Troubled Waters, Bro...

Part 1 of “Troubled Waters, Broken Dam” appeared last December. It recapped the complicated issues attendant to the repair work required to restore Lower Johnson Lake. At the time, I fully expected to be writing “Part 2” early in 2013. But a variety of factors intervened, many of which were...

Divided We Stand, Pa...

On March 19, 2013 the citizens of Snellville’s were awarded a victory in the fight for transparent, honest, productive and democratic government. That may seem like a bit of hyperbole, considering that the victory was the denial of the mayor’s ability to unilaterally fire the City Attorney....

An Open Letter from ...

My fellow councilman , Bobby Howard, recently wrote the following open letter in response to the costly antics of the city’s current mayor. It sheds an interesting light on the current state of the City Council When I was elected as a member of the Snellville City Council, I made a...

Adventures in Contri...

(Part 1 of what’s sure to be a multi-part series.) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream of a nation in which people are not judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. For almost fifty years, countless people have tried to make that noble dream a reality....

When you hear the ph...

By Kenneth Stepp For those of you who didn’t get the memo, elections have consequences. The citizens of Snellville who voted for the current mayor, and those who didn’t bother to vote, are about to experience some of those consequences, to the tune of at least $13,000. That’s the amount...

An Alternative to Bl...

Justice is supposed to be blind. Unfortunately, all too often it is; the blindfold that is so essential in assuring objectivity and impartiality during a trial often blinds a judge to sentencing alternatives that will benefit defendants and society alike. Alternative courts, also called...