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A scathing editorial by the Clayton News-Daily editor Jim Zachary rightly points out asking Ms. Singleton should be censured?  Since this was sent from her county email, is it the position of Clayton County Government?

Reprint below:  http://www.news-daily.com/news/2012/sep/26/editorial-citizens-attacked-inflammatory-speech/?opinion

EDITORIAL: Citizens attacked with inflammatory speech

County Commissioner Sonna Singleton now has gone way too far.

Her recent behavior and pattern of attacking Clayton County citizens has been troubling at best, but now her words have risen to an entirely different level.

Fellow commissioners and county officials would be best advised to not only distance themselves from Singleton, but once again we suggest they should consider a public censure.

It is one thing for her to disagree with citizens. It is quite another for her to refer to those she disagrees with as “the modern-day Klan.”

As if there is any doubt to whom Commissioner Singleton is referring, in an e-mail to the Clayton News Daily she referred to “the Tea Party people who continually perform at board meetings,” as “the modern-day Klan.”

These are her words in an e-mail to the newspaper following last week’s meeting of the Clayton County Commission.

Once again, the disturbing attack on Clayton County citizens was sent from her official county e-mail account: sonna.singleton@claytoncountyga.gov.

Is this the position of county government?

Does this inflammatory statement reflect the views of fellow commissioners, the commission chair or county office staff?

Is this language which county officials endorse regarding the county’s own citizenry?

At the meeting referenced by Singleton, a handful of county citizens followed established protocols to address the commission during the public comments portion of the meeting.

Nothing in their speech was inflammatory.

Nothing in their speech was of a personal nature.

We are not saying we agree or disagree with their political ideology.

That is not the point.

Their conservative views may not represent the views or values of the majority of Clayton County residents.

Again, that is not the point.

The point is, they are citizens.

They are taxpayers.

They followed established procedures to address the commission.

They spoke against the alleged misuse of taxpayer dollars.

There is a total disconnect between Singleton’s comments and what transpired.

Again, we are in no way defending the positions, views or political ideology of these citizens.

Their views are their own.

Maybe some of their presentations are a bit too dramatic.

Perhaps they could express themselves in a way that is a bit more business-like.

However, regardless of whether a county official agrees or disagrees with what they had to say, these citizens had every right to address the commission and to express their concerns.

In fact, that is the intention of the public comments portion of a meeting.
What do officials expect to happen during public comments?

Do they expect citizens to only show up at meetings and to comment on how great a job they are doing?

Do they expect citizens to show up at meetings just to tell them they are good stewards of taxpayer dollars and reassure them with a positive job performance evaluation?

Do they expect citizens to agree with every action they take, every decision they make and every dollar they spend?

Does Singleton intend for the regular meetings of the Clayton County Commission to be a true public meeting or simply a public relations campaign for county government?

Does she think these reckless comments will help bring citizens together and build consensus?

This is not the first go-around for her. Actually this is the second time this month she has sent a rash e-mail attacking citizens.

She sent a message Sept. 12 saying that citizens who dare to question county government are a “group of disgruntled citizens who are mad because they cannot afford to move out of the county.”

Following those comments we called on her fellow commissioners to speak up and let citizens know her views do not reflect their views. We even suggested that she be reined in, if not censured, for using her official government e-mail account for these attacks.

To their discredit, her fellow commissioners and the commission chairman sat in last week’s meeting and did not say a word about it.

What will they do now?

Commissioners, do you truly consider these citizens the “modern day Klan?”

The wording of Singleton’s e-mail signature is ironic: "Working to make Clayton County a better place to live, work and raise our children."

This kind of rhetoric is hardly a way to live up to that mission.

-Editor Jim Zachary

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Re: Singleton calls BOC attendee's "Modern Day Klan"; sent from county email;
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2012, 04:12:03 PM »
Singleton is nothing but trash. Victor Hills trash! A parasite looking to feed off the taxpayers.

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Re: Singleton calls BOC attendee's "Modern Day Klan"; sent from county email;
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2012, 06:18:59 PM »
There aren't enough words to express my disgust with Singleton.  The county is an embarrassment and her district is a toilet.


She's be happy with more bad schools, more croked officials, more crime, lower property values, more thugs, more title pawns, more trashy crime ridden apartments and NO ACCOUNTABILITY.

I have no idea how she manages to win, but if ur the leader of a bunch of uneducated, low class electorate....then the apple doesnt fall far from the tree.

I'm BLACK and i am disgusted at her attempt to make this a racial issue when its a group of concerned citizen who are sick and tired of their homes losing values and their county being the laughing stock of metro Atlanta.

I'd like to ask Singleton how she would convince someone from another state or county who planned on moving to come to Clayton County...or even better...move to her district.

WHAT COMPELLING PERSUASIVE ARGUMENT CAN SHE MAKE ?     That should tell you what a dump you represent.

Some people want better for themself and their family and dont buy into fish fries and prayer vigils being a sign of great area to live.  Ms.Singleton is terribly misguided and needs to look at her own district......but she wont, because she lives of the impoverishment of others.

These people are not the Klan...but your county may become the modern day DETROIT if you let it...crime, filth, hardtimes and STRUGGLE.

Get a clue u asshat !

Re: Singleton calls BOC attendee's "Modern Day Klan"; sent from county email;
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2012, 05:27:58 PM »
AMEN!  I live in Singleton's district and it is time for her to be replaced.  Not only is she a race-baiter, but she voted to triple the millage rate.  She believes that the people exist to serve government which can do no wrong.  High taxes and non-sense is a combination we have too much of in this county. 
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

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Re: Singleton calls BOC attendee's "Modern Day Klan"; sent from county email;
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2012, 05:11:29 PM »
Yes - how did she win a couple of years ago?
Highly suspected she had an "inside" advantage.
Albright (elections office) got a raise after her "victory".

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Re: Singleton calls BOC attendee's "Modern Day Klan"; sent from county email;
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2012, 06:05:32 PM »
Wasn't there some question a few years back about her "Volenteers" helping shut ins and handicap "voters" register and vote by registering them in their homes. Then coming back with the absentee ballots to "help" ( read vote the ballot for them)? What ever happened to that inquiry?

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Re: Singleton calls BOC attendee's "Modern Day Klan"; sent from county email;
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2012, 09:34:42 PM »
She disgusts me, and is inflamitory towards the county.  This was uncalled for and I do not think anyone is going to take any more of this behavior....