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ShadowMan

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Posted - 10/05/2006 :  8:51:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit ShadowMan's Homepage  Reply with Quote
There's a candidate that I think really stands out in the upcoming school board election, and that's Janet Hartman.

She goes to our church and for a long time I pretty much only knew her by sight, the way you recognize folks in church because you're all there week after week but haven't really gotten to know them. But lately, I've been interacting with and finding out a bit more about her.

Behind that vibrant smile is a smart, driven lady. It takes that to have become the assistant VP of a bank, managing the daily operations of a nearly half-billion dollar retail division. Interestingly, she attributed a lot of her success at work to her farm upbringing in Iowa. Luckily for us (and sadly for that bank), her path has led her from Sioux City, Iowa to Blairsville, Georgia.

It's an exceptional opportunity when a person with that kind of knowledge and experience shifts gears and ends up in the mountains here with us. She's got two daughters in the school system here, was a past PTO president for Union County Schools, and is involved already to the extent she can be with our schools. Now she has the desire to do more.

I don't step up and support many candidates. Actually, this is only the second one. But I have no doubt that Ms. Hartman will be a hugely positive influence on the school board. I'm telling everyone I know - vote for Janet Hartman.

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tright

USA
32 Posts

Posted - 10/05/2006 :  9:56:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
For those of you who would like a little more information on Janet Hartman, please see her web site at www.janethartman2006.com. I also believe Janet is a well qualified individual to serve on the Union County School Board. This is based upon her past and present service within our community.

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mad4martinis

USA
13730 Posts

Posted - 10/05/2006 :  11:43:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Anyone who needs a Janet Hartman sign, let me know! I've got some and also some flyers.
She's also a true person with a great heart. She's did the 3-day walk last year with our team & will go again on October 20th for the 2nd time!
She's always at the schools and is now a mentor. That girl is an energizer bunny!!!

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shucks


2145 Posts

Posted - 10/06/2006 :  3:08:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think Janet Hartman is the best candidate. Her experience will be an asset to the board. Besides I think it is time for a change and she will make an excellent board member. She has our families votes.

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spam4einstein


839 Posts

Posted - 10/06/2006 :  4:16:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yep! Janet Hartman is great person who does A-LOT for our town. We are lucky to have such a bright and giving person to vote for.

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Magdelena


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Posted - 10/12/2006 :  1:22:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It would be nice if there were a public forum for the school board candidates to both speak and answer questions. Has this been done in the past?

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mad4martinis

USA
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Posted - 10/12/2006 :  3:50:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think a debate would be awesome! I don't feel this is the right place for it, but maybe the school gym??


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Magdelena


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Posted - 10/12/2006 :  5:21:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Cherokee County, NC had a forum this week at the courthouse sponsored by the local newspaper. The key is to have a reputable sponsor that invites the candidates and hosts the event. I don't think this will happen but it would be great for the community. The North Georgia News sends out questions to each candidate and posts their responses, but this method gives them time to research and discuss with their campaigns. This really does not tell you anything about the merit of the candidate.

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mad4martinis

USA
13730 Posts

Posted - 10/30/2006 :  4:55:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Remember to go vote Nov. 7th!!! Our children need Janet on the board!

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unionnews


113 Posts

Posted - 11/06/2006 :  3:40:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As you head to the polls tommorrow, you will have the opportunity to help choose a new school board representative. This is a crucial race, as it affects the lives of America's future. In these troublesome times, we need leaders who are qualified and who will stand up and put the best interest of the students first.
And that is why I suggest that you cast your vote for Janet Hartman tommorrow.


Thanks,
-Justin Melick

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diane dyer

USA
284 Posts

Posted - 11/06/2006 :  4:43:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:

As you head to the polls tommorrow, you will have the opportunity to help choose a new school board representative. This is a crucial race, as it affects the lives of America's future. In these troublesome times, we need leaders who are qualified and who will stand up and put the best interest of the students first.
And that is why I suggest that you cast your vote for Janet Hartman tommorrow.


Thanks,
-Justin Melick



Thanks JM, I had prior to this blog made my decision. This (bville.com topics) is turning into what I despise-like the phone calls, and the numerous mailings that we recieve each day in the USPS that go directly into the trash. I won't allow day before election pushing to make my decision for me, and all those voting should not either. The good bad and ugly should have made your decision long before now.

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ShadowMan

USA
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Posted - 11/06/2006 :  6:28:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit ShadowMan's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I disagree, DD. The mailings and calls you get in the mail and on the phone are blind, with little sense of reasoned purpose and a lack of targeting except for zip code or phone exchange.

A message of support here, by members who've established an online presence and personality, is a show of support that's personal and influencing. If a particular person has demonstrated other similar lines of thought on other subjects, it may be enough impetus to encourage the undecided to dig a tad deeper into the backgrounds and positions of perhaps less familiar candidates.

In the same manner that friends share choices of books or which movies particularly moved them, it's natural that they'd share an opinion on something as important as a political candidate - especially in a local race where interaction with the candidates themselves is able to be experienced.

And just like the folks who finish Christmas shopping at 9:00pm on Christmas Eve night, many delay deciding which candidates they'll select on voting day until the day before or even right before they drive up to the poll.


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mad4martinis

USA
13730 Posts

Posted - 11/06/2006 :  6:58:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Amen to that Shadow! I agree totally with you too. I know I'm influenced by a person's experience and dedication along with my respect for those who know a candidate. If Shadow had something to say about someone running, I'd probably be easily influenced by his thoughts out of respect for him. (as long as as nothing to do with bushes!LOL)

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diane dyer

USA
284 Posts

Posted - 11/06/2006 :  7:04:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:

I disagree, DD. The mailings and calls you get in the mail and on the phone are blind, with little sense of reasoned purpose and a lack of targeting except for zip code or phone exchange.

A message of support here, by members who've established an online presence and personality, is a show of support that's personal and influencing. If a particular person has demonstrated other similar lines of thought on other subjects, it may be enough impetus to encourage the undecided to dig a tad deeper into the backgrounds and positions of perhaps less familiar candidates.

In the same manner that friends share choices of books or which movies particularly moved them, it's natural that they'd share an opinion on something as important as a political candidate - especially in a local race where interaction with the candidates themselves is able to be experienced.

And just like the folks who finish Christmas shopping at 9:00pm on Christmas Eve night, many delay deciding which candidates they'll select on voting day until the day before or even right before they drive up to the poll.


Shadow

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SM I disagree with you...to a point. I agree with the people like Maddy and Shucks who state their liking for this PERSON, not as a politcal candidate, but as a good person. What I despise is the throwing in the face right up front that she is a christian-this should be left out of politics 200%. Keep Religion and Politics totally separate!!!!!
Also that someone from a newspaper is pushing their beliefs on who we should vote for on a this public forum, leave that to the newspapers they write for.

JUST MY THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS MRS. DIANE DYER

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mad4martinis

USA
13730 Posts

Posted - 11/06/2006 :  7:19:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've read through & maybe I missed it, but Diane, who is throwing it up that someone is religous? Maybe a mailer you got? Justin has a voice just like anyone else, not just for the paper.
I'm voting for someone based on their experience too, not just because I like them. (even though I do!)

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diane dyer

USA
284 Posts

Posted - 11/06/2006 :  7:36:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In Shadow's first entry, first line "She goes to our church and for a long time I pretty much only knew her by sight, the way you recognize folks in church because you're all there week after week..."
It all just sounds like too me, though I would be the first to admit I were wrong if i were, that this sounds like a last ditch free of charge effort by the Hartman team.
I am not saying one way or the other if I am voting for Jan. I know she is a wonderful woman. It is only the way that this topic was thrown into the forum tonight, not last week for people to be able to form opinions due to knowledge learned within that time period other than 12 hours-People are more impressionable when they haven't made a decision, that is why I feel this last ditch advertisement was created.

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GrayEagle

USA
9966 Posts

Posted - 11/06/2006 :  7:50:29 PM  Show Profile  Visit GrayEagle's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Gee, and I thought the first post date stamp was October 5 2006 (10/5/06) and not November 5, 2006 (11/5/06). Hummmmmm

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mad4martinis

USA
13730 Posts

Posted - 11/06/2006 :  7:58:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I know Gray. It's not a last ditch effort at all. It's election day tomorrow. We did the same thing last year & the year before!
I personally don't think she needs a last ditch effort. Just because someone says they go to your church or someone elses, doesn't say one way or the other. So what anyway? I think that shows good morals and character.

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diane dyer

USA
284 Posts

Posted - 11/06/2006 :  8:02:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I totally apologize for all my entries above. I missed the date of October 5th, it was a blunder on my part.

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honeybear cubs

USA
1436 Posts

Posted - 11/06/2006 :  8:04:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I remember reading this one month ago, not 24 hours ago. And, it honestly jumpstarted me on researching the candidates, here in Blairsville. This is a new town to me, and I wanted to be informed,and truly appreciate hearing the opinions of those who have been here for a long time, and who have children in the school systems, who are keeping their best interests in consideration. I have heard so many positive things, about Janet, for more than a month now. WE know some of the people who have posted on here, and therefore respect their opinions, but we also respect their opinions because we know that regardless of their own opinions, and beliefs, they respects OURS! IF they were someone who just came on, say yesterday, I can completely understand your point of view on this, but they are not...so I don't understand why the attack on them stating their opinion!?! I am sure if the other candidate(s) came on and wanted to give a "boost" to their campaign by stating postitives and NOT attacking the other side, then they also would be welcome!!!! Also, we are OUR OWN PERSONS and we HAVE OUR OWN MINDS...if we DID let someone else's postings influence our decision, then that is our issue to deal with, isn't it?!?! I know if I was campaigning, I would want to address every open avenue I could, also, in a positive light! There was not any slandering, or attacking, of the opposite runners on this, just positive thoughts on one very influential one, that's all!

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ShadowMan

USA
4158 Posts

Posted - 11/06/2006 :  8:05:29 PM  Show Profile  Visit ShadowMan's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I didn't have any agenda when I wrote it other than to offer support. I wasn't paid for that support and I wasn't asked for that support. I wrote what I felt. We shouldn't look for meaning between the lines when there is none.

I had already typed this response before your last entry was visible to me, DD. I do appreciate you making the acknowledgement.

Shadow

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diane dyer

USA
284 Posts

Posted - 11/06/2006 :  8:23:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:

I totally apologize for all my entries above. I missed the date of October 5th, it was a blunder on my part.



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MiddleAgeCrazy

USA
1435 Posts

Posted - 11/07/2006 :  06:27:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You know Diane I agree with what you were saying, and guys this is generic no particular candidate here. Lots of candidates will say "I was borned and raised here" I've never looked at that as a qualification, I want to know what actually qualifies you to hold the position. I don't give a flip who your married too, or where you go to church.........I want to hear what qualifies you to run for that office. Most offices have little or no qualifications as a requirement to be a candidate, usually just a residency and age requirement and your good to go. Oh, there is the fee to run for the office too.
These comments are not region specific, these are observations from all over the state of Georgia pertaining to candidates.

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unionnews


113 Posts

Posted - 11/07/2006 :  2:31:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Diane,
I'm sorry that you felt harrarssed by my post. I am certainly not a paid political hack. I know Janet, and she asked me to help get the word out. I am also sorry that you feel that because I work for a newspaper, my opinions are invalid. When doing their job, journalists should be objective, and when reporting on a political race, their personal views should remain completely unknown. But journalists have private lives as well. Often the media just critizes those in power, pointing out the negative and never the positive. I think its good for members of the media to support candidates and leaders who they think are doing a good job, on their own time. But that's just my opinion, which probably counts for very little. If the people don't want me to share it, I can keep it to myself in the future. Just let me know.

Thanks,

-Justin

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honeybear cubs

USA
1436 Posts

Posted - 11/07/2006 :  2:49:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Justin,
I know, I, for one, do appreciate your views, as well as everyone else's. I, personally, appreciate those views when they are expressed maturely and NOT in a way that hurts others. And, you did that. To support someone you feel is a good candidate, is respectable enough for me. If it were me, though, I would might want to make my Identification Name one that does NOT tie me to my job, especially if I am a journalist. If you want to express your personal views, without compromising your journalistic objectiveness, as you stated, then maybe you should keep the newspaper out of it, and just express it as a personal point of view (by NOT mentioning the paper OR having your screen name as such). That is just a suggestion, but I think that it would support your last comment more.

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paprclip22mom

USA
8177 Posts

Posted - 11/07/2006 :  3:39:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Justin you have always been welcome here. You opinion is welcome too. Keep on posting.

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