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Thought for the Day

“We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” – Thomas Jefferson

 
Voter Fraud Update/Georgia Senate Races

12.4.20

Dear Editor,

On November 17, 2020 I wrote an article titled “Is There Voter Fraud?” This article is an update. [Note from the Editor: This letter is still on this page. Scroll down to read it.]

All types of fraud have been exposed some of which I detailed 11/17. If you want to hear a long list of such alleged fraud listen to President Trump’s 12/2/20 speech. BUT so far there is insufficient evidence to overturn former VP Joe Biden’s lead of 306 electoral votes vs Trump’s 232. On 12/1/20 US Attorney General Bill Barr agreed.

For Trump to be reelected he must get 38 more electoral votes. The following are the contested states with the votes needed to be reversed by court actions and their Electoral votes: Arizona 11,500 /11: Georgia 13,000/16; Michigan 115,000/16; Nevada 33,000/6: Pennsylvania 82,000/20; and Wisconsin 21,000/10.

One way for Trump to get 270+ electoral votes is to prove that in enough of the states above, all of whom used Dominion election software, he was denied sufficient votes for him to win 38+ Electors. Attorney Sydney Powell seemed the most likely source of proving that Dominion reversed votes but she is backtracking on some of her claims saying some of her witnesses have been intimidated and withdrew their affidavits.

I said 11/17/20 that Trump will leave office peacefully on January 20, 2021 if indeed Biden receives at least 270 electoral votes 12/14. I still believe this.

This brings us to Georgia where there is a January 5 election for 2 US Senators. The Republicans have 50 Senators now so they must win at least one of these two Senate seats. If they lose both VP candidate Senator Kamala Harris, if confirmed by the Electoral College as Vice President and takes the “Oath of Office” on 1/20/21, will vote on all 50/50 ties. Obviously she will vote with the Democrats.

Many are demanding that the Georgia Governor convene a Special Legislative Session to address the above types of voter fraud from happening 1/5/21 and/or somehow prove enough votes for Biden were fraudulent so Trump wins Georgia. I’d love to see this Session but based on my limited research I do not see how this could result in either or both goals being realized.

I think that contesting the presidential vote is warranted and is showing honest elected Democrats and Republicans that lack of voter integrity is further dividing our country! There are common sense changes to correct this without voter suppression. Let’s do it!

Rep Jeff Brown (Ret)
LaGrange, Georgia

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Electoral College

12.4.20

Dear Editor,

The debate has started again as to whether the US Constitution should be amended in order to change the presidential election process. Some promote eliminating the Electoral College in favor of a direct popular vote for president while others believe the Electoral College should remain unchanged. Just as compromise solved the initial problems of the framers so it is that compromise can solve this problem. The solution is to change the electoral votes to electoral points and reward each candidate a percentage of points based on the percentage of popular votes received in each state. This would eliminate the “winner take all” system thus allowing for all the votes to count. A voter is more apt to believe their vote counted when a percentage of popular votes are taken into account rather than the “all or nothing” system currently in existence. Further, this new system would integrate the desire for a popular vote for president with the need for the individual states to determine who actually gets elected.

For 2020 multiplying the percentage of votes each candidate received {in each state} times the number of electoral votes {in each state} results in the following: Biden 267.23 and Trump 252.33. Multiplying the percentage of popular votes each candidate received {nationwide} times the total number of electoral votes {538} results in the following: Biden 274.92 and Trump 253.40.

Joe Bialek
Cleveland, Ohio

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Is There Voter Fraud?

11.28.20

Dear Editor,

The media and the Biden team answered the title question by saying, “there is not a shred of evidence of voter fraud.” The truth is there are hundreds of evidences of fraud in this election. Many are supported by affidavits which carry a felony charge if found to be untrue. As this evidence grew it couldn’t be denied so the media/Former Vice President Biden then said yes there was some fraud. Now they are saying there was not enough fraud to overcome Biden’s lead in key states.

The fraud included dead people and people from out of state voting. Also “curing” ballots, running a ballot through the counter more than once and lesser signature verification procedures on ballots by mail than for those who voted in person were done. Further poll watchers were often kept far enough away where they could not observe how ballots were handled. There are other examples but the difficulty for President Trump is to find systemic fraud in any of the foregoing to produce enough votes for him to get at least 270 electoral votes.

At the present time the only realistic possibility I see is to prove those states who used the Dominion or Smartmatic election software denied Trump millions of votes. We have seen one incident where 6000 Trump votes initially went to Biden. Watch attorney Sydney Powell for more on this.

There is a lower probability of enough votes being reversed or cancelled where state courts and/or the Supreme Court declare actions by governors, secretaries of state or local officials illegal versus the constitutionally mandated state legislature voting on such changes. Right up to election day there were a reported 300+ attempted changes to voting procedures mainly by the democrats. Some of these changes included “harvesting,” not requiring signatures or at least relaxed matching, no postmarks and worse of all mail in ballots vs absentee voting.

Trump’s process should take less time than the 37 days Al Gore took and not disrupt Biden’s job of putting together his team and agenda. Note then the media/Biden aggressively defended Gore’s right to do so but now they are waging a massive campaign against Trump not conceding just as they have done for 4 years on just about anything he’s done.

The country needs reassurance that ONLY legal votes are counted vs Biden saying, “count every vote.” Trump will leave office peacefully on January 20, 2021 if indeed Biden is the lawful President Elect.

Rep Jeff Brown (Ret)
LaGrange, Georgia

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Numerical Placards Help In Emergency Situations

11.16.20

Pike County Residents,

I am an emergency medical services worker whose service includes all of Pike County. I am concerned about our ambulances and the rescue vehicles struggling to locate residences that are not clearly marked by a numerical address.

When a resident is having a heart attack, stroke, or serious bleeding issue, seconds may mean the difference in a resident’s survival or demise. If our vehicles lose cell and radio signals in a rural area, we could arrive at the scene much later than desired. A simple numerical placard near the roadway would be the perfect solution to aid the police, fire, and emergency services in completing their roles successfully.

This has been done in many rural counties for the same reasons and has been a success for the first responders and delivery vehicles, mail carriers, and passers-by. A second suggestion would be to keep the trees and bushes surrounding street signs that are already in place to ensure that their visibility is 100% from the roadway.

Tonie P. Biles
Pike County

[Note from the Editor: The Pike County Emergency Service Auxillary is selling reflective address signs to Pike County citizens. Proceeds benefit all emergency services personnel with disaster assistance in the form of gatorade, water, and other necessary items. Green signs are 6 inches by 18 inches with 4 inch reflective numbers on each side. To order, call 770-468-8633 for more information. All orders for reflective address signs must be made in writing.]

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Thank You to the Community from American Legion Pike Post 197

10.5.20

To Pike County and surrounding areas:

Post 197 thanks our Blue- (highest) Level Sponsors: Accessory Aero Group, Auto Hobby Collision Repair, BJ’s Bottle Shop Liquor Store, Chick-N-Run, Concord Manor & Winery, D&G Insurance, Johnson Family, Law Office of Kevin Hurt, Palmetto Family Dental of Pike, Southern Blasting & Coating, Southern Comfort HVAC, Southside Steel, The Narrow Path Missionary Outreach Church, Touchstone Embroidery, Virgil L. Brown & Associates; Red Level Sponsors: Advance Machine Products, El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant, First National Bank of Griffin – Zebulon, McLeRoy Rentals, Middle Georgia Water Systems, Pike Countryside Sanitation, Prosperity Real Estate Group, State Farm Insurance – Walt McAbee, United Bank – Zebulon, and Village Photography; and White Level Sponsors: 19 North Salon & Spa, Advance Power Equipment, A Novel Experience, Beacon Security Systems, BP Food Mart, Cindy's Florist, City of Zebulon, Dairy Queen of Zebulon, Freshway Market, Hey Jo Boutique, J&L Auto Repair, Middle Georgia Fleet Services, Qualified Electrical Specialist, Pike County Journal Reporter, Pike County Times, Tara Winstead CPA, The Pirate Deck, and Zebulon Auto Service.

We also would like to thank the friends and relatives who signed up to honor deceased Veterans. We honored Veterans Lawrence E. Brock, Stanley L. Davidson, Wesley R. Davidson,Hiram D. Harris, Homer D. Johnson, Alton Norris, Oscar Purvis, Odell W. Sheriff, Lee Smith, Franklin D. Thrift, Sr., and Michael S. Wallen on the back of the event T-shirt.

The Pike County American Legion Post 197 conducts Programs that help honor Veterans; assist Veterans and their families; and educate the community on Veterans affairs and patriotism. Sponsorship and event participation allows Post 197 to continue these programs. The support you provided for this Run/Walk event helped raise funds to continue the Pike County Memorial Annex Program. This year, we will be inducting four WWI service members killed in the line of duty while defending our country and its freedoms.

The next 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk will be conducted in the great city of Meansville sometime in April 2020, pending the City’s approval. We are working to make this another highly enjoyable event. More information will be provided in the future.

Again, thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, and participants for your continued support of these community events.

Sincerely,
Bryan D. Richardson, Commander/Event Director
Pike County American Legion Post 197

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