FreeSpeech for 10-06-10

Outdoor burning ban is lifted. That’s great. Just when the weather cools down and we can turn off the air conditioning and open the windows. Guess we will have to hold our breath until the ban goes back into effect. Why can’t you just be a good neighbor and bag it and take it to the recycling center?

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Nothing lowers the quality of life in a town more than that angry, thumping, heartbeat noise that is popular with a few idiots and their “pimped” cars. I’m trying to have a nice evening on my back porch and suddenly it feels like there’s an earthquake or explosion somewhere. It’s a LOUD bass noise. I can’t believe this is acceptable in Peachtree City. Then I realize the source of the noise and I can’t help but feel like I live in some sort of ghetto. Low quality living. I don’t know where these individuals come from, but I think it’s time we silence the blaster tubes in their cars. Extremely loud noises are universally unacceptable. I should not have to tolerate sonic assault. It is a violation and these youngsters should be taught what is and isn’t appropriate and considerate in a civilized society. I am asking, as a citizen of Peachtree City, that the police please step up enforcement of the noise ordinances. Toughen the penalties if necessary. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. If you live near Ga. Highway 74, Peachtree Parkway, Robinson, Crosstown, or Hwy. 54, you definitely know what I’m talking about. Let’s find a solution to this growing problem. This is the #1 quality of life issue in Peachtree City, as far as I’m concerned. Thanks for reading my rant.

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I was sorry to hear the PTC Council is still considering a ban on gas carts. I use the paths for walking and for my electric cart and have for seven years, and during that time I have very seldom encountered a gas cart. I don’t believe there are that many here. The carts are not that loud and the smell of fumes lasts only a few seconds as they pass. They certainly do not pollute the the air as much as the numerous semi-trucks that travel Hwy. 54 through town day and night. I also don’t recall any of the council members saying they would ban gas carts before the last election. To do it now would be unfair and an abuse of power. What next, will they mandate hybrid autos for all citizens in the city? We are all hunkered down now waiting to see what the federal government will do to us next. We shouldn’t have to worry about our City Council in the same way.

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Thought I’d seen it all until I saw a bicyclist on Hwy. 54 in the middle of town, texting while driving a bicycle through town. I was behind him for a while and thought he was either drunk or impaired, but when I pulled up beside him, he was texting. This is just the greatest country in the world: you can ride down a major highway and text on your phone at the same time.

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I’d be delighted to share the road with cyclists. Is your bicycle licensed and are you paying insurance to drive it on the road? If not, hop on the cart path and quit blocking traffic on Hwy. 74 and 54 and endangering the public on Peachtree Parkway north and south.

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Aren’t bicyclists adorable in their brightly colored “Sesame Street” Speedo outfits? They look so manly and feminine.

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I have no problem with sharing the road with bicyclists. Although if I am going to share the road with them, I think it should be mandatory that they have their bicycles inspected yearly, pay taxes on them and have them properly licensed to use the roadways.

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Bicyclists on Peachtree Parkway north and south and on Hwy. 54 and Hwy. 74. Why not let golf carts travel on these roads also? They are more visible and provide more protection than on a bicycle and can travel just as fast or faster than a bicycle.

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Seen on the golf cart path: a blue stretch golf cart with five or six little children under 5 years old, and the Mommy (or babysitter) driving with one hand and talking on the cellphone with the other. May I ask why is it so important that you talk on the phone and jeopardize the lives of those small children? You are really a sad person.

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Someone keeps building sidewalks. These sidewalks start nowhere and end nowhere. There seems to be no logic to their location or purpose. It is the Fayetteville city planners or the county. Spend our money wisely, and this is not it. Let’s look at Whitney Street. The potholes are not deep but they can rattle your teeth and might burst a tire. City Council does not seem too concerned right now, but next year is an election year for some. Let’s see if anything happens then.

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After a 4.5 percent pay cut this past year for ALL Fayette County Board of Education employees, and a one-time “bonus” check of 1 percent of that back this year, many in the schools have found they are not being treated equally. The teachers were given a step-raise that gives them a raise for the years that they have served in the field. That is great and they deserve it, but what about the staff that work so hard to support the schools and the teachers? Although the board gave the teachers step raises, they did not give that step raise to staff positions or parapro teachers. Considering that HR only gives one year of credit for two years of work in any field and the 4.5 percent pay cut that everyone took, why are they left out? Some employes have 14 years of more experience in their field and are only given credit for six. To add insult to injury, they may have worked in the school system for four or more years, which would normally give them two steps, and have NEVER gotten a raise. Is this fair? Some of the full-time parapro teachers make so little that they have to go and get free meals at school just to feed their kids. For being the “best” school system in Georgia, are we really making it worthwhile for the good people to work for the FCBOE? How good do we want to be if Clayton County pays better?

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I have been living in a rental house for a little over two months that is found to have a mold problem. My health has suffered, and I was blessed to quickly find another place to live to get my children and me out of this unhealthy environment. I am a teacher in Fayette County and a single mother who is temporarily handicapped due to complications with a knee replacement surgery and a subsequent surgery six weeks later. Teachers get paid once a month, and my ability to move is limited. One of my coworkers caught me in an emotional state a couple days ago. I shared my plight with her. As a result, she has organized people (some of whom I do not know) to show up at my house on Saturday morning at 9 to help me move. I just wanted to let someone know that there are some seriously wonderful people in in Fayette County.

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I just returned from the members-only presale at the Friends of the Library book sale. When I got there at the opening time, an obvious book dealer was already indiscriminately grabbing handfuls of books and filling large boxes with them. He filled box after box as he grabbed books from under people’s noses. I was very offended that he was taking so many books away while I was looking at them. While I understand that the library benefits from huge sales, I think a dealer should only be allowed to shop after the rest of us have had a chance. A book dealer should not be allowed to shop before members and the general public. Even if the dealer has bought a membership in order to snag a lot of books, he should still not be allowed to make his huge purchase until the afternoon of the regular book sale day. We members are book-lovers who eagerly anticipate the book sales to find books by favorite authors. This man was only interested in taking what books he could grab and then selling them in order to make money for himself. He really took my joy out of the anticipated book sale.

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Why do road workers in Fayetteville decide to paint lines and arrows during school rush hour traffic on the main road through Fayetteville. Why not do this at night during non-busy hours. What is the road department and/or DOT thinking? Oh, maybe they aren’t.

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Although it was recently reported that Peachtree City and Tyrone have some of the lowest violent crime rates in the Atlanta area, we need to take off our rose-colored glasses and look at how crime has continually increased here over the years. We should all ask our sheriff to start the ball rolling to make these thugs not want to go to jail for free room and board and basketball. If our inmates were treated like those in Maricopa County, Ariz., and had to wear pink jumpsuits, work on chain gangs, give up smoking, coffee and unrestricted TV, that might just be a deterrent. Ask the sheriff to make the inmates clean up these blighted and foreclosed homes to help better our community. If he did this, he would be as popular as Sheriff Joe Arpaio who has been reelected an unprecedented five times. Take note, Sheriff Hannah.

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Why do we need a gate at Kenwood Park? There are plenty of Clayton County kids in our schools; why not the parks too?

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When I go to my son’s honor roll awards event I prefer not to have 40 minutes of black history month presentations forced on me. Let’s keep on task and honor those students that have worked hard for good grades. Inman Elementary, I’m looking at you.

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I am an American. I am also a Muslim and the mother of a young man who was killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center nine years ago. This loss has been made even more painful by the attitudes of a growing number of Americans toward people of my faith. Please, please, try to understand that the great majority of Muslims are very much like you. We too want to see our children and grandchildren grow up in a safe and peaceful world. Do not judge an entire population by actions of the fanatic few. Anti-Islamic rantings, such as several published recently in this newspaper, are adding to the prejudice and misunderstanding that hurts us all. I thank those voices that have spoken out in defense of reason and tolerance. I wish I felt courageous enough to sign my name.

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The Tyrone mayor has been trying to get the council to hire a part-time code enforcement officer. After reading the minutes of the last council meeting, I can only surmise the reason a part-time code enforcement officer is not hired is because Mayor pro tem Furr stated, “In these economic times, we ought not to be too hard on the towns’ businesses.” As a taxpayer of Tyrone, I expect the council members including Mayor pro tem Furr to enforce the town ordinances in good and bad economic times. To do otherwise is a violation of her oath of office and she and any other council member that refuses to enforce the town ordinances should be removed from office.

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How hard would it be for the owners or operators of Marnelle in Fayetteville to enforce safety laws? If you’re going to post speed limit signs in the community, then find a way to put some actions behind the signs. Also, how many arrests have to made for driving without an operator’s license before you can remove them completely? One kid has been hit in the community. Will it take a kid being killed before someone enforces the law?

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Thank you Cyclist

I think I'll go outside and watch that rocket!

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PTC Observer

Did you see it? It went right overhead.

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Cy & Trek

I think that costs about what I paid for a new VW in Germany in 1962!

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I need to get on that bike and ride.

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Cyclist,

I am also wondering about the now you read it now you don't nature of JeffC's blog, although losing an entry from Kawfi is no great loss.

Curiouser and curiouser.

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carbon,

Perhaps Jeffc has been granted the "power" from his most highest? There are a few that have that ability. Us common folk - including CHR$ - just don't rank.

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I beg yur pardon, sir.
I have been getting along with second degree murder lately. Some even first degree murder.

I suspect Jeff simply edited it out after thinking, maybe!
It is his privilege.

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Maybe your frog

ate them. Just sayin'...:)

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Melears

Just curious here, I've been watching the wood supply at Melears dwindle for a while now, hardly any left at this point, are they going out of business?

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Melears

Think I've had BBQ there one time in 24 yrs so I wouldn't miss it if it closed. Used to like their CheeseEggs for breakfast though.

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Melears

Like all restaurants, the recession has reduced business and they can't afford more wood, maybe!
It can be eaten without the wood if necessary!

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Gee Juan Williams...

what was that you said?

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Wasn't what Juan said something like: "every time I see a black man walking around me I get scared!"

Or, "if in a convenience store and one or two come in, I run immediately!"

Or, "if I see a short man in a funny looking little round cap with no bill on my plane, I am afraid someone on there may get ticked off!" "I get off."

Or, "if I am in a smokey bar and a fellow weighing 300 pounds comes in with tattoos all over him and a beard and is drunk, I think "red-nek" trouble and I run!"

Only I say it on TV for millions to hear! And it is a good way to get a FOX two-million dollar contract!

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Muslim Mother...

I am so sorry about your son. My prayers are with you. AND.... they are with every person that read what you wrote and did not respond. That would be anyone that thinks that yard burning ban, FBOE "support staff" or talking about thumping music is a much better topic. I am surprised that no one has had any kind words for you. No matter what religion... you are a mother. Bless you

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Earth calling carbon come in carbon

Don't make me come after you. Give us a shout out buddy.

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Carbonunit to earth in general, Cyclist in particular

I was out of range for awhile Cyclist, monitoring various environments: warming & cooling climates, political (both realistic & otherwise), religious (both realistic & otherwise), and last but not least, the lack of civility of certain Citizen bloggers as seen from a long distance, which makes the damage appear not as bad.

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Did anyone notice the....

frost on the roofs this morning?

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The Great Mine Escape

Trapped in a mine some 2,000 feet below the surface for 69 days and for which the first 17 days no one knew if they were alive. Now they are all out and safe. What a story.

Viva Chile

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The Chile Miners

Amazing, amazing story and a triumph of the human spirit indeed.

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I never use the words "triumph of the human spirit," because I don't know what that means! Could you explain, please?

Had they been left down there would that have been a "failure of the human spirit?"

It was pure luck:
Our technology: NASA, GeoTech, and others told them what to do
They weren't pinned in a small enclosure or under any rocks and dirt
They were "miners" and not subject to claustrophobia-especially not pinned
They had tunnels to run in, for bathroom use, and a shower fall of natural water.
They were furnished food and water and medicine through a small 3" bore hole, along with radio and communications as to what to do---courtesy of USA.

All the publicity by Chilean mine owners and rulers is to cover up how the miners are really treated on a yearly basis.

The project was successful, but not due to Viva Chile! ...and all that jazz, er, hype!

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Chilie Minors

Jimmy Kimmel reports it's good to see a story about Minors not involving
R-Kelley
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3V8nu6e8eFY

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Cy & The Great Mine Escape

Agree, but let's not downplay the role US technology & personnel played in the rescue. Surely a marvelous achievement.

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Today is fertilizer day!!!

10-10-10

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cyclist

Have to admit that I didn't notice that!

We do seem to love such things though: 9-11, etc.

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Loud Rap Music

I see some else commented about it. My solution is to pimp out my little red truck with a couple of super duper stero speakers and play Wanger's Ride of Valkyries

I'm going drive through Riverdale and CHR$ is going to ride shotgun. ☺

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What were shotgun riders paid in the 1800s? Take a lot to act that big of a fool.
I don't know what a "some else," or a "Wanger's Ride...." or a "going drive through," is.

So I will decline.

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CHR$,

You wimp.

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Whitewater High School Tailgaters

I would like to commend you kids for leaving all your trash on the ground in the parking lot, after all, why use a trash can when wherever you look there's the ground. Next time bring your Mothers to clean up after you, unless of course they're the ones who taught you to be pigs.

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We force the teenagers to meet in parking lots, on the cart paths, in basements, instead of building them a real, supervised entertainment and study center in the center of PTC.

I would vote for a SPLOST for that. Can we use the money we have from the last SPLOST to start it? I think so!

The adults have 43 bars, 76 restaurants, the amphitheater, the tennis center, and umpteen golf courses!

The teens have NOTHING, and we don't care cause we don't want to watch them.

Selfish.

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CHR$

These kids were tailgating before the FCHS and WHS football game. It doesn't matter if they have a place to go or not, that doesn't excuse being a pig and leaving a mess for someone else to clean up. Besides, theses kids don't live in PTC, believe it or not, there are other cities in Fayette besides PTC.

There's plenty to do for the kids, or are you saying the kids can't go to your tennis center, or play golf, or eat in restaurants. They can study at home or in the libraries, play sports, be active in the clubs at the schools. If they are laying around getting in trouble, it's by their own choice.

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biking and smokin'

Maybe they can change the bike laws to they can ride on the roads as long as ride a wheelie the whole time. I don't know about the rest of you but i like the smell of burnt wood and leaves, just makes it feel like fall.

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outdoor burning

I hear Horgan likes the smell of burning leaves too! Thank you, thank you....I'll be here all week.

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breeze is passing wind

Anyone can make an occasional typographical error, especially in a fury of emotion, but the breezy person is clearly, not only marginally literate but also, ignorant (meaning "not knowing") of what he/she spews. And if he/she thinks the "average" person is unemployed, then mathematical ability and statistical savvy are also in question. Oh, yes, we teachers and staff are grateful for having a job...we do work for a pittance, we have been stolen from by the BOE, and have had shoved down our throats the "21st Century Classroom" materials that are cheaply made, yet heartily funded, and only sometimes function as they are purported. Yet, we endure these insults, not to mention the politically charged "don't make waves" undertones of our administrators, and we do NOT take to heart the idiocy of cretins like breezy-whatever. You know why? We happen to like to share and help. Also, here in Fayette County, we have a laudable amount of parent support, which is essential to effective education of youngsters and offers realistic, realizable hope for maximizing human potential.
Oh, yes, we like our paychecks, too, but, c'mon, given the eruptions of the breezy ilk, my hope is dwindling...maybe we should consider construction work.

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Spoiled....

Do you know how much the people of this city complain? From the bumping loud music to the stench of the burning ban being lifted. These are all issued that people deal with when you have neighbors. What makes you an expert on how things should or should not be? It's all life. And everyone has to deal with it. It's Metro Atlanta. Not Utah. There is a large portion of people here that are completely spoiled. It really is amazing to watch.

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The lack of knowledge by many about bikes/roadways..

etc is funny to me. Talk of licensing, etc. Talk about ignorant. If you disagree with the law, get it changed, or just slow down and move over for the bikers. I ride a bike on the paths, etc. The paths are no place for a road bike, especially at the speeds they can travel.

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Is the idea about bike riding to obtain exercise or speed? Maybe social discussions?

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I use mine to hunt for Bigfoot.

And other such critters. The gun rack does draw a little unwanted attention, I will say that.

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I take that as a threat.
Not to me, to those who may actually see you in the stretchy stuff with a gun rack.

You remind me of that old Johnny Cash song, "I don't care if I do die, do die......" I'm gonna ride my bike on the big road sose its easier!

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FCBOE should realize potential for loss

I am in my fifth year with the FCBOE as a paraprofessional. As with many other parapros - maybe even most - I have a college degree. I am embarrassed that, even with deducting for summers off and breaks during the school year, my current salary is just above what the average GA dropout makes. (See http://nbcscorecard.greatschools.org/schools/GA/3879.html) Though I believe our teachers work very hard and deserve the raise they received last week, my fellow support staff and I work very hard, as well. I do not choose to work again in corporate America and am not expecting to be compensated as if I did; however, we support staff shared in a 4 1/2% across-the-board pay cut last year with the teachers and I would think it only reasonable to expect that we would share in the step raise the teachers received last week. The school board should understand that this County's schools will suffer the loss of valuable and committed employees if there is no attempt at equitable treatment for ALL.

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Hey why can you people just be happy you have a job right now and stop complaining about the pay raise you did not receive this year, you still have a job, you still receive a pay check, you still have better benefits than your average worker has and you still get the whole summer off with pay, have you sat down and thought about all your neighbors and others that have been laid off or let go because of this economy.Last time I looked you have a good secure job

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ptctaxpayer...funny

Ptctaxpayer, it is funny that you actually had to look it up to know that definitely was misspelled. My bad, I did misspell, but the point is that FCBOE support staff is underpaid and they deserve a pay raise along with the teachers.

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Fayette County Education - It Takes A Village

No matter what some folks think, there are huge problems within the Fayette County educational system. Our education system has been one of the greatest in our State and for the most part it still is. However, it won't continue to be one of the greatest if things aren't turned around very quickly.

With a new superintendent and a new Board member (hopefully Dr. Sam Tolbert), things should change for the better. Our new superintendent will be working for far less than our former superintendent. Our Board already works for a pittance compared to others.

I have known BOE candidate, Dr. Sam Tolbert, for over 40 years. Not only is he a wonderful person but he is absolutely education driven. Young people of all ages gravitate towards him and he knows just how to relate to them and their needs.

If we want the best in education for our children, we have to provide the best. Fayette County parents have been doing that for many many years. The best doesn't always cost the most, but it seems that when our financial resources have been low, in the past, our parents have stepped up to the plate and pitched in with more home backup. It has been said that Fayette County parents are more supportive of our educational system than most and hopefully that will continue. It takes a village.

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Forgive me

Please forgive me if I misspell a word or use less than perfect grammar. But to the point of FCBOE employees being over or under paid, if you check you will see that FCBOE employees are typically paid less than their counterparts from neighboring counties.

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Fayette County School System

Hey to all you people who work for the Fayette County school system who wants to keep on whinning about what they never get hey if you don't like the way the system is run shut-up and go to work for Clayton County School System sounds like that's were you be long anyway. The employees at Fayette County Schools have it to good anyway go to Atlanta and see how that place is ran (joke). You make to much money to start with for what you have to do come on people lets man up and be thakful you have a job there are alot of good hard working people out here who would die for a job like yours.

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breeze348,Fayette County School System

Breeze, It is obvious by your grammar and spelling that you are not a product of the Fayette County School System. It is also obvious that you are not familiar with the salaries of classified employees of the FCBOE. The teachers definately deserved the raise that was given to them last week, however the underpaid support staff deserved the raise as well. The support staff received the paycut and furlough days just as the teachers did and it would only seem right that they be given the raise as well. Once again if you think the employees "make to much money to start with" take a look at the payscales and you will see that these employees are by all means "underpaid".

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MOMMIE'S PART TIME JOB

How many of these support personnel really need a job or are just working so they can buy their already spoiled brats that new car or gameing system or whatever you snobs spend your money on. Half of you sit around with your manicured nails, puffed hair, designer clothes driving the BMW's and gossip. Our Board needs to weed out the 'prims' and then perhaps more money could be made available for the hard working staff who are helping support or supporting their family entirely.

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Just to be clear ..

Support personnel are not just paraprofessionals and secretaries, but would include the bus driver that is the first to greet your child in the morning and the last to bid him/her a good day, the custodian that is called to clean up the floor after your child got sick, the cafeteria worker who provides your child a hot lunch, and the nurse who is available when your child has a medical issue or just needs a little TLC. Support personnel interact with your student daily in an effort to keep him/her safe and comfortable, and promote an environment conducive to learning. We are virtual partners with teachers and are vital to the operation of each school.

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pumpkin sounds bitter

bitter, bitter, bitter that's what I read in Pumpkin's comments. Wow! I have not seen support personnel you describe. At my kid's school's the support staff works very hard. I don't know whether they "need" the money or not - not sure that is very relevant. Just happy they do a great job. Which school is your child at that you have such a problem with?

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FaycoCitizen---you really showed your education

FaycoCitizen---you really showed your education! "Definately"---- looked it up and found that word nowhere. No, wait, you're cousins with the folks that put up the dump sign that says "Fayette County Landfield" or the one off the square that says "Sharpsbrug 12 miles"...Yee haw, buddy.

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