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Squawk of the Day - Nov. 8, 2012

"Excellent commentary by Carlton Fletcher in Wednesday’s Herald on the school board election. The humiliating defeat of Rev Lorenzo Heard proves that Dougherty County can rise above the racial divide."

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badcompany 1 year, 5 months ago

And it may indicate Heard supporters dont know how to write.

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VSU 1 year, 5 months ago

I'd like to commend the voters who voted honestly in their hearts for who they felt was the best candidate.

Now I am just waiting for the announcement of Heard's lawsuit saying he was a victim and lost unfairly because his name was not allowed on the ballot and that had his name been on the ballot he would have won.

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 5 months ago

I, too, am waiting for such a lawsuit.,,,

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chinaberry25 1 year, 5 months ago

Lawsuit or not, I think he was told to withdraw the suit to begin with because he was not going to win. Outside of Albany it would have been thrown out anyway. The men I saw sitting around asking you to vote for him were too old to have children in the school system. I personally do not know Dr Price, but I feel she will be a good asset to the system. If not, she can always be voted out. Give her a chance, after all it is not the president.

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Thurman 1 year, 5 months ago

I, for one, believe that the School Board/local government should sue "Rev." Heard to recoup the monies spent to counter his lawsuit.

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TheMember 1 year, 5 months ago

They are considering it now, I think they will sue him.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 5 months ago

I don't agree with the squawker. Both sides are too rooted in their stances of hate. This wasn't a case of people putting their differences aside to vote in the better option. This was a case of Heard not getting enough people on his side to vote.

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VSU 1 year, 5 months ago

Sorry to disaggree with you, but my older sister and her daughter who has kids in school said they knew several black parents that were voting for Price because they felt she was the better candidate. In fact they voted for her over Anita Williams Brown. Not every black person felt Heard was the word.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 5 months ago

Do you think the "several black parents" your sister knows who voted is enough to validate your premise that enough black people voted one way or another?

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VSU 1 year, 5 months ago

That was just a small example. I have also seen Price signs in yards owned by black people. I don't think the signs were there because they supported Heard. They even had a black woman spokesperson on one of Price's TV commercials.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 5 months ago

Okay, that is not the issue in question. Please re-read my last sentence carefully. I will paste it below for your convenience.

"This was a case of Heard not getting enough people on his side to vote."

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VSU 1 year, 5 months ago

And whose fault is that? That's his tough luck. I stand by my statement that there were a significant number of black people that voted for Price. If not, she would not have won as easily as she did. There may have been some blacks that didn't want to vote for Price, but at the same time didn't want to vote for Heard either, but that's still his problem, not Price's.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 5 months ago

I'm not pointing out blame as that was not my point.

Here is a link to the final results of the Heard v. Price race.

Here is a link to the population and demographic makeup of Dougherty County.

You can do the math to see turnout versus population. Again, I'm saying that not enough people voted at all, and that is why Heard was not voted in. It was not because Albany is "rising above the racial divide."

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VSU 1 year, 5 months ago

Still doesn't matter, the people that did vote, voted majority towards Price. These were the people that cared, the others just did not give a rats @$$. If the blacks really, really, really, really, really wanted Heard to win at all costs they would have voted, obviously they were not concerned. Price won that is the only thing that matters.

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 5 months ago

Same here, VSU, I know people who work for the school system who are black and voted for Lane Price the first time around.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 5 months ago

Bible schooler, what an absolutely ludicrous statement to make. It doesn't even begin make any sense. You should have just stopped with your first sentence.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 5 months ago

In terms of percentages, there are just as many racist white people in this area as black. Please try to prove otherwise.

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VSU 1 year, 5 months ago

If you believe blacks are not racist, why do you find it hard to believe that any black people voted for Price? I think every race has a little racism in them.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 5 months ago

"...there are just as many racist white people in this area as black."

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 5 months ago

If you believe blacks are not racist, why do you...?- VSU

So that is why I replied the way in which I did.

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VSU 1 year, 5 months ago

Your comment was a response to Fryar Tuk "try to prove otherwise". Nobody else has said anything about proving anything, but you seem to find it hard to believe black people supported Price. Where is your proof that they didn't? Regardless, I am glad Price won and I think the people voted fairly and that is all there is to it.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 5 months ago

Your logic carries the case.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 5 months ago

I am glad Price was victorious as well. I still believe that DoCo residents did not vote her in because they are attempting to bridge the racial divide.

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billybob 1 year, 5 months ago

You mean he lost because not enough people voted for him? This is a shocking revelation.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 5 months ago

He lost because not enough people voted at all.

Congrats on actually reading what I wrote, but you get an "F" for comprehension. Feel free to try again later.

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Terry.Lewis 1 year, 5 months ago

70% voter turnout is an excellent number.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 5 months ago

Since when is Dougherty County's voting population only 54k? According to the census quick facts the number of people in Dougherty County who are 18 or older is closer to 70K. Of course, it doesn't subtract out anyone who legally cannot vote.

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waltspecht 1 year, 5 months ago

Not sue, but audit all the programs, grants and transactions that have occurred between his Church and it's many and varied enterprises, and Local, State or Federal government. Guaranteed the Book keeping probably won't be any good just like DCSS. That is how you handle an individual like this. To be fair, audit all those programs that draw tax money regardless of who or what entity runs them. DCSS should certainly raise a red flag about all of them.

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Terry.Lewis 1 year, 5 months ago

Did you know that the state audited the DCSS's Title I budgets in FY11 and FY 12 and found no problems? It was not until the FRM problems popped up that the DOE decided to take a second look.

It's those second looks that get you.

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Cartman 1 year, 5 months ago

June Bug will be the new Chairman.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 5 months ago

Too much is made of racism as a divide in this town. It's only a defining factor when it serves the purpose of the person or faction that uses it. There certainly are prejudiced people in our community and there are prejudiced people in Tifton, Valdosta, Moultrie, Waycross, etc., etc. But no one waves the standard of "racial divide" in identifying the communities. One of the great problems here is that factions in the feudal system in Albany, from various ethnic communities or financial interests use that in order to advance their personal agendas. The standards they hoist may be racist or have a racist hue, but it is because it serves a self-serving agenda. A clear example of that is the DoCoSS. The attempt to paint the board membership change (election of Dr. Price) by its current controlling element as a racist thrust is only a self-serving effort. The fact that the controlling element is black doesn't prove racism because their victims have been overwhelmingly black. Is black on black crime racism? It becomes racism only if the entire community allows it to continue for whatever reason.

The Albany Community is stratified by a feudal system defined principally by/for wealth. Until the black and white ministers, newspapers, elected officials, electronic media, columnists and chambers of commerce come engage our circumstances honestly and forthrightly we will continue to wander in the desert of dysfunction.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 5 months ago

...or the vast majority of Albany is racist, both black and white.

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Bulldawg 1 year, 5 months ago

So are most towns and cities in this country. This is nothing new.

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VSU 1 year, 5 months ago

I agree , you will find racism everywhere, but it may not be as bad as it is here in SW Georgia. Although some will say it's not as much racism as it is Pro-White or Pro-Black. As I have said before, everybody has a little racism in them., Some will deny it, but they know it's true.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 5 months ago

Yes, racism is everywhere. However, it is not as prevalent everywhere else as it is in the Albany area.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 5 months ago

Okay, so from now on we disregard the bible schooler per his request. Hell, this is a great food fight and there isn't even an election to crank us up. I do miss sister rube though. She adds a spice to the mischief. To move beyond my statement above, which I fervently believe, I have thoroughly enjoyed travelling with the bloggers on the 2012 election sojourn. I had so much fun switching channels Tuesday night but when Karl Rove accosted the Fox reporters for calling Ohio in Obama's column I almost lost it laughing. I swear I had to make myself another bracer of martinis (4parts Plymouth gin to 1 part Boissiere vermouth, a dash of burnt orange bitters and an olive hitchhiker). Ole Rove almost swallowed his micorophone. And then there was the interview of Sheldon Adelson who gave $60 million dollars to Romney's pac who was asked what they did with his money. “Paying bills,” Mr. Adelson said on Tuesday night when asked by a Norwegian reporter how he thought his donations had been spent. “That’s how you spend money. Either that or become a Jewish husband — you spend a lot of money.”

Brother, if that doesn't call for another martini what would. The press coverage makes you appreciate the hometown crew. Who knows, maybe one of these guys will turn out to be a Eugene Patterson and earn a Pulitzer. They do a pretty good job.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 5 months ago

What was even more sickening was the front page of the herald the day after the presidential election. This paper should have had a story about the PRESIDENT BEING RE-ELECTED.....nothing else was more important......When will the hate stop? Pitiful!!! Obvious biased editing.......If Romney would have won, the entire paper would have been all about him in full color!!!!! shameful ....

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VSU 1 year, 5 months ago

When will your BS asinine comments stop is the biggest question.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 5 months ago

On the front page it said that the race was too close to call. The paper has to be printed in time to go to its viewers.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 5 months ago

Hate?? What the hell are you talking about? Just read the first 10 ammendments to the US Constitution.

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