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Commissioners' votes

By Jeff Lane
Posted Tuesday, February 22, 2005

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Paul Vixie (it's an internet thing) said once on a mailing list that in the realm of politics, perception IS reality... meaning that what people percieve of their elected leaders and politics in general is as true to them as the actual truth of any situation.

That being said, I was disappointed in Mike's vote. I was not there, so I really can not comment on the discussion, or whether or not Mr. Cross voiced real disdain or merely token disdain for appearances... what I can say however, is that a NO vote says something. If he truely believed that this was not something that was good for Chatham County, he should have voted NO regardless of whether or not it "was obvious the vote would be approval".

Its a matter of principle. Bad sign that on the first time out, Mike is fully into playing the politics game, instead of actually standing on the principles he espoused during the campaign. The problem with the Chatham BOE and BOC is that both are filled groups of yes-men and women who talk about how they are against that and against this, yet when it really matters, go along with the majority anyway just to avoid being seen as rocking the boat.

I don't dislike the man, and still believe in him, but let's all hope that this turnaround is not an indication that he will cave on other issues as well when push comes to shove. A no vote or even an abstinsion sends a message, even when the majority approves.

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