Humans love rankings. We want the teams we cheer for to be Number 1, our hometown the cleanest, our grilled cheese the cheesiest. Americans certify BBQ and chili contest judges so we can be confident who makes the best in any contest. Rankings may demonstrate things that can be measured with known metrics, but some … Continue reading "When a number doesn’t reflect your accomplishments"
Lunches have been packed, sleep routines reset, and spelling words called out since students returned to classrooms across Georgia. Now parents, teachers, and students are reviewing progress reports and sizing up what happens during the next half of the grading period. This point in the school year also gives school leaders an opportunity to review … Continue reading "A survey is only as good as the controls it sets"
With the return to classrooms across Georgia, I have been following the Covid-19 numbers in public schools in our state. Dismissing the recommended guidelines of the CDC, and the Georgia chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, many superintendents and school boards are playing doctor with the health of their own communities. The outcome, with … Continue reading "I love a good Open Records Act request"
Throughout the pandemic, and now with the easy availability of life-saving vaccines to slow the spread of Covid-19, I have genuinely struggled with how people of faith, who are often in church or other places of worship multiple times a week, claiming that not wearing a mask, gathering shoulder to shoulder, and now not being … Continue reading "Paul’s Letter to the Galatians about living in a community"
Watching the schools prepare to reopen in rural Washington County Georgia is like watching someone pour gasoline on top of an already burning fire. As Covid-19 rates soar in a county that stubbornly refused to access tested and proven vaccines when a state-run vaccination site was set up in the county, the Board of Education … Continue reading "When schools think it is ok for a drunk to drive the school bus"
A few thoughts running through my mind before heading out to walk my pandemic puppy Abbie- Donald Trump is both dangerous and pathetic in his delusions of returning to the White House. Michael Flynn is a disgrace to the people who serve in the military with integrity. He’s also a threat to the security of … Continue reading "Before I walk the dog this morning"
Governor Brian Kemp’s administration has excelled at how to not handle this year-long pandemic. The roll-out of vaccinations has not been an exception to their poor performance in the past year. That a vaccine is available is a surprise to no one, but the state’s preparation for access to shots has put us last in … Continue reading "A suggestion for Atlantans frustrated about access to vaccinations"
The Georgia General Assembly convened three weeks ago. Twice-weekly Covid 19 tests are required for Senate and House members. The Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC), and other outlets, are reporting that House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, expelled fellow Republican David Clark of Buford today for refusing to be tested at all since the session began. … Continue reading "It took three weeks for David Ralston to grow a spine during a pandemic"
A few thoughts on a week that should change our country forever- A Capitol police officer, attacked with a fire extinguished by domestic terrorists who have also proclaimed themselves to be “blue lives matter” supporters, has died. The person/s who attacked him should be prosecuted for murder and sent away for life. If you know … Continue reading "We have work to do"
The lack of fast, affordable, reliable internet in rural Georgia has been laid bare during the pandemic. With teachers, students, and parents trying to work, teach, and learn from home, families and companies without adequate internet service have struggled. Some school systems provided hotspots if they could afford them, but without cell signal, the hotspot … Continue reading "Public Service Commission candidate wants to close the digital divide in Georgia"
Clearly South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham thinks there is no need to hide his racism any longer. Hear him for yourself. Support his opponent Jamie Harrison if you have no interest in returning to what Graham believes were better days.
If you are not familiar with Professor Heather Cox Richardson, she teaches at Boston College. Her Letters from an American are daily posts carefully crafted with links to sources. I am reposting what she posted on October 2, 2020 with my own emphasis added to some of her observations. October 2, 2020 Heather Cox Richardson … Continue reading "When reality overtakes fiction"
Earlier this week the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s article Families press schools to show virus data proved me wrong in thinking that I am the only person bothered by the lack of information being provided to parents, teachers, students, and taxpayers from their local school boards. The lead feature coverage focused on a rural county not … Continue reading "Public schools are stonewalling their communities on Covid-19"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM: FALL-LINE ALLIANCE FOR A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT DATE: APRIL 14, 2020 CONTACT: KATHERINE CUMMINGS firstname.lastname@example.org 478.232.8010 LAST PROPOSED COAL PLANT ON FILE IN THE UNITED STATES IS CANCELLED The Fall-Line Alliance for a Clean Environment (FACE) is proud to announce a permit extension for Plant Washington, a coal-fired power plant proposed to … Continue reading "Last proposed coal plant on file in the United States is cancelled"
What rural communities lack in infrastructure is becoming very clear to elected leaders at all levels. The question that must be answered is whether those needs will be addressed and when. The lack of fast affordable internet service in rural communities is now holding back teachers, students, and parents. Teachers don’t have access to broadband … Continue reading "Pulling the bandaids off in rural America"
Earlier this week I contacted a friend who is a healthcare provider in an urban Northeastern city. They offered to share their personal experiences and perspective on the pandemic as time and energy allow. I am grateful for their insights and commitment to serving the public. I promised that they would not be identified. March … Continue reading "The coming tsunami from a healthcare provider’s perspective"
Last Friday Governor Brian Kemp took the unprecedented step of declaring a statewide public health emergency as the number of Covid-19 (coronavirus) cases began to increase on national and state levels. The Georgia General Assembly suspended its calendar last Thursday and returned for on Monday for a special session called by the Governor to approve … Continue reading "A test of faith"
Covid-19 forecast from University of Massachusetts Amherst, March 11, 2020 Real data and solid research matter. Read it. Share it. Use it. The information below is taken directly from the link in this post. Results from Survey 4 (administered March 9-10, 2020) Experts predict a four-fold rise in reported cases in the US over the … Continue reading "Forecast for Covid-19 in the United States"
Georgia General Assembly members are considering legislation to improve safety on our state’s roads and streets. Sponsored by Marietta Republican John Carson , HB113 is making its way through House committees as Crossover Day on March 12 approaches. Current legislation requires that drivers using a smart-phone or other electronic device do that without holding it … Continue reading "Foolproof method for avoiding a traffic fine"
The February 19th edition of Washington County’s weekly newspaper The Sandersville Georgian, which is not available online, included an article about a presentation made to two of the county’s commissioners. Lynda Brown, a board member of Ten Commandments Georgia, Inc., which was founded by the county’s Congressional District Representative Jody Hice, requested that the county … Continue reading "Washington County approves courthouse display with a narrow historic view"