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The Millbrook Independent

Sep 16th
Garner is the choice for better government
Written by News Desk   
Friday, 06 June 2014 10:47

artparkerBy Art Parker, Editor

Next Tuesday, June 3, we will go to the polls and vote. I believe the most important race is Alabama Senate District 30. That race is contested by Harris Garner of Millbrook, Clyde Chambliss of Prattville and a couple that are generally considered longshots-Suzelle Josey and Bill Harris. The race, from all indications, will be between Garner and Chambliss.

Garner was born and raised in Millbrook, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and one who has built a successful business with his own hands that is now one of the larger employers in west Elmore County. Garner has financed almost his entire campaign with his own money and has accepted very little PAC money (Political Action Committee). Garner has also made the commitment to refuse a salary, just like Governor Robert Bentley has done. Chambliss has made no such commitment to refuse a salary and has inhaled $158,000 in PAC money. Garner has accepted only $10,000 from PACs (as of last Friday).

When I review the contributions logged in the Alabama Secretary of State system I see contributions to Chambliss that trouble me. The troubling aspect is that much of his campaign funding is tied to the Bob Riley-Mike Hubbard machine. And if you have those two you also have Prattville Senator Bryan Taylor, who currently holds the District 30 seat. Specifically, I see that about one-third of the Chambliss contributions coming from two PACs-the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) and the Alabama Realtors Association-both having strong ties to Riley. It should also be noted that the BCA, along with Riley, has been the State's biggest cheerleader for the controversial "Common Core" education curriculum, or as some of you have called it, "Obama Core."

We need representation that is not controlled by a power hungry group or special interests. I am personally convinced that a vote for Clyde Chambliss is a vote for Bob Riley, Mike Hubbard and Bryan Taylor, and we need no more of that bunch.

The Millbrook Independent is proud to endorse Millbrook's Harris Garner for Senate District 30. He is a man that will not quit a job he is committed to do-even if he isn't getting paid by the taxpayers.

This past Monday we recognized Memorial Day, a day to remember those who paid the ultimate price for our nation. The brave men and women who lost their lives while serving our country need to be remembered not just one day per year, but every day of the year. Their courage and unselfish service is the primary ingredient found in our continued freedom since the Revolutionary War.

The memory of those who served and lived is important as well. Unfortunately, our national government has done a sorry job of remembering to return the favor and provide the services promised to those who served-and lived. If they were able, those who lost their lives would be the first to stand, demand and fight for those who have been neglected and discarded by our Veteran's Hospitals.

I have been disgusted by what appears to be an ongoing and growing problem with the VA medical units whose purpose is to provide medical care for our veterans. I'm sure many, if not all of you, are disgusted as well.

After studying the recent problems exposed in the news I have concluded that it is typical bad management by a government entity and, as always, seems to exist because of apathetic employees, lack of leadership/management ability or neglect in oversight. In the case of the VA Hospital problems it is probably all three. Of course with good oversight the problems with employees and management can be solved or minimized.

And who is responsible for oversight? Elected officials. Those in Congress and in the one person elected in the Executive Branch. They are all responsible.

And what do they do? Play politics with the lives of veterans. The minute the unwanted VA news broke the Republicans blamed the Democrats and then the Democrats blamed the Republicans. And they do this while another veteran is dying somewhere. It appears that beating the political opponent in the next election is more important than solving the problem and hence, saving the lives of veterans. That's sad.

I pray that Congress and the President will solve these problems long before Veteran's Day...or we will have far fewer Veterans to thank come November.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 June 2014 10:49
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