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LOOKS TO ME LIKE the superintendent wants to tell the investigators how to investigate. I once had a military chief of staff express how cowardly it was for someone to not sign a letter about illegal actions and waste at his golf course. And of course his next words were “if I find out who did this I will cut his **** off”. Do you expect folks to offer up their scrotum for a whack, Mr. Murfree? Go back the desk and leave the work to those who understand it.

ONCE A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION of your organization begins, your internal snooping should stop. It could result in charges of evidence tampering or obstruction of justice. Keep your mouth shut and leave the investigating to the professionals.

IT IS UP TO the investigators to investigate and make a determination as to whether an anonymous tip is valid or not. Murfree’s request for whistleblowers to be routed through him and not the party conducting the investigation sounds self incriminating. Perhaps that translate s into “obstruction of justice” in legal terms.

OK, LET ME PARAPHRASE, “I have an open door policy, come and tell me you have cheated so I can fire you”.

SAD HOW THEY are blaming students with disabilities, or economic disadvantage students for not making the AYP. Typical behavior from this dysfunctional group. IT IS AWAYS SOMEONE ELSE’S FAULT! It is never going to get better unless they take responsibility for their actions.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: QUIT spending money on stupid things like TV’s in each of the hallways at the schools that BTW never get used. One of them at DCHS had been smashed by the kids. This also includes the wasted space of the Isabella Center that is heated and a/c with rooms of computers, and this is no longer being used as a school. Use that money instead to pay teachers better and get better teachers in this district to teach the children. Why are you only worried about the elementary school students passing AYP? You have 3 high schools that have not met AYP in many years, and probably never will! Not to mention all the money wasted for the investigation of the testing cheats from two yrs ago.

I JUST MOVED BACK here about five years ago and I have been amazed at the blatant corruption in this town. They do not even try to hide it. how does this happen here and why has it been allowed to continue? It seems like no one is benefiting from it except for a select few.

I JUST WONDER WHY these people are not voted out? Or maybe it is because they are all hired or appointed? Or have people just given up and all moved to Lee County? A lot of these people come into where I work and I try to ask them questions, but you can imagine how well that goes over.

ASIDE FROM THE CULTURE corruption, collusion and dirty networking within the city, there has been a growing culture of arrogance. With high levels of arrogance, some leaders feel that they are untouchable and will proceed to operate as such. A good, recent example would be former City Manager Alfred Lott. might add that being inept is not good. Being overly arrogant is not good. Being both arrogant and inept is really, really bad.

ONE REASON FOR THE sad state of affairs in Albany is that folks refuse to get involved. They will complain about about the cable bill or the price of gas but don’t get involved in local matters of significance. When we had the problems with Buie and Cutliff Grove, how many people attended ADICA or Commission meetings? In Albany, one cannot cut public apathy with a chain saw.

THERE’S PLENTY OF FINGER pointing, complaining and armchair quarterbacking but I have yet to see any of the locals, aside from some of the media and writers, take action. They can’t do it alone. Neither can you or I. When was the last time someone or a group of people challenged an official on any number of the issues present?

THOSE ELECTED OR SELECTED TO administer the law and help pass judgment on the rest of us should be held to a higher standard than the rest of us blokes.

THERE ARE WAY TOO many people just strolling around well into the early morning hours without good intentions.

I LOVE AMANDA DENTON’S writing style! Whether you like the topic or not, you just have to love what she does with it. Her voice is s clear you almost forget you’re reading and think you’re just having a conversation with a neighbor. This particular article could teach a whole year’s worth of writing technique in my English classes — extended metaphor, functional fragments, lead writing, effective endings, even a little secondary plot woven in and out of there. I love this writer’s voice.

IF YOU HAVE TO steal tires from a dealership to put on your car you do not NEED that car. This is one large problem … not a pot to pee in. Whereas I ensure I have money in savings and for emergencies some people go out to eat every single day and night. Pour thousands of dollars into a POS car that’s actually worth $400 and haven’t a clue if their five children have anything to eat or drink (that doesn’t come from the golden arches or BK). If you steal tires, from anywhere, you may need to get you lazy @$ off welfare, stop selling dope too, and get a J-O-B like the rest of us you P-O-S!

I AM IN A neighborhood with thugs and drugs, APD is concerned with a car parked on the wrong side of the street. Way to go.

LOTS OF SKETCHY-LOOKING individuals are flooding that area of North Slappey where the Home Run Foods was robbed, between the sleazy motel and the beggars at the bypass exits. The low rent motel should be shut down, imho.

I FEEL SO BAD for the people who have to go through being robbed who work in the convenience stores.

WHY CAN’T THEY JUST stop the ones that hang outside and loiter in and outside the store.

I USED TO PATRONIZE Enmark all the time as it’s one of the cleanest lot/stores around but the beggars and strange folks from the Dollar Inn drove me away.

IT’S SAD TO SEE that Albany has become such a major crime city. I know my parents dread having to go there for their doctor apartments because of the high crime rate. They always try to find the closest parking space.

UNFORTUNATELY, I AM SEEKING to make my exit from Albany. Came here in 2002 because of a job promotion/relocation. I still say some of the BEST and friendliest people I’ve ever met reside here. I hope crime can be lowered. Everybody has to play a role.

THANKS, TOM KNIGHTON, FOR talking about the solicitation law. It seems that the laws of this time have locked down on just what youth can do to raise money for their organization. Sooner or later, I would not be surprised if the lawmakers make it where we can’t have yard sales or dinners without having some sort of legality issue. What happened to supporting organizations that turn our youth of today into leaders of tomorrow?

WOW! THANK YOU FOR being the FIRST to help our family spread news of Stephanie Amerson’s status. This is what the media is supposed to be about!

I AM NOT A family member or friend of Stephanie Amerson’s family … just a concerned mother! Thanks from my heart for finally getting this story out!

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Tom Knighton is the publisher of The Albany Journal. In November, 2011, he became the first blogger to take over a newspaper anywhere in the world. In August of 2012, he made the difficult decision to take the Journal out of print circulation and become an online news agency, a first for the Albany area.

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