kmsimpson 1 year, 5 months ago on GARRETT: Charter amendment as bad as T-SPLOST was

Herb, it would be REALLY nice if you didn't decide my child is merely a monetary power struggle. As a parent with a child in a State Charter school and also one in the local public school system, I can speak on this from personal experience. Although my younger child is technically a year behind the elder child and both are on their respective school's regular tracks (and the elder has some honors classes), both students are doing the same work. That alone tells me the State Charter schools have

During the first parent meeting at the public school, we were told, "If your child isn't already in honors classes, they won't be able to get in later." We were also told, "If your child is taking all honors classes, they will not be able to get into UGA." So, in their freshman year, before they even get into the school year really, the parents are basically told to give up on their child. Seriously???

Although the county districts are allowed to create charter schools, many do not, or if they do, they do everything they can to make the charter school untenable. What do you say to the parents of those students? Do you take the usual leftist attitude that they should know their place while the elite send their children to a private school?

How about the parents of students that are unlucky enough to not win the lottery? Or do you just ignore the fact of how many students in the county charter schools get turned down because they did not win the lottery? I find it ironic that so many on the left talk about people that have "won life's lottery" while they actually institute life-changing lotteries for our students and let the rest simply fall by the wayside.

Dear Mr. Garrett, please stop using my children as your personal education football. I consider their lives much too important for that, even if you do not.


kmsimpson 1 year, 5 months ago on PARKER: Big bird, BS and birth control

I find it hilarious that you are discussing lack of truth concerning Romney considering the Liar in Chief we have now.

  1. Romney does not consider contraception and abortion to be major issues at the moment. Although I have personal views that differ from his concerning contraception and abortion, I agree wholeheartedly that those are side issues and we have much more important issues at hand.

  2. Many of us have no problem with contraception and abortion, we truly do not want to have to pay for someone else's access. If they want those things, they can do the same thing we have through history and earn the money for those things. Birth control pills are about $20 a month tops, a lot cheaper than the cost of child, so pay for it out of pocket. Or use condoms. Or, heaven forbid, take responsibility and don't do it in the first place.

  3. We fought for years to have rights over our bodies. In order to have rights, we must also accept the responsibilities that accompany that. Those responsibilities include not forcing others to pay for things we desire, and yes, both contraception and abortion are wants, not needs.

  4. Right now, we have a Commander in Chief that has lied about more things than can be counted; Fast & Furious, Benghazi, Solyndra just to name a few of the highlights of his administration. Keep in mind that I haven't even started on things like the Secret Service Prostitution scandal, or the GSA Las Vegas boondoggle, or several others. he said he would have the most transparent administration in history. Apparently, he was not including things like these or even his college transcripts in that comment.

And you think CONTRACEPTION is even an issue??? Seriously???


kmsimpson 1 year, 10 months ago on PARKER: The banality of Watergate

Watergate was the most overblown event in decades. Nixon had some folks steal the DNC's "battle plans" for the election. Period. And I'm sorry, but yes, it was worse that they lied about it, it was much worse then the actual crime. The crime was minuscule - especially when contrasted against some of the political crimes committed recently such as dead people voting, pornographic pictures sent from elected officials to minors, perjury, bribes, etc. The list goes on and on. The only reason Watergate got so big was because it happened to the Democrats. If it had been the RNC headquarters that got broken into, it would not have even made the opinion page.


kmsimpson 1 year, 10 months ago on CEPEDA: Looks can deceive

This entire column smacks of leftist elitism. Here are a few of the more priceless ones I noticed:

**"Hey, I'm a busy journalist and mom,",**

So? And your point is...? Welcome to real life. If you want to swap busy schedules, honey, you WILL be sorry.

People flag me down -- at the grocery store, the gas station, the car wash -- and I try to flee them before they ask me to write columns about their pet projects.

Well, aren't you just the sweet little neighbor! Personally, I like my neighbors friends and family, and I will do favors for them frequently. Maybe you should consider being a better friend and neighbor.

Though as the past owner of a sparkly blue 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, I can say with authority that some cars just scream "Hispanic!"

And you had a complaint about racial profiling? As usual, the leftists have an attitude of, "We're above the pettiness of every day people." Personally, I have no problems with anyone's background, but by the same token, I do not have a problem with racial profiling. I seriously doubt that 90yo grand mom is going to blow up the plane. But with the leftists, it's all or nothing. Nobody can think for themselves, nobody can fend for themselves. the government MUST CONTROL EVERYTHING. I do not want Big Brother, but I also do not want to have to make my family go without so someone else can come mooch taxpayer money in the form of education, medical, and crime & violence. there have been downs and dozens of studies done that show a direct correlation between crime rates and illegals. Well, Duh! they broke the laws to come here. Do you honestly think they will suddenly become law-abiding, upright citizens once they are here? Seriously?


kmsimpson 1 year, 10 months ago on MCCULLOUGH: Right to free speech sometimes presents quandaries

As much as I may think Pastor Terry Jones is a fruitcake, I have one question about that. Mr. McCoullough, did you say anything like this when it was the DNC posting "Wanted: Dead or Alive" posters of President Bush? If not, why is it suddenly important now when it wasn't previously?

Pastor Terry Jones has a right to free speech just as does any other American, but lately it seems more and more that we have people thinking the right to free speech only applies to one party.


kmsimpson 2 years, 3 months ago on Traffic snarl caused by goodwill project

Read it again. Here is the third sentence, "While there were many contributing factors to the traffic congestion on Saturday including multiple shopping malls, the beginning of the holiday travel season, etc., we recognize that the Feed 5000 campaign made a significant contribution to the traffic congestion across the northern part of the County on Saturday."

"While there were many contributing factors.....," is the deflection. Mr. Davis does not apologize, he tries to blame part of it on other events.


kmsimpson 2 years, 3 months ago on Local author writes about Lawrenceville schools

Actually, the article has been edited since I posted that, and additions were made, including adding the name of the book, and the author's name.


kmsimpson 2 years, 3 months ago on LETTERS: Church apologizes for unintended traffic jam

She probably is not embellishing, as it took me over an hour and a half to drive 7 miles. It cost me $40 worth of gas that still had to be made up, so it came from our Christmas dinner. Thankfully, one of our local businesses, Chadwick's helped me out. They also lost a ton of business thanks to the church. Will 12 Stone reimburse Mr. Chadwick or any of the other businesses that were harmed by this?


kmsimpson 2 years, 3 months ago on Buford Kmart to close

I will miss that Kmart. I am not thrilled with Walmart overall because I can never seem to get out of their stores in a reasonable amount of time. I've gone to Walmart at 2am, and there's still a line. The folks at the Buford Kmart are pleasant, and they keep things moving so I can get in and out in a decent amount of time.


kmsimpson 2 years, 3 months ago on Movie crowds dip to 16-year low as apathy lingers

I give that a strong second. I found this comment particularly amusing, "Just what has kept the movie business in the dumps the rest of 2011 is anyone's guess." It cost minimum $6 per person to go to a matinee, not including drinks, popcorn, etc. That's JUST the cost of getting in to see a plain, non-3D, non-IMAX, movie. During peak times for a 3D or IMAX, it can be as much as $17 per person. I don't know a lot of families that can afford that much for a 2 hour movie.

Add to that, the fact that so many of the movies are absolute garbage, and most people are simply not willing to pay for a movie. Stop paying the actors the multi-million dollar contracts and make their salaries dependent upon the gross receipts, and you'll have a much better idea of which ones are worth the money.