Archive for September, 2015

Does racism really still exist?

Monday, September 28th, 2015

kenneth fullerI met with a black friend for lunch about two years ago and discussed my concerns about the status of racial harmony in our community I had my conscience aroused over the death of young Trayvon Martin and the reaction I received from my white friends in the days following the verdict acquitting George Zimmerman. I related to my black friend that the verdict was greeted by my white friends by offers of high fives and celebration. I was stunned and saddened and did not understand the glee. (more…)

Local opinion leaders, missing in action

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Mike ReynoldsJuvenile Court Judge Greg Price and the Rome-Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth are keeping children in their homes and out of the foster care system.

Communities of Hope, sponsored by the Commission and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national program to improve the lives of young children. Hundreds of studies show early childhood nurturing pays large dividends when kids reach adulthood. (more…)

A tribute to Jimmy

Monday, September 14th, 2015

R. Rex HussmannI think Jimmy Carter is a great man. There’s really nothing fancy about Mr. Carter. He’s a plain man from Plains, Georgia. Yet, I feel honored when I am in his presence.

Part of his greatness is that while he is trusted to be a man of his word in the highest halls of power on many continents, at every opportunity afforded him, he comes home to the place where he was born and raised. In Plains he’s just plain Jimmy The central guiding activity of his life is teaching Sunday School at Maranatha Baptist Church. He stays in touch with his roots and with the everyday folks who have been his friends and neighbors throughout his life. (more…)

Scrapping teacher pay schedules a step toward scrapping public schools

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

kenneth fullerGeorgia Gov. Nathan Deal is after the public school system.

His intent is to destroy the system of public education, which has provided the future of this Democracy since its earliest days. He and the Republican Party believe everything operated by government will be better operated by for-profit corporations.

They have given our prisons, probation, and parole to corporations, at a great cost, and the next big pie to divvy up among their friends with eyes for the bottom line is your kid’s schools. (more…)

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