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"Conyers was extremely lucky that the tornado warning we were under for over 20 minutes on Thursday morning did not result in an actual tornado. Not quite as lucky as those responsible for the Emergency Notification System; had an actual tornado touched down in Rockdale this notification system would have called the residents in my neighborhood; 10 minutes after our homes had been destroyed. If this system was activated immediately then Rockdale needs a new system. Maybe someone could blow a horn?"
"A friend of mine just said this on her Facebook wall: 'We should do kind things for people daily but I have been informed that we need to mark our calenders as today, April 28, 2011 -- The first annual 'Make someone else's day special Day.' I grew up in a place where your friends can show you love by a porch full of plants or raising $10,000 in a month for cancer research.' Our son died two years ago today, and as an amazing act of love and remembrance, our friends covered our porch during the night with flowers and bushes and plants to honor him and bless us. So many of these same friends have been blessing, in so many ways, a certain precious woman who just beat leukemia. So often the comments section of our community paper and the poll are filled with comments from worried, genuinely frustrated people, airing concerns that are valid and important -- I just wanted to offer a word of encouragement: there's still some beauty here, friends. A whole lot of it. I love this town. Thanks to our friends at Conyers First United Methodist, Heritage High School, Salem High School, Rockdale Career Academy, Rockdale High School, and other friends from all over. Y'all rock."
"'America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.' -- Abraham Lincoln"
"Why were county offices closed on the 22nd? Someone told me it was because of Good Friday? Since when did that become a holiday offices were closed? I do not recall them being closed in years past."
"Seriously people -- the president (the only president thus far 'required' to do so) releases his long form birth certificate and 63 percent of you still doubt he is an American! No wonder this county is going down the tubes."
"I went to Stonecrest mall about a year ago and had an interesting experience. I have never been worried about my safety there. They have good security and most of the shoppers look like regular folks. I was the only white guy I saw though. A security guard walked up to me quickly and asked me if I needed some assistance. I told him I was just going to the GAP. He said they had moved out and was there anything else I needed. He seemed worried for me. I have not been shopping back there since then. I still am not worried about safety, they just sell items that are geared toward black people. Clothes/decor and other stuff I am not interested in. They don't have anything I want. I do go to the movies there still and have never had a problem. But I have always wondered why that security guy was acting like that. It wasn't like he was rude at all. Just worried."
"To the person who commented about folks merging onto the interstate, I mostly agree with your comments but have two exceptions: 1. Not merging correctly on to the interstate is not just limited to 'older' people as you stated. That paint brush sticks to some drivers from all age groups. 2. Very frequently, I have noticed that drivers, from all age groups, driving in the right hand lane while one is trying to properly merge onto the interstate with you turn signals on will do one of two things. 1. Speed up immediately upon seeing the first flash of one's turn signal and stay in the right lane to impede one's ability to merge - 'cause they seem to have this 'I ain't goin' to let anyone get ahead of me' syndrome. 3. They will not make any effort to move over one lane to the left to permit easy safe merging onto the interstate. I am aware that this may take some extra effort but a bit of driving courtesy is not a bad thing plus a little extra effort might be classified as 'exercise.' Drivers in my opinion need to read and understand the DMV manual then follow it. My personal 'pet peeve' is that a great majority of drivers do not know how to turn left at a stop light. They insist they must stay behind the wide white strip on a green light. Written in the DMV manual is you can make a left turn on green by proceeding to the middle of the intersection (to maintain visibility of the traffic light), keeping your front tires straight ahead, then proceed turning left onto the lane closest to you when traffic is clear and safe to do so. Folks this can alleviate a bit of the traffic backups. Oh, I've been doing this for stuff for 52 years."
"(Responding to Phone Poll 4-30-11 comment regarding needing change in Sheriff's Office) I have known Sheriff Jeff Wigington and his family since I have lived in Conyers for 25 years. Obviously, the fact that whomever wrote the comment calling the sheriff a 'clown' and saying that the sheriff's former Chief Deputy Cordero should be considered for this 'change' convinces me that the comment had to come from one of a few sources: (1) Cordero himself, (2) his family, or (3) a disgruntled employee. I have interacted with Rockdale County deputies of varying ranks and have found each to be competent, courteous, respectful; professionals possessing high morale and a commitment to serving and protecting the residents of this community. That starts from the top folks! Sheriff Wigington's leadership, political qualities, training and experience have always ensured that our community is as safe as possible, not only during the current trying times, but also the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff's Office. If you have the pleasure of knowing him and his family, you know that he is the man for the job and is one of the most honest, hands-on sheriffs you will ever know. Be careful what you ask for folks. 'Change' is slowly ruining the wonderful county we were all so proud to be a part of. Not only is Sheriff Wigington a consummate lawman with an unparalleled determination to deter crime from our county, he has been in a career that he loves for over 35 years and deserves to be our sheriff. If you are even considering any other candidate in 2012, I highly suggest you look into their background extensively ... "
"Every time that I read this section of the paper, I am more and more amazed by the ignorance of some of the posters. They comment on things of which they have inaccurate information. They constantly bash certain public officials, yet they come off as illiterate. By the way, that church on Old Salem Road, is originally from Newton County, not DeKalb. Get your facts right!"
"How many times are we blind to the good in front of us because we're looking past it for something better? It's like watching the railroad track your entire life, waiting for a train to come in and never realizing that you're sitting smack in the middle of the splendid Grand Central Station. Take a second look at your goals. Are they building on the good already in your life? Are you taking full advantage of the strengths you already have? Is it worth giving up what you have for what you might have? In many cases, the answer is yes. To that we say "Go for it!" with all the enthusiasm we can muster. Those are the meaningful goals. If the answer is no, try reworking your goals to include ones that complement your present life rather than substitute for it. Whatever the answer is for you, we could all use a little more appreciation for the pieces of silver in our lives."
"If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you're not a racist, you'll have to vote for someone else in 2012 to prove you're not an idiot. I do not believe that Bin Laden is dead ... why didn't we see the body? Buried at sea? Muslims only allow burial at sea to keep enemies from digging up the body or if the person dies at sea and there is no way to store the body. He did not deserve a proper Muslim burial ... throw him in the dump ... if he is indeed dead. I guess it is true ... the Muslims stick together ... birds of a feather."
"To the person that thinks a few posts in the phone poll is somehow breeding hate and violence, get a grip. You are implying that people don't have enough sense to think for themselves. What is a registry going to help?"
"I am a Conyers Police officer, and I would just like to say to the man who bought me and my wife lunch at Piccadilly's the other day, 'Thank-you and may God bless you. Whoever you are, God is smiling on you for your act of kindness.'"
"To the 'lifelong Democrat' who is mad at Oden and Obama (notice any similarities?), I hate to have to be the one to tell you this, sweetie, but if President Obama had tried to nationalize BP (you know, British Petroleum) during the oil spill, I think there would have been a little problem there seeing as how they are a British company. Bless your heart, it was a nice try to take a slap at the president. You can go back to Faux News now for another talking point."
"Does anyone know what is being built next to the Stock Market and Sonic on Ga. 20 South?"
"Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden, and Muammar Gaddafi. Two down ... "
"I like it when people get excessive tattoos. Especially on the neck and face. It helps me know immediately that they are not wise in their decision-making and should not be trusted with anything important."
"Let me interpret something for you. When your boss says, 'My door is always open,' what they really mean is, 'I will not be coming out of my office much to check on things. That is your job. If anything goes wrong, you need to come tell me. I will be in here.' That is not a pro-active, hands-on, caring approach as they would have you believe. It is reactive, hands off, and uncaring. Think about it. How many bosses have you had that said this that came out to the floor and checked in with the workers to see how they were doing or even what they were doing?"
"My mail carrier must moonlight for NASCAR! She can accelerate to the speed limit of White Road and then brake for my neighbor's mailbox all in about 300 feet."
"Today is May 4, 2011. Nineteen years ago today, a baby was born. His name was Daquavious Mapp. His school had a moment of silence for him today and I would like for the DA and chief of police to take this opportunity to review his murder case. Any word yet? Do we have any progress yet? I feel like you have given up on this town. I wish you would communicate regularly with the newspaper and tell us how hard you are working on the case and what the community can do to help you solve it."
"Rockdale County must have something in the water. Hawaii puts out Obama's birth facts and 60 percent of us still don't believe he's an American! What's next -- belief that Bin Laden's alive? Quibbling about the schools doesn't make them any better, but better pay for teachers and more assistants will."