Morning Reads for Wednesday, January 11, 2012 the “Conduct Unbecoming” edition

Photo by Porsche.

The Augusta Chronicle addresses a functionality issue on the City Council, who are unable to agree on a Code of Conduct for elected officials.

At some point, you would think voters would wonder exactly what kind of fruit this confrontational, combative approach is bearing. It sure seems bitter and the calories empty.

That retreat can’t come soon enough if commissioners do it right – by going in with open hearts and minds and leaving old prejudices and grudges behind. It can be done – and should be, for the sakes of everyone in this community.

But if they can’t even agree on a simple code of conduct? Where can you go from there?

Sound familiar, anyone? See, also, Snellville, where everybody hates somebody.

The Georgia Board of Regents has approved a plan for consolidating campuses.

State Rep. Martin Scott has announced he will not seek reelection.

A millage rate cap added to the City of Brookhaven prospective charter will mean property tax relief for homeowners. A new group called BrookhavenYES will advocate for passage of the city incorporation later this year.

Chat Whitefield and David Doss, who are running for Senate District 52, spoke to the Rome Tea Party and agree on strengthening ethics oversight.

Carroll County voters outside Villa Rica appear to have little interest in Sunday sales of alcohol.

Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee, seeking reelection this year, defended a property tax hike in his State of the County address.

The Savannah Morning News opines that Georgia should drop the sales tax on energy used in manufacturing.

The Rome News-Tribune discusses increasing ethics oversight and the principle of fishing or cutting bait.

SkyNet’s Georgia prescription tracking database is closer to self-awareness going online.

Atlanta is less gay than last year.

Girl scout cookies are for sale. Get ’em while you can and check out the new “Savannah Smiles” named after the city in which the Girl Scouts were founded. I’ll happily review the new cookie line here on Peach Pundit if anyone can get me a review box.

Porsche Cars North America, based in Sandy Springs, has debuted the new 911 Carrera Cabriolet at the Detroit Auto Show. Look for it at the Atlanta Auto Show in March.

Fujifilm has introduced a new X-Pro1 camera and series of lenses. They’re awesome. Fuji also announced a special limited edition all-black version of the awesome X100.

13 comments

  1. Engineer says:

    Regarding the Porshe picture, this looks shopped, I can tell from some of the pixels and from seeing quite a few shops in my time.

    In regards to the “gayest cities”, I was surprised San Francisco wasn’t in the top 10 (SF came in at 18th on their list).

  2. bowersville says:

    All that stuff said by Chat Whitfield & David Doss is nice and all but which one’s a Hatfield and which one’s a McCoy? And how many Matewan massacres are on the schedule for July?

  3. CobbGOPer says:

    Tim Lee is a hilarious tap-dancer. I’m sure he knows, but Bill Byrne is already campaigning against him again for Chairman, got an e-mail from him the other day. Byrne’s #1 priority as listed in the e-mail? Rolling back Tim Lee’s property tax increase.

    • LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

      Well Byrne has my vote. I couldn’t believe the County Commission voted to raise the tax; I guess the county isn’t as conservative as I thought. At least my commissioner, Bob Ott, voted against it.

  4. drjay says:

    from what i recall of my time living in augusta, it has one of the most dysfunctional municipal gov’ts in all of ga–it is also one of the most crippled by issues of race, or at least it was a decade ago…

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