I love high school football. I love the working for a goal that football brings to a group of boys, taking instruction from strangers that end up being father figures to most of them. I’ve watched some of the best football anyone could ask for, and occasionally one of the teams plays for a state championship.
In the ‘80s, Warner Robins won state titles. Then it was Northside’s turn, playing in five title games between 2001 and 2009, winning in ‘07 and ‘08 after Warner Robins won another title in ‘04. Our friends to the west in Peach County were winning championships in 2005, 2006 and 2009.
As long as I’ve been here, this area has had a rich tradition of winning championships. Now is no different, except for one factor: lack of support from the community. In the past, businesses used their marquees and had signs in windows wishing the “home” team good luck in bringing another trophy to Warner Robins.
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As I drive around town, I barely count on one hand the hopes and wishes from the locals for the team from Northside.
I understand the bitter rivalries among the Demons, Eagles and Bears. What I don’t understand is the lack of support and togetherness that we should have shown this group of young men, regardless of the mascot.
The Eagle “faithful” don’t like to be referred to as Northside-Warner Robins, but last week, I was proud to call them the Northside Eagles from Warner Robins.
-- Gary Leahy
An 1889 anecdote by Frank Moore recalls, Christmas Day 1862 near Fredericksburg, when Union soldiers were hailed by a rebel picket from the across the river. “I say, Yank, if a fellow goes over there, will you let him come back?”
Receiving the answer he wanted, the Confederate soldier made his way across. He said he was from Georgia, one of the Pennsylvania boys remarked,
“I met quite a number of your boys at South Mountain.”
“I expect so,” the rebel said. “My brother was killed there.”
“That’s so, Georgia. Your fellows fought well there and had the advantage, but the old Keystone boys pushed you hard. I have a picture here I picked up on the battlefield the next morning.”
He handed it to the Georgian, who, pressed it to his lips exclaiming, “My mother.” In the meantime, the Confederate had taken a small Bible from his pocket, when his Pennsylvania host fairly yelled, “I know that book; I lost it at Bull Run.”
“That’s where I got it, Mr. Yank,” said the rebel, as he handed it over.
“I am much obliged to you, Georgia. I would not part with it for the world,” the Union soldier said as they examined the flyleaf together: “My Christmas Gift, to Alex, Dec. 25th, 1860. Ella.”
“Well,” another Pennsylvanian added, “it is not often one has the same gift presented to him a second time.”
A federal horseman approached, thus, farewells were instantly bid and a quick return made across the Rappahannock.
-- John Wayne Dobson
Falling for anything
We must question everything we read, especially “news” that we find on the Internet. More specifically, what’s found on Facebook. I am in shock on how much information is posted and shared as fact on Facebook. I have had to correct several people who post fabricated “news” or false information.
For example, how many of you have seen the “Head and Shoulders Causes Mutation” report, which shows something that looks like weird growths? How many of you believed this? Or how many shared it? Check your facts. I researched this “report” to find that: A) It is a scam, used to add malware to your computer or cellphone. B) The “growths” were only bulbs of lotus flowers pasted on someone’s skin.
How foolish are we? We see something posted online and we take it as fact. Simply because someone posted a link or a picture on Facebook doesn’t make it a fact.
Check the facts before you spread further bogus information. Let’s stop making America stupid.
-- Myrna Segui
Too many commercials
I just watched a football game on TV. Watching a football game was a marvelous way to avoid the Black Friday crowds. Anyhow, something happened during the game that made me really angry.
After a touchdown late in the second quarter, the elapsed time between the touchdown and the ensuing kickoff was (drum roll) four minutes and five seconds. That’s four minutes and five seconds of my valuable time totally wasted.
I find this outrageous. The perpetrators of this outrage should be fired or at least condemned to watch eight continuous hours of mind-numbing commercials. I only had to endure about three minutes, but it made me swear to never use any of the products advertised. Long live my DVR.
-- Jerry Norris
What a ride
I got a good laugh when I read John G. Kelley Jr.’s letter about the dog celebrating Tech’s football win over Georgia. It reminded me of my friend, Tom, who was walking down the road one day when an acquaintance of his stopped and said, “Come on Tom, I’ll drop you off at your dad’s shop.” Tom replied, “No, I’m not going there. He beats me.” The driver then said. “Well, come on, and I’ll give you a ride to your mom’s house.” Tom said, “No, I ain’t going there either. She beats me, too.”
The driver then said, “Well Tom, just where can I take you? Where are you going?” Tom smiled and said. “I’m headed over Athens way to the University of Georgia. They don’t beat nobody over there.”
-- Bill Thompson
Please help me. I am confused. Of all the pressing issues our country faces, the most pressing, according to our 44th president, is the closure of Guantanamo Bay Detention Center. He says it inflames the resolve of the radical Islamic loonies. Since 2009, he has been ordering the release of enemy combatants held there. Many of them have returned to the battlefield, and some were used in hostage negotiations with five of the highest ranking, and, most dangerous, traded for one Army deserter.
Now, he is ordering the release of secret detailed CIA information about the torture of Gitmo prisoners. Where is his concern for their resolve becoming inflamed?
There have been only two entities demanding the closure of Gitmo -- Islamic terrorists and our 44th president. Two questions: Just whose side is this man on? Can our country survive two more years of the ever-increasing damage being inflicted by this administration?
Maybe Mr. Gadfly knows.
-- Tommy Parker
What’s the deal?
I think I understand what is happening. The Bibb BOE plans to buy back the Promise Center for $8.5 million from the Central Georgia Partnership and will also give the group the closed Eugenia Hamilton Elementary School. The Bibb BOE sold the building to the group for $220,000 a few years ago. Since then, the BOE paid $575,000 in rent and a $300,000 maintenance fee each year. The BOE stopped paying the maintenance fee in 2014 and assumed the maintenance cost. The BOE plans to apply $3.1 million from a grant toward the purchase of the center.
I do not know what the BOE plans to do with the center. I wonder what it will cost to renovate it for its final use. I wonder if the BOE will still have to pay $19.3 million in cash and in-kind services to the Promise Neighborhood initiative over the next 10 years.
The Bibb BOE has terminated its second search for a superintendent. The search cost was $14,000. I wonder what was the cost of the first search. I wonder what the third search will cost. The district has been without a permanent superintendent since February 2013. It is now on its third interim superintendent, who will be in office until the end of the school year. I hope the BOE finds a suitable candidate by then.
In Houston County, we have been very fortunate. Over the past few years, the BOE has selected a superintendent from within the school system. The selectee had a proven record and understood what parents expected. So far this approach has been very successful. Most Houston County students meet or surpass state standards, and the graduation rate is commendable. Not so in Bibb County.
-- Jim Costello