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School board acts cowardly

By   /   March 24, 2011  /   Comments

We are consistently bewildered by decisions made by the Dougherty County School Board, and their latest again has us shaking our heads. Why in the world would school board members allow a teacher to resign after his arrest for offering students money for sex?

True that he’s presumed innocent until proven guilty, but if board members thought there was enough evidence that he’s no longer fit for the classroom, why not fire him?

The band of four — Velvet Riggins, James Bush, Milton Griffin and Anita Brown — have once again put aside what’s best for the community and school kids, and continued with their self-serving ways.

James Bush defended his vote by saying he was acting on the superintendent’s recommendation: ”I don’t have a crystal ball but I do know he’s in trouble but I voted for it tonight because that was Dr. Murfree’s recommendation,” Bush said.

Really, Mr. Bush? Joshua Murfree didn’t elect you, the voters of your district did. Perhaps you should consider their wishes once in a while.

To Bush, Riggins, Griffin and Brown we say: Your cowardly vote is setting the stage for this guy to re-appear as a teacher in some other county or state. Shame on you!


Marathon volunteers rise to the occasion


Albany just hosted another successful Mardi Gras weekend thanks to dedicated organizers and volunteers.

More people than ever took part in the Snickers Marathon Energy Bar Marathon and half marathon this year. Many of them gushed about how well-organized the event was. Once again, more than 1,000 volunteers helped the marathon and SB&T bike races run smoothly.

Because of that good Southern hospitality, hotel rooms were full, the local economy got a $3 million boost, and many visitors left town with a good impression of Albany that could bring them back to south Georgia.

Fewer people attended the Mardi Gras street festival this year, but that was only because of threatening weather. We can hope for better weather next time. We’re already looking forward to next year’s events, and we know many out-of-towners are, too.

Jim Wilcox1Written by Jim Wilcox, general manager of WALB.

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