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18 February 2019
I say leave their Jihadi asses in the Middle East. We don't need or want them here.
21 January 2019
Time For A Change Part II
Tomorrow is a Commission meeting.
I won't be there.
I have more important things to do; clip my toenails; watch paint dry...
The people who actually care about Conecuh County have no idea just how messed up our county is with this Commission. You know we took a left at
11 December 2018
Time For A Change
This will be the last issue of
The Monthly View Newspaper.
8 December 2018
While delivering the Christmas Issue papers last Thursday I stopped at a business outside Monroeville. It's one of our regular stops and a business that carries our newspaper. The owner pulled me aside and said, "Listen. I think you ought to know. After you delivered papers last month in Repton, someone went behind you and pulled every one of your papers out of the stores."
He was highly upset. I told him it's happened before. Usually our competition just covers them up so people can't find them. In some cases, the people who worked at some stores have purposely hidden them so our readers can't find them. (I pulled our papers from those particular stores and announced it on this website.) Other times people loyal to some of the politicians we've exposed for screwing the people of Conecuh County have taken the papers.
I asked the business owner what he thought about it. He said, "It's just not fair. I know your papers are free, but that doesn't mean someone has the right to take them."
So what was last month's paper about? The (brief) controversy between Kent Hovind, Dino Land, the Commission, the Evergreen Courant, and James Leon Windham.
And where is Repton? It happens to be the closest community to Dinosaur Adventure Land - Kent's Compound.
I'm sure it's just a coincidence.
18 November 2018
Wonders Never Cease
Word I'm getting is that Mr. Hovind has wisely chosen to pay his bill.
9 October 2018
The Hovind Effect Strikes Again
At the conclusion of my July 2016 article "Dr. Dino Lands In Lenox" in describing the controversy that follows Kent Hovind and the never-ending battle between those who support him and those who oppose him. I wrote:
This conflict between these two opposing sides has already sent ripples across Conecuh and Monroe counties and has the potential to fester and continue to grow to the point it eventually effects the local community around Lenox, involves our local law enforcement, and our local government.
With the baggage Hovind brings, you can bet the federal government will also have Lenox – and Conecuh County - under a magnifying glass as they too watch every move he makes and everyone he makes contact with.
I bring this passage up just to remind everyone – I told you so!
Since I wrote that article law enforcement has made several "visits" to Hovind's Lenox compound, multiple former followers who questioned his behavior have been kicked out of the compound by Hovind, and his second wife fled the compound, reportedly under police protection, while Hovind was absent.
Conecuh County Commissioner Johnny Andrews, an early promoter of Kent Hovind, found himself under FBI surveillance and wound up being arrested on drug charges by the Alabama Attorney General's Office following an FBI investigation. That case is still pending.
Now Kent is at it again and although I had planned to just ride this one out and see how the Evergreen Courant and James Leon Windham would couch their responses, Hovind's actions are getting too ridiculous to ignore and the people of Conecuh County need to be made aware.
As some of you may know, during a September meeting of the Conecuh County Commission, Andrews informed the Board that someone from Hovind's compound operating a used motor grader owned by Hovind/Creation Science Evangelism/Dinosaur Adventure Land/et.el., was caught on the dirt road known as Pearl Lane pushing dirt along the shoulder and around a cement culvert adjacent to the DAL property.
Long story short, at the commission meeting Andrews said a bill for damages to the public road was sent to Hovind/Creation Science Evangelism/Dinosaur Adventure Land/et.el., in the amount of $1,300.
Andrews said his road crew worked several hours repairing the road and replacing the culvert.
Two weeks later, at the next commission meeting, local blog poster/reporter extraordinaire, James Leon Windham, asked if the invoice had been paid – and he was informed it had not.
As part of their coverage of the commission meeting, the Evergreen Courant reported on the unpaid invoice and ran a photograph of Hovind on their front page.
Now Hovind has taken exception to the coverage by the Evergreen Courant, described Windham as a "plant" in the audience put up to ask the question (because of course everyone's out to get him), and is dodging any responsibility for what could be described as destruction of public property and an invoice for repairs to Pearl Lane.
So far Hovind has claimed, "I wasn't there." "The operator of the motor grader acted on his own." "Johnny Andrews said we could do it because Conecuh County is too poor to fix the road."
Andrews has repeatedly denied giving anyone at DAL permission to work on Pearl Lane.
As is his modus operandi, Hovind spent about 25 minutes in a YouTube video blasting the county for sending the bill, claiming Windham was acting on someone's behalf by asking the question (but never says on who's behalf. I bet it was that Robert Baty guy, the one who doesn't like Hovind and operates a FaceBook page), and going after the Evergreen Courant for their "unfair" coverage. He then tries to buy positive publicity with the Courant stating that one day he's going to buy a lot of advertising to promote Dino Land – and implies the Courant could miss out on that.
As a disclaimer here, I turned down Hovind's advertising when he personally called this newspaper wanting to advertise the Grand Opening of Dinosaur Adventure Land. This newspaper will not be promoting Dinosaur Adventure Land for any amount of money.
Again, as Hovind did to this newspaper following my July 2016 article in another of his infamous YouTube videos, he gave out the names of Robert Bozeman and Lee Peacock along with the address and telephone number of the Courant and encouraged his followers to contact the newspaper and express their displeasure.
Now, to follow all this up, Hovind's mouthpiece, Ernie Land, sent out letters to the County Commission disputing the invoice, and Kent Hovind (according to the video) sent a letter to the Courant. (I have a copy of Land's letter to the Commission, but do not have a copy of Hovind's letter to the Courant although he reads most of it during his video).
Today I learned an attorney sent a letter to the Courant, and sent copies to the Commission, disputing the invoice and berating the Courant for it's coverage, and told the paper not to use Hovind's photo in relation to this dispute again. (I also have a copy of this letter.)
In the video, and in the letter Land sent to the Commission, Hovind/Creation Science Evangelism/Dinosaur Adventure Land/ et.el., claim they will indeed pay the invoice if after the Commission reviews the case, it still believes Hovind/Creation Science Evangelism/Dinosaur Adventure Land/et. el., owes payment.
However, in the video Hovind said the invoice is in dispute and that it could cost the county $30,000 to collect $1,300.
It's going to be interesting to follow which way this goes, how the Courant reacts to being attacked by Hovind, and just what in the world James Leon Windham may do or say.
I'm buying extra popcorn for this one.
27 September 2018
Doug Jones Says He's Voting Against Kavanough
The hearing today concerning false allegations against Judge Kavanough was absolutely disgusting. The false allegation was one woman who made a claim with no - absolutely no - corroborating evidence or testimony to back it up. The people she claimed were on the scene when the alleged encounter took place all said the alleged party NEVER EVEN HAPPENED!
Now Alabama Senator Doug Jones has said he will not vote to confirm Kavanough to the Supreme Court because he believes the woman - who has no evidence.
We should expect that from 'ol Doug since his Democratic buddies used the same tactic to publicly discredit Roy Moore and got him elected.
The Democratic Party and their operatives in Washington have turned into the American Socialist Party determined - at any cost - to destroy our Constitution, our government, and our society.
The people - even locally - who still blindly vote Democrat because they're, "supposed to" or "told to," and ignore what's taking place on the national level are helping destroy our country.
The evidence is right in front of your eyes. You'd better wake up.
7 September 2018
Lawsuit Printed In It's Entirety
Alright folks, here we go again.
Get ready for more gnashing of teeth because I’m publishing
something you need to read, but our local Powers That Be wish
you didn’t now anything about.
11 August 2018
Evergreen Wood Products Files Federal Lawsuit
A few weeks ago, James Leon Windham learned that a federal lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Alabama by Bob Miller of Evergreen Wood Products against virtually every elected official and economic board in Conecuh County.
Recently Windham acquired a copy of the 35 page complaint and has now posted it to his website Conecuh News & Views. Click on the link to go to his website.
The lawsuit was filed July 23rd and the defendants have 30 days to respond.
1st Amendment Violations
Breach of Contract
Assault & Battery
Misappropriation of Funds
and other charges
Those named in the lawsuit include:
Evergreen Mayor Pete Wolff
City Councilman Luther Upton
Robert “Bobby” Skipper
Commissioner Johnny Andrews
Commissioner Rodney Hildreath
The City of Evergreen
The Evergreen City Council
The Conecuh County Commission
The Industrial Development Board
The Evergreen-Conecuh Chamber of Commerce
The Conecuh County Economic Development Board
Also keep in mind that local contractor Andy Skipper has filed a lawsuit against the City of Evergreen related to the Evergreen Wood Products fiasco.
This is the same failed project in which the taxpayers of Conecuh County lost $350,000, which has still not been recovered, and is begging for a Class Action lawsuit by the citizens of this county.
6 Aug 2018
Reload The Page If You Have Trouble
For some reason Earthlink sometimes has difficulty loading our website. If you come here and the site doesn't load properly, just tell your browser to reload the page. That seems to take care of the problem - even if temporarily.
5 Aug 2018
Back To The Future
In 2019 Alabama will
celebrate it’s Bicentennial year. For those confused by that, it
means the state of Alabama will celebrate it’s 200th birthday.
12 June 2018
A Picture Coming Into Focus
I've had a couple people ask about why I haven't posted much lately. Scroll down and read All Hail The Kings.
Nothing has changed. If anything, things grow worse in Conecuh.
After 30+ years of covering the news in Conecuh County a broader picture is coming into focus. This "picture" explains a lot, but it's not a pretty one, and it involves a level of deception I didn't think possible in Conecuh County. This deception has not only kept Conecuh impoverished, but it's pitting one race against another in a battle for power and control of Conecuh's future.
And it appears the Deceivers have been in control for a number of years, quietly pulling the plug, or placing impossible demands on economic and social growth.
I firmly believe the voters of this county have placed people in power who are actively working against our best interests. They have been for a long time, and are now falsely blaming Conecuh's failures on racism.
When all else fails - always claim racism. That seems to be the "go to" in today's society.
The economic and infrastructure failures in Conecuh are not based in racism - at least not the way it's being presented by prominent figures within the black community during Commission meetings.
It's starting to look as if some black elected officials are creating and perpetuating the problems, carefully sabotaging solutions behind the scenes, and falsely blaming the white majority for a system they themselves helped to create.
Conecuh's shortcomings are not all about racism. They are, however, all about failed leadership and trust in the wrong people.
Black America is waking up. When will Black Conecuh?
5 April 2018
All Hail The Kings (And Queens)
We have some elected
politicians in Conecuh County who think they were elected God
and believe they can dictate policy from On High with total
disregard to other elected officials or the People they were
elected to serve.
29 March 2018
Conecuh County Grand Jury Indicts Commissioner Johnny Andrews
5 March 2018
Never Give Up The 2nd Amendment
It’s amazing how
easily swayed Washington is by the news cycle presented by our
1 February 2018
Disgraceful Democrats Show No Concern For America's Real Problems
If anyone had any
doubt the Democrats in Washington have become the Resistance
Party, as even they claim, it was confirmed during President
Trump’s first State Of The Union address.
10 January 2018
City Council Meeting Gets Sporty
It seems the Evergreen City Council meeting got a bit testy Tuesday night and some of the Council members are questioning Mayor Pete Wolff's... objectivity? Yeah, that's it..
Here's an excerpt from James Leon Windham's coverage of the meeting.
For more information, also see the Un-Cooperative District.
5 January 2018
An Historic Time In Our Nation's History
Yes, this is another
of “those issues” in our newspaper. Because what I’m trying to
tell you is important. And this much I want you to understand,
conservative or liberal, just how in peril the future of our
country has become. And don’t think about yourself, think of
your children’s future and where this country is headed.
29 December 2017
What's Up At The Compound
Several people have recently asked me what's been going on with Kent Hovind, AKA "Dr. Dino," and to be honest, I haven't really been keeping up. On the local level, Hovind went silent following County Commissioner Johnny Andrews' arrest last March on six felony counts of distributing marijuana. Hovind and Andrews are close friends/associates. Fortunately someone in the Hovind sphere generally keeps me informed of any major mishaps in Hovind's World, but nothing so important has happened lately that I felt it needed to be brought before the residents of Conecuh County.
On a casual glance tonight at Hovind's YouTube channel I came across this gem and thought I'd share it just to let you know not much has changed since we last checked in. Hovind continues to pull stunts from his compound and he and his detractors continue their battle on Facebook, various websites, and of course, YouTube.
20 December 2017
Not Enough Votes For Recount
The Alabama Senate race is over. The number of votes from provisional and military ballots is not enough to move the race to the half percentage point margin between Jones and Moore that would trigger a recount.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Alabama Secretary Of State John Merrill
December 20, 2017
- MONTGOMERY - There have been several questions raised about
the number of Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting
Act (UOCAVA) ballots and provisional ballots cast in the
December 12 Special Election for the United States Senate.
12 December 2017
Doug Jones Wins Senate Race
It's going to take some time to analyze today's election. Alabama had a chance to set an example and hopefully help stop our nation's slide into Socialism. The race was close, but the power of The Dark Side is still strong. (For all the snowflakes out there, that's a reference to Star Wars and not a reference to race - since your minds always go there.)
Jones shied away from the far Left in his campaign ads, and portrayed himself as a "Moderate" unsatisfied with the actions of either political party. He claimed to want to work with Liberals and Conservatives to move our country forward.
Now the voters of Alabama, and the nation, will have the opportunity to see if he is a man of his word - or a Left wing Socialist disguising himself as a Moderate.
At this time, however, the actual winner of the December 12th race may still be open to question. Absentee ballots and military ballots have yet to be counted. Should the total tally move the race to within a half a percentage point, an automatic vote recount is required by Alabama law.
The vote is in and the media has declared the race for Doug Jones, but in fact the race, at this time, is still too close to call.
James Leon Windham has Conecuh's actual vote count posted on his blog. You can see it here.
5 December 2017
Vote Roy Moore December 12
December 12 is the Senate election between Roy Moore and Doug Jones.
I'll be voting Roy Moore and encourage you to also.
Why Roy Moore? For the exact same reason I voted Trump. If the Republican establishment and the Looney Left can't stand him – then he's just what this country needs at this particular time in our nation's history. A true Independent. An Outsider.
Do I believe all the garbage the Left, the media, and the RINOs have thrown at Moore?
No. I do not.
Just like the “Russian collusion” B.S., there is no proof Moore accosted any women 40 years ago.
Once again, the Left and the media fabricate an accusation – then pretend an accusation is fact. Rather than do their job and investigate an accusation to prove it's true or false, the Left, the media and the RINO's instead pile on more accusations and pretend the accumulated accusations – by their sheer volume – are indeed fact.
"With that many women, it must be true!"
No. They are not facts. They are accusations. And Moore is innocent until proven guilty.
They did this same thing to Bill Cosby and have done their best to ruin an old man who was in fact one of the best entertainers of our time.
They ruined Cosby because he is a black man who portrayed and encouraged a lifestyle for black people that would lift them up in our society through the belief their future depended upon their own actions. They were not victims of an oppressed society and that though hard work, proper education and their own determination they could succeed in life.
For that he was labeled an “Uncle Tom” and targeted in his golden years to be made an example of.
Do I believe Cosby drugged and molested 40 women? No.
Was he a Hollywood philanderer? Probably so. Did he and women who wanted to be with him share drugs and have sex? Probably so.
I believe Cosby's encounters were consensual.
I bring up Cosby because I believe that was a “dry run” for what we're seeing today. They perfected their tactics and indeed are even using some of those same players in their attacks on Trump and on Roy Moore.
Show me proof – and I'll believe it. Don't wait 30 or 40 years to make an accusation then expect me to believe it. Show me a police report. A hospital report. Show me DNA evidence instead of a fake signature in a yearbook.
Monica Lewinsky kept the blue dress. Bill Clinton is a scumbag. She proved it. And she didn't wait 40 years.
Roy Moore has been in Alabama politics for decades. Never a word about allegedly molesting young girls. He was drug over the coals for the 10 Commandments issue – no one came out then. He was blasted over the gay marriage issue – no one came out then. He ran against Luther Strange for the Senate seat – nothing came out then.
But suddenly, four weeks before the actual election, a Democrat, the media, and the RINOs, uncover child molestation allegations “that have been common knowledge in North Alabama for decades?”
The people of Alabama aren't stupid – and we refuse to drink your cool-aid.
Drain The Swamp.
Vote Roy Moore!
4 November 2017
A Privilege To Attend JFK LANCER Annual Convention In Dallas
A special thanks to Tom Jones and Debra Conway
I was in grade school when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. I was barely a teenager when I visited his gravesite at Arlington Cemetery in Washington D.C. As an adult, I was very lucky one year to be an invited guest at the JFK LANCER annual convention in Dallas, Tx., where thousands gather each year to investigate the assassination and commemorate a fallen President.
It was then that I got to tour Dealey Plaza, the site of the assassination. The sense of history was palatable - you can actually feel it in the air as you stand outside the School Book Depository, look across the plaza to the “grassy knoll” and to the concrete pedestal where Abraham Zapruder stood when he shot the now famous Zapruder Film of the assassination with his 8mm camera. A few feet away, in the roadway, a big black X marks the spot of the presidential motorcade, the moment Kennedy was shot.
The 6th floor of the School Book Depository has been turned into a museum where visitors can view a history of the shooting along with background on the many people and items associated with the assassination and it’s investigation. The area around the window dubbed, “The Sniper’s Nest” where Oswald is said to have fired the shots is re-created as it was that day in November in 1963.
The convention itself was an adventure. There were lectures for every variety of “enthusiast.” From the casually interested to the hardcore investigator, there was something there for everyone.
My favorite part... hanging out in the hotel bar which had a flavor all it’s own. The bar had been regularly used as a set for the filming of Chuck Norris’ television show, “Walker, Texas Ranger.” It had character.
On the nights I was there, it was filled with a variety of personalities. Some were loud - both in tone and attire. Some were quiet and common in appearance. As an observer, it was an interesting exercise trying to determine which one (or how many of them) was a government spook. I know there were at least two....
2 July 2017
A New Livestock Arena
Mr. Tim Covin, who seems to be everywhere doing everything, has come before the County Commission to propose the creation of a new facility in Evergreen to hold livestock and equestrian events for 4-H youth and other participants.
Covin says he's obtained a commitment from the Conecuh County Board of Education for a parcel of land near Evergreen Elementary School off U.S. 31 on the south side of Evergreen.
He proposes that branches of local government and interested people work together to build the facility which he estimates would cost about $250,000.
Personally, I've never known much about livestock. I wasn't raised around them and never took much interest. About all I knew was I didn't want to stand downwind. But over the years I've come to understand just how important the raising of cattle, horses, and other livestock is to the culture and history of Conecuh County.
I remember the old stockyard near Sparta Academy, and the horse arena in Lyeffion. Places like that mean much more to “who we are” as a culture and a people than I ever understood in my youth.
We need a new facility such as the one Tim Covin is proposing – and we need it for more reasons than just “some place to generate revenue.” We need it because it represents a basic building block of heritage and tradition that has been passed down from one generation to the next. A heritage and tradition we are on the verge of losing if action isn't taken.
I don't have much, but I'm good for a $25 donation.
A meeting to discuss plans to build this new facility is scheduled for Monday, July 10th at 1 p.m., in the Commission meeting room at the courthouse. Representatives of local government will be there and members of the general public are encouraged to attend.
27 June 2017
Ignorance Is Bliss - Or Is It Just Ignorance?
There are times where what I see going on around me becomes overwhelming - and I just need time to get my... thoughts straight. What's taking place in our world is unprecedented in my lifetime.
If you don't know about something, then you won't be worried about it. But you also won't understand why you got ran over by a Mac truck - if you don't know what a Mac truck is.
What's taking place in our community, our state, or nation, and around the world today is beyond belief.
Corruption, collusion, greed for power and money, a general lack of civility, seems to have become the norm - and like sheep, we sit around and graze and act as if Rome isn't burning simply because it hasn't landed in our front yard... yet.
Things are so screwed up I can't find a place to start because the more I look, the deeper the Rabbit Hole goes.
24 May 2017
DNC Staffer Story Gone Viral
The story about Seth Rich possibly being the source of the DNC email leaks has gone viral with the media establishment doing all it can to discredit and kill the story. Outlets such as CNN and The Washington Post have gone out of their way to discredit the story calling it a Conspiracy Theory and smear the credibility of anyone associated with it. Even prominent DNC staffers have tried to interfere with any media investigation into the death of Seth Rich.
Solving this case, no matter where it may lead, has become a matter of national security due to it's potential involvement with the leaked DNC emails. We can't trust the politics in Washington - and we can't trust the media to tell us the truth.
But there is one group out there that appears to want answers, and that group is known as Judicial Watch.
16 May 2017
Squirrel!! Pay No Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain
In case you haven't noticed, Mainstream Media is again attacking Trump with false accusations and attempting to steer Congress and Public Opinion towards the conclusion he's either incompetent - or a Master Spy for the Russians hell-bent on the destruction of the Universe.
Their hysteria is comical - and purposely happening now to distract the public from two news stories that will devastate their false narrative and their endless vilification of our President.
The Russians Did Not Do It!
The first - and most important - is the Russians did not hack the Democratic National Committee then turn their emails over to WikiLeaks, which is the foundation of their narrative that the Russians are behind everything, including turning the neighbor's pool yellow.
In an article below, on 17 December 2016, I said that it wasn't the Russians that hacked the DNC emails, it was a Democratic operative who had turned them over to WikiLeaks.
His name was Seth Rich, a 27-year old who worked for the DNC. Shortly after turning over 44,000 emails to WikiLeaks he was found dead on a D.C. sidewalk at 4 a.m. - the alleged victim of a botched robbery - since nothing was apparently stolen.
Rich's family is in denial. What parent would want to learn their son was responsible for the "crime of the century" and murdered because of it? The family's "spokesman" is a DNC "crisis management" insider who spends a lot of time on CNN denying Seth Rich was the leak at DNC headquarters, and even suggested the Russians may have killed Seth Rich!
However, according to a FOX news report, a federal investigator claims Rich turned over 44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments to WikiLeaks showing, among other things, the DNC had rigged the Primary Election to favor Hillary Clinton.
If You're A Democrat - Your Vote Doesn't Count!
Now, relating to the rigged Primary, the Democratic National Committee is presently in court being sued for running a rigged Primary - and no, not by Trump or any Conservative group - but on behalf of Bernie supporters.
So, what is the DNC putting up as a defense to the accusation? The Committee can pick who it wants as it's Presidential candidate and is not bound by law to conduct a fair and equal election among the Democratic Party's Primary candidates.
I kid you not! Their defense is they can choose whomever they want - and votes for other candidates don't count!
Neither of these stories are reaching Mainstream Media because they don't want you to know they're lying. They are hiding behind the 1st Amendment in an effort to overthrow the democratic (small D) process and denying the Public proper information relative to what's really going on in America.
Mainstream Media today is not real Journalism. It's Propaganda. It's goal is to overthrow our duly elected government.
UPDATE: This case as originally filed was dismissed by the judge. Efforts are underway to resubmit the complaint.
10 May 2017
History Repeating Itself
I remember the 1960s and early 70s. The ant-war protests by the far-Left. The riots, the radicals, the Weather Underground, Patty Hurst and the SLA. Don't confuse the "hippie" movement with the far-Left. That was actually something much different, but used as camouflage by the radical Socialists. They were Socialists then - they're Socialists now - and still hiding amongst other groups in our world of Identity Politics.
Today they're called Progressives, Antifa (anti-fascists), The Resistance. These are the Socialist groups based in our larger cities and on college campus who riot to prevent opposing opinions and ideas from being heard. One of the very things that fascists do.
One of the anti-war tactics in the 60s was to camp out in airports and protest in the faces of returning veterans of Vietnam. The radicals chanted, held signs, spat on our soldiers and called them "baby killers."
Today we have social media and no need for the radicals to take the time to go to airports, when they can spread their cheer on Facebook.
9 March 2017
People Are Watching
I’ve been trying to
tell some of the Powers That Be around here that people from
outside Conecuh County are watching what’s happening here, but
for some reason they choose to ignore me.
2 March 2017
Conecuh County Center Of Contention
Opinion By: Jim Allen
11 February 17
History Repeating Itself
This guy is describing what I said more than two years ago. The Socialist/Communists want to destroy our country from within - at any cost. This is the exact same strategy the U.S. branch of the Revolutionary Communist Party (revcom.us) is promoting.
In watching the news coverage of the riots on college campuses, particularly UC Berkley, something came to mind. In the 60s, Berkley was one of the colleges where the Free Speech Movement started. Do you remember what that "Free Speech" was? Were you even alive to know? It was Free Speech to promote the Socialist agenda on college campuses and rebel against the establishment. In the 60s they protested to establish a Socialist agenda - now in 2017 they are rioting to keep that agenda and promoting violence against anyone who speaks against it.
That's called Fascism - not Free Speech. They ARE what they preach against.
10 January 2017
E-911 (And The Lake Committee) Are Dysfunctional Dinosaurs
Ok, we're three months and, relatively speaking, six “official” meetings into the term of the newly elected County Commission and it may be about time for it to face an important decision that affects our county as a whole.
That problem: E-911 and the operation thereof.
Although the County Commission and E-911 are technically two separate entities, the members of the Commission also constitute the Board of Directors for our E-911 system.
For some reason the operation of our E-911 system has been chaos from the beginning. What started out as “everything under one roof” turned into a disjointed mess where our emergency services all do their own thing.
For reasons no one seems to want to explain the operation of the E-911 system turned into turf wars and power plays that resulted in the abandoning of the E-911 system by the Evergreen Police Department, the Castleberry Police Department, and the Conecuh County Sheriff's Department.
The only operations dispatched through our E-911 Operations Center are the Volunteer Fire Departments, the Repton Police Department, and our ambulance service, Conecuh EMS.
By not participating, these law enforcement agencies are not paying what can best be described as a “user fee,” for the service, and the E-911 Operations Center is going broke.
Actually the E-911 Operations Center is financially broke - and functionally broken. It has been for a long time.
During last Monday's E-911 Board meeting it was disclosed the E-911 Operations Center is losing between $10,000 and $13,000 every month!
For December, the Center reportedly brought in $22,169.00 in revenue, and spent $34,915.00.
According to the Board (Commission), someone from the state is soon to arrive with what may be a solution in the form of a new consolidated E-911 system, but will require the participation of the agencies that have already abandoned E-911.
Based on past performance, chances of that happening seem slim to none.
So, to address the elephant in the room, isn't it in the best interests of the people of Conecuh County to abandon the concept of having a “stand-alone” E-911 Operations Center and disband it altogether?
Or in our infinite wisdom, will we keep paying for something that's hemorrhaging money, and something our law enforcement refuses to use?
E-911 operations should be moved under the umbrella of the Conecuh County Sheriff's Department and the “Center” should be located there. Once that's been done, how about a concentrated search among the many volunteer fire departments for members who are already somewhat familiar with 911 dispatching, and who would like to work part-time shifts, get paid, and possibly find a way for them to earn certifications for their service while doing so?
The point is, find a way to make it work.
Until all emergency services are locked in to one dispatch center for 911 calls, dispatching will remain chaotic and subject to misdirected or dropped calls.
The result; people die and houses burn.
It's time to put the politics aside and do what's best for the people of this county. It's time for our newly elected Commission to make a tough decision. The last Commission would not - and now most of them are gone. What's this one going to do?
2 January 17
We seem to have become quite popular. THANK YOU! We did run out of bandwidth. Maybe because Earthlink lost our website for half a day last month they decided to let us slide for a few extra megabytes and kept our website active.
There's no doubt our popularity upsets the apple cart with a few politicians and economic folks around here who like to "control the message" with their own propaganda and refuse to accept that this newspaper and this website have become a window into Conecuh County allowing the outside world to actually see what goes on around here. The more we grow - the more they hate it.
Kind of like how Trump tweets, and mainstream media can't stand it because our President bypasses them, goes directly to the people, and the media learns they aren't as important as they were yesterday.
Funny how things work out.
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I wrote my first article concerning the Lake Project in 1989 for the Mobile Press Register. At that time it had been "in the works" for more than a decade. Here we are - almost 30 years later - and it's still "in the works."
The current state of the "effort" to secure a lake for Conecuh County is a disgrace.
The entire Lake Committee should be fired - and IF the project is salvageable following this group's dismal failure - a new Committee appointed.
THIS IS THE COUNTY COMMISSION'S RESPONSIBILITY - yet it acts as impotent as the Lake Authority to move the project forward.
James Leon Windham has a good article on his Blog spot Conecuh County News And Views concerning the latest update on the Lake Committee. I'd suggest you go read it.
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