Friday, December 16, 2005



To all of the recall supporters ...
I am saddened by the judge's decision to sign the Proposed Order prepared by Andrew Whalen, Ellis' attorney. I felt like our attorney, Richard Thornton, did an excellent job in court arguing our case, presenting evidence, and bringing to light the misdeeds of Macon's mayor. What I hope for is a speedy investigation and indictsments against Ellis and his conspirators, so that he will stand trial for his misdeeds without the Recall Act of 1989 being in his favor. We all have felt he is guilty, and those of us who have seen the evidence KNOW he is guilty.
Because the Recall Act of 1989, which is one of the toughest recall laws in the U.S., doesn't easily provide for the removal of an elected official, I suggest someone with integrity, intelligence, and a mind for business step up to the plate. It will be tough when you take over. You won't be left with a $25 million surplus as was Ellis. In fact, you'll be dealing with routine bad news from the Finance Department. Just remember to be humble, listen to the citizens, work with and meet regularly with Council, and surround yourself with a well-qualified staff.
Thanks to all who have supported this effort. You can be proud of yourself for the effort and know that you didn't rest when something could be done. If I've learned anything from this it is that one person CAN make a difference. It reminds me of a song written by Barry Manilow, called
"One Voice."
Just one voice singing in the darkness
All it takes is one voice
Singing so they hear what's on your mind
And when you look around you'll find
There's more than one voice singing in the darkness
Joining with that one voice
Each and every note another octave
Hands are joined and fears unlocked
If only one voice would start it on it's own
We need just one voice facing the unknown
And then that one voice would never be alone
It takes that one voiceBa ba ba da da da da...
It takes that one voice
Just one voice singing in the darkness
All it takes is one voice
Shout it out and let it ring
Just one voiceIt takes that one voice
And every one will sing
I wish you all well.
My sincerest thanks,
Heather McCroan

1 comment:

KAT said...

How about "The Grand Tour" by George Jones instead for a theme song. This is what it boils down to for Macon's future.

The recall law is meant for the politicians and came about largely from a thwarted recall effort in Jones County in the Eighties. Apparently the establishment in the General Assembly disliked John Q. Public tossing out politicians.

The process should not be abused a la the Jones County situation but to make it a convoluted process of appeals is an overreaction.

Should any assembly member from Macon (I would say anyone but Drunken David or Allen Freeman, let along David Lucas or Robert "Kool Aid" Brown) be willing to lend us their ears I would say revise the recall statute.

I don't think a lenient recall law would have resulted in Mayor Ellis being removed, given the lazy-bottoms in Macon.

I mentioned in my blog that someone in the Telegraph felt the city government should annex more of unincorporated Bibb. These words came to mind; Over My Dead Body.

I am open to consolidation or having all but East Bibb (a sliver of swampland) become a city of its own a la Sandy Springs.

FYI; who's gonna fill muckraker Jack Anderson's shoes? He was the digginest dog of reporters prior to blogs and cable news- and even they couldn't touch him!