Dr. Mark P. George wants a conversation @ VCC 7 April 2011

The mayor prefaced a comment that he’s read (apparently in this blog) that he’s been criticized for not paying attention while people are speaking. He clarified that he’s often taking notes. Then Dr. Mark P. George spoke, wondering when people would get answers to their more substantive questions.
I have an attorney. These folks have an attorney. He’s sitting right there.
Indicating the city attorney.

Here’s Part 1 of 3:


Dr. Mark P. George @ VCC 7 April 2011 Part 1 of 3:
Regular monthly meeting of the Valdosta City Council (VCC),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 7 April 2011,
Videos by Gretchen Quarterman for LAKE, the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange.

Dr. George amplified the not paying attention comments by adding in body language, and saying he did appreciate taking notes. He asked if the meeting is recorded. Mayor Fretti answered yes.

Dr. George remarked:

It seems to me you are now cloaking the lack of response in legalities.

Legality does not equal morality.

Council Sonny Vickers remarked that he already told everyone he is for the biomass plant.

Dr. George recommended conversation, following up on new information.

The mayor asked Dr. George to wrap up. Dr. George responded:

There really is no end.

Here’s Part 2 of 3:


Dr. Mark P. George @ VCC 7 April 2011 Part 2 of 3:
Regular monthly meeting of the Valdosta City Council (VCC),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 7 April 2011,
Videos by Gretchen Quarterman for LAKE, the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange.

More back and forth between Dr. George and the mayor about how or whether or when he or somebody might answer questions, followed by interchange between Dr. George and the audience.

Here’s Part 3 of 3:


Dr. Mark P. George @ VCC 7 April 2011 Part 3 of 3:
Regular monthly meeting of the Valdosta City Council (VCC),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 7 April 2011,
Videos by Gretchen Quarterman for LAKE, the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange.

-jsq

1 thought on “Dr. Mark P. George wants a conversation @ VCC 7 April 2011

  1. Leigh Touchton

    It’s really unfortunate when City Councilmen like Vickers and Wright don’t care that:
    1. The black infant mortality rate in Valdosta is twice as high for black babies as for white babies
    2. The asthma rate nationally for African-Americans is 3 times higher than for white Americans
    3. The death to asthma rate nationally for African-Americans is 5 times higher than for white Americans.
    4. 75% of the biomass incinerators in Georgia have been proposed for black communities, and the rest for poor white communities.
    When politicians vote for the interests of rich Atlanta investors to put a polluting industry in an area that’s already been designated an Environmental Justice community by the EPA, then those officials need to go. They ought to be ashamed, their constituents did not elect them to represent rich corporate investors from Atlanta.
    What “Environmental Justice Community” means is that the Southside community is already burdened with more than its fair share of pollution. I don’t think it’s any mystery as to why the black infant mortality rate in Valdosta is twice as high as the white infant mortality rate.

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