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Squawk of the day - March 21, 2012

"Hillard is a good conductor and we are lucky to have him in this community. He did make a stupid mistake. Give the man a second chance. There are a lot of folks in this community who have done worse than him. Move on."

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LuLu 2 years, 5 months ago

As long as he stays out of the news, I, personally, will never have reason to see or think of him again. But it's the regular symphony attendees he and the ASO have to worry about. If attendance and donations start to drop off, he's toast.

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scooch 2 years, 5 months ago

I agree with erudite. What he did was stupid and embarrassing but not worth getting fired over. What he should be fired over is falsely accusing two fictional black men. It shows him for what he is. There's enough of that is Albany as it is and no one representing the city needs to encourage that kind of thinking.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 5 months ago

NO NO NO......treat him the same way you did those cheating teachers...... embarrass him , ridicule him, and kick him out. Why does he get a second chance? He did something worse than those teachers.....why the double standard?

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 5 months ago

cj42....if you think a stupid indiscretion which directly affected NOBODY is WORSE than a DELIBERATE CHOICE which negatively affected HUNDREDS of CHILDREN........then you have a very twisted sense of judgment.

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 5 months ago

Sister, it's "Da Corch". not cj42. :)

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AlbanyDad 2 years, 5 months ago

So naming two black men didn't have the police looking at every black man in that area...this could have been worse than it was...thank God he told the truth!!! If he was a Black man...you would be yelling and screaming from the top of your lungs for his head!!! He did make a choice and lied on people that did nothing to him...Deliberate choice

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VSU 2 years, 5 months ago

Hey coach...How bout them Braves?

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tocar 2 years, 5 months ago

When he represents the Albany Symphony he should be expected to conduct himself in public in a position that requires integrity and high morales. How we chose to conduct ourselves in public is a mirrored reflection of those around us. He shouldn't have been given a second chance any more than the teachers should have been given.

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USTPC 2 years, 5 months ago

How many public figures in our community do you think have dirty secrets that they do not want made public? 25%? 50%? 75%? Does not really matter what the percentage is, the point is, the only difference between them and Hillard is that Hillard was caught, arrested and publicly humiliated.

I do not believe the man should be condemned for being human and making a mistake. Living in the USA is all about getting second (and sometimes even third and fourth) chances.

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rock 2 years, 5 months ago

Coach Johnson. Peewee coach with a peewee mentality.

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VSU 2 years, 5 months ago

That principal got a second chance even though she should have been fired. Then there was that judge Weaver that beat up his wife, but he got a second chance among many others. Why shouldn't the conductor get a second chance? I saw him the other day getting food from a restaurant and I actually felt sorry for him. I know that had to be embarrassing to him, but it's not like he is cheating or stealing from anybody, but hopefully he won't make that same mistake again.

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erudite 2 years, 5 months ago

That his first reaction was to accuse falsely two black men is the worst behavior. He lied, and had the police believed him before he recanted his story, his lie could have led to the violation of the civil rights of ANY two black men in the area.

THAT is unforgiveable. My hope is that his family is not as bigoted.

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VSU 2 years, 5 months ago

I agree with what you said about falsely accusing two black men, that was wrong of him to do that. If you are in a panic state for mind looking for an instant alibi, if all else fails, blame it on the black man. Still others have done worse, we'll see how it pans out.

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LuLu 2 years, 5 months ago

Yes, I think we all agree that that was a stupid knee-jerk reaction in a moment of panic. But to go on and on and on and ON about it, when it turned out VERY early on to be nothing and doesn't even fit into the story anymore, is just taking it too far. Let's please once and for all put this inconsequential element of the story to bed. It's moot at this point and it's gotten old for people to keep regurgitating it.

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erudite 2 years, 5 months ago

I will continue to go on and on about it; if people forget history, they are doomed to repeat it. I do not see prejudicial behavior as inconsequential as there are always consequences. YOU may feel no consequence but I do. You keep quiet; I'll keep talking.

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LuLu 2 years, 5 months ago

That's fine. We'll just have to agree to disagree. But to continually go on about what the man said in a moment of panic, then QUICKLY recanted, is not "remembering history". I promise you that no one has forgotten history. But in my opinion, you're just picking at a scab and it is never going to heal like that. Going on forever about it only CAUSES dissent between people. At some point you have to let it go and let the healing begin, PLEASE.

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waltspecht 2 years, 5 months ago

I have long been in favor of Moral terpitude clauses in all contracts for individuals from Teachers to Conductors. If you don't get it, this man supposedly represents the best Albany Georgia has to offer. As a matter of fact, I think there should be the same requirements on all elected and appointed Officials. I have had them in two of the work rules I have had to sign to be employed, because a slip on your part could do great harm to the reputation of the Company, people or governmental entity you represent.

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alleebrin 2 years, 5 months ago

HOW CAN ONE GO TO SEE AND HEAR THE SYMPHONY PERFORM AND NOT SEE THE MAESTRO WALK ON STAGE WITH NOTHING ON BUT A TOWEL? REALLY! THIS MAN HAS NO MORAL SCRUPLES, NO THOUGHT FOR THE BEST INTERESTS OF HIS FAMILY AND FOR HIS JOB, FOR THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE. IF THERE'S SOMEONE IN OUR MIDST WHO IS MORE STUPID AND WITH FEWER MORALS THAN THAT, I DON'T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT IT!! SUCH A DISGUSTING BUT SAD THING TO HAPPEN, BUT EVER MORE SAD AND DISGUSTING AS TO HAVE BEEN CAUGHT IN THE ACT. GEEZ! WITH OR WITHOUT HIS PRESENCE, I SEE THE BEAUTIFUL CITY AUDITORIUM BEING TRASHED AND TRAMPLED. SUCH A SHAME!

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justme 2 years, 5 months ago

Here we go again, yesterday the President today the Conductor. I do believe that Albany, Ga. harbors some of the most frustrated folks on earth today. Nice real nice.

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AlbanyDad 2 years, 5 months ago

So we should let it slide that he drops the "two blacks males attacked/robbed me" hhmmmm now what would have happened if I as a black man would have been picked up thrown in jail...because he decided that he would point the finger at me? my reputation would be ruined and someone would say "Oh, I am sorry" and that is all...because you know Walb, Albany Herald and Fox would have run my picture for days and put my name out there...time and time again.

If you want people to forgive and let things go shouldn't that be for everything and everyone? There are times I just read the comments and some of you (notice i said some of you) will pound a person over and over again.

this is easy to do from a computer, I would love for you to do it from behind the safety of that computer. If you all want the bashing to stop...then look at yourself and remember that the next time you want to trash someone in this box or in the paper.

Remember you can't pick and chose...either you will let them all be free of ridicule or we just hammer every last one of them.

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LuLu 2 years, 5 months ago

Considering that he recanted that claim within just a few minutes (still on the scene in his towel!), then NO, no one would have been picked up and thrown in jail, and your picture wouldn't have been run for days by the media. Discussing facts is one thing, but making up "what if"s is how things get blown out of proportion.

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AlbanyDad 2 years, 5 months ago

That is the problem...he never should have lied about it!!! People on here blow things out of proportion all the time with the hate and anger that they type...but like I did say earlier if he was black would you be defending him like this NO!!!!! We all have to stop this...it makes the city look bad!!!!

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VSU 2 years, 5 months ago

Well if they were to fire the conductor because he makes Albany look bad, then they need to fire Judge Weaver (He never should have hit his wife), The school board members (they shouldn't vote to hire underqualified Super Intendants), the principals ($90,000 a year and should not have to steal lunch money for their children) & cheating teachers (Should never have corrected the answers) because they ALL make Albany look bad. Bottom line is if they can keep their jobs, then the Conductor should be able to keep his. People talk about double standards, yeah, keep all the black people hired, but fire that white dude.

But as I stated earlier, it was stupid and wrong to falsely accuse two black men who didn't exist of trying to rob him.

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tywebb 2 years, 5 months ago

I say.....Hammer every last one of them!!!!!! That's what makes this fun. Anyone who does something as stupid as these people in these articles deserves to get hammered!!!!

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chinaberry25 2 years, 5 months ago

I for one, if I got caught doing what he did, which will never happen because I have more respect for myself, I would resign and that would be that. Just like the woman on TV who got caught. I could never show my face again. But I am old school.

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Cartman 2 years, 5 months ago

Like the cheating teachers and principals; Hilliard should be forgiven. However, like the cheating teachers and principals; Hilliard should suffer the repercussions of his actions. Any of the cheating teachers; principals; or Hilliard, remaining in their former position is a travesty and sets a horrible example.

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Albanite 2 years, 5 months ago

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 5 months ago

most of the comments here were objective...a big improvement!

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albanyherald1 2 years, 5 months ago

I, too, agree he should never have been given his job back. As a previous poster commented, we should forgive him, but he should have to suffer the consequences. And if it was me, I could NEVER face the symphony crowd again, with them all knowing my embarrassing secret. As for the "2 black men" excuse, I don't like the fact that he said it, but me being one who can usually see both sides of the story, I think he was trying to sound believable. We live in south Georgia. Black crime is rampant (and yes, there is white crime too). The reason for this is the demographics here are majority african americans, therefore percentage-wise black crime is higher. In other places in the country where the majority of the population is white, then white crime is higher. He knew it would be more believable to say 2 black men, then two white men (although still believable to me, but maybe not to others). I'm not taking up for him, just trying to make some sense of it all.

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