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riverstronghold said...

Drew is a hero!

His attackers are criminals, even if youthful ones. The allegations indicate that they have committed assault and battery against at least several other people as well as violation of the cyber bullying law.

They deserve to be placed in alternative school at a barest minimum.

Drew deserves the assurance of protection from them by their removal for at least the duration of the year with evaluation before returning to regular school.

Secrecy of names of children offenders is appropriate. Secrecy of punishments, not so much.

If deterrence is possible with violent offenders with sociopathic behaviors, public statement of punishment might help them not end up in these individuals' situations, as well as protecting any possible survivors of further asocial violence.

November 30, 2011 at 4:53 p.m.
riverstronghold said...

Amazing, what we will stoop to do to the greatest generation, and more so even to our children... i think this is one that voters will notice, though, so it could come around for a recount with different players in pretty short order.

November 8, 2011 at 9:06 a.m.
riverstronghold said...

If they apparently can't manage an ash pile, nor take responsibility for it failing, why don't we let them run some nuclear plants for us?

Oh wait a minute, we do, and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission says they don't do that with all possible diligence either. And that's costing ratepayers money.

On the plus side, though, I bet they won't be responsible if something were to go badly wrong at one of those nuclear plants.

Just like they're not responsible for what has gone wrong at them so far, like the bases of NRC "red" findings. It's always those rotten inspectors causing inspections failures, just like those pesky citizens shoving their houses up under TVA's ash pile.

And yet maybe still they can salvage their credibility and take responsibility for their operations -- but that requires an about-face and accepting that responsibility. Like it was what, somebody else's ash pile?

While discussing credibility and ash piles, remember the false claims about what had happened, and how bad it was, at the time.

And it's one thing to mess up, and make mistakes, but to lie about it, deny it, and blatantly understate the obvious to anyone with eyes is something that in an individual we would expect or require behavioral health measures be implemented, if not confinement and removal from the society of others.

In our democracy at this time those interventions are being implemented by the courts and the NRC. Thanks y'all! I believe TVA is going to do better, i just can't wait to see it happening. Another chance missed today. TVA has been and is a godsend to the Valley. But Mr. Roosevelt couldn't be proud of some of these recent failures to perform -- or more importantly, failures to accept responsibility for these failures, when these responsibilities are so very grave and the costs of further failures could be catastrophic.

September 22, 2011 at 3:38 p.m.
riverstronghold said...

It is utterly unclear how either being a volunteer firefighter -- or a paid firefighter -- should disqualify anyone from elected service in any capacity at any level in any jurisdiction.

If anything, public volunteer service, or paid public service for that matter, should better qualify a candidate for elected service.

Is this how Fort Oglethorpe honors its firefighters? Really? I don't believe it.

What a bizarre if true condition for standing for election.

This looks like a good but so-far missed opportunity for a news story.

September 21, 2011 at 2:46 p.m.
riverstronghold said...

Are we really the only organism capable of spoken language? All those critters from dogs to dolphins and whales are really just making random noises? Humans are amazing in our capacity to ignore the obvious.

As a species, we stand out more for our other tendencies, Braves baseball notwithstanding, than in our obvious spiritual advancement beyond other creatures. We put one another in situations from which hunting termites with a stick would be a big step up.

Twain said that the distinctive feature of humanity is that we are "the only animal that blushes -- or needs to."

September 9, 2011 at 3:12 p.m.
riverstronghold said...

How about congratulations to the teen who resisted the gang with courage and consequences?!

Also, congratulations and thanks to DeKalb County Sheriff, Jimmy Harris, and his deputies!

Congratulations and thanks, likewise, to the Collinsville High School's staff and executives!

Way to go team -- mark up some points for the good guys!!

September 1, 2011 at 7:52 a.m.
riverstronghold said...

there must be some additional information available that i haven't seen.

how do we know that Mr. Rudd didn't deliberately walk into traffic?

certainly it is horrible whether accident or intended for Mr. Duncan to have to live with this awful event.

it also is tragic for Mr. Rudd and his family as well.

responsibility will go where it belongs when it's all said and done...we can be compassionate to all without justice being denied.

these are difficult times of hardship for many, in many ways.

i will try today to be kinder than necessary; everyone is fighting some kind of battle. let us band together to bandage our kindnesses, our community, our collective will to care and to succeed.

August 30, 2011 at 7:33 a.m.
riverstronghold said...

If the City owns them, and the CHA operates them, they both should be accountable for making sure heating, air conditioning, and other utilities operate properly.

It's interesting, perhaps, that the City may feel about housing that "that's not really our mission" but it really became part of the mission when the building was acquired.

Many low income and elderly citizens have found good, decent, affordable housing because of the efforts of public-minded volunteers organized and led as the Jaycees.

August 29, 2011 at noon
riverstronghold said...

We can all evaluate and decide our level of preparedness based on information from the American Red Cross, FEMA, TEMA, GEMA, etc., and almost all of us can and should be better prepared for emergencies and disasters. Rugged individuals and strong families look out for themselves and their communities.

Power outages, interruptions of other utilities and communications, natural and man-made disasters and acts of terror are events we can have our families and communities better prepared for -- or not.

Simple and inexpensive practices can make our loved ones safer and our workplaces more able to more quickly resume business and generate paychecks and productivity.

It is merely responsible to take effort to be better prepared, and to take responsibility for our choices in the levels of preparedness we provide our family, community, and nation.

August 25, 2011 at 8:38 a.m.
riverstronghold said...

Protocol is important, and doubtless needs/needed discussion.

But what about the issue that brought up the conversation?

That issue (concerns about jailers' staffing levels and apparent overworking, which becomes a safety issue for both staff and inmates)seems lost in the concerns about who gets to talk about it when and with whom. Seems it deserves at least equal time.

The public is less concerned about the protocol of how the conversation is held than the issue and outcomes of the underlying and original concerns.

Unfortunately it ends up looking like egos and public exposure worries rather than public service concerns in the spirit of safety, transparency, and excellence. Doubtless not the case, but that's how it ends up looking.

August 18, 2011 at 6:12 a.m.
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