Gainesville Times Pulitzer Worthy?

After reading yet a SECOND article from Gainesville Times reporter Ashley Fielding about who spent what on the campaign trail to the vacant house seat, we at The Truth are taking up a collection to pay the $50 entry fee to Columbia University for an opportunity to win the Pulitzer Prize.

What a JOKE.  I will just come out and say it:  WHO GIVES A SHIT!  It took me 2 minutes to read one article and a minute and a half to read the other.  The total outcome of this led me to one conclusion,  I want my 3.5 minutes back.   Hey Lois Lane, that’s not reporting.

Let’s talk about news.  Who is the best candidate to help make decisions concerning Georgians futures?  Who has held office before?  Who is qualified and who is not.  Who is the clear favorite.  Wait for it…  who has dirty laundry?

Oh, and another thing,  I could care less about the amount of money Lutz owed when he filed bankruptcy.   Do you want t to report a story about that?  OK, let’s  start with “What was your credit rating before you filed bankruptcy, Mr. Lutz?”  That would tell us if he was paying those bills.  You know, stimulating the economy.    How about you go ask Bobby Banks how he feels now about getting Lutz fired.  Email me, I will send you copies of the emails that were sent to his employer.  Wait, never mind, my bad,  the Gainesville Times was copied on those emails, so you should already have them.    Call up ole’ Bobby and ask him what he said to Lutz wife.  See if he remembers telling her that he doesn’t give a crap about her or her children when asked whether he considered them when he went after his opponents JOB during his rebid for Hall County Commissioner.

County Organ…  Truer words were never spoken.

Stop wasting our time with garbage.  Did someone get a campaign contribution from a know criminal organization?   No?  Then why is this  news?

Why didn’t you report on the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, under the expert leadership of Jeff Strickland, botching a rape case and letting one or two perverts go free with jam up police work?  Miss that one?   Or how about Jeff Strickland firing people like he was having a going out of business sale?  Miss that one too?  No?  I will link you to Fox 5’s I-Team, they ain’t scared.

I feel like I am reading the Whoville High School Gazzette.

What about the FBI presence in and around the Hall Sheriff Department as of late?  Investigate that. And no, it wasn’t the league of angry Grandpa’s either, that was another county.  The only reason the Times reported on that is that someone high up got stuck in a traffic jam in front of the Federal Court building.

The fact of the matter is that The Gainesville Times has announced who was running for this seat and how much money they collected and spent. That’s it.  That is all they have to say about the seat.    Well, exept for this gem:

“With the number of candidates seeking the office, Tuesday’s election is likely to end in a runoff. If necessary, it will be held Dec. 6.”

Thank you.  We were wondering if they would play Rock-Paper-Scissors to see who got the seat.  Now we know.


Oh, and change the headline.  I have some ideas for you, choose any one, it’s fine, I give you permission;

1:  3 candidates that we could have making decisions for us, forgot to file their campaign finace reports when they were due

2: 3 Missing reports, Todd Reed and Paul Wayne Godfrey don’t know what they are doing – Banks needed time to cook the books

3:  Hall County has 50/50 chance to elect an idiot, half forget to comply with campaign laws

4:  Best joke of 2011 – How many candidates does it take to file a campaign finance report on time

5: 3 Candidates Miss filing deadline – Yardley spend 85 cents on an ice cream from campaign funds

6: Candidates don’t explain actions for not filing, so here is the names of  Jim Walters and Philip Wilheit and any other name we can DROP to make you read the story

7: Oliver forgets to tell Bobby to file – Other 2 neglect to read the “How to be in Politics 101”  handbook

I could go on for days.   I know I am not alone on this.


I have an idea.  How about you look at the campaign finance reports and tell us what the cost was for Mr. “Decisive Leadership” Sykes to replace his signs all over town to ADD the election he is participating in.  Don’t tell me you missed that?  Seems after our last report, someone got the hint that he wasn’t being very decisive.   I’ll bet the “STATE HOUSE” sticker on the signs is a peel away.  Under that is a sticker for judge or city council or maybe Sheriff or perhaps dog catcher or  hell, who knows.  If he was going to change the sign, he needed to take away the “decisive leadership” part.

but alas, I digress.

Please report real news.  If you can’t find anything, shoot me an email, I’ll throw you a bone.


The Truth






  19 comments for “Gainesville Times Pulitzer Worthy?

  1. does it matter
    November 3, 2011 at 5:53 am

    The Times doesn’t hire any reporters over the age of 22. They fill their paper with old men who write columns about mama and trains. It is the worst paper but it is the only paper here.

  2. Sassy Lives at the Truth
    November 3, 2011 at 9:46 am


    Your best piece ever!

    I am hearing in the SO we need to stand by for bigger news from Fox 5. Within the department we all know it is coming soon and the Times will just ignore a bombshell that will change the landscape of the SO. (If the Times doesn’t report something in Hall County did it really happen? They can block Sassy from their post, but Sassy has the Truth!)

    In defense of Ashley Fielding, I believe she was assigned to write on certain subjects. And, once a story was written by her the editor then shapes the story for the direction the Times wants to take on the story? And, who tells the editors the story line to follow in their “news”? The Publisher and ultimately the owner.

    Ms. Fielding just wants to continue to put food on the table. If they tell her to write about how the wind blows in downtown Gainesville she will have a story. Just look at the turnover at the Times since in 2011 to get an idea of the problem. They have lost their reporters because they have them write such trash. Give Ms. Fielding time she will abandon this rag for bigger and better gigs…like the thrifty nickel.

    You want to do something about the problem? Hit Morris Media in the wallet. Think about it! It can be done very easily and you are the one to spearhead the effort.

    Keep your barrel clean because I like where you are shooting and you are hitting your target.

  3. The Truth
    November 3, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Thanks Sassy. I am glad you enjoyed it. I made some small changes today. I wrote late and didn’t run this through editing before I posted.

  4. Hugh Akston
    November 3, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Truth, once again you made me fall out of my chair laughing (I’m not just saying that because you are the boss). You say the things that I think, but am too afraid to say. Keep it up!

  5. Jim
    November 5, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I have some ideas for a Headline.

    1) Yardley bought and paid for!
    2) Yardley fights for small business by taking $2000 from PAC that sues them.
    3) Front runner gets money from Atlanta ambulance chasers and three candidates sleep in.

    • The Truth
      November 6, 2011 at 11:38 am

      I like the Third one. Ambulance Chasers…

  6. Dominic Ottaviano
    November 5, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    The subject of contributions has already been covered thoroughly in the comment section of the Gainesville Times regarding the late filing. To simplify, I am the only candidate without a late filing officially showing on the state site so if anyone has a right to call another candidate out it is me. However I have character and am not going to try and win by calling someone out on a petty mistake because the state system is difficult to work though. That is why most of us are running, to make things run smoother and more efficiently.

    And to stand up for all the candidates, at least they are actually in the game trying to improve things rather than hiding behind an screen name calling things out on something so petty as a late filing and then being so ignorant as to call it a law. You see it is a law and by filing late they did not break it, they just incurred a fee which I am sure they paid. There is a difference between breaking the law and incurring a late fee.

    And to stick up for Ashley, at least she uses her real name and doesn’t hide behind a screen name in an obscure website that no educational person would use for anything other than entertainment. Next time you are going to pick on someone at least have the balls to use your own name.

    • RightinHall
      November 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      Are you cyber stalking me? I can see where you like to stick up for other people whether they are candidates or reporters. As I mentioned on the Times, there are a lot of people that have used psudeo names, pen names, nom deplume, or literary doubles to protect their identity. Most of the time they use an alternate identity to protect them from retribution. Here is a famous pen name: Silence Dogood, a.k.a Benjamin Franklin. How about some other famous pen names: Dr. Suess, Ann Landers, George Orwell, or even Voltaire. While many of us probably don’t think of ourselves on the level of these writers, we believe it is our 1st Amendment right to speak our mind, and we just don’t trust others to allow it without retribution.

      While your site may be “obscure”, I enjoy it for more than the “entertainment” value. Keep speaking the TRUTH!

    • Hugh Akston
      November 6, 2011 at 5:54 pm


      You lost me on; “You see it is a law and by filing late they did not break it”. The law (O.C.G.A. § 21-5-34(c)) says, “Candidates or campaign committees which accept contributions, make expenditures designed to bring about the nomination or election of a candidate, or have filed a declaration of intention to accept campaign contributions pursuant to subsection (g) of Code Section 21-5-30 shall file campaign contribution disclosure reports in compliance with the following schedule: (3) If the candidate is a candidate in a special primary or special primary runoff, 15 days prior to the special primary and six days prior to the special primary runoff;… All persons or entities required to file reports shall have a five-day grace period in filing the required reports.”

      The law specifically states the grace period. I would suggest that if you win, you spend a few days looking through some of the laws that we have on the books.

      Also, thanks for contributing to the site. While we may be “obscure” we are catching on. The local rag is controlled by the good ole boys and this is our vehicle to talk about our truth. BTW: you are now the 3rd candidate or elected office to comment on this site so we can’t be all that “obscure”.

      You may want to bookmark this site if you win because I am sure that you may read more about yourself right here. Good luck,


    • Sassy Lives at the Truth
      November 7, 2011 at 11:39 am

      “And to stick up for Ashley, at least she uses her real name and doesn’t hide behind a screen name in an obscure website that no educational person would use for anything other than entertainment.”


      First, I think you meant no educated person would use. Not educational person would use. That implies that teachers would not source the HallCountyTruth. While I agree, I don’t think that is what you meant.

      Second, I am not sure if you are naive or simply not well informed. But, if I were your political consultant, I would advise you that one of the things that you DO NOT Do is go on a website and insult potential voters for not disclosing their names while having an opinion.

      I can tell you first hand that in THIS county you WILL BE retaliated against by our wonderful elected leaders for voicing displeasure with ANY part of the GOB network. That includes the Times.

      As a possible voter in your race you could chalk me up as a lost vote regardless of your justification for posting such ignorance.

      Good luck. May we have a winner with a little more knowledge than what Dom just displayed.

      • The Truth
        November 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm

        I tend to agree, Sassy. See the latest post.

  7. Dominic Ottaviano
    November 6, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    By the way, to give you some credit much of the story is pretty funny.

  8. Dominic Ottaviano
    November 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I guess it depends on your objective an position. I am not doing anything to be politically correct or liked. Give it up on the law, it’s a dead horse and you just keep kicking. I am the only one who did not break it and even I am saying it’s a stupid point. Hugh, it is a law that is not broken if the late fee is paid. It is a late fee. Let it go man.

    As for the naive or simply not informed. Try the third option, I don’t give a crap if you vote for me or not. I am not in this for popularity; I am in it to improve our community. If that means I piss off some folks along the way so be it. Sometimes folks don’t want to hear what they need to.

    And give up comparing yourself to Silence Dogood as at the time Ben was a 16 year-old kid. Not an adult starting a fight while standing behind someone else, that’s just gutless.

    Opps, you got me on the “educational” typo, I’ve been working a lot lately so please forgive my being human.

    Knowledge, sorry don’t even need to argue that one. Yes, I may have a typo and typed my answer in all of a minute without spell checking but it’s an online blurb, not something being written for the Pulitzer.

    Now the sad thing is we are here arguing but I am probably the closest candidate you have to wanting the truth out regardless of what it means for the election. I have taken a couple stances that will most likely knock me out of the race but will also clean things up for the rest of the candidates. If you want to see what I mean instead of slamming me back go to YouTube and search Kris Yardley

    • The Truth
      November 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      Deaton Creek (not Deaton on the Creek, guess that was another example of you working to hard to pay attention) Reunion and Sterling on the Lake (not Lakes, you were standing in front of the sign!)

      So forget all the people who can’t afford to live in those well to do neighborhoods? their vote doesn’t count to you? Oh wait, you already said you don’t give a crap if someone votes for you and that it doesn’t matter if you PISS people off because you know what they need to hear more than they know themselves.
      You sir are a joke and I hope that all of South Hall reads this today and tomorrow. Hell, I hope they watch your YouTube videos as well so they can know EXACTLY what they would be getting if they voted for you. I am not sure just yet who gets my vote, but I know for a fact that it will not be you. Let me list my reasons:

      1: You are to busy to pay attention to detail. That is not a quality I need in someone representing me

      2: You don’t give a damn if we vote for you. YOUR WORDS

      3: You don’t care if you piss the voters off because you know what they need to hear. Who does that?

      4: You believe you can solve any issue in 24 hours and you expect us to BELIEVE that? A pizza company tried that with a 30 minute guarantee, do you know how many people died from them rushing to keep their promise?

      5: You are the only candidate I have seen publicly bashing another candidate. That tells us that you can not win on your own merit so you want to convince the public that you are the lesser of the evils.

    • Sassy Lives at the Truth
      November 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm

      I trust you really want to do the best for the community. Why else put yourself out there if you didn’t. However, I value my vote too much and will not cast it wildly.

      Others have died so that I could have the right to vote for you. And therefore I don’t cast my vote ideally. I cast it not based upon if you will give me or tell me something I don’t need. I vote based upon the fact that you may best resemble my less government values. That may have been you but the way you have presented yourself I doubt that.

      I don’t want any handouts from government, but I sure as hell expect people that I present with one of my most treasured gifts of a vote to actually represent me and not tell me, “I don’t give a crap if you vote for me or not.”

      That indicates that when you already have my vote that you are really going to take something I value for granted.

      Since I can assure you that I would not give you my vote I will give you another gift. Some analysis. It seems to me that you want to construct yourself as someone smarter than everyone else, because you know what we need and we are just looking for a handout. And now that you can’t convince us of that you are the brightest person in the room you are setting yourself up as the martyr that tried his best, but failed to convince the simpletons of the district to vote for you and save ourselves.

      I hope you are a better person than you appear to be on this site. Because you come across as an angry person that I would not break bread with much less give my vote.

      I can’t imagine you having more votes than from immediate family and friends (if you have any).

      • gt183
        November 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm

        Well said!

  9. Dominic Ottaviano
    November 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Correction, I don’t give a damn if YOU vote for me. Yes I had some errors, I am not a career politician or someone on the news. I am normal person trying to make a difference but with sarcastic people out there like you I am learning why decent people don’t go into politics.

    1. I put the video together with high school kids who I think did a great job. I am nervous on camera and misspoke a few things. Get over it and when you are perfect and don’t hide behind a screen name come talk to me.

    2. Already covered, you don’t matter to me.

    3. I do, sometimes the right thing to do is not always popular. I ‘m not telling everyone hey, free Welfare, vote for me. I am saying we need less government, to work harder and to get politicians out. Now that I how normal business people who get involved and don’t try and kiss everyone’s ass are treated I know why we have what we have in politics. You see you are the problem not the solution. You hide behind a screen name like a little chicken and make fun of everyone else when the TRUTH is you are the problem, it’s easy to hide and call other people names. Try actually doing something that helps move towards a solution.

    4. Yes, challenge me instead of make fun of me. Problems are not that big of a deal when you stop arguing over them and look for a solution. You wouldn’t know that, you are a weasel hiding behind the screen name enjoying the argument. Dumb comparison to Domino’s. You are also missing the fact that the challenge is symbolic of the fact that if we stop arguing and find solutions they are easy to find. Your simple mind probably missed that.

    5. Wrong, I am sacrificing myself to stand up for the other candidates. You see “someone” is doing negative campaigning against them and that is not cool. When I found the information I was dumbstruck. You see you are now trying to bash me and my character but I walk a fine line you could barely crawl. I don’t have name recognition and funding as I am paying my own way minus some contributions from family and friends. I don’t have 5 law firms contributing $12,000 one of which also supports Obama. So I know I am not going to win, but I am going to make an impact, remember there are six people who are not going to win.

    You know I came back just to post that the Gainesville Times is not following up on the story about Yardley and Lutz regarding the censuring Richards until after the election and was going to let you the details of a story in case you wanted to do some real investigating and reporting but then I saw this and see that what I heard about this online rant is true.

    • The Truth
      November 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm

      I believe you need medication. You come to this site and blast and curse and accuse. that is all good, IF you weren’t running for public office. The fact is you say you will make an impact but all you are doing is blasting other candidates. I can’t wait until the GOP sees your garbage. You have embarrassed yourself publicly. Continue your bashing of me and my team as well as the candidates you run against. Thank you for letting us know we make a difference. Best of luck to you in your future sir, and I mean that, as long as it is not political, as I believe you have no business in politics.

  10. Dominic Ottaviano
    November 7, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Wrong again, and like I keep saying at least I can use my own identity you and am not hiding. I am not bashing “other candidates” I am bashing one in particular who I consider a bully to other persons whom hold political offices. I am getting along great with the other five. I can’t help it the one I choose to out regarding his money coming from attorney’s who go after businesses and that he and his buddy bullied a local council member while he committed the same act is your candidate and buddy too.

    You see you are arguing what you can’t win, that your candidate is backed by attorney’s who go after businesses and one who is a bully and needs to be out of politics. You see because you have no fact s to back up your candidate and say “no he didn’t” you are trying to attack me. A typical simple minded trick to move the attention away from the facts, the facts you are hiding behind a screen name and the fact your candidate is backed by attorneys and PAC’s who represent personal injury against small businesses driving up our workers compensation rates. Because you have no facts to argue your pathetic self is resorting to name calling, grow up. You lose and hopefully so with the bully you are backing.

    And at some point be smart enough not to reply because I will just keep calling you out with facts and not name calling. That is the difference about someone with knowledge and someone who is following someone with blind faith. BTW, keep bashing me as a politician as I have said since day one, I am not one, so if I am not doing good at it I consider it a compliment.

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