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"Heaven gained a wonderful angel on Thursday, Libby Poynter. Everyone knows Libby is in heaven and is dancing with Randy."
"Sadly, I have to report that the Conyers Police Department truly have a dislike for African Americans. Tuesday there was a major traffic jam on 20 west from Wesley Chapel (fire) back to Sigman Road. The interstate had become a parking lot as I observed headed 20 east toward Conyers. I had notice DeKalb Police had started blocking off Evans Mills and Turner Hill on 20 west as the traffic was backed up almost to Sigman. I called 911 and asked had they heard and maybe they could start closing off exits and assisting with traffic like DeKalb. I exited on West Avenue and then went and parked at the top of the entrance on to 20 West. I began to notify drivers that it was a major fire and 20 West was a parking lot and they might want to find an alternative route. I was thanked by so many for warning them. About 30 minutes later a Conyers Police officer shows up. He had me produce my ID, which he called in and then made me get onto 20 West in all that traffic. I asked him why you run my ID when I'm the one who called 911? And why you making me get in all the traffic when I'm right here at the top of the entrance? He hunched his shoulders and told me to go. Now here I was stuck in the very traffic I assisted so many in avoiding. Come on Conyers Police give us black folks a break; we all are not bad."
"Cannot believe that the situation at the Rockdale County 911 Center continues to get worse, I just didn't think that was possible. It seems that now they are involved with officer/fireman safety discrepancies as they have an old faulty radio system. This system is dropping transmissions from the field. This is the lifeline to those officers! It seems that needed parts to go digital with the radio system have arrived but have not been installed. Why you ask? Good question. It seems that the new fire chief thinks it's more important to upgrade the fire stations than to allow Motorola to upgrade the main tower. This should be unacceptable to all officers who rely on the dispatch center to know where they are should things go horribly wrong. It should also be unacceptable to the citizens of Rockdale County when the ambulance, fire engine or deputy needs further information but is unable to transmit that request. This is piled on top of many additional problem areas. Rockdale County, your dispatchers are now down to one day a week off! This is deplorable. Not only is it an almost impossible work schedule adding to the stress of the center but allows very little time for family. ...."
"Perhaps the next time Oden goes to Washington to drum up 'interstate beautification money' he can request some for the Quonset hut the state erected on I-20 in front of Office Depot ... boy isn't that a welcoming site to see. All that money spent on placing rocks and plants at the 138 exit and the state took one month to destroy it .... Richard, call some of your friends in Atlanta (or Washington) and see what kind of cash you can round up to 'beautify' the Quonset hut. It is spring and we have to look at this years' unused snow gravel for 10 more months ... go get 'em ..."
"Rockdale School System please don't take the hot lunch out of the kid's hand when checking their lunch card to find no money on it and replace with a sandwich. What grown up would like for someone to take back something out of their hand. Just think how that child feels when the hot lunch is taken from them in front of everyone. Maybe you all should check lunch cards first before serving them the food."
"I noticed a job posting for a project assistant for the neighborhood stabilization program and it looks like it's an attempt to lighten the workload for the director of the program, since Mr. Oden wasn't able to put through an $18,000 salary increase for the director. It appears they are trying to lighten her workload. I would be very interested in how long it will be before the program assistant has an assistant. Second subject, Clerk Ruth Wilson. Apparently she provides a great deal more service to the county than several other people, including the chief of staff. So perhaps the Board of Commissioners can do something about his salary to bring it more in line with what he provides to the county."
"I just want to say how disgusted I am that the county will spend money fixing a park at East Fairview and 138 for people to walk instead of caring about our children who need extra teachers, they need extra help in schools, they need supplies in schools. That's what our money should be going for, not a park."