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Republican Ladies Dazzle at the Chairman's Forum

While the Good Ole Boys babbled, the Great Ladies impressed.

The boys who were candidates for the Republican nomination for Cobb Commission Chairman at  sponsored by the East Cobb Civic Association didn’t put on as good a show as the ladies in the audience.

And the ladies never got to touch the microphone.

In attendance were Cynthia Rozzo, candidate against State Rep. incumbent Matt Dollar, and JoEllen Smith, candidate against State Rep. incumbent Don Parsons.

The ladies were there but their male opponents, as usual, were nowhere to be seen. In fact, the boys hadn’t been seen in years. Some folks in East Cobb think that they are a suburban myth and never existed.

Former Air Force officer, school teacher, accountant, and business owner RuthE Levy, a Democrat, was in attendance. She against Matt Dollar twice, and I don’t know if she has ever seen him in the flesh.

The MDJ says that the last known sighting of Rep. Parsons was when he was cutting the grass in his front yard when a constituent happened to be driving by.

A friend told me that Rep. Dollar had been threatened and cajoled a few years ago to go to a forum at a synagogue and reluctantly showed up at the last moment. When asked the first question, about transportation, he said that Rep. Sharon Cooper knew more about that, passed the question to her, and immediately left.  

Back to the boys. The recent incident of domestic terrorism , near where I live, didn’t concern the guys very much. The group attitude was close to “ho-hum.”

Transportation got more energy but few correct observations. The rail line from the Arts Center Station to Cumberland Mall at a cost of $600 million got everyone but Chairman Tim Lee upset.

Actually, it wasn’t on the TSPLOST list and hadn’t been on the list for a while but I guess the boys don’t read the paper. Tim had to remind his friends that you couldn’t take a project off the TSPLOST list that wasn’t on the list.

Bill Byrne said that synchronizing traffic lights made good sense but didn’t mention why he hadn’t done it in the 10 years that he was chairman.

Larry Savage attacked a symptom of our traffic problem. He said we should have better response to traffic accidents and debris in the roadway that caused traffic jambs. He totally ignored the problem that there are too many cars on the road and many cars equal many accidents.

Mass transit can take a lot of cars off the road. Widening roads only puts more cars on the road, thereby increasing the frequency of accidents. But this is East Cobb, so never mind.

Bill Byrne reverted to his old style of criticizing “those” people in Fulton County. After all they didn’t cooperate in getting the bridge widened over the Chattahoochee, not like the good cooperative people in Paulding County. Larry said it took a domestic terrorist shooting a few bullets into an electrical box near the river to get Fulton’s attention.  

“Those” people on the other side of the river are rich white Republicans but we knew what Bill and Larry were trying to say.

Former Marine Colonel Mike attended the meeting.

Yes, Bill was wearing his cowboy boots. If you don’t know why, ask a friend.

Tim Lee was the only thinking adult there, except for the ladies, and they were much better thinkers.

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