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oldster 1 year, 2 months ago on While DCSS struggles to right ship, many in region pulling for it

Terry, to adequately find the root cause of DCSS problems you would have to go back many generations. I think Monroe HS started about 1949 or 1950 and I have been told that it was designated as the "black school", that is a problem. Them in the summer of 1978 Judge Wilbur Owens (Macon) ordered busing to integrate the schools into a racial balance. This probably more than any other thing threw the system into turmoil. It could be argued that this prompted an exodus of sorts for many people "out" of Dougherty county. The system, from what I have seen has struggled since then, it has seen some successes and some failures along the way. But in the past few years the wheels seem to have fallen off the wagon. There are many things I could write about but it would be too lengthy for this forum. To blame it on the superintendents past or present would be the easy way out, I think people need to take a hard look at themselves in the mirror and realize that the problem starts with "ME".

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oldster 1 year, 2 months ago on Terrell leads Albany area schools in cohort graduation rates

Congratulations to Terrel County Schools. There is an upper echelon of schools in the area that are around the 75% mark and then there are those who are not performing well at all. Terrel, Baker, Calhoun and Mitchell are areas where the economy is not particularly robust, but they performed well, therefore the schools in Dougherty that did not perform well can't use the economy as an excuse. There is definitely opportunity for improvement.

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oldster 1 year, 2 months ago on Bright of the Day - May 20, 2013

Rush hour on the big bypass around Atlanta is like a NASCAR experience, 85 miles an hour over about 8 lanes of bumper to bumper traffic, twice I saw a driver change about 6 lanes in one big move. If they ever enforced the speed limit up there it would probably cripple the city. I will take the Albany rush hour any day over the Atlanta experience.

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oldster 1 year, 2 months ago on Squawk of the day - May 18, 2013

In response to the original squawk, one could argue that the Chamber of Commerce is trying to bring business and industry here not so much to make it a bigger city but to provide jobs for the citizens to improve their quality of life. Albany has it's troubles to be sure, but we shouldn't be so negative or sarcastic when groups like the chamber is trying to do something positive.

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oldster 1 year, 2 months ago on Local fallen officers remembered

Forgive me as I am going by memory here without notes. I think it was in the book by George Orwell (1984) he wrote; We live in relative safety because young, strong, brave men and women police and soldiers, risk there lives to protect us. For all of those who died in the line of duty to protect us; Eternal Rest grant unto them O' Lord and let perpetual Light shine upon them. May they Rest in Peace. Amen.

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oldster 1 year, 2 months ago on Squawk of the day - May 14, 2013

Many years ago when I used to be a liberal, while in the break room at work I made the comment that I sure felt sorry for those people in jail. One of my older co workers replied with some excellent country wisdom; "I wouldn't go feeling too sorry for them, they generally don't lock people up for singing too loud in church." I have always remembered his friendly remark.

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oldster 1 year, 2 months ago on Squawk of the day - May 12, 2013

Living in apartments in the heart of downtown Albany would be.... Are you out of your minds? Please do check and see how many are willing to live there before you build anything with one penny of public money.

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oldster 1 year, 2 months ago on Group working to bring Paula Deen museum to Albany

Paula Deen was from Albany, graduated from Albany HS and is a popular and wonderful cook. A museum is a nice thought. But in reality I don't see enough people driving 35 miles off Interstate 75 just to stroll through a museum dedicated to her, and she won't even be there to cook for them. If it is built with all private money and someone is willing to take the risk...fine. No public money should be invested in this as Albany and Dougherty County have enough debts to worry about.

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