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Say WHAT?! - 'Alarm system, dogs, and now, yes, a gun'

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Editor's Note: Say What?! is a new, occasional feature that consists of online comments readers have made in response to articles and features on our web sites -- www.news-daily.com, www.henryherald.com, and www.myjpa.com. These are raw, unedited comments. In bold type, are the headlines to which the comments are attached.

* Butts Co. officials discuss division of SPLOST proceeds

Why not propose an extra 1/2 cent that will go toward the jail issue ONLY,and put it on the ballot as a seperate vote. If the issue has merrit and is explained to the voters I'm sure that it will pass. We need the current SPLOST extended so we can grow and improve our community. If you muddle up the intent of the funds raised,it may not pass.

* Council may vote July 28 to remove member

I think it is absurd to have this councilwoman taken from her seat when she is helping the people of the community. You all are quick to oust her but when you voted and came to a resolution on the breast feeding in public you went back and changed it. That was an issue you should have taken a stance on. The entire board needs to be changed.

* Council may vote July 28 to remove member

I think they hate her for some other reason. She can get legal help to find out what is going on. I don't believe the council right now. We don't hear the truth.

* Beating victim sentenced to probation

And yet Ms. Hill gets 12 months probation........

* Beating victim sentenced to probation

This person needs to be court martialed and chaptered out of the military. Key words being "arrested again." Looks like either an article 133 or 134 offense plain and simple. No place in this mans army for "soldiers" (I use that term lightly in her case) like her. No respect at all for those that are wearing and have worn the uniform.

* Beating victim sentenced to probation

I know you won't post it but...now do you believe West? He was the victim in that case.

* Former Missouri klansman gets 20 years

He should have gotten the death penalty Ga. has it they should use it.

* Clayton Schools' administrative team gets new players

This is the biggest outrage of them all. If we cannot afford instructional coaches to support our teachers and students, how in the world does the board justify hiring athletic coaches? This is a clear demonstration of where their priorities are; developing outstanding athletes who can't even get a scholarship because their academics don't meet admission requirements. OUTRAGEOUS!!

* School-nurse funding trimmed statewide

I am a school nurse - most that has been written pertains to the diabetic & allergy issues in school which, although important, are just the tip of the iceberg. Any medical condition seen in the general public is seen in school - we have congenital heart defects, CP, Cystic fibrosis, bone marrow transplants, organ transplants, etc. and LOTS of mental health issues - all of which require an accurate assessment by someone appropriately trained. Not to mention the accidents (esp.in high school), injuries, drug overdoses and pregnancy-related issues that require prompt and accurate assessment and intervention not usually available by lay-staff! Think twice, three times before cutting nurses - the tiny salary we draw can not compare to the cost of a law suit!!!

* FirstCity Bank president, loan officer indicted

I agree- there should be further investigation on exactly WHO the co-conspiritors/business associates might be, near or far!

* Economic-development possibilities taking off in Henry

I read this article and several others about it multiple times. All I am hearing is that it "can be" or "potentially". I for one would like to see the plans on paper of how this can produce a positive cash flow for the taxpayers dollars they are spending. I think there is a lot more to this story than what we are being told by the commissioners. As far as these people who are being quoted in these articles, they are just saying what they are told to say about this situation.

* Economic-development possibilities taking off in Henry

How about fixing the traffic lights in Stockbridge. Oh wait just buy new ones and leave them all hanging in the intersections with none of them working correctly:(

* Stockbridge church to begin Adult Daycare program

I THINK THIS A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY FOR SENOIRS. IT WOULD BE A REALLY NICE COMFORTABLE SETTING FOR THEM TO CONVERSE AND ENJOY THEMSELVES. I ONLY WISHED SOMEONE WOULD COME UP WITH THIS IDEA IN A CHURCH SETTING FOR DISABLED YOUNG ADULTS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 22 AND UP. THERES ALWAYS A PLACE FOR DISABLES BETWEEN 0-21 OR SENIORS OVER 55, BUT THERES NOTHING FOR OF THIS MAGNITUDE FOR DISABLED YOUNG ADULTS AFTER 21 AND UNDER 40. THANKS!

* 'In God We Trust' confusion delays new Ga. car tag

I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD HAVE ANY CONTROVERSY OVER THE WORDS "IN GOD WE TRUST" THIS SHOULD BE A GIVEN FOR ALL PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN GOD. ALL CHRISTIANS MUST PRAY LIKE THEY HAVE NEVER PRAYED BEFORE FOR GOD TO BE PUT BACK IN OUR COUNTRY AND NOT BE TAKEN OUT::

* Butts County Courthouse balcony wall to come down

Who painted that ugly, crooked black ring around the Courthouse clock faces? -FAIL-

* Riverdale native's book looks at Alzheimer's disease

This book has helped my grandchildren understand their great-grandmother's illness. Their great-grandmother remembers more about her childhood than her adult years, so we focus on that period of her life. Photos of events also help her remember. I also enjoyed reading about my great-grandmother Pope, who was featured in the book.

* McDuffie, Linda

Our sincerest sympathy goes out to the family - Mac, I know this is a great loss to you and her girls and if we can be of help in any way, please let us know. We were so sorry to hear of her passing and would have attended the service had we known. God Bless all of you.

* Georgia pursues 'early learning' grant

If and when the Henry County Schools receive federal funds for the early learning programs I hope they target the children who now come to school with inadequate readiness skills. Generally, these are the children living below the poverty level, or children living under toxic stress. Helping to prepare these children to learn by the time they come into kindergarten will reduce the costs of their education, paying a 17% return on the investment of our tax dollars. We have ignored their needs too long in Henry County. Are your readers aware that we have only one Head Start Program in Henry County, and it is located in Locust Grove. They served approximately 50 children this past year and 37 the year before. Approximately 50% of our four year olds were enrolled in Pre-K. The critical period for learning language skills and social behaviors is from birth to three. Concentrate on deprived children. Our teachers are trained to teach children who come to school ready to learn. Please!

* Hinton, Zack Berry

our prays go out to the family of zack he will be missed and loved.

* Commissioners nix building-height limits

Be willing to bet there is already architectural plans in the zoning department waiting on approval. That is the way this commission seems to roll. Wouldn't surprise if it has something to do with the millions spent to buy Tara Field!

* Teenager captured after deputy shot, killed

In reference to the comment of the citizen who said he was relieved when police made a peaceful arrest and "Thank God, they got him alive I believe the deputy did try to make a peaceful arrest however he was not allowed to. Now his family and this community will be without him. While this piece of trash gets visitation in jail. What I would like to know is why this deputy didnt have back up.

* Teenager captured after deputy shot, killed

i was saddened to hear of the shotting death of the officer in clayton county. where i was raised. i live in laurens s.c now where we just buried one of our own deputys this past sunday he was only 29 yrs old and left behind a young family. he was shot by a man whom just shot and killed his wife. god bless your deputy and watch over his family.

* Sam's Club to bring 'Knucksie' to McDonough

how do we get the pass to "break the line"?

* Teenager captured after deputy shot, killed

Please join with us in sending our condolences to the family and peers of Deputy Rick Daly. http://www.honoringheroes.com/2011/07/georgia-line-of-duty-death-deputy-sheriff-rick-daly/

* Teenager captured after deputy shot, killed

Man.. that's sad now both of their lives are over smh!

* Teenager captured after deputy shot, killed

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this slain deputy. May justice prevail.

* Hinton, Zack Berry

My sympathies to the family. Although I never met Mr. Hinton his obituary strikes me as the definition of "legacy". We should all strive to live such a full life and leave so much to our children.

* Sam's Club to bring 'Knucksie' to McDonough

is it thursday or the 27th?

* Suspect arrested in fatal deputy shooting

Its to bad he didnt resist he should have been taken to the morgue not the jail

* Burglars caught on camera, arrested inside home

We need more Police on the street.Crime here in Henry County is getting like Clayton and Fulton Counties. It has cost me more to keep my family and home safe. Alarm system, dogs, and now, yes, a gun.

* Rumors don't help school system

I have no big issue with the SRO program. In this day I believe there is good reason to have trained experienced law enforcement in public schools. I wonder though about sub-contracting the matter to county law enforcement. I believe it was printed that sub-contracting SRO's with the Sheriff would cost 1.5million dollars. Will that contract cover ALL the costs associated with having Deputy Sheriff's act as SROs? Does the Sheriff have sufficient staff and equipment to cover all of what he is required by law to do? Whether it now be the Sheriff or the County Police as it has been in the past, should not the school system establish it's own police department? Will there be added staff to replace those Deputies being assigned as SROs in the schools? And when they go will they take their cars, guns, radios, bullets, badges, etc.? Will the taxpayers see a full accounting of what this matter truly costs? I doubt it.

* Country in the city

I was with my father who was in the USAF at Wheelus AFB in lybia in 1966.

* Clayton residents protest proposed tax increase

As much as property tax increase hurts taxpayers,it would be ill advised to have police and fire and rescue employees constantly worried because they can't pay thier bills.14 furlough days would destroy county employees loyalty in the county.County residents have to understand no good would come from ploice fire and rescue and other key employees not beign able to pay bills and take care of thier family. I've seen this pay cut approach in corporate America and it's consequences are very ugly and detrimental.

* Clayton residents protest proposed tax increase

Thanks Commissioner Bell. We can always count on you to be on the right side (the side of the residents who the commission is supposed to represent.)