing to do with schools, right?
  • You do not have a business district which is typically the heart of a city.  
  • You apparently like the business district that belongs to Tucker. That’s great. Thank you for your patronage, but you are not entitled to annex our businesses into your non-existent city. Tucker will not let that happen.
  • Cities are not typically named after schools. You have things backwards. You do not have a city. You have a school. It is already named Lakeside. You live outside of a very big city. It is named Atlanta. It’s very well-known.  
  • Your state legislator is wasting your tax dollars by spending his time trying to convince you that you need a new layer of government in order to have something better. You already think you are better. Why do you need him? 
  • Instead of holding meetings about fictious cities based on fear, retreat and ficticious boundaries, maybe you can tell your legislator to work on fixing the school system since the state is the one that has been under-funding our schools and forcing our taxes to go up as a result. The state also skims about a million dollars a year off the top of the money intended for our schools so it can go to other counties in Georgia, like Gwinnett. We are one of the only states that uses this form of state education funding where we collect taxes from one area and dish them out elsewhere. That's an area of local control that the state is denying you right now. We shouldn't need a new city to change that. Where is your local control guru when you need him?
  • Your state legislator told you that he needs your money for a study, but he just told your neighbors the same thing. They were going to call their school, uh, I mean, city, Oak Grove City. It was going to be named after their elementary school. Again, the process is not intended to work in reverse. First, city. Then, school.  
  • You are very interested in exploring options, but not when it comes to the name of your school, uh, I mean city. I wonder why? Maybe because you are really a group of real estate investors who need to move inventory in a particular area and this is a great way to get some publicity for free. If we were to start calling your efforts an expansion of Tucker, then your plan might backfire and send more buyers over to Tucker.  
  • So, we know the name is the one thing you will not change. That means you are already making plans that you will refuse to change, no matter what the residents might want for themselves? That sounds an awful lot like the government we already have.  
  • Exactly how many residents will enjoy a lake view or be able to fish or swim in your lake? Where is your lake? What is the name of it? Are you telling me that “Echo Lake” is the lake that Lakeside is named after? Is that technically even a lake at all? It’s so small and the water looks really murky and green. Is that because it is really a swamp?  

Hold on a second….
OMG, Lakeside City Alliance - whoever you are. 

Did you seriously invest in a bunch of property that is located on top of a marshy swampland alongside a major interstate exchange and convince a bunch of people that they were buying million dollar homes with “lakefront property” and high quality schools nearby?  

Wow. Wait a minute...

Did you tell them they could expect low crime statistics when they are locked between two major Interstates near one of the largest cities in the U.S.?  

That’s really shady.  

You are probably friends with a lot of those mortgage people who sold Americans a bill of goods then snatched their homes away from them when they couldn't pay up, aren't you?

You probably know about the new national reporting standards for high school graduation rates, too, don't you? So you know that the school isn't enough to bring new buyers to you any longer since your graudation rates trail Tucker, Redan and others. You probably did not talk about those results at your meeting, did you?

You Mom didn't love you very much, did she?  

You must be very sad and lonely. You should try to talk to somebody about what you are experiencing. Just back off from Tucker. We're happy here and we're trying our best to help the kids and fix the schools. We don't really need your distraction from what we like to call "the real world." 

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TruthWillSetYouFree May 15, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Cheryl, Randy Rand is a Fox News conservative who believes in less government unless of course that government is run by minorities in which case we need more government so we can get some white people in charge. He also happens to make his money outsourcing/off shoring our jobs (according to his linked in profile) and then probably complains that those people who's jobs he sent off shore need government assistance. Lastly he is a friend of Mary Kay so god knows what he has been promised on the back end if this thing goes through for his efforts. Randy why is it we can find you all over this site and LCA emails with your name calling and cheerleading yet never do we see a Randy Randolph comment on facebook name calling these same people?
Betsy Parks May 15, 2013 at 11:16 PM
Here is the truth for you: “Radio frequency emissions from antennas used for cellular and PCS [personal communications service] transmissions result in exposure levels on the ground that are typically thousands of times below safety limits. These safety limits were adopted by the FCC based on the recommendations of expert organizations and endorsed by agencies of the Federal Government responsible for health and safety. Therefore, there is no reason to believe that such towers could constitute a potential health hazard to nearby residents or students.” http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/athome/cellular-phone-towers The rest is hate, paranoia and now "TruthWill..." throws in racism as a last resort. The rants are not working and I don't think you are fooling many people anymore. The silver lining in these blogs is that you have been challenged. I don't think you have the support to stop anything now. That is why your delete and block STFL was not recognized by in the community meeting and you are no longer a member of TTT.
RandyRand May 16, 2013 at 12:13 AM
TruthWillSetYouFree, We have all been all been waiting months for you put the weed down, and get into the conversation. The above garbage which Cheryl spewed months ago was a conversation then. She continues to be discredited and is now on the outs with most readers and including reasonable Tuckerites. TWSYF, You seem to have the same problem with Facts that Cheryl does, you get a little info and begin making crazy assumptions which are 180 degrees from reality. For example; I do work to help global companies outsource, but 100% of the work comes to the USA, thus creating many new jobs. My work also involves helping the Red Cross collect donations and provide assistance during major catastrophes… Katrina, Sandy, to name a few! TWSYF, you assume that I want white people in charge, WRONG! I want smart, proven, and experienced people in charge. Perhaps you have seen me take it to Mary Margert Oliver. TWSYF, When the LCA cityhood study goes through, and it will, I will have supported an effort I believe in and on the backend I get what we all get: an opportunity to read and digest a cityhood feasibility study and become better informed. Becoming better informed, that is something both you and Cheryl really need to work on!
Longerthanu May 16, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Nope. Just saying you're about to get a big old dose of reality. This cell phone thing among kids is way bigger than some Podunk school official can drum up. It's all about peer pressure. And that starts much younger than you think. Also, it doesn't help if mommy or daddy holds a cellphone up to their own ear all day.
Longerthanu May 16, 2013 at 02:07 AM
Nope. Just that it's not a real influence. Kids don't want the Firefly, which was designed for kids. They want the smart phone that mommy handed them to keep them quiet when they were 3 -- the one all their friends have. The real enemy isn't the person supposedly in power. It's at home or playing next door or sitting in the desk across the aisle. The one that's really hard to fight.


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