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There is a fine for being caught with the phone or other electronic device in school during school hours. The 1st offense is $10 which has to be paid in person by the parent. The phone is then given to the parent so that the parent is aware that the child's phone was taken up.
My Lee County High student has a cellphone and knows, if the phone gets taken up in school because HE choose not to follow the rules, then the phone will be at the school until the last day of classes for the year. I don't condone students not following the rules. It makes me even madder when I have friends tell me that their child sent them a text during school and THE PARENT RESPONDED!!!! This just tells the student that it's okay to text during school hours and it's okay NOT to follow the rules.
Parents that are getting upset about their kids not following the rules are probably parents that speed down the road and tell their kids it's okay to go over the speed limit. These parents set examples that it's okay to pick and choose which rules to follow and then get bent out of shape with authorities when their kids are caught following the example they set.
The Albany Herald may not have chosen to center the SOTD around 9/11, BUT, we the readers of the online squawk, have taken a stand, united together and have centered our thoughts, feelings and posts around what today means to each of us. THIS IS WHAT THIS DAY IS ALL ABOUT............ UNITY, STANDING TOGETHER, NO SOCIAL DIVIDES
@Albany Herald..... This Squawk of the Day should have been reflective of the importance of what 9/11 means to this country. As a nation that is still healing and recovering from such tragedy, this should have been a place where we could unite in remembering what this day means to all of us. Instead we are looking at a squawk about some undereducated family that thinks it's funny that they act the way they do and that think people want to see their lives on national television. Instead people are watching because they are laughing at what they believe the stereotypical southern family acts like. This is such a slap in the face to the importance of what today is truly about. This is a day that the nation will NEVER forget and should NEVER forget, yet you have soiled it with such a disrespectful squawk about a disrespectful family. Please consider this in the future when you choose the Squawk of the Day and consider tailoring the squawk to fit important days in history.
Sister Ruby, I don't think I have ever seen you get this heated. While I completely agree that a Remembrance Squawk would have been more proper, don't let those who aren't respectful of what today means, upset you so much that you lose the respectful way in which you reply. I have always agreed with what you post here, you have always handled yourself in a very respectful manner while still holding your ground, let's show them together how those of us who Remember the lives lost and the impact this day had on the USA, honor those lives. Keep standing true to your beliefs and convictions Sister Ruby, but let's honor 9/11 by showing respect ourselves. I completely agree with how angry and upset you are and believe that you are justified in being upset.
I am not a resident of Dougherty County, but this concerns even me. We all have heard the problems within the Dougherty County School System, and there are students within the system who have a strong desire to learn and rise above and out of Dougherty County. This is going to greatly hinder their access to resources that may be their only outlet to research materials. I am a firm believer that that in order for an individual to reach their fullest potential you have to give that person access to resources to rise up. It goes back to the saying that goes somewhat like this "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, TEACH a man to fish and he can eat for a lifetime." If we don't find a way to make resources available to our youngsters how are they going to learn to stand on their own and NOT rely on government assistance. That is another major gripe here in this area.
We have so many individuals that are on government assistance here that with a solid education, they may be able to rise above the need for such help. Now, I realize and support the fact that education and the desire to learn and make good grades MUST be instilled at the home level, it is NOT strictly the teacher's job to MAKE a kid make good grades. The PARENTS must encourage their kids to learn, monitor their kids grades, and make education a priority. NOT just complain because little Johnny got in trouble because of something Mama thinks he should have gotten away from. Kids need home training AT HOME. Our kids are behind in Math and Science compared to some other nations. If we continue to remove and restrict resources they are going to continue to score behind these other nations. Find somewhere else to cut funds from and leave the resources alone.
Yes, those that want to excel after the closing of these branches, will find a way to get to other branches. But what about the parents who are using these branches due for closure for locating jobs? You want them off the government payrolls, but you're are hindering their ability to get any other type of paycheck. Some companies now require applications to be completed online... if a person's only access to internet is at the library (come on now, power, rent, clothing, food are more important than internet) then why are we removing this resource from the job hunter. SURELY IT IS CHEAPER TO PAY SOME PART TIME EMPLOYEES THAN IT IS TO KEEP SOMEONE ON GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE. Decrease operation hours at these locations while kids aren't in school, close the doors at 6pm instead of 9pm, but DON'T take away a resource that the community greatly needs.
I'm surprised that you haven't responded at all to the message I left for you here via the "Leave a Message for Sister_Ruby" area on this page.
Sister Ruby, I messaged you last week, did you get my message on here? I got no reply from you.
It was very touching, I agree. I hope it brought even momentary flash of comfort to the family to know just how much support they have from their community and how much respect their community had for their son/husband/father/brother/etc. He was a fine young man, I have no doubt he wore his uniform with pride and brought honor to it every time he wore it. I hope this community doesn't let that one moment be the only moment they show support to this family, they continue to need our thoughts and prayers in the days to come.
Squawker, thank you for your service, thank you for your sacrifices, your family was blessed in your safe return home and future military personnel will be blessed to have a veteran to turn to for support and council as they return home from their tours and as they try to integrate back into civilian life when that day comes for them.
@FlunkyMonkey - I don't have an answer for you as to why we can't do it. It's a shame we can unite for certain things for a few hours and then go our separate ways, yet we can't plan a yearly event where we set aside ALL dividers (race, age, political agenda, what side of the tracks you were born and raised on, etc) and honor all of the HEROs that have given this nation the freedoms and privileges that we have. We don't just need to remember the fallen HEROs, but those HEROs that continue to fight and those that returned home to their families. Their lives as they knew it before they left that very first day for Boot Camp was never the same after they came home from serving a tour somewhere. Especially those that served during a time of war. My dad was Navy, drove the Admiral's Barge and was on the USS Forrestal when it caught fire killing 134 sailors and injuring 161. Those memories are ingrained in my father's mind, just as much as the memories are ingrained in the minds of those that saw death on the ground or in the air. ALL of these men and women need to be honored yearly. Unfortunately it has taken the death of a local young Marine to make us sit down and ask these questions aloud and not just within our households. That question was one I heard a lot while standing on the road side yesterday. I am sure the family would LOVE a memorial walk in his honor and in honor of the other Vets that have fallen, served or currently serving this great nation. We should get with the American Legion and our counties to see about putting something together.
@Isk1, it wasn't just heartbreaking, but it was a beautiful sight to see everyone standing shoulder to shoulder honoring this young man and showing respect to his family. There were no racial lines to be seen today, it was all about a community gathering together to offer a family support and to show respect for an American Hero! I watched as people of all races handed flags to others, stood shoulder to shoulder, and stood united in support, united in pride for this young man's sacrifice and united in their Patriotic beliefs. THAT was a BEAUTIFUL sight. Even as the the motorcycles passed, it was as if we all stood in a world that stopped in reverence to this young man, because I believe they (the motorcycles) didn't even sound loud enough to muffle the dropping of a pin on the road way. So amazing, how it was SOOOOOOOOO peaceful during those minutes as the procession passed by.
Semper Fi, LCpl Steven Sutton, Semper Fi! You have left us in body, but your memory will remain strong in our hearts and minds forever. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice and I know all of the soldiers that have gone before you will be saluting your entrance into the gates of Heaven.
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