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Good description, Faida811. I find it odd that in this day and time, those who complained about not reading what Community Connections does in Ms. Burkhardt's article couldn't simply look it up online. CC's website tells very nicely what they do. Also, their financial records are available online, so the person wondering about that could simply do a little research. Community Connection is a very ethical and productive organization.

posted @ Monday, July 29, 2013 - 12:06

@snarkydude: It looks like we'll need to accept that we don't completely agree. I have also seen what you're describing about siblings turning out radically different from one another. I'm not saying how someone turns out is COMPLETELY based on environment, but I still say much of it is....and how that environment, including influences both inside and outside the home, specifically impact each individual. Each of us is so individually unique, and in spite of being raised within the same family, no 2 people are going to have exactly the same experiences or react to circumstances, parental and sibling guidance, etc, exactly the same. I also agree that much is simply the individual's choice...and see that as relating back to how they relate to their environment, including the people they are around.

I don't know enough to argue that it's not mental, but tend to believe that it's more emotional...and believe the two are highly intertwined.

I absolutely agree that simply because someone is born to abusive parents or lives in poverty that they'll grow up to be a criminal, but am still up in the air regarding the idea that some are just bad apples.

I still, I know....we can learn incredibly substantially meaningful information from criminals.

posted @ Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 05:20

“I can imagine no more serious and cruel punishment than keeping a person shackled 10 hours a day every day in a crowded cell in a dimly lit holding cell in a courthouse and there is no legal reason for doing so,” the attorney said.

I sure as h_ _ _ can think of far more cruel things. This man's attorney evidently has a very limited mind.

This whole situation is ridiculous. Our legal system and many of our laws are so inefficient and do more harm than good.

posted @ Monday, June 17, 2013 - 07:01

@snarkydude: Yes, we do know that criminals like that enjoy manipulating people and are rarely truthful, but I believe there is far more we would learn than just that. I know there's not a magic-bullet reason....but there are specific reasons in his specific case. I believe it is far more complex than simply serious mental defects that cause people to commit crimes such as this. I believe much of it is due to one's environment from growing up, as well as one's environment, including the natures of those one associates with, beyond that.

I'm not saying those who kill others can be rehabilitated, because I don't know that that IS the case, but I do believe that much can be learned from talking with them.

posted @ Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 14:07

@JackP32: No, I am not jesting. If such efforts have been underway for decades without much success, then we evidently need more effective people putting forth future efforts.

I see great value in your suggestion of immediate execution if the death sentence is given. As we both know, however, how likely is that to happen, given the inefficiencies and ineffectivenss of some aspects of our judicial system?

posted @ Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 14:00


I have two more responses to which to reply and very little time, so will not give nearly as in depth of an explanation as I'd like.

I'm not so sure he'll be willing to talk, but do think he will...more likely after time has passed. Many people don't care, but I do, as well as some others do. Why? Because we like to learn from the past to help improve the present and future.

I mean to utilize what would be learned (the knowledge) from talking with him toward better addressing the types of things in the lives of others that contributed to him committing the crime.

As you well know, it's not nearly as easy as giving the death penalty and being done with it. It would probably take years to even see it carried out and in the meantime we would have spent a fortune feeding, clothing and housing him. There are also far more complexities to it.

posted @ Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 13:52

But did the judge REALLY do what the woman claims....or did she just make it up? And, did the guy REALLY plant the drugs in her car, or did he just say that so she wouldn't have to go to jail? People involved w/ drugs and crime in general are often highly intelligent.....but also often very twisted. Things get REALLY complicated in how some people handle some things.

I'd like to know more about what they're talking about here:
"A sheriff's deputy and captain who participated in a traffic stop and arrested the woman have pleaded guilty to witness tampering in the case."

Enough reading of the ABH for today. There's far too much that stimulates my desire to respond, but I have other things that need tending to besides all the crimes people commit, rather than living wholesome lives.

I wish more people lived healthier lives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted @ Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 07:02

SO MUCH can be learned from this situation if authorities will handle it appropriately. Cozzie needs to be interviewed extensively so an understanding can be had of what all led up to him committing the various crimes he committed. Granted, we won't know for sure how truthful he is being in what he says, but there are good chances that he WILL be willing to be truthful to a degree. Much can be learned from what he says that can contribute to the prevention of some future crimes. Additionally, much can be learned from MANY incarcerated individuals. This is a major area of interest to me. Learn as much from criminals themselves regarding why they committed their crimes....then utilize that knowledge to improve situations as much as possible, aiding in the prevention of future crime.

posted @ Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 06:53

This is wonderful to hear!!! Kudos to all involved in catching this man!!!

I am SO SICK of people committing crimes and the impact it has on its victims and their families. I hope the boys this man molested have been able to get good help so that they will not be negatively impacted in their futures, including will not participate in sexual crimes themselves. As most people know, those who commit sexual crimes, were often victims of sexual inappropriateness themselves.

posted @ Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 06:44

@E.J.: And look at you!!! You are taking advantage of my addiction of being responsive. Smile I'm just the opposite of what you described. I started out anonymously....but then forced myself to say who I was. I knew doing that would help me come out of my shell more and be less shy. I sortof agreed...a little don' commenting on here being a long, strange journey to nowhereI. Yes, long and strange, but not necessarily to nowhere.

ps: I'm going to exercise incredible self-control and not respond again.....unless I change my mind. Smile

Do you think our own little personal conversation on here is annoying anyone? Do you care? I don't.

posted @ Monday, June 3, 2013 - 21:34

@E.J.: Yeah, there are too many out there that fit the mean, greedy description you gave.

I remember now that you had mentioned wanting to keep your anonymity. I haven't been on here for awhile and the old mind is fading.

There ARE some pretty strong commenters on here!!!! Sometimes I wish I had more time to read more of the ABH and comments....then other times I think, "Nah, life's better without knowing all the junk and hearing all the negative attitudes." I definitely have more time to do other things when I don't spend so much time on here.

posted @ Monday, June 3, 2013 - 21:09

@E.J.: But it depends on your definition of getting ahead. As we know, most people think of getting ahead in terms of financial/materialistic. I, I know.....far more important than that is moral, emotional, mental, social....whatever you want to call it...peace of mind.

Our society would do much better if more emphasis were put on getting ahead morally and socially in healthier ways, as opposed to so much emphasis and feelings of success being places on financial matters.

MERGING some of the existing nonprofits so they can be stronger by being together is an EXCELLENT idea!!!!!!

Yeah....agree....need to watch where/who you give your money to.

ps: We've still never met. It's easy for you to know who I am, but I don't know who you least not that I know of. Feel free to fill me in sometime.

posted @ Monday, June 3, 2013 - 16:19

@grove600: I agree. That's sometimes part of the problem in nonprofits. Most involved do tend to be do-gooders and very kind of heart...and can sometimes be taken advantage of.....but those lines must be watched very closely. Accountability in nonprofits is CRITICAL to their true success.

That's one of the most important things I learned from the graduate program I recently completed at UGA - from their Institute for Nonprofit Organizations - ACCOUNTABILITY IN NONPROFITS is a MUST. Sooooo......if people use integrity and are honest, they have nothing to fear. Of course, it also helps if they're highly competent in the services they're providing.

Also necessary is program evaluation. That would take too long to address. The easier route is to simply do some reading at

posted @ Monday, June 3, 2013 - 16:08

@grove600: You made some good points, grove600. I don't believe in padding of time. If someone works 3.5 hours, then say they worked 3.5 hours. If they worked 3.75 hrs, then say that. For clarity's sake, it would be best if there were very clear directions on the form to be filled out, i.e. round to the nearest 5 min , quarter hour, etc.

posted @ Monday, June 3, 2013 - 12:08

ps: I appreciate all the details...well-written help us understand the background of this situation.

posted @ Sunday, June 2, 2013 - 08:14

I'm very sorry to hear this. I know Jaime personally, having volunteered a good deal with ALCES. He's a very nice man and worked extremely hard to provide meaningful services to hispanic populations, but there's no room for illegal behavior in a properly-run nonprofit organization. Yes, most nonprofits are hurting for money, and yes, there are so many needs in Clarke County and the surrounding areas....and MANY nonprofits are working hard, some barely managing financially....but nothing justifies breaking the law.....nothing.

Jaime, if you happen to read this, I encourage you to talk with the law officials like a responsible and mature adult. If you did what you are accused of doing, then just be honest about it, pay the appropriate consequences, then move forward. If you did not do it, there's nothing to run from. I'm still your friend and advocate, respecting the hard work I know you put into ALCES. If, however, these accusations are true, they do need to be dealt with. How you proceed will provide a major example to not only your family and other Latino populations you worked so hard to empower, but to all nationalities and nonprofit organizations.

To anyone who reads this, Clarke County is such an unusual place. It has tremendously wonderful people, activities, etc, but also has tremendous problems and needs. I have never seen so many nonprofits in one area trying so hard to meet needs. Something has got to give, though. How effectively are the needs truly being met? What standards are in place that drive the quality of work done by nonprofits? How are the various programs evaluated?

I would love to see a study done on all the registered nonprofits in the area, identifying just what it is they do and what their proven results are. Additionally, I imagine if deeper investigations were done into all nonprofit organizations, both in and out of Clarke County, similar problems such as Jaime is being accused of would be found. I'm not saying all nonprofits are "crooked", because I'm sure they're not. I have seen a few times over the years, however, just how easy it could be for individuals to take advantage of various things in the nonprofit world.

Personal integrity is an increasingly important trait to have in today's crazy world.

posted @ Sunday, June 2, 2013 - 08:12

[quote][b]Curls[/b] - Tell me again why we need to waste money on this position ? No matter what the recommendations, the politicians will make the final decisions; why not just let politicians do the job in the first place and save the money ?

Because for someone to be effective in this position requires a certain type of expertise. Most politicians don't have this type of expertise. Hopefully, the politicians will be smart enough to follow the person's recommendations.

It sounds like both candidates are well-qualified. It'll be interesting to see the positive things that will happen. Hopefully, the person realizes she'll be under a microscope, so will be working especially hard to be highly effective.

posted @ Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 11:35

Excellent article!!....shared many important points. I, too, see getting UGA more involved in the Athens nonprofit community and making grant money it receives more accessible to area agencies as a very good thing. That type of thing is at the very core of a land grant university. UGA's Office of Service Learning recently brought on a VISTA student who is doing some very meaningful work re collaboration of groups working with the Latino population. Also A LOT of VERY VALUABLE things are done by students and professors involved with UGA's Institute for Nonprofit Organizations. Sadly, though, because of financial and time restraints, there's an incredible amount of knowledge and talent regarding how to improve things with nonprofits being underutilized. Maybe that can be addressed.

I'm happy to hear about the recommendations that came out of the Economic Development Task Force 22 meeting.

Not only is Athens lucky to have caring people such as Delene Porter, Julie Meehan, Sally Sheppard, Paul Matthews, Michelle Carney, Jim Gaudin, Richard Boone, and many, many, MANY others involved in Athens' nonprofit world, but they're luck these people are as intelligent as they are, and able to make progress and create solutions, such as is happening even as I write this response.

Athens has an extremely bright future!!!!!

posted @ Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 07:06

I think one of the most important things that whoever gets in this position can do is focus on ways to help those in poverty who want to get out of it, get out of it. There are multiple ways this can be approached.

posted @ Friday, April 5, 2013 - 07:11

@Man_Of_The_Mountain: I hate to sound ignorant, but at the moment I can't think of who you mean when you say RWE...and I don't have time to think more deeply about it or research it. Please simplify my life and tell me...or give me a link to further info. Thanks.

posted @ Monday, April 1, 2013 - 09:12

My take on all this is:

Sadness and compassion for those involved in the cheating. Incredible pressure IS put on teachers and administrators re test scores....HOWEVER, that, nor anything else, justifies cheating.

Sadness about the confusion that the students and teachers who know those who cheated must be experiencing. I'm assuming they trusted and looked up to these individuals, and assume the individuals were good teachers and administrators (There are STILL some out there that are not so good. There are lots of politics that go on in the education field, as well as many burnt out and unsatisfied teachers who are just holding on until they can find something else or until retirement. That's not to say they're not good people, because most who go into education, nursing, etc, are exceptionally caring people).

Wishful thinking (as in honestly optimistic, not being sarcastic) that students and parents will wake up and START TAKING MORE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN LEARNING. From what I saw during my years as a teacher in public schools, most of the stress on teachers today (which is extremely high) is because of the mental and emotional rigors of all they must do to engage and motivate students to work hard and do their best....especially middle and high school students.

Today's children and youth are the brightest I have seen in my 50 years of living. They have so many influences coming at them from all angles...some positive, but many more negative, i.e. unhealthy family and community dynamics, pressure to participate with drugs, alcohol, sex, etc, some have poor self-esteem and are longing for love and acceptance, etc, etc.

That's not to say I think we're fighting a losing battle, because I absolutely do not. Rather, I am completely confident we are fighting a winning battle. The length of the battle, however, is based on how long it's going to take people to wake up and see the benefits (and live in such a way that they get to reap them) that come from living a morally upstanding life, as opposed to living (including thinking) about immoral things.

There you have it. I'll now step down from my soapbox.

posted @ Monday, April 1, 2013 - 08:31

[quote][b]Lady of the Lake[/b] -
Those KKK'ers were not reading the bible back then. They were listening to and adhering to a political party.

Actually, one of the biggest parts of the problem is that many DO read the bible, but then also hypocritically do things in secret that harm others. Some politicians, some religious leaders, and some supposed devoted religious followers are some of our world's biggest hypocrites.

posted @ Monday, April 1, 2013 - 07:50

Far too many young girls, female teens, young adult females and grown women are victims of one type of abuse or another. The scars can last for years, and sometimes lifetimes, decreasing the females' use of their strengths and talents, as well as decreasing their enjoyment of life.

The more girls and women are made aware of what is healthy and what is not, learn to believe they are worthy of nothing less than healthy treatment from others (respect), and realize there are avenues to pursue when being treated unhealthily, the more our society will improve and the fewer people will have to suffer.

Keep moving forward, Project Safe, and other organizations and people who are working to decrease domestic violence problems!!!!!!!

posted @ Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 08:09

I'm very happy to hear about these proactive efforts. They will be a blessing to many.

posted @ Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 08:00

Domestic violence IS a very serious and highly damaging thing. At times, those doing the abusing, don't even realize they're doing it. They think it's normal. Then there are others who know full well what they're doing. In any event, IT NEEDS TO STOP.

I applaud those taking steps to raise awareness and end it.

posted @ Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 07:44

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