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Think about some of these individuals and how often they were seen and heard giving their time and energy for the good of the area and not filling their own pockets. With all of our economic issues, wouldn’t it beneficial to have input from the Singhs? How many articles did Mr. Singh write revealing aspects of local finances for the Herald? How about another take on funding of some of Albany’s “attractions” from Bob Wynegar who raised a lot of money for the area through educational programs? How much did the Etheridges contribute to the area? Political forums, local civic groups needing a speaker, both city American Legion posts, and our cable TV viewers did not just see him whenever his services were requested or needed, but saw Haydel on a regular basis and discovered an articulate bulldog minded advocate. When you did not see him working or volunteering, you could often find him walking and picking up trash thrown by litterbugs on the side of roads. Hertzog was a regular visitor to MCLB working on equipment and coordinating programs. What about the women? Pfeifer was a regular volunteer, brought true international expertise, and helped get several students admitted to highly selective schools like Duke. Grantham and Bryant personified the national efforts to get girls interested in math and science and helped pave the way for many to get accepted at Georgia Tech. This list would continue for pages and pages, and only gets sadder.
Many, oh too many, years ago Darton was a solid academic institution with superior faculty who were tough yet fair. Of course one cannot blame the school for the aging process and retirements of former faculty such as Bob Carlile, Royce Shingleton, Terry Thornton, James Russell, Walter Merritt, Garry Whitehead, Barbara McLendon, and many others whose names I cannot immediately recall. New professors of the same academic credentials, professional recognitions in their disciplines, and high standards in the classroom were in fact hired to fill many of these positions. Many of those new hires were very active in the community, volunteers for various civic causes, and quite frankly the young and productive individuals with the work ethic and enthusiasm to make any area more business and family friendly. The problem is that Darton ran off many of these faculty members because they had high standards and challenged the good ole boy corruption at the school level, city, and county levels. I’m still in contact with a few, and it is a shame that all the grant money they have brought into their current institutions as well as the national and even international programs and awards they have received did not result in positive recognition for Darton, Albany, and Dougherty County.
Objective, I think we do agree on this topic and would probably agree on more than we would disagree. Even on those occasions we would most likely agree to disagree after hearing each other out. I’ve just gotten into the habit of commenting whenever I read something either pro or con regarding President Obama which isn’t as simple as many people think. Unfortunately, I think national politics has gotten so polarized that anyone toward the middle takes extra heat. Obama is far from perfect, but I do not find him to be anti-American or anywhere near being a socialist as others contend. Likewise, Romney has some positives and negatives. Sadly, race does play a factor with some people who can only see faults and others perfection because of the race, but I do give the President credit for not making race into an issue with his positions. Regardless of who is in office, however, Congress needs to get off their pedestal and represent the people of their districts and state instead of the interests of Super PACs and 501c organizations. It’s sad that non-profit groups who solely exist to push political agendas are tax exempt even though they are financed by millionaires; while local groups who often have to fight through tons of red tape to pick up garbage or assist the community are sometimes limited because a few only seek profit for themselves and not betterment of the community for all. Best to you and yours, have a great day and even better tomorrows.
Objective you are correct in regards to the Senate vote and actually there have been multiple votes. One point of clarification, however, is that the President, Obama in this case, or any prior or future President of United States does not have the Constitutional authority to establish the Federal Budget. The President as you wrote “proposes” which is only a listing of suggestions supplied first to the House of Representatives since they alone have the power to originate any bill for the raising of revenue. The US Senate may propose or concur with the House on said bills just like any other bill. Once a budget is passed by the House initially and then the Senate (with both passing all sections and amendments), the President then has the Constitutional authority to sign, veto, or allow the budget to become enacted without signature following 10 days.
The blame for failing to pass budget does not stand with the President, regardless of who is in office at the time. The President does not have the power to create a budget under the Constitution. The blame stands with Congress and both chambers. The House refuses to send something to the Senate that has any hope of passing, and the Senate proposes amended versions of those same budget proposals which do not have any chance of passing the House. Both chambers, however, can find the time to pass “urgent” measures such as naming Post Offices and Federal Buildings, but recess before any discussion of the Post Office’s default on having to have revenue currently on hand to guarantee future pensions.
No President, past, present, or future, has the Constitutional power to change this lack of Congressional action whether it gets labeled partisan or bi-partisan. Unless one Party has a 60+ Member majority in the US Senate which neither Party has, one Senator has the power to prevent legislation from moving forward since cloture cannot be invoked. In the House, the majority Party whether by 1 member or 434 members has the power to at least move legislation forward. Like any President, Obama deserves criticism for some positions and praise for others depending on one’s personal beliefs. My contention is that with the atmosphere in Congress this entire Presidential term, Obama, Clinton, McCain, Romney, or anyone else either last election or this election would have similar success in helping the vast majority of Americans and maintaining the United States as a world leader.
agirl_25 Great statement for all and an important reminder of how quickly someone can find themselves in financial difficulties regardless of if it is through your own fault, somebody else's, or a circumstance beyond anyone's control such as that resulting from an accident or health situation. I had the fortune of working with a man who always paid everything up front until an accident on his farm put him into the hospital at age 80. He had health insurance but not enough "ready cash" to pay his deductible and tried to crawl out of the hospital without any treatment. Fortunately, he did not suffer additional health problems when a few of us, who back in our high school days had always discovered that he "needed" his barn painted, fences strung, or other work whenever we needed money to repair our trucks or for a dance, finally had a chance to repay him for being there for us when we were kids. Nice how his lectures to us about money were just as stern now that we are in our 30s and 40s as it was as a high school kid. Sad that too many people forget that the best way to teach or inspire someone else is by taking the time to listen to them and setting an example with how you lead your own life. I really do mourn the passing of the generation that endured the Great Depression and sacrificed in WWII and sought fair and not specialized treatment regardless of gender or skin color in the 50s and 60s.
I was wondering if Mr. Pike still taught Leadership Development at Darton and if that course was still a requirement for participation in their Honors Program?
Sir, I agree with your statement concerning work ethic which I believe is one of the overall points made by my former colleague. Attitudes, ethics, learning, etc., are neither meant to begin nor be emphasized only in a school. If all of these popular reforms addressed ways to instill a strong desire to succeed in children before even reaching school age, many of the problems seen in schools today would be minimized. It took me over 60 years to really understand just how much my parents influenced me in my education by simply reading with me and my Dad by letting me watch him take things apart to repair and then showing me how to make things before I even started school. Both of my parents graduated high school but neither had additional formal education. Over the years many times I became frustrated and wanted to quit school, and my Dad just told me that school was a way to have more choices than he had. Whether I continued or not, any success really depended on how hard I worked and being able to use what I knew to overcome things I had never seen before. I did earn a PhD. However, I will never claim to have even an ounce of intelligence that both of my parents had with their high school degrees and experience. Without emphasizing character and fundamentals at the earliest age when we are still open minded, no amount of technology in the classroom or money will solve the education drain. That’s just my opinion and the interpretation I get from my former colleague's writing of changing the attitude and culture. If you wait too long, children discover what they can’t do as opposed to that belief we all have in our youth of being able to accomplish anything.
Sir, an excellent observation. You may appreciate a piece that one of my former colleagues, although he taught in a different division, wrote concerning the status of education from a modern historical perspective. Like me, he left Albany for a place where the ability to conduct research and receive grants were not impeded by the insecurity of the old guard who felt threatened if someone outworked their chosen minions. While I may not agree with all of the points made, I do agree with this statement: “Key elements remain dedication, persistence, and hard work. There is no easy route and few immediately quantifiable statistics.” Unless, I am incorrect, your observation points to those same elements being needed in education systems today.
Cartman, not attempting to kill the messenger but hoping to shine a light so that the messenger can look back and see some of the greatest accomplishments made possible only by the press demanding answers. It seems that things are getting worse in Albany, and I just learned that a couple of friends and former colleagues are leaving to teach at a college in Florida for the Fall semester. Like me, they once thought of retiring in the area but without any family ties, why not try another place where you feel like you can make a difference? Too many good people have left, but a lot still remain. From reading and old friends, however, it seems that even fewer people are catching the fish each year. So if the media would investigate, they might discover the holes where the fish are hiding, and just how these sweet spots developed instead of merely showing pictures of the catch. I think Mr. Sumner has the ability to not just pass along the pictures, but to discover the bait and whether or not the pond has been stocked. Many people are willing to fish, but not if they have nothing left to bait their hooks or as is the possibility based on similar communities, no water in which to wet their lines as the ponds have all been drained or fenced in.
Mr. Sumner, 43cop may be referring not to the actual articles, but to comments made by you toward other commentors. For example, your “How can the populace expect to have competent elected officials when most of the voters are ignorant to the government as evidenced by Moma?” (http://www.albanyherald.com/news/2012...). As I replied then, “the media could help combat public ignorance by informing the public as to how and where to obtain easy access to the itemized penny by penny budgets. Some media sources even publish or provide online access to assist the public.” “It is the responsibility of both the public and the press to demand answers and to expose the incompetency. Members of the press should not be writing articles or making assertions about the total voting populace using a sampling of only one individual. Likewise, the public should not condemn the press for reporting both positives and negatives, nor should either the public or press confuse unbiased reporting versus editorial pieces.” (see previous link for full remarks).
As to these statements: “43 Cop, I merely cover the meetings and report to you what is discussed. I have no influence whatsoever in how policy decisions are made.” Sir you are incorrect, being a member of the press does not dismiss your rights as a citizen. Like any citizen, you have the right to request answers and additional details on policy decisions made by public bodies that are charged with the responsibility of representing the concerns of those in their district. There is no need or public desire for editorializing in specific articles by members of the press. The press, however, has an advantage over an individual citizen in obtaining information as the press is also a representative of its readers and has special access to individuals and information not readily available to the general populace. Whereas a voter or reader has one voice, the press is a multitude of voices charged with combating “ignorance.” Whether in the days of attaching a “Press” card to a hat or lapel or in today’s world, investigative reporting and simply creating a means by which the public can view specific documents and proposals have changed the course of events.
You are correct sir that 43cop should contact his county commissioner, but instead of only reporting the “what” asking the questions of “how” and “why” and reporting the responses are just as vital. Then, it can proceed to the “show me the evidence” with Georgia and its open records procedures. Even if both media and individuals can file, should the same question and answer be sent 100 times or to the public information medium to distribute the contents to many more through the power of the pen?
Cartman, I believe you have just hit on one of the key issues for a better Albany and Dougherty County which the city and county commissioners and educational leadership regardless of whether they represent ASU, Darton, Tech, or local school systems fail to acknowledge. “This town could use a few more businessmen with their (Terry Ho and family) ambition, work-ethic, and perseverence.” His businesses are a few of the things I miss after leaving Albany. Terry is a class act in how he treats everyone, newcomer like I was or long term area resident, with courtesy and respect. The quantity of his product was always sufficient for the price, but his primary concern was its quality. Simply put, he works hard and has a genuine concern for his customers and the community. No matter who you are, you can definitely learn something from Terry. Too bad many elected officials and educational advocates today neglect the importance of the simple qualities you mentioned in making a better present and future. I’m proud to have known Terry while I was in GA.
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