ARE YOU A MULE OR ARE YOU BLIND?
Based on emails TWG has
received as well as a recent letter to the editor, it seems that if one disagrees with Comm. Bernard, they are considered
Following are the most
recent email we received—which was sent to the citizen AFTER the editorial was
in the paper—and the letter to the editor.
You decide if Comm. Bernard
really represents the people or if he is more interested in his way and
throws a fit and calls people names if he doesn't get it.
1/21/10 4:08 PM
RE: My Road
Cox <email@example.com>; “firstname.lastname@example.org”
got this from my friend & Comm. Jack. Isn’t it nice that one of our
representatives conducts himself in this fashion when dealing the citizens.
From: Jack Bernard
Sent: Jan 21, 2010 2:30 PM
Subject: RE: My Road
You are blind.
> Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 11:30:29 -0500
> From: tumbleweedXX@XXXXXX.com
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: My Road
> To HELL with Jackson Lake Rd.
I challange you and your puppers to walk if you can down my road(Bear Creek Rd)
It has been like this for 20 years +. We do not live in Gwinnett CO. so please
back to earth and try living within our means.My taxes has went from 200
dollars to almost 3000 dollars a year, I have never had kids in school never
had fire or police service. They do put a spoonful of gravel on our road every
year. Maybe we need a golf course on our side of the lake. Rickie Walker
Letters to the editor... Upset with Commissioner, January 14, 2010
Printed in The Monticello
I have had some alarming e-mail conversations with ym commissioner, Jack
I e-mailed him to question some
concerns that I had over some things
I heard. My newest concern I
witnessed via You-Tube, where you
can-watch and hear the meetings.
I really like this since the meetings
conflict with my schedule and it is very hard for me to
attend on a consistent basis. Having them filmed and placed on You-Tube
allows me to see and hear for myself what is taking place when I can not actually
attend. Fantastic idea!
Prior to the election, 1 received
a very ugly e-mail from Jack. He
was trashing the other Commissioners,
especially one and yet was asking for
my vote in the upcoming election.
I e-mailed him back and told him
I thought the e-mail was a little ugly, (trying to be nice).
I also told him up front that he
had lost my vote for re-election when he was previously my commissioner. I also
explained to him why (final straw) he had lost that vote. When he and the other four commissioners voted to change the
zoning with the Blincoe
Land deal it was, in
fact, an illegal vote.
That board of commissioners had passed a law
or ordinance restricting any one from a rezoning request, if back
taxes were owed on the said property that was being considered for rezoning. There was back taxes owed on that particular land and therefore all
rezoning should have been denied as the Zoning
Board had suggested, among other reasons.
very angry with me, called
me a mule and told me to never contact him again. I have this e-mail if
anyone is in disbelief or curious that I may be embellishing the facts.
Where 1 did not vote for Jack at any time during the
recent elections, that was my right.
However, he did in fact win the
election and once again to my dismay, he is my commissioner. As my
commissioner I will contact him with any and all concerns that I may have. I will let him know how I feel about any subject that may arise that I
feel as a taxpayer I would like to comment on.
After I watched the video of the 1/4/10 BOC meeting I was
shocked that he took it among himself to get two of the
other board members to agree to not allow public comment. He was able to get [Carl] Pennamon and
[Charles] Hill to agree with him and [Alan] Cox
and [Mary] Patrick voted against. 3-2 it was passed. During this meeting he got (Continued on Page 5)
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with Patrick when she asked him if he was not
a servant of the people, that with not wanting the people to comment it appeared like did not consider
himself to be a servant to the people?
loudly stated he would not allow other members of
the board to treat him with disrespect. He
demanded to be treated with the same respect as he treated the other members of the
I have not seen a
great deal of respect for two particular
board members, so my first thought to his comment was that perhaps he was being treated with the same respect that be treated them
asked Jack why on earth he did not want
any public comment made prior to agenda items being voted
on since as a taxpayer I had the right?
However, I could
not make him listen or understand one way or the other when he was previously my commissioner and I am sure it would not be any different now, except that it would be easier for him to not listen, since we were barred from making any comments.
He stated I was blind. I am not sure what he exactly meant by that comment. One more thing about this subject, Chair Commissioner Hill stated he liked not
having public comment because it may sway his vote on agenda items up for vote.
all fairness Jack did tell me that public comment was not eliminated completely, we all could comment at the end of
the meetings, only if we signed up
prior to the meetings and the comment was in regards to a current agenda item.
I am not sure why we can or even want
to do that since the voting had already taken place and the comments we make did not matter, even if
they did matter prior.
Obviously it did to
one commissioner and therefore he wanted comments eliminated so his decision would not be swayed.
Also in all fairness to
Jack, I did make a comment that asked him why should I pay taxes to support this county when as a taxpayer, no one [asked] how my hard earned dollars should be spent.
vote to let the commissioners pay for
it all since they are the only ones making
the decisions, with total disregard
to what the taxpayers want, including their salary. He told
me to contact my friend Mary Patrick.
that got to do with it? She is a
commissioner, a damn good one
in my .opinion, but then so is
Cox. They seem to care what
the taxpayers say, even when it
comes down to having to make some tough choices
that can not please everyone. They appear to be at least trying to make this county better and
listen to the people at the same time.
asked Jack why he suggest a vote
to increase the new County Manager's
salary to $75,000.00 -vs- the $72,000 that had already been agreed on.
have thought $72,000.00 was more than enough especially with the financial state
the county is presently in. He did not respond, unless the
one "You are Blind" covered
this past special election, I of
course did not vote for Jack
as stated above. I was very disappointed, especially in the folks in Turtle Cove, that Jack won the election.
look at the voting stats it was the
Turtle Cove precinct that voted Jack in. I do
not know if Chris Batchelor would have done a good job or not, he has never been a commissioner. I was willing to give him the opportunity, as was most of this district.
However Jack had been a commissioner
and he was not really for the people then and he obviously does not intend on being for the people this time either, regardless how many times he says he
Is it just me or does Jack respond to everyone
the same way to questions, concerns and
comments? Is everyone a Mule or Blind? I guess Deaf should be thrown in there somewhere. I am sure it has just been an oversight
in my conversations with my Commissioner,
hopefully for the last time, Jack
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