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Tea Party rally is Thursday at courthouse
Bulloch group to protest high taxes, government
Protesters line East Main Street in front of the Bulloch County Courthouse in this Herald file photo from the Tea Party rally on April 15, 2009. The 2010 Tax Day rally is set for Thursday in front of the courthouse. - photo by Herald File

  People will be carrying pickets, poster board and markers on the Bulloch County Courthouse lawn Thursday for the Bulloch County T.E.A. Party’s Tax Day rally.
      According to Blaine Olmstead, one of the co-organizers of the Tax Day event, the local rally is a forum for any individuals or groups, regardless of ideology or political affiliation, that are dissatisfied with the current governance of the United States.   He said tax day – April 15 – is meaningful day for most Americans, which makes it a perfect day to discuss the direction in which the country is headed.
      “We feel that this is as good a time as any to educate people on how the government has gotten out of control,” Olmstead said. “I don’t think there’s anybody that I know of that thinks they’re not paying enough taxes. We’re preaching fiscal responsibility and that doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or Democrat. It’s irrelevant.”
      This is the fourth rally in the past year for the T.E.A. Party whose acronym stands for “Taxed Enough Already.” According to the group’s press release, the rally will focus on three areas – less spending of taxes, limiting the size of government and promoting free market principles.
      Olmstead said there are a few scheduled speakers from the local community but anyone who feels compelled to share their views is welcome to speak to the gathered crowd.
      “It’s an open forum. Anybody that wants to get up and talk about whether they are for or against it,” Olmsted said. “We just want people to come and support it either way.”
      The rally will be held on East Main Street in downtown Statesboro on the courthouse lawn from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  There is also a pre-planning meeting for the event at 7 p.m. Monday at 409 Page Place Road, which is the old Kindermusik building located off of Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Signs will be posted along the bypass to direct people to the location.
      For more information about the T.E.A. Party event, contact Olmstead at or Heather Merritt at

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