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You all are making good points. Just keep in mind that whenever we create a budget, it is wise to put money aside for future growth that covers the operations and maintenance as well. And a lot of times when we do vote the actual projects may not get done until a future date. It's important that we hold elected officials accountable, but lets not forget how our form of government works (it's unwise to expect our representative will vote the "right" way on every vote - sometimes we have to compromise - but it's the whole of the matter we want to evaluate). I agree that these are some hard times, but the old saying still holds true, "divided we fall, together we stand" (something like that). Lets work together recognizing that no one is perfect, but working together will allow for chance at a better ending.
Apparently with Obama as president executing his administration according to form of government we have, we are finding areas in the operation of our government that need reform (it would be naive too think Obama has caused all of this) - but we have to cautiously move forward and not throw out the baby with the bath water. There are many good leaders in Gwinnett and a lot of good staff working with these leaders in education, municipalities, civic and other organizations. It would be an incredible effort for all these leaders and organizations to be working together against tax payers and the average citizen. I agree with some of the concerns raised, but almost 50 years of living has taught me that there is more to it than what is on the surface. Along with these leaders, there are many good elected officials, so if we raise these concerns in a constructive manner and encourage working together, then change for the better will have a greater chance. Let's not be too quick to point out bad decisions and mismanagement and at the same time carrying high credit card debt, living above our means and not having a sound financial foundation within our own homes and families. We are all guilty directly and indirectly which is not an excuse, but rather an understanding of the environment and frame work we all are working within.
The attitude of the 1950's was "that's the way things are - deal with it". It re-enforces Mr. Dubose point when we call for a dismissal of this issue. I may not agree with Mr. Dubose nor the approach he and his organization is taking, but anytime we fail to look at anything from the other person's perspective, we then become guilty of the accusation. Let's all at least agree that what was done was inappropriate and let's agree to work together to make sure the action does not happen again in the GCPS (unless you support the action and could care less if it happens again).
Let me see if I understand those who do not see anything wrong with these questions - so if there had been a history lesson that included discussion about Elizabeth Smart and that she had been raped in custody of her kidnappers, it would be ok to have a math question such as "if there were 5 men in the house with Elizabeth and 20% of the men raped her, how many men raped Elizabeth?"
There are certain issues that we should consider sacred or even untouchable. For example, we should not joke about rape, murder, domestic abuse or suicide. And because of the history in this country, we have to be careful how we address slavery. As it is for anyone who has experienced rape, murder, domestic abuse or suicide either personally or via family or friend, you do not overcome the experience immediately and for many, ever. The same holds true for slavery. There are some individuals, families and communities still dealing with the issue of American Slavery even over 100 years later. Legal Slavery made have ended in the 1860's but the consequences are still experienced to this day. And for those who would say get over it - just keep living and you may soon understand the truth of the matter from your own possible negative experience. In the spirit of MLK. Jr if we are to truly overcome, it has to start some day and each day we continue to mishandle this issue is another day delayed to overcome because when a movie is made say 25 years from now, history will show that the issue was still alive in 2012.
We have some serious challenges in the Atlanta region with traffic congestion being at the top of the list. Somehow we are all going to have to agree that there is a problem and it will require working together for solutions. I would agree that there seems to be an issue with previous attempts in the past to address these challenges and that some things have been done that are questionable at best; however, at this point we have challenges and we are running out of time. I hope we can come around and agree that we have these regional challenges and then agree to work together for solutions. If we continue to focus on personailities and political parties or if someone is a liberal or a conservative, I am afraid we will find outselves worse off (in it could be months and not years). This is not a race issue - it's an economic issue. It's about jobs, family and our future. While we are criticizing the past or how many studies we've had or anything except finding solutions, other regions, states, and even countries are moving ahead. Just as the USA used to be a world leader and can be again, the Atlanta region has been a leader and can be again if we start working together looking forward and not behind.
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