They Said It…March 30, 2014

QUOTES: Words worth repeating

“We decided it was just for a name and to cause strife in a family where some wanted it and some didn’t, there was just no reason for us to cause a family argument over a name. We sure didn’t want to step on anybody’s toes.” –Bo Henry, on the decision by Stewbo’s Group to move forward with it’s new drive-in restaurant without the iconic Arctic Bear name

Albany came together to honor 27-year-old Monroe High School graduate Ricardo Lockette, member of the 2014 Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks. The honoree stated, “Success to me isn’t defined by winning a Super Bowl; for me it’s about helping people around you even if you cannot connect with them physically.I don’t feel like a champion because (winning a title) is not where my satisfaction is coming from. My goal in life is to see others grow and be successful.”

Upon completion of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event presented by the Lily Pad Center of Albany to raise money and awareness to fight sexual abuse of women,“I impressed myself today,” Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards said, “but I’m still in the closet. I’m staying in. (Running in high heels) is a learned skill I wish I’d practiced. I also wish I’d had some extra padding in my shoes.” Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event presented by the Lily Pad Center of Albany to raise money and awareness to fight sexual abuse of women

“As a member of this community, I dedicate myself to the support of our teachers, staffs and students. I thank those who already support these dauntless efforts and challenge those who are simply observing or perhaps even those who are merely critics to step down from the stands and into the arena to join the fight for our future. We are one country and one community, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” -Commanding Officer Col. Donald J. Davis, Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany.

When Gov. Nathan Deal was asked if he could foresee any circumstances under which he would support Medicaid expansion, he answered, “No, not under current conditions. I am doing everything in my power to rebuild our school funding as we come out of the Great Recession. We simply cannot afford the $2.5 billion in new spending that the expansion would require without a severe impact on public education.”

Jay Short, the president of Short & Paulk Supply Co., can’t believe that the city wants him to remove the iconic sign that sits on the roof of his 400 N. Cleveland St. building supply establishment.

“That sign was there for more than 50 years (on the former Giles Builders Supply establishment that closed in 2009 after 52 years in business), and now they’re saying I have to take the sign down because the city’s sign ordinance says no rooftop signs,” Short said. “I just don’t understand that kind of thinking.

“Albany’s not going to be able to thrive if we continue to be divided across racial lines.We’re excited about the possibilities in Albany. This is our home, but how can we entice our children to stay here if it doesn’t get better?” - Harriet Hollis, grants and projects director for Racial Healing and Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, Inc.