FREE SPEECH for the week of Sept. 24 – Sept. 30

Free Speechers, here’s your “have at it” page again.

Post on topic or off topic or make up your own topic.

Here are some anonymous contributions that showed up in my email last week to get your pumps primed.

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I have some advice on how to fix our messed up schools and budget deficit. Don’t cut the teacher pay, but cut their extra supplement by 5%, start charging for school busses, collect all the money we are owed from the out of county kids who have been caught in our schools illegally and do NOT let them back in, quit letting kids go to different schools in the county with “special permission” as that is what messed up our schools to begin with, get rid of the senior tax exemption if they have grandkids living with them that are in our schools, and start charging the out of county teachers kids that go to our schools. Maybe even stop serving hot meals. Not popular decisions, but necessary to save our school system. There you have it, and the advice was free.

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WOW,WOW,WOW. I just got put in the group that doesn’t pay federal income tax. The group that Romney says he doesn”t worry about because we expect the gov’t to take care us. My wife and I paid income tax until our retirement. Our retirement is not enough that we have to pay income tax. Mr. Romney, you really are out of touch with the lower middle class. I get nothing, natta, from the government; never have. Mr. Romney, you need to go into the cities and go to the poorer areas in the morning. You would see thousands of people going to work every morning on the subways and buses. Most of these folks go to jobs that do not pay a living wage. Mr. Romney, many of the folks clean homes, cars, offices, and have more than one generation living in a small apartment and they need government’s help. These folks furnish the young to fight our wars. How much is it worth to you, Mr. Romney, to have the poor kids to die in war so that you and the higher class won’t have to? You just lost our vote. — Senoia, Ga.

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E-gad. Yet another, too lengthy, dissertation from that Mr Parker in Peachtee City. ENOUGH! Even the AJC limits letter, faxes and e-mails to so many words or less. His using The Citizen to hear himself talk (and voicing his political views among other things) is getting to be too much. Who made him king? I'm just about ready to just throw your paper in the trash when it shows up, because it is the same thing over and over (about the same stuff, from the same people). We are just WEARY of it. Must say, though, I love the editorial cartoons!

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Thank you for the excellent article by Derek Wolter. It was superb. Kudos to you for giving us a good dose of thinking print.

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Free Speech is free for another week — have at it!

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Butler building on JC Booth school grounds..

Built right up the hill from the Parkway....someone tell me this is not the final exterior finish on this building. No way a regular property owner in that area of town could get an approval for such an ugly building. It doesn't fit at all. What was the School Board thinking? Hideous is being kind to this building in that spot.

What gives?

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Could be a coupla mraps are going to be moved in there.

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Jury Duty

Got my letter in the mail the other day. 3rd time in 6 or 7 years. Is that normal? Wondering if Sheila:

A. Is punishing me for not voting for hubby
B. this is normal
C. She's got a crush on me?

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Husband - Jury Duty

Moved out here in 1987 and was first called in 2012 and again earlier this year.

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DaddyO Duty

My guess....d) all of the above

For me, once in 20 years. Lucky you.

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First two times

I was released the first day. Hoping for the same.

I will say, Mrs. Studdard ran a good ship and had a great personality.

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Fire at City Hall pkg lot transformer

An electrical transformer at the back parking lot entrance to city hall just blew up and is on fire. georgia Power is on the way. Do NOT come down, PD has iWillowbend blocked off. Fried telephone pole above it.
It is NOT close to the building and City Hall is fine .

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Hey gang - Time to take a break..

from the endless political dialog aka the conga line.

If you are an unfortunate owner of a GM vehicle go to the website below and check to see if you car is affected with the unintended ignition key rotation problem. Be safe and take a look.

https://recalls.gm.com/#/

Additional info:

http://www.gmignitionupdate.com

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Slow motion war

Russia retaliates with bans on food imports from EU, U.S.
Farmers in Eastern Europe will be most affected, this is another fine mess our brilliant President has gotten us into.

Trade wars, especially surrounding food only play into the hands of dictators that want more power from a dependent population.

It can all end poorly for the world when the actual shooting breaks out.

At some point we need to decide based on the facts what our energy policy will be in the West, we can rely on the Mid-East and Russia or we can be self reliant. Let's not confuse the "Green" movement with the hydrocarbon reality and a road to world peace. Our need for oil is funding our enemies, let's snap out of it. Start drilling and building our own domestic refineries if we don't want to be blackmailed by tin star second rate dictators. Let them go deal with their domestic issues without blaming us for all their problems. Russia is in trouble, so is the Middle East our only interest in them is oil, let's cut it off.

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John Kerry surfaces on Nantucket

on a pink girl's bicycle....

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/columnists/howie_carr/2014/08/carr_...

Howie Carr from the Boston Herald strikes again. I mean, really, can we take another 824 days of this?

Putin has 20 thousand or more troops on the border ready to invade Ukraine.

Netenyahu has just flattened terrorists on Israel's border in less than 30 days.

And we have...John Kerry.

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Behind Braelin Shopping Center

What's going on with the tree clearing behind the shopping center?

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PTC Guy

Where you been? Kroger is doing a 43,000 sq. ft. expansion. They have taken over the shops on either end of their building and will expand on both ends upward and back into the woods. The back driveway will be just about along the cart path back there in a few areas when done in the fall of 2015. Here is some of it below:

http://thecitizen.com/articles/01-31-2013/braelinn-kroger-expansion-gets...

They are building a new path entrance point to the shopping center down closer to Crosstown Grille that will stay in place during construction and after, since the one next to El Ranchero is closed due to construction. The original path will reopen after construction again, too.

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Thanks for the info. I'd

Thanks for the info. I'd forgotten about the expansion since it was announced so long ago. I didn't realize they were expanding rearward as well as to both sides, until I re-read the original article. Looking forward to a bigger, better (hopefully) store...

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PTCGuy-no problem

Let me correct one thing I said in my previous post to you. I went by there tonight and the path entrance is still open. It will be closed soon and a new path will be built closer to Crosstown Grille in it's place. I sure am glad I'm not the Kroger tractor trailer delivery guy.

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Obama's Ebola?

Am I the only one seeing the very obvious political motive behind the bruhaha being made about these 2 patients? The timing of it all? Today, we have a 12 noon touch down at Dobbins, just in time for the lunch hour news cycle. Coincidence? I think not. We have 3 black SUV's lined up to escort the ambulance, in addition to law enforcement and news crews lining the route and CNN headquarters right nearby. Coincidence? I think not.

All in time for Barry's African summit today with a state dinner tonight. All in time for Barry to hold the largest international gathering in DC ever. Other political and business leaders from Africa have been invited. A slew of street closures are planned for downtown DC in the next 3 days. The Office of Personnel Management has advised that federal employees work from home.

Funny, too, how the CDC is being given all this positive press time, in light of 2 very unprofessional actions by their employees in the last few months. Coincidence? I think not.

Where is the focus on these 2 humble and giving medical professionals? Give them and their families their privacy as they come home to heal.

Barry's virus, use it for all the political gain you can while an election is coming up. Meanwhile, a US General is killed in Afghanistan. How much time will the media devote to that travesty in the next 3 days? This is made public by the Pentagon at the same time as the Ebola doctor is being trailed by press to the hospital? Coincidence? I think not.

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MLC & black suvs

Think they're FBI--why would they be involved?

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AHG- Indeed, good point

Because they have nothing better to do under this administration???

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Israeli P.M. to U.S. Ambassador Shapiro

"Never second guess me again on Hamas. .....I know best how to handle Hamas".

Translated from Yiddish into English the above means.."Tell that Kerry clown to go take a flying leap. Tell Kerry to tell his boss to take a leap, too."

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Never second guess me again on Hamas

If the PM doesn't like being given advice from the people who are supplying him most of his arms and money then Obama should do what the first Bush did and cut off the aid.

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Never second guess me again on Hamas

If the PM doesn't like being given advice from the people who are supplying him most of his arms and money then Obama should do what the first Bush did and cut off the aid.

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Self Defense - MLC

There are countries in the Middle East and elsewhere that have citizens willing to die for their freedom and live in peace, if we're smart will send them all the equipment and training necessary to achieve this.

Of course, this requires American leadership that will communicate a strategy concerning our determination to defend those individuals, including arming people, something the current regime is incapable of doing.

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MLC & Israeli PM

Classic Netanyahu! And did you see the lick Charles Krauthammer put on Kerry in today's AJC? Vintage Charles--gotta love it!

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AHG live on CNN now

Press conference by Netanyahu and Defense Secretary.
I will check out C. K. Thanks!

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Tomorrow Lake McIntosh Park

there is a model sailboat regatta planned. However, weather might be a factor.

2014 Peachtree City Regatta
EC12 meter boats. These are radio controlled yachts, about 5 feet long, mast 6 feet tall, and weigh around 24 pounds. The local Turtle Pond Model Yacht club is hosting.

Saturday
9:30AM First race
12:30-1:15PM break for lunch
1:15PM Racing resumes, no race to begin after 4:30PM

Sunday
9:15AM Skippers meeting at the Pavillion
9:30AM First race, no race to begin after 12 noon
12:30-1PM Awards presentation

Awards will be presented to the top 5 skippers.

I am letting everyone know if you have never seen these yachts race before, they are fun to watch. These skippers love what they do and have a great time and enjoy spectators.

Remember, free if you have Fayette County tag or a golf cart. Fee for out of county.

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Dry Cleaners in PTC

Not in the West Village and NOT Kim's cleaners....any recommendations?

Kim and crew have ruined my last shirt and blamed me. Although the young gal who works the window is as nice as she can be. The owners are never at fault....

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Brass Hangar? Don't use them much, but have never had a complaint. We use the Crosstown location. Good luck.

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Dry Cleaning

Also used Brass Hangar regularly before the advent of business casual, then retirement. Not much since. As I recall I never had an issue with them, unlike the one across the street in Braelinn.

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78 degrees out

Woo hoo! Open those windows and get outside while it lasts!

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Congratulations PTCLL

The local PTCLL baseball team this past week won the state tournament and will represent GA in the SE Region starting Saturday August 2nd and will play games against NC, WV, and FL in Warner Springs, GA. Way to go guys.

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PTC Little League - State Champions

Outstanding!!!!!

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CNN live 40 hearses carrying

Terrorist victims in The Netherlands, along with memorial service. So touching and sad the grief another country has to go through. Beautiful countryside, road lined with mourners.

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Hwy 54 between PTC & Fayetteville

If we have this new law about not driving in the left lane if you are impeding vehicles from passing you, I think it is time the FC Sheriffs Office come on out and step up patrols to enforce it. Man, that road is a clusterf%$# of clogged up vehicles in both lanes. I'd bet the majority do not even know about this new law.

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Lane discipline is the last thing on many drivers minds..

They have no idea how much better traffic would flow if they would just follow this simple rule. "Slower Traffic Keep Right"...not even sure why we needed a new law, this has been the law in Georgia for years on multiple lane divided highways...yet people refuse to even bother. Oh well, that text coming in is more important anyways.

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Left lane

Could be the same condition suffered by my late father-in-law. He lived in a retirement community in FL about 5 miles from the beach. When driving him and my mother-in-law to the beach, because part way there the right lane became a turn only, his instructions to me immediately after entering the highway were to get in the left lane. That was the way he did it and that was it.

Hate to think I'm now sneaking up on the age he was then. And btw, the left laners drive me nuts too.

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You are right

My most recent experience was coming from Fayetteville this morning, the car in front of me had a driver who you could barely see over the back of the seat and they had a smartphone in their right hand with their arm extended almost over to the middle of car (talking on speakerphone, I guess...long distance...) and they were going 40 mph or less, and drifting in and out of lane. 55mph speed zone. There were cars to the right, all lined up and me behind this dude or dudette making up a new vocabulary that they might not understand with or without said phone if they could have heard me. Out of county tag.

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Floridians are so Patriotic!

On the way down to Marco Island I came across several overpasses on I-75 crowded with people waving the US flag and carrying signs saying “Impeach Now” and “No Amnesty”.

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Some more Patriots!

Seems there are a few in Indiana and Chicopee Massachusetts, too. Sixty five percent of applications of unaccompanied minors have been granted asylum immediately in 2014 by ICE. Sixty five percent.

Seems Barry's good buddy Gov. Deval Patrick has been lying when he has said they will only stay 4 months and be deported. These local leaders are now faced with this fight against Barry's policies.

Listen to the BEST press conference EVER on this by the Mayor of Chicopee (2nd link below) about the impact on his small city and what the Dept. of Defense has said against using military bases for this purpose. Even the Dept. of Defense has come out against this.

This is disgusting that the feds are forcing this situation on a city of 55,000. On a side note, in 1964 & 1965, the back yard of our home bordered the security perimeter fence with Westover AFB. 91 Mandalay Rd. I went to school in the Chicopee school system.

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2014/07/sheriff_asyl...

http://www.wggb.com/2014/07/18/live-streaming-at-3-chicopees-mayor-react...

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moe - Illegals at Westover

I can see it now...an attorney representing some fringe human rights group supported by the Democrats will sue the government claiming all those illegals are housed in buildings that contain asbestos and lead based paint.

BTW, I wonder how dear ole uncle Obama is doing?

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LIES FROM DAVID STUDDARD

*** RINO ALERT ***

HERE IS THE EMAIL I RECEIVED FROM LAMAR COUNTY REPUBLICAN KENT KINGSLEY:

Dear Friends,

I have tried to stay out of the hotly contested state senate race, sure I have my favorite, but I haven't "involved" myself, until now. When I ran for Congress everything I said or in any my paid advertisements was the truth to the best of my knowledge. If a candidate for office can't tell the truth, just think what they will be like if elected.

Today I received a mailer and in the Barnesville paper was the same advertisement titled "David Studdard has been endorsed by these Lamar County Republican Leaders." There is the picture and names of four people. Let me tell you who has "endorsed Mr. Studdard" :

1. Frank Abbott (R), Lamar County Clerk. Frank is a great guy, we graduated from high school together and has a great wife and family. The problem? He is a life long democrat and has always been elected as a democrat.

2. John Stuckey, former Chair of the state party. I have been told he lives in Coweta County and since 1996 I have never seen him at the Lamar republican party.

3. Alton Russell, former Third District Chair. He is from Columbus.

4. Mark Butler, state Labor Commissioner. He is from Carrolton.

Those are the endorsements of Lamar County republican leaders? Three from outside the district and not from Barnesville and an elected democrat. How sad.

We must insist our elected leaders do better. The choice is up to you.

Kent Kingsley
Republican

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Kingsley email re Studdard

Kingsley is a straight shooter--if he says it, you can take it to the bank!

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Studdard's robo calls are obnoxious

I would vote for Haddix over this guy at this point. :)

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I agree.

Enough already! You can't even hang up and use the phone, it stays connected until the whole little speech is done.

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LIES FROM DAVID STUDDARD

*** RINO ALERT ***

HERE IS THE EMAIL I RECEIVED FROM LAMAR COUNTY REPUBLICAN KENT KINGSLEY:

Dear Friends,

I have tried to stay out of the hotly contested state senate race, sure I have my favorite, but I haven't "involved" myself, until now. When I ran for Congress everything I said or in any my paid advertisements was the truth to the best of my knowledge. If a candidate for office can't tell the truth, just think what they will be like if elected.

Today I received a mailer and in the Barnesville paper was the same advertisement titled "David Studdard has been endorsed by these Lamar County Republican Leaders." There is the picture and names of four people. Let me tell you who has "endorsed Mr. Studdard" :

1. Frank Abbott (R), Lamar County Clerk. Frank is a great guy, we graduated from high school together and has a great wife and family. The problem? He is a life long democrat and has always been elected as a democrat.

2. John Stuckey, former Chair of the state party. I have been told he lives in Coweta County and since 1996 I have never seen him at the Lamar republican party.

3. Alton Russell, former Third District Chair. He is from Columbus.

4. Mark Butler, state Labor Commissioner. He is from Carrolton.

Those are the endorsements of Lamar County republican leaders? Three from outside the district and not from Barnesville and an elected democrat. How sad.

We must insist our elected leaders do better. The choice is up to you.

Kent Kingsley
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Netanyahu famous quote today

The difference between us and the Palestinians?
We use our bombs to protect our citizens.
They use their citizens to protect their bombs.

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PM Netanyahu

What a pity we don't have Statesmen/Leaders of his stature, intelligence, & speaking/expression ability.

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Gym

He is exceptional. I agree.

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I STAND WITH ISRAEL

Peace to them.....

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I TOO STAND WITH ISRAEL

Peace to my brothers and sisters in the holy land.

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Illegals boarding commercial flights with NO ID

other than their "Notice To Appear" at a hearing.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/07/11/illegal-immigrants-are-report...

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moe,

I'm curious as to what ALPA will say about this.

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Nothing

They will keep their mouth's shut as long as their paychecks keep rolling in.

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Cy & recommended fixes

Either:
Put Joe Arpaio in charge, or
Tell Govts in contention here to either shut down the crime cartels doing the transporting of their citizens or we will come inand do it for them!

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Hey gym,

Tell Govts in contention…

You mean to tell me that the president in sending down Biden and Kerry, to personally carry his message, is not enough???? I'm shocked!!!!

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Cy-At first glance

I am sure they were (are) speechless. It just feels like every federal protection agency is being undermined by....the effin' POTUS. This is so out of control. ICE, Border Patrol, FBI, TSA...and on and on to state and local. How long before all the above and ALPA say WTF and just shut down and let this just pollute this country to the point of no return? Or, better yet, I just say get the heavy weapon out...ALPA can threaten strike. I would back 'em to our non-existent borders if they did.

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moe,

The Railway Labor Act would prevent a strike for matters like this; however, those "bus" drivers can exercise their muscle by raising this issue to the public's attention. It would make a great national news story.

It is an out of control free-for-all where even pro immigration liberals are banging poor ole Barry.

BTW, I see more left leaning talking-head shows that are acknowledging that Obama's speeches on immigration have helped to foster this current wave of illegals.

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Cy & AHG

I wouldn't mind paying for a plane fare for Sheriff Babb to take that trip to Texas Tuesday, too. We know he knows how to run things in his neck of the woods.

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ICE is flying illegals all over the country

and more importantly federal officials have been caught lying about it.

Moving children and women from a tropical humid climate and shipping them to....Massachusetts....is that punishment in and of itself? Wonder how many have been shipped to Alaska.

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2014/07/illegal_immi...

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ICE Flights

should be two planes----ones goes to Nome,the other to San Salvador---their choice! All aboard!

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Flights

Here is a follow up today in the Boston news. To have them unhappy with federal dollars in that state, well, it just can't get any worse for the Ma. libs than this!

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2014/07/unprecedente...

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Immigration Reform

Had the leaders that are paid with taxpayer money addressed our antiquated immigration laws, we might have been able to handle this crisis differently. Our government is following our law. These children, families are REFUGEES from a country south of the US that is experiencing 'war', 'terrorism' turmoil. Remember Cuba? Los Angeles accommodated many of their refugees in the late sixties. No one is lying about where these persons may have to go under current law. All of the victims of Katrina did not end up in a climate similar to Louisiana. They will go where they can be accommodated until they are repatriated under current law. (Deported)

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Coweta Superior Court Justice?

Joseph Brian Shelnutt, 17, last Sept., driving 1990 Toyota 4Runner, charged with vehicular homicide by vehicle in the 1st degree, DUI under age of 21, reckless driving, underage possession of alcohol, failure to wear seat belt and laying drags.

3 friends with him. Austin Walker Pope, 16, in front with driver, also not wearing seat belt, was ejected with driver and killed. 2 other passengers were injured. He had swerved back and forth on the road, running off both sides multiple times, before overturning several times. This all happened around 3AM.

Superior Court Judge Allen Keeble, last Wednesday, sentenced Shelnutt to 10 years with five to serve in prison for vehicular homicide. Those five years could be suspended if Shelnutt completes probation boot camp through the Ga. Dept. of Corrections. Judge Keeble also gave Shelnutt two special conditions for his probation. He must spend 500 hours publicly speaking at schools about the accident and how he killed his friend and he is not allowed any contact with Pope's family. He was sentenced to 12 months for the remaining counts, but each will run concurrent to his first count of vehicular homicide.

This 17 year old will serve no jail time for the murder of a 16 year old, if he completes boot camp.

Judge Keeble is a retired Superior Court judge who no longer holds public office and is compensated on a per diem basis, plus expenses, in a addition to his pension.

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On the surface seems as if he is getting off easy - maybe he is

But I think I know what the judge is thinking. He is trying to prevent a repeat by some other 17 year old. Everybody knows the formula of young driver with 3 pals, speed and alcohol at 3AM will happen again, so the judge thinks that maybe, just maybe the next 17 year old will have heard young Mr. Shelnutt speak at his school earlier and may not act like a complete moron that night as he is driving his friends home from a party - or maybe one of the passengers or someone else would have heard the young man's horrible story and intervene with a designated driver or simply taking his keys away and calling his parents.

Young Mr. Shelnutt will reach many more teens in 500 hours of speaking out than he would have by sitting in jail for 5 or 10 years. 500 hours would be 1 one-hour school assembly a week for 10 years! Wow, he could hit every school in Georgia before he's done. And for some people, admitting your mistakes in front of a group of your peers is more difficult than sitting in jail.

Of course he's already shown us what a dope he is, so he may blow the whole thing off, violate the parole deal and get tossed away for 5 years anyway. Who knows.

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On the surface and getting off easy….

Is there is a civil trial in the making?

I hope the young man's mommy and daddy has an insurance policy which is beyond the state minimum.

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You mean like an OJ rerun? Not guilty first/responsible next

Could happen that way. Of course the kid that got killed was not participating in the drunken speed drive, as he was no doubt sober and innocent and not driving, by the way, so he was killed in the prime of his life by the 17 year old driver and deserves (or his parents do) compensation for an innocent life lost . Be careful though, 2 witnesses in the back seat could give some details that could make him an accessory. I am so saddened by this unnecessary loss of a young life.

I'm guessing $2million, maybe more if he was already accepted at Harvard or West Point.

So sad, so preventable. Can we just teach that speed kills, alcohol at age 17 certainly doesn't help. And BTW, allowing teens to speed around in golf carts at age 14 is not good training for driving later. Is there some reason you kids can't ease up on the accelerator?

I really hope something positive emerges from this tragedy - like the kid doing the 500 hours and doing it with class and acting responsible.

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On the surface seems as if he is getting off easy - maybe he is

But I think I know what the judge is thinking. He is trying to prevent a repeat by some other 17 year old. Everybody knows the formula of young driver with 3 pals, speed and alcohol at 3AM will happen again, so the judge thinks that maybe, just maybe the next 17 year old will have heard young Mr. Shelnutt speak at his school earlier and may not act like a complete moron that night as he is driving his friends home from a party - or maybe one of the passengers or someone else would have heard the young man's horrible story and intervene with a designated driver or simply taking his keys away and calling his parents.

Young Mr. Shelnutt will reach many more teens in 500 hours of speaking out than he would have by sitting in jail for 5 or 10 years. 500 hours would be 1 one-hour school assembly a week for 10 years! Wow, he could hit every school in Georgia before he's done. And for some people, admitting your mistakes in front of a group of your peers is more difficult than sitting in jail.

Of course he's already shown us what a dope he is, so he may blow the whole thing off, violate the parole deal and get tossed away for 5 years anyway. Who knows.

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So what happens to his ability

to drive? Nothing is stated that he loses his drivers license. Do we assume that is a given? Or, to do his 500 hours, is he going to be allowed to drive? I am going to assume travel time is allowed as part of the hours, too, which could cut the actual speaking time way down. This judge will not be around in 5-10 years still doing the double dip, I would surmise, either.

Boot camp max. around 18 months from what I hear. It involves working during the day at the correctional training facility or in the local community performing public service work. Risk reduction programming, particularly in the area of substance abuse, is provided in the evening hours. Whatever that all means.

Shelnutt's parents own a country store, Cy. To err on the side of caution, for the safety of the public, I think prison time should have been at least a part of his first time offender guilty plea. My guess, he will fail at boot camp and end up in the slammer. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me, if I were the judge.

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The judge gave him a gift

Let's just hope he understands it. And if he doesn't, the judge come down hard.

I just know I it was my kid that died, I'd be mad at the sentence.

Maybe a Seinfeld sentence. 10 years as the family's butler/maid.

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Texas and the "Affluenza" plea.
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Atlanta PD is HAPPY
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Happy

Feels good to just be happy for a few minutes!

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DM - Happy

I agree this is much much better than the IRS videos.

Happy I live in PTC

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Hobby Lobby wins Supreme Court ruling

against Obamacare control. One very small victory.

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Interesting and informative article - Hobby Lobby
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Does Fayette Welcome Diversity?

We all like to think of the communities of Fayette County as great places filled with community spirit that are welcoming places and receptive to newcomers. But in an increasingly diverse America, I wonder how true that is, given Fayette’s conservative leanings.

Recently while visiting my sister I watched a TV program with my teenaged niece that made me reflect a bit. The show is called “The Fosters” on ABC Family Channel and I recommend it. It is about two married lesbian women, one white, the other African American, and their five adopted teenaged kids who are also ethnically diverse. The show depicts their triumphs and struggles as they work to build a family together in Southern California.

After watching the show with my niece I wondered, if this were a real family and they moved from California to Fayette County would the community welcome them? Would they fit in?

I would like to think so, but I definitely fear otherwise. So I’m putting it out for some of you long-time observers of the Fayette scene for your thoughts.

Would such a family be welcomed in Fayette?

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Diversity in Fayette

I moved from California to Fayetteville ten years ago. My family is classified as African American. We have relatives who are Irish; Portuguese; Mexican; and Asian American. We live in a community that has welcomed us with open arms. We participate in actvities and events with little or NO feeling of unacceptance. I am sure that there are individuals who harbor prejudices just as we do - but as far as calling Fayetteville home - it is! The conservatives (the majority) express their political beliefs - but we have found their southern hospitality to be inclusive.

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Diversity in Fayette

Hi, and thanks for responding and giving your experience. It confirms what I had hoped.

As a straight, white male I have become sadly aware over the years that the way I perceive things may be very different than the lived experience of someone else who is not of the same background. So that's why I asked the question. I think its an important question to ask.

I would really like to hear from a same gender couple on what their experience has been.

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danz57

LOL! Unfortunately if you read some of the comments in some article blogs, you wouldn't feel that everything is so pleasant in Fayette County. Individuals feel free to express their innermost feelings here - but my opinion is based on my personal experiences during the past 10+ years. There are individuals, organizations, and religious groups that express love to and accept love from everyone - there are those who don't.

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Crosstown Grille

is hiring now.

Looks like a fireworks tent set up over in front of K Mart, too.

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Revenue City tonight

Roadblocks everywhere...be careful

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Ken Phillips

American for Prosperity on export import bank is wasting tax dollars. Cronyism in federal spending. Press one now to send a message to your Congressman.
I have a message, it's not to my congressman.
sorry, wrong spot..

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Feeding Fowl Fouls Battery Park

For the second time in less than 2 weeks, there has been a woman on her golf cart, with her old man sitting idly watching, feeding the ducks and geese. This is no ordinary bring the kids and throw a few pieces of stale bread feeding.

Golf cart #10303, whoever is riding you around, tell this wacko woman to stop. The large bucket on the back of the cart with multiple large bowls that she uses to scoop out and throw and dump this pellet food to all the fowl in the area has created....you fill in the blank. Yesterday, she had over 50 fowl following her around in one small area. On the banks, in the water, she is throwing this everywhere. Yesterday, there was a young mother with her toddler watching all this thinking it was just the cat's meow, and the toddler reached down and picked up the poop and put in her mouth. Mommy dearest was too busy watching the ducks to notice till after the little one's hand went in her mouth. Not to mention they were standing in it, too.

Let's review the germs the waste causes shall we? E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter, and Cryptosporidium, to name a few.

She doesn't stop in one spot, either. Travels along the path in the cart, stops and dumps this feed wherever she sees a fowl. Which, of course, brings the rest of the fowl family out for the feast.

We do not need a ferocious flock of feathery fowl on the Fourth. Finished.

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Moe, your favorite crazy fowl lady

Was feeding the ducks and geese their free meal at Luther Glass. The geese remind me of one commissioner. They never turn down a free meal.

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Daddy O

Oh, brother....Makes me wonder if she has an Uncle Sy. You think this is her Dynasty summer? I was down at Battery Park, checking it out for Cy. Those quackers did not follow her tonight, that's for sure.

Lol on the commish. Did you hear him state his whole family struggles with weight issues, including him? Struggles every day with it. Sometimes less is more when it comes to tmi in his case. That and stating what usually is obvious, too.

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I would bet

That he has more lunch meetings than the chair and expenses more than the others.

And though I don't think its illegal, I do think that it is wasteful spending on this tool.

The county set the bar real low with this guy.

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4th Studdard campaign call today

It's 3:05 and I just got the 4th campaign call today for Studdard on my home phone. We are getting at least 2 a day, even when we don't pick up. Earlier today I told the campaign worker that I would vote for whoever opposed Studdard, even if it was Hillary Clinton and stop calling me. Another campaign worker quoting the exact same pre-written dialog regarding "republican survey" for Studdard just called again. Good luck to whoever is running against him, you have my vote!

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Same here, they will not quit calling....

It is nuts.

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Went door to door yesterday

Luckily I was running an errand. Wife spoke to him and told him he would have to talk to me about a yard sign he wanted to post.

Her comment to me was that his wife was working harder than he was.

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Studdard update

Yes, she was right. She is working harder. Sheila is now robocalling. Not just once. She has just called twice....in the last 3 minutes.

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Called here too 2x

I'm supposed to vote for him because he's got an A rating on a rifle. Lol

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And he wants control of Women

Per his/her message...make it stop....

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