Today I called the CFO of the Bibb County Board of Education to get contact information on the beneficiary of the purchase of the Promise Center. Ron Collier said “I do not know,”
How can I contact them?
“I do not have their phone number.”
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Who are the principals of the Central Georgia Partnership for Individual and Community Development Inc.?
“I do not know.”
He just handled with the board a $8.5 million purchase and has no idea who they are? Why did you give them the building?
“It was part of the deal.”
He was to call me back with all of data. He never did. Mr. Taxpayer, the fox is in the henhouse and this situation wreaks of foolishness. Every vote by the board to date has been on a majority ruling, but all of a sudden the hiring of a superintendent must be 100 percent for the candidates. The taxpayers have seen hundreds of thousands of dollars squandered on this process.
Maybe a grand jury should be called to thoroughly investigate the actions of the Bibb Board Of Education.
-- Joe Hubbard
New marker, new myth?
The Georgia Historical Society dedicated a historical marker on Nov. 11, 2014, pertaining to Sherman’s March to the Sea, placed on the grounds of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum: “This marker is part of the GHS Civil War 150 Historical Marker Project, telling stories around the state that hadn’t been told or that shed new light on familiar stories,” said W. Todd Groce, president and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society. “There are a lot of misconceptions about Gen. Sherman and the March to the Sea that aren’t based on historical evidence, and we’ve tried to correct some of those in this marker, to see a familiar event in a new light.”
In part, the marker reads: “Contrary to popular myth, Sherman’s troops primarily destroyed only property used for waging war...”
I am appalled, sickened and saddened that an organization that is supposed to be the guardian and promoter of Georgia history is now nothing more than a base propaganda machine that dispenses lies for truth. The idea that Sherman destroyed only military objectives in Georgia is a blatant, crafted and willful lie not supported by a multitude of surviving accounts. These are verifiable accounts, not myths, some preserved in Sherman’s own recollections. The new marker contains the only myth.
-- Brenda Dobson
Another day in paradise
Another gun-free zone has been knocked over. The Waffle House on Zebulon Road was robbed as was one on Pio Nono Avenue Sept. 30, preceded by Thomaston Road on June 25. This seems to be occurring statewide.
I like the Waffle House but this pattern seems to be endemic to gun-free zones. After all, a thug is not going to try to stick-up a biker bar. Declaring the Second Amendment inoperative on their premises, Waffle House posts a silly notice warning bad guys that just because there’s not a cop present, they’re being watched.
Let’s face it, Macon and its surrounds are high crime, gang-infested areas. Everyday there are reports of more armed robberies, drive-bys, assaults, carjackings, and general hooliganism.
-- Joel Raley
Fuel center concerns
The historic community of North Highlands, located near the Ocmulgee River off of Gray Highway, has almost completed the process of forming the North Highlands Neighborhood Association. However, in the midst of our start-up initiative, we have encountered the proposed Kroger Fuel Center to be located at the entrance to and within the boundaries of our residential neighborhood.
Speaking as an individual citizen and homeowner, I am personally concerned about the negative impact this fuel center will have on our neighborhood such as decreasing home values, crime, safety and environmental issues, the size of the fuel center (residential homes will be torn down) and the loss of neighborhood visual appeal to future homeowners.
A public forum will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 22 at Highland Hills Baptist Church on Briarcliff Road and will be hosted by Kroger’s assistant real estate manager from Atlanta. I urge my fellow neighbors to attend this forum to express their concerns and opposition to the proposed Kroger Fuel Center in our North Highlands neighborhood.
-- Miki Fluker
Bibb County Tax Commissioner’s Office has fled the county courthouse, most probably to avoid imposing the gross inconvenience of having customers being screened by metal detectors and groped for whatever. Wonderful.
Now I have bilateral hip replacements with lots of metal and recently I purchased a newer vehicle and, wishing to obey the law, I descended to the Peach County Tax Office to purchase tags. While the courthouse has more than half a dozen doors, only one is available to the general public and there stands a guard with the usual metal detecting equipment. “I’m going right to purchase tags” I tell the guard. “You’ve got to empty your pockets and go through the metal detector first, it’s the law,” he replies. Now my military ID card is unimpressive to this guy with a firearm and my love of being groped, especially by one of my own sex, tells me that I do not want tags that bad. Later, I would purchase them in Byron where a law-abiding citizen can still access their tax supported offices without getting groped under the thin disguise of security. Time to separate the courts from taxpayer supported offices.
-- Ken Brown
President Obama announced relations are going to be normal with Cuba after 55 years, People opposed say they are communist. Who cares?
How about China? America has let China become No. 1 in the world in producing goods to everyone around the globe. Fact is, Hobby Lobby in America gets all their goods from Communist China, so who is kidding who?
America has lost 42,000 factories to China in the last 12 years and China has earned this honor. Actually this action by the president should have been done decades ago. We need all the friends we can get,
Miami Cubans will go to Cuba and will make it a republic in time. America has become the No. 2 economy for a reason. We have become a nation of takers instead of makers.
-- Ken Jones
I am just curious. Do any of our elected officials read these posts? I have been reading about the tragedy at the Wings Cafe establishment and other gang-related violence in the Bloomfield Drive area and have a serious concern that the mayor and commission have made it a done deal to relocate the Senior Citizens Center in such a violent, unsafe area. I don’t care about the racial aspect and would rather not even discuss it. What about the safety and quality of life of our most valuable assets? Those with the wisdom and care to offer the Macon-Bibb community. This is not right.
-- Dewell Garner
The proposed center is 2.8 miles from Wings Cafe. -- Editors
Let Sherman rest in peace
Good grief. Can’t you die-hard Dixie-ites get it that you are arguing minutia of incidents that I do not dispute but are not germane to my overall thesis that Sherman fought his way to Atlanta, then marched his way to Savannah?
His orders were not followed to the letter but were humane. There will always be those on the periphery who disobey. I’ll stick with Jeff Davis’ and Noah Trudeau’s accounts. To attack me “ad hominem” for the wrong reasons only makes your pedantry egregious.
-- Avery Chenoweth
The war and the march are now officially over. -- The Editors