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By   /   February 3, 2010  /   Comments

REGARDING THE SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT flap, I see this as a sad step in the education of Dougherty County’s kids. Does this Board of Education even realize their focus is in the education of the kids? No wonder so many students in Dougherty County go the private schools.

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MY DADDY ALWAYS SAID, “It’s who you know,” and this is a prime example of this. It’s not who is the most qualified candidate, but who he/she knows. Just another example of the “movers and shakers” moving Dougherty County right over the edge of a cliff. If Dr. Murfree has any pride, he would refuse the job.

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DR. MURFREE’S NAME HAS been dragged through the mud now. Most likely he’s through. I hope he didn’t burn any bridges at ASU. What’s bad, though, is that he’s being put through the gauntlet here, when mostly it’s Anita Brown’s scandal. She’s the one who knowingly rammed this through, knowing it is wrong, but he’s bearing the brunt of it. Plus, the board spent an awful lot of money to do this big nationwide search, then hired someone from right here in town. And where does Anita Brown live? Does she live here and travel to Hawkinsville for business or does she live there and travel here for business?

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YOU CAN BET DR. Murfree will take this job but what he doesn’t realize is that he will be watched like a rat by a hawk. I would say in 12 months he will be begging to quit. Wow I wish I had some friends on the school board.

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I JUST READ THE questions that the school board members asked and Michael Windom can’t spell focus. Windom also asked, “Are you a team player?” Hello, Mr. Windom, this is not Little League football; this is education of our kids. We have some real winners here. We need to replace everyone that voted to put this fellow in.

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MAYBE DR. BROWN AND the five yes votes thought 34th out of 37th was actually third best. Thanks to school board members David Maschke and Emily Jean McAfee for trying to make a logical and fair decision. I’d be too ashamed to even take a job I had qualified fourth worst in.

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IT KIND OF TELLS about the qualifications of these board members if they don’t understand what SACS is, it’s in the acronym, people! SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES & SCHOOLS. This is what happens when lay people are expected to fill a very specialized function. This board should be made of educators and this wouldn’t be a problem. As long as we choose unqualified people, like our commission and mayor, we will continue to reap poor results.

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SCARED OF ANOTHER POWERFUL, educated black man?

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LIKE ROBERT MUGABEE OF Zimbabwe? Look where that led.

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WE ARE SCARED OF an ignorant school board..  OR LIKE DON BUIE!

MANY OF THE OTHER applicants that are being ignored are also educated black men. Clue in.

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IT’S NOT ABOUT BLACK or white. It’s about going through the hiring process and not, “Oh, wow, I know this guy. He would be great for the position.” Wake up people of all colors, this is about our children. I don’t care if he or she is purple. The best city manager we have had in a long time was Mrs. Janice Allen Jackson and she was Black, and those clown commissioners ran her off. Look at what’s right, not what‘s black or white.

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A PERSON’S FITNESS FOR a job should have nothing to do with the color of their skin. Promoting people to positions of power in Albany/Dougherty County based solely on their skin color is part of why we are in the shape we are in.

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CLEARLY, RACISM IN ALBANY is a he problem. If you do not like Dougherty County schools, move your children. I attend Darton with hundreds of kids from Lee County and a lot of them are failing miserably. I on the other hand make all A’s. So don’t be so quick to judge.

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YEP, ANOTHER CHANCE TO improve Albany gone again. The board doesn’t want a qualified person. They have to put someone in with less intelligence than they have so they can continue to make poor decisions, but have someone (superintendent) to blame when their own ignorance come’s shining through after many bad decisions. Yet, this same mentality blames everyone but themselves for their problems. They cannot see this mindset is a major reason they will never be self-reliant, and ignorance will continue to flourish.

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GO TO THIS WEBSITE and report this mess to the state board of education: doe.k12.ga.us/sup.aspx  The more people that contact Kathy Cox the better chance we have of getting something done to stop this kind of mess.

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HERE IS STATE SCHOOLS Superintendent Kathy Cox’s information. We can stop this: 2066 Twin Towers East, 205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive S.E., Atlanta, GA 30334; (404) 656-2800 state.superintendent@doe.k12.ga.us.

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RESEARCH DR. MURFREE BEFORE assuming he is less intelligent than the board members. You would be quite surprised. If the board members were so smart, they would be finalists themselves for superintendent.

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IT’S NOT FUN WHEN the rabbit’s got the gun.

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I DON’T KNOW WHY I am so mad. My kids go to a private school.

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HUNDREDS OF KIDS GRADUATE from DCSS every year and go on to college and to become very successful. I am one of those students. Never needed a gun or a body=guard and neither did any of my friends. It came down to my parenting more than anything. A private school doesn’t parent kids or protect them.

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I HAVE TWO CHILDREN that graduated from DCSS … first one seven years ago and the second one three years ago. The changes that took place during this time period were amazing. I’ve never seem something fall to piece quickly. I attended a talent program during my youngest child’s junior year at Albany High and had to end up walking out. Teachers had no control over the students. They were on stage letting the gang signs fly! I became afraid to drop my youngest daughter off for school. I really feel sorry for the children of Albany.

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THIS MUST NOT BE allowed to happen The DCSS is in bad enough shape. Somebody needs to call in the FBI or GBI or whoever investigates this sort of mass corruption. I would say let the crooks have Dougherty County, but there are still many good, hardworking people who live here. What is going to happen when those good hardworking people have enough and leave? How will the crooks be financed? You think their hands are out now …

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UNEDUCATED WHITE RACIST PEOPLE are just too funny.

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SINCE WHEN DID BEING a people person outweigh qualifications? Boy, these are a bunch of idiots.

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THIS WHOLE AFFAIR IS so disturbing. What happened to this town? Where are the elected leaders who lead with honesty and integrity?

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GET OVER IT. ALBANY is a Black city. Black mayor, Black police department, etc. There is no getting them out of office. Move.

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NO ONE WANTS TO get them out of office. We just want the right people in the right jobs. And when we see things happening the wrong way, we all have the right to speak up. If he’s the right man for the job, it’ll all work out fine. If he’s not, then we need to continue the process the way it should have been done in the first place. And whether the person chosen is black or white, man or woman, as long as they are qualified, it will all be okay. People need to quit jumping to racism when that’s not the issue at all.

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LEE COUNTY, HERE COMES more and more business, homes and students for your tax digest.

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IT’S SAD TO SEE that this discussion has turned into a racial discussion. Take race out of the picture altogether. Questions need to be raised about how any person ranking 34th out of 37 candidates can be chosen as the ONLY finalist. With 33 candidates ranking above Dr Murfree, it is hard to believe not a single one of them would be in the running with him. In most business organizations, if the best candidate was 34th out of 37th, they would start a new search for a better pool of candidates.

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WE WONDER WHY INDUSTRY doesn’t locate here … law enforcement … school enforcement … school system … health care … crime rate … quality of life. Folks, we ain‘t got it here.

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SOUNDS LIKE THE CHAIRMAN is upset he got out-voted.

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THANK GOD IT GOT out to the public. I hope it goes further than Dougherty County. I hope there was so much corruption there the dang feds get hold of it and run! Let ‘em all go to jail.

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WE WILL FIND NEW board members white or black that can make sound judgment calls and not let color be an issue.

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WHY DOESN’T THE SCHOOL board promote from within. I know some very qualified people for the job: John I. Davis, Willie Jackson, Bruce Bowles.

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IT IS LIKE EVERYTHING else done in Albany. It is pushed through in a hurry so no one has time to object. This is why our Good Life City has so many people in positions of being arrested for fraud. We need to slow down and really look at each person. We as taxpayers cannot afford more money and time being wasted. Our children can not afford to waste this time.

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SCANDAL? He’s even a better candidate now, and will be paid even more!

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AS USUAL IN ALBANY, it is who you know! Something is not right in this decision. Why did they have to rush it through when the lady retiring is not leaving until this summer? Nothing against the man personally but, does he have any teaching experience or has he ever been a principal of any school?

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HOW ABOUT AN ALBANY Tea Party on the courthouse steps?

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IT’S SCARY HOW MUCH Albany mirrors Washington, D.C. If Alfred Lott were transparent and honest about things, he wouldn’t have the worries he expressed about what was reported about the proposed city bus station.

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REGARDING THE CITY BUS station project, isn’t there some oversight somewhere? We ARE Clayton County.

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THE CITY MISMANAGED SOMETHING? Really? Come on, people. The true state of the city isn’t even known due so many stealing or mismanaging the departments. I think its such a shame I have to take my family to another city, when money is good — another state, because my city is only concerned about how to take care of certain people that live in it.

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ALBANY LEADERS … THERE LIES the problem … couldn’t plan a birthday party.

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REGARDING THE SKATE PARK closing, Albany needs to plan very well before deciding to add attractions to the city. They need to see what is working in other cities. I think the City of Albany and the Recreation Department need to get together and plan healthy attractions, like Dothan, Ala. They have a huge nice water park that is fun, healthy, and benefit the community. The skate park was alright. It could have been better . Wake up Albany, get it together. Stop wasting our money on mess! If you are going to build a project, do it right, nice, and with class.

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WHAT ELSE IS NEW? Albany spending money for the kids and now it’s closed. What about the homeless population.

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READ THE MINUTES OF past meetings. The fact that Tommie Postell is racist is clear and documented by his comments on countless occasions.

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GOING AFTER FEDERAL DOLLARS to build something that may, .and I stress may, be used in another 25 years to “support” a planned statewide passenger rail network is ludicrous and potentially deceitful if not outright theft. The chances of a viable passenger rail operation to Albany has a snowball’s chance in hell of ever happening, unless the state plans on taking over the privately owned (yes, PRIVATE!) freight railroads operating in the state (NS and CSX) or somehow finding the hundreds of millions of dollars it would take to construct an isolated, purpose-built high-speed railroad infrastructure. Get real .. never gonna happen, and if it does, a structure built 20-25 years before the need exists would probably not meet the actual needs of that time. Operationally, the building location makes no sense for rail. Planning on a bridge over Roosevelt at Washington? Hmm? How about a bit of specificity, Mr. Lott? What was false? Who’s REALLY going to benefit from this project?

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THOSE WHO RE-ELECT TOMMIE Postell obviously care nothing about truth or integrity.

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THIS CITY HAS ALREADY been destroyed by small minds, look around at your handy work sub-par officials of Albany. Look how downtown has yet to thrive despite so much money wasted already. I have no problem with a new bus station, but it must be realistic. This project needs to be re-thought from the beginning. Downtown does not need more vacant storefronts until there is genuine need. Given the economy and that we’re talking about Welfare City USA, recovery will take decades, if even then. Should Albany want to be proactive in confronting our problems, the first steps are to rid ourselves of this horrible city manager, demand more of our commission, and have a full time mayor to handle Mr. Lott’s job. You know, someone who can truly fell the wrath of the voting public and not just point fingers.

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MR. POSTELL, time for you to go! You and the mayor are driving this town into the ground. You are the small minded person on the Commission and in this town. Also, Mr. Lott what part of the Albany Journal’s story about the bus station is untrue? You never told us.

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THE PUNISHMENT FOR SAGGING should be mandatory nudity from the waist down. That’s right, make them walk around nude. If they had to walk around naked, then maybe the savages would appreciate clothes after a month or two. Seriously though, the police have more to do than to enforce wardrobe malfunctions. Idiots will do anything to gain attention and normal society has to look at dirty drawers.

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WHY DON’T YOU PEOPLE just stop looking? No one cares how you feel about saggy pants. And you talk about all this Christianity and whatnot — are you serious? Well, how do you think people that aren’t Christians feel when they see you walking around with crosses and all this Jesus stuff on and going to church on Sundays, but they see you at the bar getting trashed on Friday nights. And people wonder what the world is coming to. There are more important things to spend money on than enforcing saggy pants laws. What about the people in Haiti? You think they care about saggy pants right about now? No. Now grow up and do something that matters.

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DO YOU REALLY WANT your kids looking at saggy pants. If you have little children and you let your kids dress or look at this, then you should go to jail. Pants should be up around your waist. Thank you, Mr. Jack Stone. At least some one in our local government has Christian values and family values.

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IT’S NOT ABOUT CRIMES; it’s about showing respect to others around you. Nobody wants to see your underwear, dummy!

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PUT THEM IN LOCKDOWN, Mr. Stone.

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AS FAR AS THE saggy pants go, they can charge them with public indecency. The texting-while-driving can be handled by charging them with distracted driving after an accident. No need to put new laws on the books when they already exist.

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THE POINT OF TEXT-MESSAGING legislation is to PREVENT crashes. There are existing laws that cover the concept of driving while distracted in the context of causing an accident. In fact, the legislation now considered in Atlanta is a joke because it only fines the driver $100. There needs to be teeth in this law so that people will think twice before driving and texting so that people won’t have to be killed or seriously injured. It’s about prevention, not punishment.

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