Please Don’t Throw Me in That Briar Patch

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You may remember the story from Uncle Remus of American folklore literature. Brer Fox laid a trap for Brer Rabbit by inducing him to get stuck in a Tar Baby and thus had finally captured his long time nemesis. Had him right where he wanted him and began to debate with the trapped rabbit about how he was going to bring about his demise. The wily rabbit however tricked the fox by entreating him to punish or torture him in any way except one. “Just please don’t throw me in …

Updates from the Capitol

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The third week of Session we voted on the “Small” or “Amended” budget. It is basically the mid-year adjustment to account for any growth or losses that occurred this year. Happily, revenues increased by about $1.1B or 5% last year. $520M will go to new roads, $200M will go to road maintenance, and $336 will go to local communities for their transportation needs. About $204M will go into K12 Education to help fund the record number of children who are moving to Georgia, as well as another $30M to the …

Best of the Best: Get a Local Guide

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This week I’m proselytizing, once again, to shine the ink on Madison and what she has to offer. My mission is to convert as many department store consumers to local customers as possible by examining the department store experience. By column end, I hope to have you strolling local aisles, and meeting your neighbors, one store at a time. I try my dead level best to stay away from stores with departments, especially, multi-story ones. The whole experience is both frustrating and time-consuming. If I need something, I like to …

The Middle East: Conclusion

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We left off last time with 9.11. On October 7, 2001, we launched Operation Enduring Freedom to assist the Afghan interim authorities with securing the Capital city of Kabul against the Taliban. General Tommy Franks, who was in charge of Central Command, had initially recommended invading with 60,000 troops, only after six month’s preparation; but the Bush administration insisted on immediate action. By November, 2001 there were 1,300 troops in Afghanistan, a month later those numbers would double to 2,500. The footprint of U.S. forces would remain small for years, …

Letters: Response to Buzzard invasion

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To the Editor: These buzzards residents complain of are actually vultures. While I do sympathize with the residents who have to deal with the smell and mess of so many, I would like to give another point of view. Yes: they look ugly—even scary perhaps. But they are harmless and serve such a useful purpose. They are the CDC of the bird world. Just like catfish in the water, they are scavengers. If we didn’t have so many animals killed on the road, the vultures would not be here. Just …

Excellent customer service at Youngblood Motor Co.

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To the Editor: My brother is a very savvy shopper. He is usually driven by price. However, what he experienced at Youngblood Ford changed all of that. He was in Madison a couple of weekends ago and stopped by the dealership to get some information about the 2015 Ford F150 aluminum truck. He lives in Atlanta, so of course he checked local dealerships. He was able to secure a lower price at one of those dealerships, but he chose to order the truck from Youngblood Ford.  Why you ask? Customer …

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Disservice done to firefighter in newspaper article

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To the Editor: Those of us with the Morgan County Fire Rescue would like to formally rectify some false statements made when there was a front page article and report published on an accident that resulted in the death of one and critical injuries of another of our firefighters. The initial story that was published on April 10, 2014 quoted the Georgia State Patrol and insinuated false allegations regarding the above events that have since been proven untrue according to the release of the incident report from the Georgia State …

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Online anonymous tip link

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To the Editor: In an effort to improve communication between citizens and their government, the City of Madison website (www.madisonga.com) now offers an anonymous tip link.  If you notice suspicious behavior in your neighborhood or would like to report domestic abuse, please use this tool. It is a safe, confidential way for you to voice your concerns, and an important source of information for law enforcement.  Please let us know if there’s any way we can improve this service. Carrie Peters-Reid Chris Hodges

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Thank you Bobby Crawford

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To the Editor: Through the years, Bobby Crawford has tirelessly given to his customers by being a wonderful friend and pharmacist — from the years of the infamous “pink medicine” for our children, to the time someone was sick in the middle of the night and he would bring to the house whatever the doctor called in to the pharmacy. He has been a rock for the past 45 years for my family. Thank you, Bobby, for serving your community and being dedicated to Madison Drug and being Our Pharmacist. …

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Farm Bureau thanks sponsors

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To the Editor: Morgan County Farm Bureau would like to thank the sponsors and volunteers for their support with our Farm Safety Day that was held on May 6th at Hard Labor Creek park. With the help of the sponsors we were able to hand out t-shirts to all the sixth grade students and teachers to remember this special day.  With the help of our volunteers the students were able to learn safety skills.  A is a list of volunteers and sponsors that helped make our day extra special are: …

Volunteers to the rescue

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To the Editor: A vibrant and satisfying Thank You Party was hosted jointly last week for major donors to the Boys & Girls Club of Madison-Morgan County and Children Ferst Foundation of Morgan County. Thanks are due to so many who made this event a memorable occasion. We thank Karen and Gene Massey and Vickie Hunt who were kind enough to offer their lovely neighboring loft homes to host the affair. Guests enjoyed strolling from loft to loft enjoying the sumptuous array of food provided by volunteers and local food …

Stick with what you know

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To the Editor: The title of the article “Toothless Canadians” jumped off the page when I glanced at the Sport’s section of the April 3rd paper. Not only did I view it as a derogatory statement but also it can be viewed as stereotyping our good neighbors to the north. Nowhere in the article are Canadians mentioned and one can only deduce that Mr. Nunn assumes all hockey players at the semi-pro and professional levels are Canadians, and all Canadian hockey players have lost some or all of their teeth …

Let her build the building

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To the Editor: On behalf of the historical building that Kathi Russell purchased at 200 West Washington: The building was deconstructed in 2013. Plans are to reconstruct this building and I believe that it is a wonderful idea for our community. 200 West Washington Street was the first Black entrepreneurial landmark here in Madison. Our ancestor worked hard to make a living for their families. “We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility provide for the common defense, …

No time to play race card

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To the Editor: In the recent controversy surrounding the Mapp-Gilmore building is was quite astonishing to hear Ms. Kathie Russell play the race card. It was less surprising to hear that some local black community leaders are supporting her. The Historical Preservation Commission is not trying to suppress business in the black community. They are doing their job by assuring that Ms. Russell and her financial backers adhere to the standards that they agreed to. It appears Ms. Russell and her financial backers are trying to hide their lust for …

Ryan’s budget for the poor

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To the Editor: Republican voters are decent warmhearted Americans. Why does Paul Ryan propose a GOP budget that is utterly mean spirited and damaging to our economy? He will increase defense spending by $493 billion while Obama will retain spending levels at more than the next 10 countries combined. Obama will equalize corporate taxes to match international levels and cut special breaks Ryan intends 15 percent cut for the rich and a $2000 tax increase for families. Ryan will cut $791 billion from roads and bridges, medical research, nutrition and housing …

Letters: Sheri Clark

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To The Editor Rolly and I bought a house in the Historic district in 1978. We are still around Madison and want to stay . . . we have a business we started in 1999 when we both retired from Delta Airlines. We have seen many changes in this area and there will be more changes, some good some not so good. Our downtown area use to be available to the local folks: two grocery stores, barber shop, cleaners . . . now all these are gone to the “strip.” …

Letters: Donald F. Kerr

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To the Editor, Sir At the risk of beating a dead horse. Fred Johnson’s response to my article shows he either did not understand it or was trying to mislead. I hope it was the former. The ” Minority” that is now running the GOP is its’ right wing. Just this week they forced John Boehner to run away from immigration reform. It is this minority that controls the GOP in the House and all legislation it might try to pass. It is this that controls our future. Donald F …

Letters: Supporter says it’s time to support the Bulldogs

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To The Editor Hey all you Morgan fans, come on fill up the stands! There is some mighty good high school basketball being played down on the campus of Morgan County High School at the new gymnasium that I like to think of as the Dog House. Too bad so few people are there to enjoy it! The two-time region champions are perfectly positioned as they battle for the three peat and those coveted home state playoff games rewarded to region champs. But now, as the regular season winds down, …

Letters: Concerned about Common Core

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Dear Editor: As a parent of three children and a lifelong Morgan County resident, I am concerned about the implementation of the Common Core standards/curriculum in our schools at the local and statewide levels. I realize many parents, guardians and concerned, voting, tax-paying citizens have little understanding of how this change affects our children, teachers, schools and communities. I ask the readers of the Morgan County Citizen: Do you know who developed the Common Core standards and how they were researched and tested? Are you aware of the significant changes …

Letters: Pearl St. interests Wall St.

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Pearl St. intersects Wall St. It has come to my attention that Pearl St. has become an impediment to the economic growth of Madison. Purportedly, Pearl St.’s representatives on the city council, Chris Hodges and Carrie Reid have stated that the blight and vacant residences on Pearl St. are making businesses hesitant to locate to Madison. To ameliorate this situation, Hodges and Peters have proposed a Pearl St. beautification plan. I suppose the purpose of this plan is to improve Pearl St. because it is the gateway to the Middle …