Mayor Gravtt
April 24, 2012 | 11:22 AM

Mayor Gravitt made a major mistake by ousting Nydia Tisdale from the Cumming City Council Meeting. I do not write this out of disrespect for the Mayor of the Sheriff regarding the jail as well as this issue. Please read on.... This is the same man that at a panel discussion by Smart Growth literally told me publicly in front of the panel while standing up and walking in the panel discussion, and said to me five feet from me, that the best thing about America is that you can say what you want without going to jail. This was in response to my opposition to the new jail only for sensible reasons that the new 600 bed jail will be the largest building in downtown Cumming. So he opened that as his line to me in front of 30 people or so. I was simply objecting to the jail's location as it will plummet downtown business, retail, real estate values, etc. He then said publicly to me that it would help revitalize downtown and bring businesses downtown. This is not a correct assessment by Mayor Gravitt. With this kind of judgement exhibited then, and now the ousting of Tisdale, his judgement should seriously be questioned. If wishes to film any City, County, or any meeting, we will as an official legally chartered news corporation film. We do have the Constitutional Right of Freedom of The Press. Net News on May 1st, is unveiling its new site, with a channel locally dedicated to Forsyth County. We have already taped 20 news videos. It will be a matter of time when we produce news videos regarding this matter.

Hugh Scott Shashy
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Atlanta, Georgia, Founding City of National Tea Party Movement
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Hugh Scott Shashy
Cumming, Georgia
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April 24, 2012 | 02:10 PM

It was inevitable that this clash was to occur. Anytime you give an individual such power without any oversight, they begin to feel they are above the law. We have sat by and let career politicians drag us down, without demanding an accounting for their actions. Other council members and even the city attorney did not have the courage to stand up and say You are wrong. It is common knowledge that in any public situation be it a police traffic stop or just to watch the stoplight change from green to red you have the right to film anything you wish. The Mayor clearly violated this woman’s civil rights and now because the city attorney did not step in this has the potential to cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars. Why? Because after nearly half a century at the helm of the city of Cumming, the mayor has changed it from a democracy to a dictatorship. One in which no one will question any decision that the Mayor makes. The city attorney had to know that Nydia Tisdale was well within her civil rights to record a public meeting. If he was not aware of it; why is he the city attorney? This is clearly a personal vendetta and the Mayor ordered his subordinates to do his dirty work. It’s a new world now and citizens are starting to demand accountability from their elected officials. It is long overdue. After 45 Years ruling the city of Cumming it is time for the Mayor to step down. Along with the City Attorney. It was his job to protect the city from libel to advise the council on legal matters. In any other position if you do not do your job you get fired. It is time to clean house across the board. I do not care what political party you are for or against. If a candidate has Incumbent next to his name he needs to be voted out so we can reclaim our government City, State, and Federal.