March 5, 2010 9:46:00 AM
Kinda has a nice ring to it, don''t ya think? After 20-plus years as a Lowndes County Supervisor, he deserves it! Why not vote for Mr. Brooks to be the new president of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors? Mr. Brooks should demand that he be voted in as the new president! If they don''t vote for him as Board president, then he should sue (then settle for a raise and a chunk of cash).
He says he doesn''t want to be the president, and I can clearly understand why. In all of these 20-plus years, he has been free to constantly agitate any of the board''s presidents when things don''t go his way. He has been able to be as disruptive as he''s been, because he could portray himself as "a hero to the poor folk of his district" and the county in general. He has never wanted to be the board president because then he would be held accountable for his childish antics. Does anyone see this differently?
Rick Love, Columbus
Country commented at 3/5/2010 1:27:00 PM:
I think you got sumpin air. Yeap, you hit da nail on dee haid.
14/88 commented at 3/6/2010 11:38:00 AM:
LMAO!!!! You have got to be kidding! Someone is on crack....
melody commented at 3/6/2010 6:55:00 PM:
I vote for joe brooks, leroy's cousin. Remember Joe? Sorta like Prez. Bush saying , "Miss me yet?" Joe wasn't a highly educated man but he was a gentleman, more than we can say about his cousin, huh?
MissyDear commented at 3/7/2010 12:05:00 AM:
The next editorial should read: Harry steps down and Leroy appointed/elected new leader. What Fiasco that would be. Then he would have no one to argue with. He would not have to use the "NO"
word. Then he would be able to control all the improvements in his district. ELECT LEROY and watch Columbus improvements in Western part of Lowndes county, while those in the other districts would not be approved. Hope the best man wins......
Bubba Gump commented at 3/7/2010 5:49:00 AM:
I think Leroy should get the Prez position. Think of all the uses for a copy of a video of Leroy, his tie clutched tightly in both hands, as he rolls around in the floor by himself. Why, there would be hours of him telling himself to mind his own districts business and let him deal with his own district business. And the very popular telling himself "you ain't gonna push me around".
We could add a life-like poster to it and sell the whole package to dumb Yankee tourist for $19.95 plus tax. We'll be rich I tell ya, rich!
Raider commented at 3/7/2010 9:30:00 AM:
Here we go again. It's Leroy's fault because Harry couldn't take it and quit. Before people complain about Leroy's behavior on the board, they should remember one thing. Leroy was elected to represent his district, not the other districts. The people of his district elected and re-elected him many times. They continue to elect him to represent them because the overwhelming majority of the people in his district must believe he is addressing the issues that they believe is important to them. Over the years, he has found that Harry and his team would run you over if you just sat there and played nice. He has found that his antics/tactics is the most effective manner to get the things he believe his district need and deserve. And, the bottom line is...that is his job.
I am very interested in seeing how Harry will react now, when he is told "no" and to sit down and color. I doubt he will be able to sit there and be quite. Based on his quitting, because he didn't have a solid 3-2 coalition, I would venture to say that he will leave the BOS within 2 years because he will not like the way he is being treated. It's clear to me that he thought he was the "President" of the county and not just the president of the BOS with defined and limited powers. He was happy as long as he controlled the outcome of every vote. He felt he had lost control of the board and was in the minority. Being in the minority is a little too tough for him to swallow and "when the going gets tough" the weak start quitting! In TWO YEARS he will be history.
rockey commented at 3/7/2010 9:31:00 PM:
Leroy only has 2 roads - Taylor Thurston and Motley. Why is that ?? I think Leroy is the most in tel e gent soupervisor there ever was. He could get rid of that old 30 million in 3 days! We would have the biggest car wash in the US of A . Chickin and Ribs would be flowing. Life would be good for 6 months and then we would be worst than Crawford. Bail out now and take your lost.
gogetum commented at 3/8/2010 1:40:00 PM:
Can anyone name one or two significant accomplishments old Leroy has done in the 25 plus years he has been in the trouble maker seat on the board? Why hasn't he ran for mayor or congress or the senate?
Is it because he would actually have to do some work? He doesn't even have to put out signs to stay in the supe position, could he be a little on the lazy side? No real vision? Just a trouble maker with no real desire to better himself?
TG commented at 3/9/2010 4:00:00 PM:
Leroy recieved his vote of confidence today.
Bubba Gump commented at 3/10/2010 9:16:00 AM:
Raider, you are confused or in denial. Brooks gets re-elected because his area is mostly black, and sadly, blacks would rather vote for a sorry black than no black at all. And that is the simple fact of how Leroy has managed to stay in office. It's not that he is a well-spoken statesman, not that he is super-efficient, and it isn't his charm. It is his race, and he knows it.
gogetum commented at 3/10/2010 11:02:00 AM:
Hey Raider, looks like your prediction on Mr. Sanders was a flop. What are you thinking now? I think Bubba's opinion on the longevity of Leroy in office is correct even tho Leroy insist it's the white voters who keep reelecting him, wink wink. Wonder why no one nominated Leroy for President?
Raider commented at 3/11/2010 5:54:00 PM:
If that applies to Leroy, then you must also believe the same for Sanders. He is re-elected in his district because he is white. That being said, if Leroy was being elected simply because the district is majority black, then another black person would simply run against him and win. The only problem with that is, the people in the district votes for Leroy because they believe he fights on behalf of thier interest.
I will stand by my 2 year prediction. Even though Holliman and Ferguson has basically given thier vote and thier districts to Harry, I believe they will eventually get tired of always having to vote his way to keep him happy and eventually they will strike out on thier own. He will get mad again and quit. Next time he won't be able to return. I can't believe he had the nerve to vote himself back into the job again. Next time he needs to be man and stand by his decision.
Bryan commented at 3/13/2010 1:51:00 AM:
Just exactly how are the people in Leroy's district better off now than it was 20 years ago?
lee j commented at 3/14/2010 8:48:00 AM:
I agree with raider. I see know different and the way people in sanders district vote neither. and rockey your sad.
Lana Rose commented at 3/15/2010 4:12:00 PM:
The city council should address this problem immediately. I had the distinguished opportunity of visiting your city cemetary recently with a friend(Friendship Cemetary), and wanted to voice my opinion on the sad state of condition, I understand to be for several years. Many honored Civil War, Mexican War, World War I, World Ward II, and several Vietnam Veterans that had graves in disrepair. I do not live in your fair city of Columbus, but would have expected such an old and large cemetary to be held in the greatest respects to those who had died, especially the veterans. To name a few of the problems I encountered on my walk thru, stone monuments with severe damage, large tree roots growing under & on the road thru the cemetary, many many trees in need of trimming, overgrown and forgotten for many years. I felt like I took a step back in time, and notice the few if any flower memorials on gravesites, which I realized was probably due to many of the deceased had no relatives to care for their long departed graves. Since this is city property, I cannot understand why your fair city does not clean up and spruce up what should be a monument to the City of Columbus'past. The city council should be ashamed that such disrepair was allowed. One of the first things I didn't understand, was how proud Columbus is of their pilgrimage time, why this would not be one of the stops with your new Double-Decker bus to travel by. Of course, as it is I would be embarrassed if I was a citizen of Columbus and had tourists travel by and show them the view of how you treat your respected former fellow citizens of Columbus'graves from time past. Just a thought, Columbus why do you not take care about such your city cemetary, with its glorious past for your future of Columbus.
resident commented at 3/18/2010 8:34:00 AM:
Lana, if you think that was something you should see the one on Hwy. 69 South. I haven't looked at it in a long time, but within the last few years it was abandoned and allowed to go wild. It is a fairly good size place, and the company who made their money on it has long since washed their hands of it.
I tried to get the Boy Scouts to take it on as a community project, but I don't know if they ever did or passed on it.
jwc1480 commented at 4/21/2010 12:50:00 AM:
So WHERE you been Rick? LeB has been DEMANDING to be made President the last five terms. Perhaps if he could show some dignity and stop with the demands his dream of conquest might come true. But hey, if DEMANDING that one be made president could get one made president, I'D DEMAND to be made president! But I just don't have the votes, and in our little democracy, Rick, votes are what it takes to be elevated to positions of power! Not DEMANDS, VOTES!
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