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"When I learned the 'Main Street Director' had implemented the idea of placing lights around the trees on the Square, I was dumbfounded! This is going to save Main Street? All over the world, Main Street is dying or dead. The new commerce is unquestionably ecommerce. How do you save Main Street? You don't. Anyone with any knowledge or foresight whatsoever would realize that all the money spent to try and save these downtown areas should be spent on web advertising. Ecommerce allows you to sit in your easy chair, shop for what is available, order online after comparing prices from dozens of sellers in just minutes, and have the goods delivered to your door without wasting time and money on gasoline to go 'shopping'. If every downtown area who has an organization paying money into attempts to salvage the brick and mortar stores would spend their money on a webmaster/graphic designer, on staff, for use by all the merchants, their businesses would be growing rather than shrinking. The impetus for huge budgets for saving Main Street is generally the actual property owners of the buildings located there. Most of these owners have had some influence over garnering tax dollars or grants to rejuvenate and billions of other people's money has been spent on their behalf. They don't want to get stuck with empty rental buildings, but all they are doing is rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. To be a success today, you have to realize you are not just competing with the store next door or stores in the next town, but you are competing with the entire world. Either get in the game or get off the bus. Stop wasting time and money on futile attempts at saving Main Street. It ain't gonna happen."
"I promised myself that after reading the poll this morning that I would not report any of my 'tensions' for the week. But, then I saw it -- Octomom, mother of 15 (eight during one birth, hence the name), was approved for welfare! She earns a salary of over six figures. Please tell me I've gotten my facts wrong. Please!"
"To everyone that was against the Salem Road Walmart, where is the massive traffic that you all were crying about? I can just about guarantee that all of you have shopped there since it opened. Just because the Conyers Walmart is a mess, you assume that they all are, even the Walmart on 142 is easy to access. Accept the fact that this ain't Mayberry. If you can't accept that, then maybe you should move to a more rural area. Newton has a fine highway system that well help you people get to anywhere you want to go."
"I'm looking at my computer screen and I see 1:20 a.m. I was asleep, but then I was awakened by two dogs in the neighborhood that were barking non-stop. This is the time of year when we like to leave our windows opened at night (if we dare to) and let in the nice, spring air. Millcrest subdivision. You know who you are. This is a freebie. Next time, I'm calling the canine squad. Yes, Newton County has a dog jail."
"I just received the Friday Newton Citizen paper, March 30. I am totally offended and ashamed that the headline came out in the paper the way it was talking about the coach of the New Orleans Saints. It has slang words in it. I think it's totally demeaning to the Newton paper. I am totally offended and embarrassed about the headlines of the New Orleans Saints coach.
Editor's Note: The headline read, "Who Dat Say Dey Gonna Coach Dem Saints?" In answer to your question, here is the entry on "Who dat?" from Wikipedia: "Who dat? is an English idiom originating from New Orleans for over a century. First referenced in poetry, the phrase was a common dialogue element between the performers and crowd at traveling minstrel shows in the region. Eventually, the phrase became used in US cinematic productions for two decades, including TV and movies. In World War II, the phrase became known as a source of entertainment for American soldiers.
"More recently, the phrase 'Who dat?' has become a chant of team support. It's most widely used by fans of the New Orleans Saints, an American football team. The entire chant is: 'Who dat? Who dat? Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints?' 'Who dat' may also be used as a noun, describing a Saints fan."
"I have a comment about the 17-year-old boy down in Florida that the (resident) killed. Why don't they protest to leave that man alone until they find out he's done something wrong. I know I heard Michelle Obama say one time for the first time in her life she was proud of her country when her husband won one of the primaries. It's not the first time, but this is the biggest time in my life I've been so embarrassed about the public conduct. Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson along with all the followers ... until they find something that that man done wrong, they ought to get on their knees and beg for his forgiveness."