News for Monday, June 4, 2012


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Candidates talk issues at Democratic party forum

Albert Barker pleaded with local Democratic candidates on Saturday to be courteous to each other this summer as they run for various local offices. Barker, the interim chairman of the Clayton County Democratic Party, spoke to dozens of people seeking elected offices in the county at the beginning of a candidates forum his party was hosting at the old Riverdale City Hall.

Lula Fosteen Claxton

Lula Fosteen Claxton, 91, of McDonough, passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 31, 2012.

Mr. Kenneth Robert Combs, Jr.

Mr. Kenneth Robert Combs, Jr., 77, of Jonesboro, passed away, June 2, 2012.

Patrick Joseph McDermott

In loving memory of our amazing and charismatic father, Patrick Joseph McDermott, who passed away peacefully Friday, June 1, 2012.

BOE proposes no pay raises for teachers

Tension arose from several Clayton County Public School teachers in a public hearing on Monday, as the board of education informed the boisterous crowd they are keeping teacher salaries the same for the 2012-13 budget fiscal year.

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Humane Society quilt sale a big hit

A few items still available for purchase

The eighth annual quilt sale turned out to be a boon for the local Humane Society, as it netted approximately $13,000, which will be given to the Jonesboro-based animal adoption to help cover its operating expenses.

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Corporate raider is not a good model for public service — Tina Dupuy

You can’t run government like a business anymore than you can run business like a government. GOP presumptive nominee Mitt Romney burned corporations to the ground and made millions selling off the charcoal. This private sector experience is being touted as his qualification to be president. This expertise of bankaneering — corporate raiding — is so sexy to Republicans they now parrot the line, “President Obama doesn’t understand the economy,” implying Romney does because he’s been in the trenches breathing the fumes of leveraged buyouts.

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The Great Obama Blunder — Michael Reagan

President Obama and his wife, the health nanny in chief, obviously don’t know when they’ve gone too far in their crusade to socialize and Obamatize America.

Six Accords stolen over weekend

Forest Park police are investigating a rash of Honda Accords stolen north of Forest Parkway but say they still have no leads.