Time for Bentley to Go

Over the past few days, I’ve been asked several times if I thought the Governor should step down. I can dispense with that opinion very quickly: yes, he should.

He should resign, not just because he cheated on his spouse, but because of numerous missteps that call into question his judgement and show that he can no longer be trusted to run the state government. Missteps such as:

  • His campaigning on a message of “no new taxes” and after winning reelection, suddenly “discovering” that our state is in a fiscal crisis and asking for higher taxes. This revealed himself as just another politician who says one thing and does another.
  • His doling out of $73,000 pay raises to his department heads while the state’s infrastructure crumbles because of lack of funding. This myopic, inept, and flawed decision-making isn’t just bad optics, it’s just plain stupid.
  • His heavy involvement with a former chief advisor who didn’t answer to the people of Alabama because she wasn’t paid by the people of Alabama. In fact, no one knows who was paying part of her salary. She could have been paid by Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Alabama Power, PETA, George Soros, who knows?

When I look to Montgomery, I don’t see a group of distinguished citizens making sound policy for our state, I see a clown show. I’m sad for some of our very fine local legislators who go to Montgomery and try to do the right thing, only to have to sit through the circus that has become our state’s government. I’m also ashamed for the many good Republicans I know who vote, volunteer, and donate because they want fiscally responsible, morally-sound government.

It is time to refresh the tree of democracy in Montgomery, Alabama. It is time for Governor Bentley to go.

Things In The Works

I thought I’d use this month’s column to talk briefly about a few of the issues we are currently tackling:

Road Funding – We’ve been talking about this for a while and, as I write this article, the Alabama Legislature is debating it. No one in this area likes taxes. Politicians don’t like to talk about them and very few people like to pay them. Since 1992, the gas taxes paid by the average automobile driver has been dropping because of increased fuel economy. In 1994, the owner of a ’94 Honda Accord would have paid roughly $185 in fuel taxes. In 2025, using the EPA’s proposed fuel economy standards, the owner of a 2025 Honda Accord will pay roughly $80 in fuel taxes. If the cost of labor and asphalt were falling in line, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. I am in favor of an increase in the gas tax as long as it can be used for road projects and nothing else.

Radio Upgrade for the Sheriff’s Department – There are a few areas in the county where a Deputy cannot reach Dispatch by radio. This could be a huge problem if a Deputy suddenly needed to call for backup. As the current system nears the end of its life, it is important that the issue of spotty radio service be solved.

Improved Career Tech Programs – Many business and political leaders are exploring the idea of a Dothan/Houston County School System partnership to bring enhanced career tech opportunities to High School Students. Hopefully, we can create a system by which trained students will have guaranteed employment in local area businesses upon graduation.

I appreciate the opportunity to serve you on the County Commission. Please feel free to share your thoughts with me about these or other topics.