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YDoICare 1 year, 4 months ago on Sun's not so bright deep in the heart of 'New Texas'

Who resisted elimination of slavery? In the 1860 presidential election practically everyone who had the right to vote. Lincoln and the Republican Party opposed the expansion into the new territories. Keeping the practice where it already existed assured that those regions would not develop manufacturing capabilities. Douglas argued for popular sovereignty, let the people in the state decide. Breckenridge supported slavery. Only Bell did not have a public stance on slavery.

Who segregated military and government? For the US under the Constitution, you have to begin with the Founding Fathers. Continue through Federalists, Democratic-Republicans, Whigs, Democrats, and Republicans. You can include the majority of 3rd Parties as well.

Who fought civil rights? The above applies, but depending on era different groups were more adamant. Post Reconstruction: Southern Democrats and Republicans in the North (Republicans did not exist in the South with the overthrow of carpetbagger and scalawag governments). 20th Century to WWII: Republicans in the North (still not in the South) and both Northern and Southern Democrats. Post WWII: Southern Democrats and Republicans. It was the Northern Democrats such as Kennedy who pushed the issue. The major legislation impacting us today was signed by LBJ (Democrat from TX) and Democratic majorities in Congress. It was not until after the 1980s that any Republicans existed in the South, and while academically incorrect today’s popular definition of conservatism was practiced by Southern Democrats. During to a degree and more prominently after Reagan and Bush, Sr., these Democrats began switching the political party.

Government dependency? Really depends upon definition as “family killing soul” is up for interpretation. With the abandonment of the Articles of Confederation, the Federal government assumed the debts incurred by individual states under the Constitution. The Federal government provided the protection for expansion to the West, and with the exception of James J. Hill’s RR, the government provided funding for the Transcontinental’s. Republicans such as T. Roosevelt, Taft, and a Democrat Wilson, championed the passage of consumer protections like the challenge of Northern Securities, Hepburn Act, Adamson Act, and so on. FDR did dramatically expand the government and LBJ pushed for Medicare and Medicaid, but neither IKE nor Nixon axed government programs. Government aid actually increased during Reagan and Bush, Sr., in various forms.

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YDoICare 1 year, 5 months ago on Cheek to bid DCP farewell

Don, best wishes for an enjoyable retirement and that you never forget that you are a hard-headed mule who can kick those health issues mentioned in an earlier article away. You’re still the teacher because some of the photos in this article turned on a light bulb for me. Mules like you and me, and every man over the age of 60 needs to pull out an old leisure suit with vest from the 1970s, and any male caught with his pants sagging on the ground should be required to wear that leisure suit for 30 days. The look, feel, and the aggravation of that vest always moving, might be a greater deterrent to any fine or jail time that a judge could levy. Best ole colleague, friend, and sincere individual.

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YDoICare 1 year, 6 months ago on Darton announces record enrollment of 6,405 students

Fryar you are correct and at one time Darton had some excellent faculty members who were respected in their professional fields. About 2003 and 2004, Darton brought in some young faculty members from outside the area to replace those who retired. Many of those replacements were young professors fresh out of graduate school who brought the best of all worlds. They could teach and really excelled with communication because they were of a similar age with the students. They knew their material and were active presenters at professional conferences in their fields and publishing in peer reviewed journals because that was a continuing aspect of their recent graduate training. They also had a strong desire to become members of the community. I called them kids because they were in their late 20s and early 30s, but honestly they were the types of faculty members that strengthen a school and an area.

The problem was that they were not part of the inner circle or network at Darton. They felt no reason to belittle others or play games because they had a higher level of ability and worked longer and harder than most because they were enthusiastic. That became a dilemma for some faculty and administrators who basically wanted to coast until they could buy into an early retirement. These young professors became a threat by simply doing their jobs which made those trying to coast look bad in comparison. As a result many of these young professors were attacked and vilified and left after only a few years.

All anyone needs to do is to look at the faculty turnover. While I have never met the majority of current faculty, I can observe that their academic credentials and institutions pale in comparison to those who held those positions previously. As for administration, are there any departments where the Deans or VPs were not internal appointments? Sadly, Darton expelled the types of professors who could have pushed the institution to a higher level and unfortunately, schools located in areas like Dougherty County will have problems attracting high quality faculty from outside the area. It also hurts when the individuals forced out are now fully established at other institutions and remain active and building their professional reputations in their respective fields.

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YDoICare 1 year, 6 months ago on Murfree nominated for GSSA Superintendent of Year

agirl_25, best on your hospital visit. I do not know if this is the same Joshua Murfree, and I cannot comment as to the contents or quality as I have not read anything from the manuscript, but there is a PhD thesis from 1987 at Howard entitled "The use of behavior therapy to decrease self-injurious behavior in severely mentally retarded individuals" attributed to Joshua W. Murfree. You may be able to obtain a copy at your local library through interlibrary loan or more information from a library database such as Dissertation Abstracts. The University of Michigan also microfilms dissertations for a large number of universities and may have an electronic abstract online. Here is a link to the Howard University listing on the WorldCat database: http://howardu.worldcat.org/title/use-of-behavior-therapy-to-decrease-self-injurious-behavior-in-severely-mentally-retarded-individuals/oclc/28960539&referer=brief_results

Again, best on your hospital visit.

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YDoICare 1 year, 6 months ago on DCPD Chief Don Cheek to retire

After the most important point of wishing Don well in his battle with leukemia, one thing I always liked with Don was our ability to disagree. He would state the reasons for his opinion while I listened, and then I would state mine while he listened. I don’t think either of us ever did a 180 on our position, but we ultimately found common grounds to build upon regardless of situation and focused on that instead of remaining fixated on the differences. My image remains of 2 stubborn mules, but where both mules pull the wagon, save the kicks until the completion of the days’ work, and then pull another wagon together or plow side by side the next day. Beat that leukemia Don!

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YDoICare 1 year, 7 months ago on Response must be swift on murder of ambassador

The death of Ambassador Stevins and others in these attacks is a tragedy, and my heart goes out to the friends and families of the victims of this atrocity. The perpetrators should be sought, trials held, and appropriate punishments levied to those guilty of committing murder. Why Americans and American media do not express the same outrage when similar acts of violence occur in our own hometowns, however, saddens me. What is different from a teacher, a clerk working in a convenience store, a civilian walking down the street or sitting in his or her home who is killed by someone committing a criminal act such as attempting to steal from their person, business, or home? What about an individual who kills a deputy called to investigate a noise complaint? It is just as horrific and occurs throughout the United States. Families of victims grieve, but murder is still murder regardless of if it were committed by a Libyan on these individuals or by an American on an American in our own community. None should be taken lightly.

To quote the editors: “But what has to come now is two things: Full cooperation by the Libyan government and the administration of justice to these killers.” “I have no disagreement, but ask why don’t we demand the same for murders within our continental borders? An innocent victim is still a victim regardless of if he or she were working in a consulate or embassy or working in the United States and serving the people of the community. Let us demand full cooperation from our communities to assist in bringing forth the perpetrators of crimes here so that justice can be administered and other crimes deterred just as we believe administration of justice should be carried out elsewhere for similar crimes. Do residents of Dougherty County feel safer in their homes and on the street in 2012 than they felt in 1990 or 1970?

Walt made a very astute comment in my opinion; those sent to respond need the appropriate tools and authority so that their lives are not placed in more danger. Fryar is correct in that these are radicals who committed these atrocities, not people who represent the actions of the majority of people there. Consider that most of us here will argue about any issues, believe the other is wrong, or maybe just agree to disagree, but how many of us commit murder? Should someone deserve punishment for sleeping their home because some idiot kills someone else in a drug deal 3 blocks away? We need to be careful in instantaneously linking everyone to a crime based on some category like ethnicity or other generated categories. Seek justice for those murdered overseas, but also demand that same justice at home.

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YDoICare 1 year, 7 months ago on ASU programs rated among best by National Publishers

RedEric, I agree. A degree or “formal classroom education” is only a path to additional possibilities. There are a number of careers where no degree is needed, and you receive the training necessary working as an apprentice. In some careers, the necessary knowledge comes from experience maybe learned from your father or mother and observing and assisting them.

Sister_Ruby, I agree as well and think it comes down to people not understanding the difference between learning and education. Also there is a difference between having knowledge and being able to put that knowledge to good use. I think that everyone needs some combination. For example, the ability to communicate, read, write, and understand mathematics are necessary skills for practically everyone regardless of position. Likewise, history and government teach us respect and appreciation; Sciences how things have to work together; Art, music and so on can help spur creativity. Still, you have to be able to apply those things to practical life. I did earn a PhD, but I am no smarter or better than either of my parents who only graduated high school. Honestly, my favorite skill has nothing to do with any classroom. I do not have any certifications, but I perform all the mechanical work on cars for all my friends and neighbors. I even installed a lift in my workshop to make exhaust and brake work easier. I picked up all those skills from my Dad, a welder, who informed me on my 8th birthday that we were going to build a car together from pieces picked up at a salvage yard. He knew everything from common sense and asking others. Today, I need to rely on that experience, but I also need to research new technology which is easier with my formal schooling.

If I were forced to be a mechanic to feed my family I might not enjoy it. Since it is weekend time with family and friends, it’s a way for me to relax and do something nice for others without needing anything in return. The degrees gave me that option of paths. If schools encouraged and gave equal weight to developing specific skills to enter into an occupation and common elements like I listed above, it would solve many employment and attitude problems in my opinion. The problem is that we think of them as separate and one better than the other when both are equally important and a mix is necessary. For one that mix might be 80/20 to reach maximum potential while another needs a 50/50 mix of bookwork and skill development. Education has become like too many things today where people are more concerned about appearance or a pretty cover and less about the actual contents. I consider someone who takes pride and does the best of their ability to accomplish a task to be more successful than someone who only does the minimum regardless if one is a regarded as blue collar or white collar or profession.

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YDoICare 1 year, 7 months ago on ASU programs rated among best by National Publishers

Agirl_25, I agree with you about the “criteria” for awards and recognitions such as this one, but they have become common in higher education regardless of institution. I find that unfortunate as you and I probably agree that awards should mean achievement versus acceptable performance. Over the years Darton has touted their selection for various technological recognitions where the recipients were chosen by the filling out of multiple choice questionnaires by the institution. Time flies, but it was probably within the last 2 or 3 years that some publication rated Darton and the community as the third safest in terms of campus and surrounding living conditions in the state of GA. It’s not ASU or Darton, but practically every institution in every state receives similar styled recognitions in some area. I’m not familiar with as many ASU faculty members today, but several during my time in Albany were highly respected researchers and excellent teachers in their fields. One in particular had offers from schools such as Emory, Brown, UGA, and Yale, at significantly higher salaries. He taught at ASU because he wanted to spend time near his aging in-laws who lived in Worth because they needed assistance from their daughter. His decision also allowed his children to know their grandparents better before they passed.

In my opinion, these types of awards and recognitions are honorary, and in the long run of that “no harm no foul” “let them play” style of officiating in that as long as someone does not get an unfair advantage, let them all compete. With events such as this, I’m really reminded of the commentary regarding another honorary award given by ASU to a publically labeled “undeserving or has done nothing” individual. http://www.albanyherald.com/news/2011.... On that one, I could have published another book.

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YDoICare 1 year, 8 months ago on Sireno: More changes ahead for Darton

Sherwood, I glad you had a positive experience and hope that the continuation of your formal education is continuing to go well. During 2 semesters, I'm guessing you probably earned about 30 hours from Darton which would be primarily in general core survey courses. From what I hear from former colleagues is that transfer and prepardness issues are prominent in the sophomore level classes. That was one of the issues in addition to transferring out of state during my last semesters in Georgia.

You make a great point about advising which is a point many of us tried to make at Darton. Because of numbers and the registration process at Darton, faculty advising for the majority of students is simply data entry. For a faculty member to advise, meaning talk of career possibilities, transfer options, scholarships at the next level, and just to chat about some of things we discovered or may have done differently if we had known at that stage of our life, really requires a student to come to our office at a time other than the "official advising period." With some departments if you did not register x number of students during the day, you were reprimanded. Other schools have the student register for courses and saving that time allows the faculty and student to actually discuss concerns and real options during advising. I have never attended and thankfully have not taught at another school that conducts registration and "official advising" in the manner of Darton.

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YDoICare 1 year, 8 months ago on Sireno: More changes ahead for Darton

Guardian I would argue that your experience was the norm up until right after you graduated in 2003. It was a year or so later that the high faculty turnover began to occur. First by retirement, and those new hires most like the faculty you had starting their exodus. Unfortunately the school standards from your student days have been eroding steadily since your graduation.

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