Pro-IMAGE vote should be no-brainer for Goreham, but isn’t
by Keli Gambrill
January 26, 2013 11:50 PM | 1861 views | 3 3 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

Like most mainstream Cobb voters, I support the IMAGE program for contractors. I am shocked, disappointed and more than a little concerned to learn that my west Cobb commissioner, Helen Goreham, has apparently backed up on her commitment to help prevent ID theft of taxpayer jobs. Why would we not use all tools available to us? I will be doing a lot more investigating on this and talking to my neighbors, but if I were a commissioner, this would be an easy-to-support no-brainer. At our house, we say “yes” to IMAGE for contractors!

Who is Helen listening to? Requiring contractors who do business with the county to show they have not hired any illegals costs the taxpayer nothing, but even if it did, how can we put a price on obeying the law, protecting jobs and attacking identity theft?

The federal IMAGE program involves spot-checking employers’ hiring records for use of stolen Social Security numbers and other ID. It exposes illegal workers that used the phony IDs to get a job. Most of us are still in shock over the discoveries of illegal workers helping build the new Cobb Courthouse. We wonder, has Commissioner Goreham forgotten that embarrassing chain of events?

Being that the county application to become IMAGE-certified was approved by a unanimous bipartisan vote last year, I am having a great deal of difficulty understanding Helen’s reasoning for not now taking a firm and vocal public position to support the common sense requirement that all workers on county contracts be legal.

Registering for E-Verify takes only a few minutes to complete on-line. It only verifies new hires. The IMAGE audit is the sure way to clean out all illegal workers and get our tax-funded jobs into the homes of our unemployed and working poor.

We will be watching.

Keli Gambrill

Marietta
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Kathleen3
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February 04, 2013
Every elected and appointed official who does not work to ensure those they serve are protected from illegal aliens are in violation of their oath of office, existing federal law (aiding and abetting) and should be removed from office for their dereliction of duty.
frogbreath
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January 28, 2013
Please keep the MDJ posted on this issue. Here is where I get my news.. I was unaware that Helen was not going to support IMAGE. That is easy. I will not support Helen any more.
Meg Harper
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January 27, 2013
I agree with Keli! Helen has changed her tune on this important issue. I have spent part of my Sunday catching up on this IMAGE topic and Helen Goreham has a lot of explianing to do. The ONLY REASON that she would change her mind about voting yes on this simple change is if the Chamber of Commerce bullies can intimidate her. If they can, she is outta there! I hope Keli runs against her!

To trade protecting jobs for campaign donations is almost as low as she can go. This is really an amnesty for illegal immigrants who take our county paid jobs if she goes through with it!

People who want to catch up can Google "IMAGE, Cobb, D.A. King, MDJ. The newspaper has run several editorials in support tof the IMAGE thingy. Good idea! Also, those nuts Lance Lamberton and Rich Pellegrino are against it. Uh, Helen, is that who you have been listening to?

West Cobb
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