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FreeSpeech for 10-06-10

Outdoor burning ban is lifted. That’s great. Just when the weather cools down and we can turn off the air conditioning and open the windows. Guess we will have to hold our breath until the ban goes back into effect. Why can’t you just be a good neighbor and bag it and take it to the recycling center?

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Nothing lowers the quality of life in a town more than that angry, thumping, heartbeat noise that is popular with a few idiots and their “pimped” cars. I’m trying to have a nice evening on my back porch and suddenly it feels like there’s an earthquake or explosion somewhere. It’s a LOUD bass noise. I can’t believe this is acceptable in Peachtree City. Then I realize the source of the noise and I can’t help but feel like I live in some sort of ghetto. Low quality living. I don’t know where these individuals come from, but I think it’s time we silence the blaster tubes in their cars. Extremely loud noises are universally unacceptable. I should not have to tolerate sonic assault. It is a violation and these youngsters should be taught what is and isn’t appropriate and considerate in a civilized society. I am asking, as a citizen of Peachtree City, that the police please step up enforcement of the noise ordinances. Toughen the penalties if necessary. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. If you live near Ga. Highway 74, Peachtree Parkway, Robinson, Crosstown, or Hwy. 54, you definitely know what I’m talking about. Let’s find a solution to this growing problem. This is the #1 quality of life issue in Peachtree City, as far as I’m concerned. Thanks for reading my rant.

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I was sorry to hear the PTC Council is still considering a ban on gas carts. I use the paths for walking and for my electric cart and have for seven years, and during that time I have very seldom encountered a gas cart. I don’t believe there are that many here. The carts are not that loud and the smell of fumes lasts only a few seconds as they pass. They certainly do not pollute the the air as much as the numerous semi-trucks that travel Hwy. 54 through town day and night. I also don’t recall any of the council members saying they would ban gas carts before the last election. To do it now would be unfair and an abuse of power. What next, will they mandate hybrid autos for all citizens in the city? We are all hunkered down now waiting to see what the federal government will do to us next. We shouldn’t have to worry about our City Council in the same way.

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Thought I’d seen it all until I saw a bicyclist on Hwy. 54 in the middle of town, texting while driving a bicycle through town. I was behind him for a while and thought he was either drunk or impaired, but when I pulled up beside him, he was texting. This is just the greatest country in the world: you can ride down a major highway and text on your phone at the same time.

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I’d be delighted to share the road with cyclists. Is your bicycle licensed and are you paying insurance to drive it on the road? If not, hop on the cart path and quit blocking traffic on Hwy. 74 and 54 and endangering the public on Peachtree Parkway north and south.

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Aren’t bicyclists adorable in their brightly colored “Sesame Street” Speedo outfits? They look so manly and feminine.

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I have no problem with sharing the road with bicyclists. Although if I am going to share the road with them, I think it should be mandatory that they have their bicycles inspected yearly, pay taxes on them and have them properly licensed to use the roadways.

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Bicyclists on Peachtree Parkway north and south and on Hwy. 54 and Hwy. 74. Why not let golf carts travel on these roads also? They are more visible and provide more protection than on a bicycle and can travel just as fast or faster than a bicycle.

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Seen on the golf cart path: a blue stretch golf cart with five or six little children under 5 years old, and the Mommy (or babysitter) driving with one hand and talking on the cellphone with the other. May I ask why is it so important that you talk on the phone and jeopardize the lives of those small children? You are really a sad person.

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Someone keeps building sidewalks. These sidewalks start nowhere and end nowhere. There seems to be no logic to their location or purpose. It is the Fayetteville city planners or the county. Spend our money wisely, and this is not it. Let’s look at Whitney Street. The potholes are not deep but they can rattle your teeth and might burst a tire. City Council does not seem too concerned right now, but next year is an election year for some. Let’s see if anything happens then.

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After a 4.5 percent pay cut this past year for ALL Fayette County Board of Education employees, and a one-time “bonus” check of 1 percent of that back this year, many in the schools have found they are not being treated equally. The teachers were given a step-raise that gives them a raise for the years that they have served in the field. That is great and they deserve it, but what about the staff that work so hard to support the schools and the teachers? Although the board gave the teachers step raises, they did not give that step raise to staff positions or parapro teachers. Considering that HR only gives one year of credit for two years of work in any field and the 4.5 percent pay cut that everyone took, why are they left out? Some employes have 14 years of more experience in their field and are only given credit for six. To add insult to injury, they may have worked in the school system for four or more years, which would normally give them two steps, and have NEVER gotten a raise. Is this fair? Some of the full-time parapro teachers make so little that they have to go and get free meals at school just to feed their kids. For being the “best” school system in Georgia, are we really making it worthwhile for the good people to work for the FCBOE? How good do we want to be if Clayton County pays better?

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I have been living in a rental house for a little over two months that is found to have a mold problem. My health has suffered, and I was blessed to quickly find another place to live to get my children and me out of this unhealthy environment. I am a teacher in Fayette County and a single mother who is temporarily handicapped due to complications with a knee replacement surgery and a subsequent surgery six weeks later. Teachers get paid once a month, and my ability to move is limited. One of my coworkers caught me in an emotional state a couple days ago. I shared my plight with her. As a result, she has organized people (some of whom I do not know) to show up at my house on Saturday morning at 9 to help me move. I just wanted to let someone know that there are some seriously wonderful people in in Fayette County.

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I just returned from the members-only presale at the Friends of the Library book sale. When I got there at the opening time, an obvious book dealer was already indiscriminately grabbing handfuls of books and filling large boxes with them. He filled box after box as he grabbed books from under people’s noses. I was very offended that he was taking so many books away while I was looking at them. While I understand that the library benefits from huge sales, I think a dealer should only be allowed to shop after the rest of us have had a chance. A book dealer should not be allowed to shop before members and the general public. Even if the dealer has bought a membership in order to snag a lot of books, he should still not be allowed to make his huge purchase until the afternoon of the regular book sale day. We members are book-lovers who eagerly anticipate the book sales to find books by favorite authors. This man was only interested in taking what books he could grab and then selling them in order to make money for himself. He really took my joy out of the anticipated book sale.

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Why do road workers in Fayetteville decide to paint lines and arrows during school rush hour traffic on the main road through Fayetteville. Why not do this at night during non-busy hours. What is the road department and/or DOT thinking? Oh, maybe they aren’t.

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Although it was recently reported that Peachtree City and Tyrone have some of the lowest violent crime rates in the Atlanta area, we need to take off our rose-colored glasses and look at how crime has continually increased here over the years. We should all ask our sheriff to start the ball rolling to make these thugs not want to go to jail for free room and board and basketball. If our inmates were treated like those in Maricopa County, Ariz., and had to wear pink jumpsuits, work on chain gangs, give up smoking, coffee and unrestricted TV, that might just be a deterrent. Ask the sheriff to make the inmates clean up these blighted and foreclosed homes to help better our community. If he did this, he would be as popular as Sheriff Joe Arpaio who has been reelected an unprecedented five times. Take note, Sheriff Hannah.

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Why do we need a gate at Kenwood Park? There are plenty of Clayton County kids in our schools; why not the parks too?

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When I go to my son’s honor roll awards event I prefer not to have 40 minutes of black history month presentations forced on me. Let’s keep on task and honor those students that have worked hard for good grades. Inman Elementary, I’m looking at you.

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I am an American. I am also a Muslim and the mother of a young man who was killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center nine years ago. This loss has been made even more painful by the attitudes of a growing number of Americans toward people of my faith. Please, please, try to understand that the great majority of Muslims are very much like you. We too want to see our children and grandchildren grow up in a safe and peaceful world. Do not judge an entire population by actions of the fanatic few. Anti-Islamic rantings, such as several published recently in this newspaper, are adding to the prejudice and misunderstanding that hurts us all. I thank those voices that have spoken out in defense of reason and tolerance. I wish I felt courageous enough to sign my name.

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The Tyrone mayor has been trying to get the council to hire a part-time code enforcement officer. After reading the minutes of the last council meeting, I can only surmise the reason a part-time code enforcement officer is not hired is because Mayor pro tem Furr stated, “In these economic times, we ought not to be too hard on the towns’ businesses.” As a taxpayer of Tyrone, I expect the council members including Mayor pro tem Furr to enforce the town ordinances in good and bad economic times. To do otherwise is a violation of her oath of office and she and any other council member that refuses to enforce the town ordinances should be removed from office.

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How hard would it be for the owners or operators of Marnelle in Fayetteville to enforce safety laws? If you’re going to post speed limit signs in the community, then find a way to put some actions behind the signs. Also, how many arrests have to made for driving without an operator’s license before you can remove them completely? One kid has been hit in the community. Will it take a kid being killed before someone enforces the law?



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I attended a "talent show" Friday, March 11th at BMMS where it was obvious that the teacher in charge of the event preselected some of the winners. The 6th grade competition was highjacked from the most talented participant to orchestra students. Since the orchestra director was in charge and actually sat with the "judges" throughout the program, it was obvious that she controlled the outcome. I hope this individual and her accomplice judges can sleep after stealing from a child. What are you teaching your students if you award prizes to less deserving contestants based on your ability to wield power and not based on merit? You cheapened the event for all the students who did their best when you chose not to make it a level playing field. Shame, Shame on you. You owe everyone an aploogy for such an obvious fraud perpetrated on a 12 year old, and indeed on those of us who attended the event expecting a fairly judged competition.

How can you say the BMMS Talent Show was hijacked by orchestra students when first place didn't even go to an orchestra student? Just because your "talented child" did not win does not mean the show was rigged. Have you considered perhaps your 6th grader cannot compete against 7th and 8th graders when it comes to talent? I happen to know all three of the judges are respectable people within the community and would never allow their good names to be tainted with a "controlled" outcome. So badmouthing the judges wasn't bad enough you had to go and point your finger at the orchestra teacher. The teacher who used her personal off time to plan and coordinate an event to raise money for BMMS and yes, her classes. Shame on you QSEAL, that is nothing more than YOU being childish and throwing a temper tantrum because YOU didn't get the outcome YOU wanted. What are YOU teaching your child? ~ M Lennon (not ashamed to put my name)

Thanks for the 'corrections' column.

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Picked-up a stump grinder this morning to finish-off those nasty old Bradford pear tree stumps - 5 total. Worked on them from 0900 to 1830 (6:30P). I was working on the 4th stump and the dadgum grinder thingy stopped running for no reason. Grrrrrrrrr!!!

Hey Cal,

Please unfreeze my account. Blogging via a Blackberry is rather taxing.

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now. Can you hear this post? I sure hope you wore earmuffs or you must be deaf by now. That's a lotta grinding.

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Yep, I wore them muffs. But that sure didn't help my aching body in fact, I'm still sore today. Now, I have to fill them holes.

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In the BMMS 'talent show' the different grades did not complete against each other. The winners were selected within their respective grade levels and did not compete against the other grades. I did not have a child in the competition and if I was a parent at BMMS I would not let my child participate in anything this woman was affiliated with. Your opinion does not matter in the least to me. I was there, I know what I saw and heard and the 6th grade 'winners' were fine for beginning music students but were in no way as talented as some of the non-winners. You can continue defending your friend and I hope she and her judges can live with themselves after stealing from children. BTW-I don't care what your name is and if you're so incensed by my anonomous comments, write to the op/ed page and sign your name.

As one of the judges in this talent show you speak of, I would like to clarify a few things.
None of the judges knew the first thing about any of the contestants before the show; their grade, talent, abilities, whether they are in orchestra, chorus, or neither.
I had also never met the orchestra teacher before this event. I met her right before the show and she explained the rubrics we were to use in order to figure out our score for each contestant. Each contestant was judged on their presentation, technique, difficulty of the piece, mistakes made or not made, entertainment, preparation, creativity. As you can see, the scores had nothing to do with what the talent was. It had to do with how each contestant performed in each of those categories. All the orchestra teacher did was total our scores. She showed us the scores and the totals before they were announced to make sure that was what we had in fact chosen and that there had been no manipulation of scores.
If you would like to "attack" anyone, it should be the judges. Not the school or the teachers. Blame us. This has nothing to do with the orchestra teacher. The very reason she and the chorus teacher chose to have judges was because of this very thing--they did not want to have to choose between all of the talents. Every single student who participated did an awesome job. It's not about who wins. It's about the experience; what the child learns through the process of preparing, performing, and proceeding with life, regardless of the results. Looking back on my own childhood--I don't remember the games I WON or the music festivals/competitions at which I received the highest scores. I remember the experiences. That is what is important. Let's not steal the joy of that for these children and those of us who participated in other ways and especially those who planned the event by making false character accusations and worrying about who won. In reality, they all won.

just asking.

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From Associated Press,

"Just feet from a methadone clinic at a grimy crossroads in far east Portland, Ore., transit officials and police are hoping a touch of class will chase off the vagrants, vandals and ne'er-do-wells that loiter near a busy transit stop.

Since November, the regional transit department has approved the playing of classical music in an effort to ward off the kind of crimes that happen when people just hang around......

...changing the music is changing the audio environment. "Eighteen-to-25-year-olds are not the big ones into classical music because it's not cool."

Is anyone thinking what I'm thinking???????

I'll pimp my ride and offer the following selections form Cy's list of favorites to ward off those "ne'er-do-wells"

<a href=""><strong>Muss... Promenade</strong>

<a href=""><strong>Aaron Copland - Fanfare for the Common Man</strong></a>

<a href=""><strong>The Ride of the Valkyries (Die Walküre)</strong></a>

Oh, roundabout will ride shotgun with me. :-)

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Would you at least explain (not that you have to since you are KING) why free speech is dead? This paper in the last few months is dying. Why in the world should anyone bother paying for a paper that is increasingly known as a paper that censures it's participants. OK... I get doing that when there are threats hurled around... but could/would you please explain why this section titled "FREE SPEACH" is DEAD! Should we take it to mean that you are no longer interested in Free Speech. Which I am fairly sure you know is why any public publications (hence the word PUBLIC in it) EXISTS in the 1st place. I am sure that I am not the only one that is curious about this since I too was once censured and banned for asking a simple question not so very long ago in the very forum. Anyone that is also curious is also invited to chime in.

A response from the KING is eagerly anticipated.

For me, it's not spring until Vidalia onions start shipping.

Last year we had storms that pushed Vidalias to an almost unheard of May 1st arrival date. This year we had a few storms too, so the crop has been delayed almost two weeks, but the Ag commissioner has formally set the shipping date for this year's bumper crop of onions to <strong>April 18th</strong>

Mark your calendars!

-Chris P. Onions

The pithy national comments are for the birds.

I try to help out with the "Important Cheese" news around here.

I mean, John "The Amazing" Munford's gotta sleep sometime, right?

at Adams Farm today $2.35 lb. (picked), which is .15 a lb. cheaper than those Publix strawberries. And they are delicious!

Even cheaper if U Pik--they're so plentiful, you can pick enough for several meals (unless you're greedy) in just a few miutes. Their green onions are also excellent.

I just might have to go back tomorrow as many of these strawberries didn't even make it to the house, they somehow just flew out of the bag and landed in my mouth in the car. Should have had lunch before I went, I suppose.:)

AJC reporting that State Reps Matt "Gestapo Matty" Ramsey and John Yates, together with State Sen. Ronnie Chance, all voted in favor of local option Sunday beer sales today. The measure passed. The state reps from Newnan and Griffin voted against the measure. Deal says he'll sign it, making Georgia the 48th state in the USA to permit Sunday beer sales.

I have emailed the webmaster 3-4 times in the last week and no answers/fixes yet. Is anyone else having issues with being able to read a "recent comment"? The title is there to click on, but when I do, the body never appears and only the title of the article it is listed under appears. Mostly on the longer threads. I'm talking a few hours before I can read a post.
Of course, if you answer on here, I won't be able to read your reply till hours from now...joke's on me, I guess.

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I was having the same problem, seems I had to log in to read the recent comments, otherwise the several hours before being able to read the comments.

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If your comments are being "jailed" for a while in order for the censor to read them, you will have to wait until they roll it over.

If it is a very long thread it will be there at the very bottom but you can click on the bottom of the original to go there!

Like most instructions anymore they are made for the "controller" or seller, not the customer!

round-I had that thought the first time it happened and wondered what the heck I had said that would get me in the hoosegow on here.

hutch-I didn't think of that one. I haven't had the issue yet today, so I'll try it next time. Of course, this could be the case of the toothache that is killing you with pain till the day you finally get the appt. with the dentist and the pain is just gone.

I emailed Cal and he said he's aware of it and trying to find out how to fix it. In the meantime, it's nice to know I'm not going any more nutso than I have before. These darn compooters will do that to ya sometimes, ya know?

Oops, I place this in the wrong spot on this thread. 'Scuze me..

If you get a chance, take an evening ride either on your cart along the paths or down one of the tree lined roads in PTC (Robinson, for one) from about 7:30PM to 8:30PM.

If you're in the car, roll down the windows and enjoy the sweet smell of the honeysuckle vines blooming. They seem to be especially fragrant this year, maybe due to the cooler weather we've had and the windows aren't rolled up with the a/c on.

Now I know this isn't just a PTC phenomena, but to be driving at the 30-45 mph range, on the tree-lined roads, slow enough to enjoy it, I just highly recommend it.

Also, the smell of everyone's bbq fired up and those steaks and chickens being grilled as the aroma comes and goes. Then, go down to Battery Park on the lake and watch the sun set over the trees and the lake.

Makes you believe there is joy to be found with just the simple things, sometimes. Happy Easter, everyone.

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at 0900 Starbucks in Fayetteville. We can swap tales about the great power outage of 2011.

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Trying to fit alot in Saturday. 0800 or 0830 do-able?

Vote Mytmite in 2012!

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I'll be there at 0800 so come on by.

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Dang it all! I was on a trip out west and couldn't make it. Oh well, maybe next time.

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O800 till....... Fayetteville Starbucks south of town on SR 85.

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The hutchette graduates tonight, with honors, along with chippy and acey1's son. Hack's son also graduates tonight, although at a different school.

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To all graduates and their parents. Good job!

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of Graduates..........this video is for you..................................................

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I married in 1961 and left home.

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That song will kind of make your eyes puddle. Make sure you hug your mom again.

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Will do.

expect from a Hutchette? LOL. Now you can start dishing out all that hard earned cash for that other sheepskin or did she get a full scholarship?

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George Washington University gave her a great big bunch of money, but unfortunately, for the next 4 years, what money the Gov lets us keep will still find it's way to DC.

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you in your old (older?) age with all the money she is going to make. LOL. I am sure you are so very proud. What high school did she attend? I just presented a scholarship at McIntosh honors nite as I have for the last six years--have also given them at White Water.

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She was an FCHS student. Did I mention that a full third of the graduating class were honor students?

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scholarships each year at Honors Program. We can be proud of our students here. I am sure she will have a wonderful experience at college.

There are "scholarships," and there are scholarships!

Some for $500, some for $1000 (Chic-fil-A), some for $2-5000 and a very few for more than that!

Then there is HOPE, which we are losing due to negligence.

Sports athletes get the most per person, all they need plus much on the side and under the table.

Costs for one year at good colleges now average about $40,000. For a university to obtain some of the kids with a good chance to graduate they will give $5-10,000 (10-20% of needs) to get them.

Of course much more is now spent by students for restaurant food and shelter than ever before. I remember two people in a 9x11 plus a shower, and a grub cafeteria with two meals a day for five days a week.

No cars. No credit cards, part-time slob job.
Major league baseball now makes millionaires out of mediocre bench players.

All things are relative and have reasons to exist for special purposes.

Of course, the Military schools have the best scholarships! All, plus, is paid.

Most kids now graduate owing $75,000 to 150,000. Destructive!

Night programs, there are many scholarships for quite large amounts, the ones I give are for $1,000 each and they are not unusual. Many are in the thousands and there are many given.

I put all the hooptala and praise for a couple of thousand $ scholarship in the same category as motorcycle rides, parades, and speeches for vets! The little encouragement is gone within a week at school when it is gone---$150,000 to go!

Nothing is accomplished except feeling good for doing nothing functional!
College should be free for those able to do the work.
For those who can't----military or vocational school.

Go help a wounded or dead vet's family with the rent!

Why is it necessary to brag about small scholarships?

Even Cathy does it!

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[quote=roundabout]College should be free for those able to do the work.
For those who can't----military or vocational school.[/quote]

Who gets to make that decision?

I yam what I yam

I'd like that responsibility, but since I'm too old, I suppose we would have to live with intelligence and talent and proven leadership ability, judged by well, me again!

Anyway, about half the high school "graduates" can't even do 8th grade stuff!

Also, all admittances can't be of the same thing. We need all kinds of talent.

How important band music would be might not be very much to an electronic genius--I really don't know. Then we don't need many Psychology or Social Studies graduates, do we?

Looks like right now we need a bunch of Physician's assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and Space Scientists, and not so many MD's or Accountants---accounting has become not a science but a liberal art!

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So we've gone from free college to having occupations assigned to us. The day we assign jobs to people whether they like they like them or not is the day we can ad an SR to our US. I know you've said you were in the Korean war, I'm beginning to wonder on which side.

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They can do whatever they are capable of doing, but maybe some would have to choose a different college!

Yeah, got my green card years ago.

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Wouldn't that be a red card?

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Great news Hutch! Suggest you coordinate any visits to campus with events at Wolf Trap Farm Park, Vienna,VA. I'll send you a link via other email.

I spent some time there when it was made of log cabins!

You will run across many, many roundabouts there!


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