October 4, 2011
JACK BERNARD & THE REDISTRICTING MAP PART 1
ARE SOME THINGS YOU JUST CAN’T MAKE UP
Comm. Bernard is well known for his late night emails blasting someone or
something. We are sending you a copy of one
his latest emails. TWG has placed some
comments after the email. You might
agree if you are the dreaded “rural area” or you might not if you are in the
“affluent Turtle Cove area.” Yellow
highlights are done by TWG. All other
highlights were sent with the email from Jack Bernard.
Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Subject: Redistricting, heaven or hell?
TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION
The good news: the BOC approved a map that puts the Piedmont,
Smithboro, and Hillsboro
in the same rural district, separate from Turtle Cove!! The vote was 3-2,
with Patrick, Bernard and Cox all voting for the new map.
This is exactly what the residents of this rural area have been asking
for (justifiably) over the last 10
The bad news is that the Board of Education approved map is basically the same as the current map,
with Turtle Cove comprising
the majority of voters in District-3, where Piedmont, Hillsboro and Smithboro are located. That is just not fair to these voters, as I have
stated many times over the past 7 years.
Rep. Holmes has asked that
we meet to resolve differences and approve one map. These two maps are
attached. As you can see, Option 7 (the BOC map) has the rural areas of the county
together in District 4, with Turtle Cove in District 3. The BOE option
has the Piedmont, Smithboro and Hillsboro
area combined with Turtle Cove in District 3,
diluting the voting power of these rural residents and insuring that there will not be a rural resident
Will the BOE play politics and permit this deplorable situation to continue by splitting the rural
vote? Or will it vote to do the right thing and have the rural area put into
one rural district?
Voters in the Piedmont, Hillsboro
and Smithboro have long wondered why we could not put them all in the same
district. The answer: there is no reason to dilute the voting
power of these taxpayers, except raw politics.
Just look at the attached maps. As Commissioner Patrick stated, the BOC
adopted map just looks better! Under the BOE map, my proposed horseshoe, gerrymandered district encompasses
about half the county, from Smithboro to Turtle Cove.
I can see Butts
County from my back door.
Dr. Barton (on the BOE for this District) lives a mile or so from the Putnam County
border! We can’t have a
rational District 3 that includes both of us when we are 20 miles apart; it can
only be justified if the intent
is to play politics.
Please send your comments to me regarding these maps and whether
or not we should continue the traditional practice of diluting the voting
strength of rural voters.
Why have the “rural” people been asking for
a separate district from Turtle Cove?
Because as Jack indicates in this email, they have no representation and
have not had representation for 7 years.
Why? Because Jack only wants to
represent the “affluent” Turtle Cove area; not the non-affluent “rural” area of
his district. The ONE AND ONLY AREA that
he is ever doing anything for is Turtle Cove. He does not represent his entire
district. If anyone ever wonders why people who live outside of Turtle Cove
feel at odds with them it is because of the comments and actions of Jack
Bernard. Everyone else is a second class citizen to him.
Who is playing politics? Not the School Board, but Jack Bernard. How
many times has he been to Atlanta
to redraw the map with Turtle Cove in its own district? Is that because Jack is afraid he can’t win
again if there is more than just Turtle Cove in his district? He seems to be sure he is going to win by
saying that if he still has the current district it will “insure that there will
not be a rural resident representing them.” Someone from the rural area just may run and
beat Mr. Bernard.
Even funnier is the fact that it is OK for
Comm. Mary Patrick to have the gerrymandered, horseshoe district with all the
rural folks according to Jack Bernard.
Just as long as he doesn’t have to represent those red headed step
children, he is happy.
2012 is an election year. Make sure you are registered to vote. It is time to start asking good people to run
for office. We need to rid this county
of self-serving politicians.