Opinion

August 28, 2013

Letter: Living the American dream

I came as an immigrant to the U.S. in 1987 and have lived in Whitfield County since. Got married in 1992 to Debra. Became a proud U.S. citizen in 1994, one of the greatest days in my life. Allison, our only child, was born in 1996. In 2006 I started my own business, Global Works LLC.

Tuesday, I decided to run for public office in the United States of America. I am running for a seat on the Varnell City Council.

The state of Georgia has 159 counties — only Texas has more — and hundreds of cities. Big, small and very small. All of this made sense in the days of horse and buggy. Today, efficient and cost-effective government will eventually demand merger of counties and a redefining of the role of small cities, like Varnell.

The focus of a small town in 2013 should be to improve the quality of life in the community, with little desire to be a miniature big place. We should focus on strengthening the social fabric in our community and neighborhoods. City government as a catalyst for its people to come together and get to know one another. Organize activities for the children, the elderly, for everybody. Communities with strong social ties become desirable places to live with less crime, cleaner streets, more community pride. Small cities should work closely together with bigger governmental entities such as counties, not attempting to duplicate functions at the expense of the taxpayer.

Much good has been done in Varnell over the last few years. But in America we can always do better!

Living the American dream.

Can I kindly ask for your vote on Nov. 5, 2013?

Contact me at janforvarnell@gmail.com or (706) 428-1106.

Jan Pourquoi

Varnell

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