Joy and pain
A glimmer of hope came as the final member of our Macon-Bibb County Commission was finalized. The balance has been assured to swing toward ending radicalism and favoritism.
Sadly the museum for children has closed mainly due to misguided funding toward the all black museum. In an originally sound move to properly acknowledge Harriet Tubman, common sense did not prevail. The facts surrounding the failure of two highly recognized facilities that were budgeted less than the Tubman is surely in jeopardy.
Macons poverty and brutal failure of its education system is known throughout America. Is Macon the next Detroit? Macon did not support baseball, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame or the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. And yet hundreds of thousands of dollars continue to be misdirected toward the Tubmans completion. If something is not done now, the possibility of state intervention should not be ruled out. Our weak leadership throughout our systems will cause a need for oversight.
Our salvation comes from our rich historical foundation and superior institutions of higher learning. Mercer University and Wesleyan College afford national recognition in law, medicine, engineering and the arts
-- Joe Hubbard
Hard work ahead
Ill start by commending Macon and Bibb County for having the audacity to tackle the awesome responsibility of implementing consolidation. There will be naysayers stomping around on sour grapes for years to come. In reality, it was only a matter of time before the grapes of wrath would be dried fruit on a wilted vine.
The mechanics of Macon were like the Fram oil filter, you can fix it now or later. Later is like your mother-in-law moving in with you to save your home, when she would have gladly come to your aid with a simple request.
In my mind, the merger and the election of a team of outstanding leadership is two legs up on a triangle that can create chemistry that will bear fruit for this overdue and deserving community.
To complete this mission, the Bibb County school system must persuade interim School Superintendent Steve Smith into staying one more year and share his ability to install a simple method of openness, trust, discipline and common sense.
He has come to rescue a system caught in a windstorm that almost destroyed the sight of the students. And dont think the teachers and principals have been immune to this ferocious fiasco. They were also blind-sided, having to endure unjust suffering, many times facing a severe situation with no desirable recourse.
Ive known Smith many years. I know his heart and his love for this community and humanity. If they can pay a buyout for former Superintendent Romain Dallemand, they can persuade this fine gentleman to stay through the school term of 2014-15.
Search long and hard when that person is found, bring them in no matter when and let them tandem for whatever time is left.
This way the recovery period will be extended, causing an even better environment for the permanent superintendent, thus a smoother transition. Only the good Lord in heaven will ever know the lives this would touch, as a childs mind is a precious possession.
-- Kenneth Smith
prayer for today
Dear Lord, when we are weak, your strength holds us. When we are afraid, your courage sustains us. When we are downcast, your presence lifts us. You are always there for us. How great, how wonderful, how amazing you are God, our friend, our father. We are here before you, singing endless praises to your name. We thank you for one more blessed day. To God be the glory. Amen.
-- Johnnie Mae Holland
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