Chris

Chris 2 years ago on Covington debating baggy pants ordinance

It is about time the City Council paid for a legal opinion on the indecency of boxer shorts. If we expand it to include plumber's cracks in the trades and cleavage at the YMCA pool it may be good for economic development. We can host the next remake of Footloose.

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Chris 2 years, 2 months ago on Newton Sheriff, Covington Police continue to investigate 3 murders

Temporary Restraining Orders are a joke, and a bad one. How many more women must die violently at the hands of their self-declared tormentors before we do something different? The professionals in the criminal justice system and the public at large have to insist on reform or share in culpability for the predictable outcomes. Women must do everything possible to defend themselves. A TRO is viewed by your tormentors as a declaration of war, so you must be prepared to back it up. Get a big gun and learn how to use it, so that you may at least try to defend yourself when others cannot. Get a permit and take it wherever you go. Display it publicly in a holster. Don't be a victim. We all have to stop deluding ourselves that a court order will have an impact on the behavior of a career criminal. How naive can we possibly be? How long can we pretend to believe this system protects women? Women friends, you are going to have to take up the cause and make a giant stink about this issue before there will be change, because men are not going to do it for you. This would make an excellent signature issue for a young up-and-coming District Attorney. The alternative is to keep burying sisters with TROs.

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Chris 2 years, 3 months ago on Local youth details hazing at Citadel

Hi Will, I truly appreciate your additional clarification. If we ever cross paths in person I'll buy you a drink. Some of my conservative friends make me crazy too, but our friendships are more important than whatever differences we have. And it makes for much more lively conversations than those with people I'm in full agreement with. Happy New Year to you.

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Chris 2 years, 3 months ago on Local youth details hazing at Citadel

Hi Will, I can see a distinction now that you mention it. I made an overstatement in saying you take pride in hazing, although I think your comments about making one stronger, building unity and being part of the process suggest approval if not outright support, and the comments regarding children and liberals show disregard for those Americans with differing views. I just think the Citadel would produce better officers by ensuring they comply with the laws of the U.S. We can get all the mercenaries we need from Blackwater. That is not intended as a personal dig at you or any other Citadel alumni; it is a comment on the standards of those running the place.

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Chris 2 years, 3 months ago on Local youth details hazing at Citadel

This is wonderful. Will says Tyler's failure was in refusing to obey his upperclassmen, who had ordered him to haze another cadet, thereby breaking the law. The performance standard for competent and honorable officers in the military is not just to follow orders blindly. They are expected to know and respect the difference between lawful and unlawful orders. This is the difference between the Citadel and West Point. Will takes pride in hazing, waterboarding, ignoring the laws of the United States, and belittling those who have a higher standard by referring to them as children. Being tough and intimidating can be useful, but it is not enough. Tyler is showing courage in facing ridicule for holding people accountable for their dishonorable behavior. More power to him.

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Chris 2 years, 5 months ago on 100 new jobs coming to Covington

The subsidy of $3M the company will receive in the form of tax credits is a worthwhile public investment to be sure, and it should be welcomed with open arms, but anyone else making this kind of investment would receive preferred stock in the company. The public entities issuing the tax credits should be receiving stock in return. Otherwise it is just a gift of $3M to the private stockholders, a bribe paid to lure the company to Georgia and Newton county because we desperately need the jobs. It is illegal for private entities to bribe public officials, but perfectly acceptable for public entities to bribe private officials?

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Chris 2 years, 5 months ago on BOC pursues county manager position over chair's objections

This is an extraordinarily arrogant plan and the public should not stand for it. It is embarrassing that they will likely get away with it without a public vote. Boss Hogg was a caricature of the worst of county government manipulation and corruption, but some seem to regard him as a role model.

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Chris 2 years, 7 months ago on Newton bus driver who caused accident terminated

Hi John, all you have to do is report the bus number to the school system's transportation department and they can download the recording, some of which even indicate the speed. State law is 40 mph maximum in most circumstances for school buses carrying passengers, even on state highways like 36 and 212. Call the state department of education and check it out. Ask what an express bus is and isn't. We can bring traffic to a complete standstill in Newton County if we can get full compliance by the drivers and administrators. Take your concern to the school board and they will have no choice but to crack down on compliance with state law, else they will be incurring substantially greater liability in the event of an accident. We could even take this campaign statewide and shut down ground transportation in most of the southeastern U.S. There are something like 25,000 school buses on the road in Georgia each day. Slow them all down to 40 and watch the nightmare unfold.

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Chris 2 years, 7 months ago on Newton bus driver who caused accident terminated

Hi BigMike, no argument from me that the driver erred and the result could have been worse. Teachers have a tough row to hoe, but until recently they typically had classes of about 30 kids and may have had a teacher's aide. The drivers have 60-70 kids, no aide, one eye on the kids in the rearview mirror, and one eye on traffic while maneuvering a 40 foot bus, often in the dark and sometimes in the rain. Teachers have far better job protection in cases of poor performance. We need great teachers and great drivers, and they need to be on the same side. They are all under great pressure and get very little support relative to what is expected of them. They could all use a little empathy.

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