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The quality of police work seems to vary dramatically from place to place. I think the police in Oconee County are a superior group of people, vigilant, and helpful. I wouldn't care to live in Ferguson, Missouri or a number of other places. I'm not keen on police forces who practice civil forfeiture as a means to purchase equipment, etc. I think police and teachers should be well-educated and paid. I care about them, even when I don't need them.

posted @ Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 09:16

I would also like to see continued coverage of school bus drivers, cafeteria workers and others who care for our children. Our State will be healthier if more people have acceptable healthcare. Doesn't it make sense to have the people who are transporting children and preparing and serving food to children in good health?

posted @ Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 09:17

I appreciate the exchange between Mr. Galis and Ms. Blackmon, because they both do their homework. It is an intelligent exchange between two sharp individuals. Instead of attacking one another, they attack ideas and methodologies. The Georgia Legislature and U.S. Congress could make progress if they assumed this type of deliberation.

posted @ Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 10:17

Size is not the issue. Quality education is the issue.

posted @ Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 18:22

This man has been in a position to make decisions that relate to justice and fairness in a democracy. I cannot understand why in such a huge country with so many institutions of learning, why we cannot find more worthy people. When I read a story like this I also feel so sorry for others who hold these kind of positions who are so ethical and qualified to offer us security and safety. I hope Margaret will fully recover and give us some insight to this incident.

posted @ Monday, January 5, 2015 - 21:42

Two very different but I think beneficial reads on this topic of living well are Klein's Travels with Epicurus, and Atul Gawande's, A Mortal Life. Gawande is a well-known physician who very clearly describes what happens to people at the end of life. I think anything by Marcie Angell also provides a lot of clarification about the unfortunate over-dosing of older Americans as they move through the healthcare system. Locally, Dr. Toni Miles, director of the Gerontology Center at the University of Georgia and faculty member in the School of Public Health is an excellent resource on the challenges of caregiving for the elderly.

posted @ Sunday, January 4, 2015 - 09:16

I highly recommend a book written by one of the person's mentioned in this article, Peter Levine's, We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For. I have followed his research for several years, and I would suggest that he is one of the most knowledgeable persons about civic engagement and young people in the United States.

posted @ Sunday, January 4, 2015 - 09:04

Read Travels with Epicurus.by Daniel Klein and The Mortal Life by Atul Gawande, two excellent reads for living life to the fullest.

posted @ Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 08:54

Thanks for for deeply analyzing the rankings. Also, most businesses are keenly interested in schools, and there is wide variation in outcomes across Georgia's 159 counties. I also think businesses should look at the health rankings of the counties that are published annually by the University of Wisconsin. When businesses move to a State, most often families move, so the considerations are not merely about the people who work in the business but what the conditions will be for their families.

posted @ Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 07:56

Brilliant piece.

posted @ Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 08:05

Your editorial makes me think of all the things people say about "exceptional" - if we all sat in a room we indeed like the comments above could think of things we love about Georgia - geographical diversity, international crossroads, Southern cooking, whatever. We can also identify (with facts) some serious challenges to life and living here. If we are a mature people we should address our shortcomings and come together in a civil manner to talk about improvements The people of Georgia for example, cannot possibly be satisfied with the recent reports of performance by our youth on math assessments. If we want people here to enjoy careers in the STEM professions they have to have high math skills. I think most of us if we are honest know we need some new endeavors to improve public education, our transportation infrastructure, criminal justice system, public health, and children's welfare. The public and our leaders, however, must have a will to enable such improvements.

posted @ Friday, July 4, 2014 - 10:04

“What I did in my campaign was such that virtually every other candidate began parroting what I was saying,” he said. “... They all said that they would do what I have done.” Paul Broun

Believing other people are parroting you sounds like a symptom of narcissistic personality disorder.

posted @ Friday, June 27, 2014 - 07:58

Yes, we very much need investigative reporting, people wiling to speak truth to power, a stomping out of political correctness, belief in an informed public, and a sense of humor to smooth out all the edges. Carry on, Dick Yarbrough

posted @ Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 07:47

Let's also remember the children of Lemuel Penn. Every Father's Day must bring such deep sadness. Their father, an educated man serving his country, was violently killed by Klansmen who saw him ride through Athens in a car with another Army personnel who was white. 1964.

posted @ Monday, June 16, 2014 - 08:12

It's wonderful to see arrogance backfire and also to have some outcomes that show that it may take more than lots of money to win an election. I hope we will see more signs of a waking citizenry who will not allow themselves to be taken for granted by the high and mighty K Street crowd.

posted @ Friday, June 13, 2014 - 07:17

Once in a while someone I trust tells me that Newt Gingrich is really a very intelligent man. Then he does something like this, and I am reminded of the truth about his intellect.

posted @ Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 07:25

Leon - yet another brilliant analysis by you. Yes, I think the two fears you pose are accurate - fear of the loss of local control for some, and fear of the loss of revenue for others. I think a third fear is fear of losing "political" righteousness- "our side losing." I'm glad you honed in on the topic of accountability, and I think you got that right, too. The lenses through which people consider "accountability" are the same applied to the concept of "evaluation" generally. Some think about evaluation as negative; others positive. The negative thinkers see evaluating anything as a road to "gottcha". The positive thinkers see evaluation as a way to understanding how something is working or not, and whether there is a need to consider any alterations in practice that are beneficial to our society. As long as the mood in public education accountability is to "get teachers" or administrators, we won't see progress and more and more and more outstanding people won't enter this profession or continue to practice. This is sad news for our democracy.

posted @ Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 08:23

Leon - yet another brilliant analysis by you. Yes, I think the two fears you pose are accurate - fear of the loss of local control for some, and fear of the loss of revenue for others. I think a third fear is fear of losing "political" righteousness- "our side losing." I'm glad you honed in on the topic of accountability, and I think you got that right, too. The lenses through which people consider "accountability" are the same applied to the concept of "evaluation" generally. Some think about evaluation as negative; others positive. The negative thinkers see evaluating anything as a road to "gottcha". The positive thinkers see evaluation as a way to understanding how something is working or not, and whether there is a need to consider any alterations in practice that are beneficial to our society. As long as the mood in public education accountability is to "get teachers" or administrators, we won't see progress and more and more and more outstanding people won't enter this profession or continue to practice. This is sad news for our democracy.

posted @ Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 08:21

As a feminist I support equal opportunity for women in society. I am grateful for the women and men who worked to assure women the right to vote, run for public office, and participate fully as citizens in a democracy. In my lifetime I have been happy to see professions like medicine, law, pharmacy, engineering, and so many more open their doors to intelligent and capable women who have studied and succeeded alongside their male colleagues. I hope we will see increasing numbers of women in the United States choose to run for political office and participate more fully in the governance of our country locally, Statewide, and nationally.

posted @ Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 08:08

Why is his web site still up for the Senate race? One person told me that next he wants to run for Isakson's seat. Say it isn't so.

posted @ Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 22:49

I recommend Otis Brawley's How We Do Harm.

posted @ Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 09:00

Polarizations and Divisiveness are a lot more exciting to news junkies than beige blurs.

posted @ Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 08:57

Why is Paul Broun's website for his Senate Campaign still "up"? Do people continue to send donations?

posted @ Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 08:48

What's his problem with Catholics?

posted @ Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 08:14

Paul Broun's lackluster performance in the Senate race has nothing whatsoever to do with his son's behavior. Falling in the polls, fading into oblivion are entirely of his own making.

posted @ Monday, May 12, 2014 - 08:10

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