From the Editor...
by Patti Smith
(03.04.14) Over the last few months I have learned more about the power structure and the players in Paulding than I ever wanted to know. So much of it is ugly...the kind of stuff I would expect to see if I were living under the thumb of some authoritarian regime that enjoys playing with the lives of the citizenry like a vindictive cat might play with a mouse it intends to devour.
I've lived in several different municipalities in my lifetime and I have never seen a governing body actively oppress those who do not agree with them...until now.
If a citizen stands up for their rights in Paulding County, they cannot expect that they will automatically receive a fair and speedy hearing of their greivances. They can expect, well-connected lawyers say, to lose their home if they fight a county government that has done them wrong, "unless they have half a million dollars in the bank" to pay their lawyers. And even those who simply criticize the government openly, can expect that their boss may receive a personal visit from an elected official to request a little help in silencing a lowly working man who is an unwelcome critic.
Many in this conservative enclave hate this type of governing offered to them by a completely Republican local government. Yet, on the national level they LOVE Republican Leadership and HATE anything Democrat. Some actually blame corrupt local leadership on Democrats.
I often hear talk of the "evil liberals' that are destroying America. Where in the "19th Most Conservative County in the USofA" are they hiding, I keep wondering. And how are these "dangerous liberals" making Paulding County's ALL Republican leadership and their eager business collaborators govern in such a depraved and venal manner? Leaning toward corruption seems to be an easy option in the shadowy world of Georgia Law, where you can find loopholes big enough to drive a crooked truck through.
In my opinion, if Americans don't learn to work together to protect ourselves from Greedy Bastards (also a book worth reading by Dylan Ratigan), we will falter as a nation, I believe. On Main Street, the middle class is back on its heels and it don't look good for the average guy & gal. On Wall Street, it is hot and cold running money, money, money with little to no tax burden as a percentage of income. It is the Gilded Age 2.0 running wild. If we don't learn to stop fighting amongst ourselves and start working together to defeat the Greedy Bastards, America will become the land of the very, very rich and their servants. And I am 99% sure you will not be in the richest 1%.
So, what has this got to do with the Paulding County Airport?
The short three-and-a-half minute video below is a commentary, that I am compelled to offer for your edification, on how the wealthy are gaming the political system in America, and here in Georgia. Though it comes from a national point of view, I believe it is worth watching because this young progressive woman's words about greed and corruption, and the accompanying sucking sound of wealth away from the average guy & gal, rings true in national government and what I see happening here, in Paulding County. Please take a moment and hear her words.
My dream is that cats & dogs (aka conservatives & progressives) can learn to work together to save our country and our county from Greedy Bastards.
Patti Smith Speaks to Airport Authority
(02.24.14) Last week the webmaster and editor of this website spoke to the Paulding County Airport Authority (AA) and some have called it overdramatic performance art. Others have said it was LOL funny. I call it four years of pent up frustation with the most corrupt local government I have ever seen. I haven’t seen the video of my speech myself yet because I just haven’t been ready to see my grandmother show up to give my speech again. But if you would like to see it, here are the links to all government meetings from February 19th.
On a personal note: For friends of Patti (FOP) that wish to see me speak truth to power, I have been told my speech is at the beginning of item #2 - Part B of the AA meeting, below.
Airport Authority & IBA Meeting Video from Feb 19, 2014
- Paulding County Airport Authority Meeting Party A 02-19-2014 -
- Paulding County Airport Authority Meeting Part B 02-19-2014 -
- Paulding County Industrial Building Authority Meeting Part A 02-19-2014 -
- Paulding County Industrial Buidling Authority Meeting Part B 02-19-2014 -
Citizens Speak Truth to Power in Paulding
(02.15.14) At yesterday's airport & commission meetings there were minor fireworks and a few dissenting voices were heard from the people of Paulding. Please educate yourself on what your government is doing so you can be an informed voter.
For best continuity in understanding your government in action, watch these YouTube videos of the February 14th meetings of the Paulding Airport Authority and Board of Commissioners that are listed below in order from the top down. Some have described these meetings as “like nothing they had ever seen before at a commission meeting”. Make some popcorn & enjoy!
And thanks to all those average citizens who work so hard to take these videos and edit them and get them ready for you to see on YouTube. They make it possible for their fellow citizens to know what our government is doing to US.
Post Traumatic Stress at the Airport...or PTSD@PUJ
(1.24.14) Airport Manager Blake Swafford (BS) says that he has no control over the air traffic at the airport. According to the Airport Overlay District (see below), he has total control of what happens at that airport and the surrounding area. Yet, he continues to say that he cannot stop the Blackhawk helicopters from flying over our homes for hours at a time making the windows rattle and the floor shake, thereby causing our stress hormones to sore out of control as our health and well-being suffers.
Neighbors report increased migraines, depression and many more health problems, thanks to the Blackhawk helicopters that have been circling our homes daily this week, for hours on end, day and night, until yesterday.
Wednesday, one neighbor called the airport to complain about constant circling of Blackhawks, worse this week than ever before. She was asked by the airport representative who answered her call, what did she expect. "You live near an airport," he added abusively. Thank the Good Lord, another neighbor found a phone number for the community affairs office for the military, where citizens can file noise complaints against the Blackhawk helicopters. When four neighbors called to complain, those helicopters were ordered away from Paulding Airport.
Another neighbor who has lived near four general aviation airports, says that this airport is by far the most unfriendly and damaging to the surrounding community that she has ever seen. Apparently, other airports treat their neighbors with respect. That is NOT the case here in Paulding.
Some neighbors actually suspect that the constantly circling Blackhawks were invited by airport and county officials to get even with US for standing up to their unbalanced plans that are destroying our lives and making us sick. Political retribution at its worst, perhaps, making Chris Christie's Bridgegate in New Jersey look almost sweet in comparison.
Paulding Airport Overlay
Most all zoning changes require public hearings, however, the Airport Overlay did not. The following is excerpted from Paulding County Zoning Laws, Sec. U. PAULDING COUNTY AIRPORT OVERLAY DISTRICT:
General Use Restrictions: No use shall be made of any land in the Accident Potential Area (area at the ends of the runway) that would:
- create or cause interference with the operations of radio or electronic facilities at the airport or with radio or electronic communications between airport and aircraft. NO PRIVATE RADIO BROADCASTS.
- make it difficult for pilots to distinguish between airport lights and other lights. AFFECTS LIGHTING OPTIONS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY.
- result in glare in the eyes of pilots using the airports.
- impair visibility in the vicinity of the airport.
- endanger the landing, taking off, or maneuvering of aircraft.
- create a bird attractant that, in the opinion of the airport, could interfere with aircraft operations. DUMP THOSE BIRD HOUSES!
The following restrictions also apply:
- Prior to development or issuance of a building permit in any of the airspace and/or Accident Potential Areas defined herein, the awarding of an aviation easement by the property owner(s) to the appropriate airport(s) shall be required and recorded with the Paulding County Clerk of Court's Office. THEY FORCE YOU TO GIVE THEM THE AIR RIGHTS TO YOUR PROPERTY WHICH LOWERS THE VALUE EVEN MORE.
- In all cases, the filing of an FAA Form 7460-1 with the FAA Southeast Region may also be required by the airport(s), based on the overall height, location, and/or nature of the proposed construction as directed by CFR Part 77.13. WHAT YOU CAN BUILD ON YOUR PROPERTY IS SEVERELY LIMITED AT THE ENDS OF THE RUNWAY.
Read the Airport Overlay Zoning rules for yourself.
The Heartbreaking Reality of the Lives of the Collateral Damage at the ends of the runway...
(1.16.14) At yesterday's Airport Authority (AA) and Industrial Building Authority (IBA) meetings, the people most damaged by PUJ tried to speak to the people who control their lives and their futures. But even though the members of the AA were asked nicely, multiple times, and then not so nicely once as they were adjourning, the head of the AA Calvin Thompson said "NO!" No questions, no comments, no speeches, just NO!
This is the typical response that the Paulding County Ruling Elite (BofC, AA, IBA) offer to citizens who try to have their voices heard. It was finally decided that the AA would leave their front man, Airport Director Blake Swafford, behind after all meetings were complete to deal with the unhappy citizenry. The UNelected Board Members didn't appear to care about the concerns of their citizens.
It has been our experience in the years since first learning of the Airport Authority that they don't like to answer questions in public with witnesses. And, when engaged in a one-on-one conversation with them, which is the only kind they seem to like to have, they always stress that they are "following the letter of the law". Many believe, however, that IF they are indeed following the letter of the law, they are most assuredly urinating on the spirit of it. Can a governmental action be "NOT ILLEGAL" yet still be immoral? We here at PaudlingAirport.US, believe that the answer is YES!
MORE TO COME on that later...
For now, please take a moment to watch the video below from AJC that is an impassioned plea coming from one young mother who was living the life she had always dreamed of in God's Country of West Paulding with her handsome husband and her beautiful children. It was her dream come true, until a bunch of greedy guys with airplanes figured out how to weasle past the citizen involvement / knowledge requirement to build an airport in her backyard, that they always promised would NEVER have "anything bigger than an SUV with wings going in or out of it". Now they promise she will soon have 737's whizzing over her head every day.
Editor's Notes: The only good news about 737's is that they might drive out the military helicopters. Odd thing about those helicopters that Blake Swafford (BS) swears he has no control over...They mysteriously quit circling endlessly over our homes, making the floor shake and the windows rattle, for several weeks just before the Air Show last October. But when the people voiced their protests after news of Silver Comet commercial airport came out, suddenly the circling-for-hours-at-a-time Blackhawk helicopters came back with a vengence. Almost as if they were punishing US for standing up to our government's unwise plans for our lives. I thought punishing citizen for fun and/or profit only happened in New Jersey! Do you ever wonder how low can our government sink?
Editor's Note: Thank you Kerstin for having the courage to lay your pain out for all to see. It is the pain so many of us have suffered at the hand of our elected government and their selected abettors at the AA & IBA. Though the Syndicate (BofC / AA / IBA / Chamber) that supports this airport keeps telling people that this Airport is ALL GOOD with JOBS JOBS JOBS AND only a few malcontents are unhappy. We know that is just another lie, because we live it every day.
Helping You Understand Why Paulding Governing Elite Are Able to Do So Much Harm to the People
(1.15.14) For a several weeks I have been trying to unravel and understand the governing system of Paulding County that makes it appear to be so corrupt and harmful to the people of Paulding County. Here is a chart I created as a learning tool for myself. It might help you understand why Paulding Government appears so corrupt and geared toward helping the powerful instead of the people.
COME BACK SOON for a report on the 1/15/14 Airport Authority Meeting. News Flash: Patti Smith spoke out once again and once again was accosted by armed marshals for asking if it would be all right to provide FREE DRINKING WATER to Airport Authority from her home's water well which has yet to be checked for jet fuel contamination. Water testing can be expensive but it is on my TO DO LIST!
They Knew there would be "Collateral Damage at the ends of the Runway" and DIDN'T CARE TO DO ANYTHING about Mitigating said Damage
(1.14.14) The map at right is the original plan drawn up for the Paulding County Airport and surrounding area in 2007 with additions in red by the Editor to show where the often mentioned but never addressed collateral damage caused by Paulding Airport aka Silver Comet Field is located.
The Franco Eleuteri design plan for The Greater Paulding Forest initiative included lots of green (of course, we already had that) and great new high end neighborhoods. Of course the damage done to the lives and property values of the human beings (God's Children) at the ends of the runway was never addressed or mentioned to our knowledge by anyone who has ever supported this airport. They just refer to us as "The Collateral Damage at the Ends of the Runway" and though we often get lip service from our elected officials regarding the level of their caring about our plight, I have NEVER seen any evidence of said "care".
LEARN MORE about the original Franco Eleuteri plan for Paulding....coming soon...
BREAKING NEWS from (12/23/13)
Federal Government to Subject Paulding County Airport to Rigorous Environmental Review
Landowners agree to drop their D.C. Circuit court challenge in return for FAA commitment to conduct comprehensive environmental assessment, newly transparent public process, and public meeting in Paulding County.
No commercial passenger service certificate can be issued until after environmental assessment is complete.
Georgia Get an "F" in Integrity
(12/23/2013) A Google search of "corruption in Georgia politics" led to some unhappy news. According to the State Integrity Investigation, our beloved State of Georgia is most likely to be running rampant with government corruption and it is the state whose laws provide the most opportunity for corruption. Way to go, Georgia!! We're #1 ...in corruption.
Frankly, my dears, I DO give a damn and I am, for the first time in my life, ashamed that I was born on Peachtree Street in what I used to think was the greatest state of them all. Now my eyes are opened. We are the most corrupt state of them all. OMG!!
Now, when my elected officials and their attorneys tell me that they are following the letter of the law, I understand better what they mean. It means they are not doing anything "illegal" in the most corrupt state in the United States of America. Call me crazy but it doesn't make me feel better that my elected "aren't doing anything illegal".
READ MORE ABOUT THE LACK OF INTEGRITY IN GEORGIA POLITICS
Editor's Note: (12-19-2013) Our Staff (Patti Smith) apologizes for lack of updates on airport happenings but I've been busy going to meetings and handing out flyers and "punching school yard bullies" of the social media set and still fighting with auto-immune disease. Add in the holiday events and who has the energy?
I know some think I have an entire staff and corporate backing, but no. It's just me and my sluggish thyroid. Lots more updates to come...as soon as I find my Adrenal Energy Formula and make some green tea.
COME BACK SOON for airport news brought to you by Patti Smith...
aka "The Collateral Damage at the East End of the Runway"...
Lots of OPEN LETTERS & BS Ideas Flying Around
6666.66 Comes to Paulding County
(12/21/13 ~ Dallas, GA) Brett Smith (BS2) of Propeller Investments and Silver Comet Parners (or whatever they are calling themselves) told Paul Callahan that his goal is to have ONE MILLION passengers per year passing through Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport (PUJ aka Silver Comet Field). That means 6666.66 flights per year and approximately 20 flights per day based on 150 passengers per flight.
Read more in letter that Paul Callahan wrote when the Chamber of Commerce UNinvited him to be their new chairman because of his opposition to commercial air traffic at Paulding Airport.
(12/4/13 ~ Dallas, GA) It seems that everybody has an "Open Letter" to someone or another these days about the most recent BS plan for the Paulding Airport aka Silver Comet Field.
- Read Commission Chairman David Austin's (DA) OPEN LETTER to Delta CEO Richard Anderson (RA) demanding resignation as Chairman-elect of the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) of Commerce...
- Read An OPEN LETTER to the Residents of Paulding County from the Directors of the Paulding County Chamber of Commerce...
- Read a "FACTSHEET"/OPEN LETTER published at the PATCH from Carolyn S. Wright, President/CEO, Paulding County Chamber that explains what she calls "A fact sheet put out by the Paulding County Chamber hopes to dispel concerns about the Silver Comet Field."
Come Back Soon for Patti's Open Letter to DA about resigning, the Chamber about integrity, and Ms. Wright who was so wrong on so many levels, along with Patti's thoughts on The Axis of Psychopathic Economic Development in Paulding County, BUT more on that later...so many half-truths and lies, so little time...
Come Back Soon for more on the latest from non-Paulding-resident Blake Swafford (BS1), Executive Director at Paulding Airport and Industrial Building Authority,who always has had a lot of plans for the county, though it has always been hard to figure out exactly what those plans are, no matter how hard you try. And now, with non-Paulding-resident Brett Smith (BS2) of Propeller Investments on the airport scene, there are even more BS ideas coming our way and it is my job to do what little I can to warn the public because the people deserve to know what their government plans to do to them.
I have learned from personal experience that the dynamic duo of the BS Boys, and all their cohorts who play leadership roles in Paulding County, like to play their games with the truth of their actions "close to the vest" even though elected officials campaigned on a open and honest government. LOL! As BS2 said about turning Paulding's General Aviation Airport into Atlanta's Second Commercial Airport, "Loose lips, sink ships!"
The people need an open and transparent and honest government. Too bad the people of Paulding don't have one.
BS Runs Rampant...Hints that this website is published by sneaky corporate interests trying to harm the people of Paulding ARE 100% FALSE and laughable. This website is produced and funded by one woman who can't stand being bamboozled, hoodwinked or lied to, especially by my government.
I don't like it when business leaders try to pull the wool over my eyes either!
Can't Trust Government in Paulding
It appears the main problem with Paulding County is that the BoC, BS1 and BS2 like to keep secrets from me that affect my future negatively and THAT MEANS that my government representatives and big business are conspiring against me with the intention of doing good for themselves and bad for me. So wrong on so many levels! I thought Jesus taught us to do the right thing even when no one is looking...
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God’s Airport or the Devil’s Playground?
I’ve been to just a handful of Airport Authority meetings and, at each and every meeting, the airport was referred to as “God’s Airport”. During the Morning Prayers before all meetings, I always heard the words “Thank you Jesus for giving us this beautiful airport.” I was stunned because I am 100% certain that Jesus and our Good Lord had NOTHING to do with bringing this odious airport to Paulding County. I submit that Paulding Airport, recently renamed Silver Comet Airport, is the Devil’s Work and the Devil’s Playground. READ MORE
This Video Reveals Truth about Post Commissioners & Airport Authority Plotting and Scheming Against US
David Austin's own words on this video show that Post Commissioners conspired amongst themselves, and possibly with the Airport Authority, to hide the truth of their plan for Commercial Air Traffic expansion at Paulding Airport from Todd Pownall, Post Commissioner for the Airport Area, along with all the voters of Paulding County...But I reckon they were really trying to hide it from US neighbors. Don't seem very neighborly to me...
Wind & Airports
(3/10/2012) We have learned a lot more about wind, airports and airplanes than we EVER wanted to know! BUT, we feel we must educate ourselves, because it appears to us that the "geniuses" who thought up this unwanted airport did a questionable job of airport planning, ...READ MORE
PUJ Watch is a community watchdog organization that monitors activities at Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport (PUJ), current and planned, while seeking to protect our public health, environment, property values and quality of life.
Paulding County, the owner of PUJ has pushed this airport into being against the wishes of the homeowners in the area and Paulding County voters. There is a very small elite circle of influential county residents and powerful politicians who have pushed this airport on us because they have "big plans" for the county. Big plans that will enrich a select and elite few, while harming the average working class Paulding County residents.
Our purpose is to control unchecked airport growth, air traffic, pollution, noise and other issues that have negatively affected those citizens who live around the airport. PUJ is routinely used for non-aviation purposes and offers 24-Hour-a-day operation which many neighbor-friendly community airports DO NOT. Citizens, when they attempt to address complaints with Paulding County government officials, are routinely treated with disdain and nonchalant indifference. And now we know they have been sneaking and scheming to create more misery for the neighbors of this noxious airport..
If our local officials are allowed to continue treating those citizens harmed by the airport with disdain and indifference, then you can bet that is exactly how they will treat you when it suits them. Of course,if you don't "wake up and smell the politicians" until after they come up with one of their "great new ideas" that harms you, just like their airport idea has harmed so many Paulding residents that have lived on land surrounding the airport for decades, then it will be too late for you.
You might be wondering, how can they harm local residents more than they already have by creating an environment that is lowering most property values and destroying the quality of life for those unlucky enough to have a new and unwanted airport in their once idyllic country setting?
Get ready for the latest and greatest BAD IDEA that the county's elite has for Paulding's unsuspecting citizens...
A Message from Oliver Cromwell to Corrupt Government Everywhere
It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonoured by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.
Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter'd your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?
Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil'd this sacred place, and turn'd the Lord's temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress'd, are yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors. In the name of God, go!
Oliver Cromwell (25 April 1599 – 3 September 1658)
BAD IDEA Archives
A shiney new TOLL ROAD that would cut an ugly and noisy swath of 18-Wheeling misery right through some of the most beautiful areas of Paulding County.
It seems ridiculous, but it is true. LEARN MORE. Of course at a town hall meeting at the end of 2011, David Austin swore that "there is no toll road" and he would give up on the idea of a toll road. Most people didn't seem to believe him. We learned that lesson about County Commissioners when the people kept voting down the bad idea of a new airport and we thought the politicians understood that we didn't want "no stinkin' airport" but then suddenly, like magic instead of government, there was a shiney new airport right where we didn't want it to be.
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