Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Team Southeast, Warner Robins, Georgia
"Please note that a lot of leaders are also in receipt of this message. They, as well as you on the Board and in the Media need to focus on improving our System.
We all improve or we all suffer. The choices our School Board implements and/or establishes will have a long term impact on our System.
As Betty Phillips indicated the other day in a Viewpoints editoral in "The Telegraph" the time to improve our System is now or words in that manner.
Unfortunately our Ms. Patterson does not have a link on the School Board Web Site where we the bill payers can communicate directly with her. I do recall such a link in years gone by. But the current method of discussing the class size waiver with only four board members in attendance at each of two meetings is simply un-American. We the People are being short changed and our duly elected leaders on the School Board, Yes, you, are now part of the problem. You could meet as a full board, but then you would have to be open to the Media and also the Citizens. Yes, We The People!!!
What a shame.
Now, for the main focus of this message. I often wonder "Where is Ron Clark when you need him?"
Some of you may recall a few years ago when a made for TV movie about this great educator was featured on Television.
Since then he has been instrumental in the establishment of a "Ron Clark Academy" in Southwest Atlanta, Georgia.
To sum up the movie, a rural South School Teacher moved to New York City and labored in a very poor area at what we would call an inferior school. Within a short period of time he turned one class around.
The rest is of course history.
Now you know the balance of the story.
So my Question today is: Where is Ron Clark when you Need Him?
Of course I am upset at what I hear and read about concerning our School System. Am I angry, as some have accused me of being? Of course not. We simply need to function at a higher level. We have been enabling and functioning within the concept of being politically correct for far too long. We have recently seen a decrease in the number of schools meeting AYP (Annual Yearly Progress) in Bibb County. Our High School Graduation rate is nothing to brag about and we have always excused the results with the insane comment that we have so many Children who live below the poverty guidelines established by our Federal Government. And now, Ladies and Gentlemen, we certainly do not have the time to expend on resolving this issue over the long term. Yesterday was too late to take corrective action. The time for patience is over. We the People have already waited too long.
Ladies and Gentlemen, The Ron Clark Story certainly debunks these concepts and excuses. Again, As Betty Phillips has pointed out, Now is the time to reform education here in Wonderful Bibb County, Georgia. To wait any longer is simply driving one more keg of nails into the coffin of an otherwise dynamic future for our Education System let along all of the students who are attempting to acquire an education in our "Public" or as some state "Government" School System.
Now, for one more request, will someone on our School Board provide Ms. Patterson a copy of this message and also other messages that you and your peers may have received in recent days.
At a National Level we have a President who tells us that we have a transparent government, while at the same time here in Bibb County our School Board, which by the way is also duly elected, strive to keep their meetings private and totally unaccountable to the Citizens who are funding the sham education system that is currently in operation here in Bibb County. We all know that we indeed deserve better that the product we are currently in receipt of.
What a shame that you, our duly elected School Board Members and the hirelings that you employ to lead our System even have the idea that you do not have to be accountable.
Some of you may recall that when I recently ran for Public Office on the Board of Bibb County Commissioners that I promoted the concept of "Our School Board needs the power to set the tax rate" Way back then, the School System had to go to the County commissioners with their annual budget. Long Story short. You now have that authority. That excuse has now been kicked to the curb. My concept at that time was why have two levels of incompetence to vote out of office. Now that you have taxing authority we the people only have one level of incompetence to vote out of office.
Just in case you need a quick review about Ron Clark and/or the successful Academy now in operation in Atlanta, Georgia; please visit:
I am also confident that there is an abundance of information from other successful Education Organizations that could be utilized to improve our system. That stated, once you (for all of us) adopt a plan, I would encourage you to follow through on that plan rather than adopting a "new and improved" plan in a few short years.
Please be aware that I learned to read using the "Ben and Alice" readers in a small one room country School many years ago. . My younger siblings learned to read using the "Dick and Jane" readers. All of us, all six of us, have been reasonably successful in our respective areas of work/employment.
Now, before any of you, my current peers consider me a thorn in your side or as an individual against "Public" and/or "Government" Schools let me remind you that many years ago I worked with Mr. Hudson of your current team when I was the President of the PTSA at Central High School at reducing drug problems there. I also have fond memories of Ms. L. Espy as she often reminded us that the motto of Central High School was "We Lead."
Some of you may not even know that my own dear Children have achieve considerable success and all four of them are products of Public Education in many areas of our great United States of America. In summary, I do have valid concepts that have worked well in other states. That stated, the question I will ask again is:
"Where is Ron Clark when You Need Him?"
I state these things so that you may not regard me as a Alan come lately having just fallen off of the Turnip Truck from Dry Branch, Georgia enroute to the Saturday Morning Farmer's Market at the foot of Poplar Street in Macon. Yes, I do know where Emery Highway is located and I do know my geography of Macon, Georgia...
Warm regards and with great concern,"
Alan (a.k.a. "The Flower Child)
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
SOUDA BAY, Greece (Aug. 25, 2009) The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Georgia (SSGN 729) arrives for a routine port visit to Souda Bay. Georgia, homeported at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., is on her maiden operational SSGN deployment since converting from a ballistic missile submarine to a guided-missile submarine. The boat returned to service March 28, 2008. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class John Martinez/Released)
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
The Earth Lodge
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
This is the set-up for the Family Fellowship at The Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, Macon, Georgia.
The three cakes and the peanut butter cookies were all freshly baked this Saturday Morning in preparation for this Fun Event.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Dear Vice-President Joe Biden
Do you have the constitutional authority to approve a Federal Government take over of my Health Care? I would appreciate your comment/reply to this question. Thank You.
Alan (a.k.a. The Flower Child)
Dear Senator Saxby Chambliss
Dear Senator Johnny Isakson
Dear Congressman Jim Marshall
Do you as members of the U. S. Senate and the U. S. House of Representatives respectively have the authority to enact any legislation and/or laws to allow the Federal Government to take over the Health Care of U. S. Citizens, including myself? I would appreciate your comment/reply to this question. Thank You.
These Ambassadors from Warner Robins, Georgia will be playing for the World Championship title this evening, August 19, 2009. This picture was obtained from the Little League - Softball Website. For individual images of each of these talented players please visit:
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
"Largest gathering of Native Americas in the Southest. Around 300 Native Americans demonstrate traditional dance, music, singing, storytelling and crafts. Children can make clay pottery and take it home with them. Food vendors will be set up as well."
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Here you see three gallery opening attendees discussing the potential uses of these pottery pieces.
Saturday, August 08, 2009
ANBAR PROVINCE, Iraq (July 23 - 28, 2009) Marines from Task Force Personnel Recovery (TF MP) of Multi-National Force-West conduct recovery efforts at the crash site of U.S. Navy Capt. Michael Scott Speicher, whose F/A-18 was shot down over Anbar province, Iraq, Jan. 17, 1991. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo/Released)
Friday, August 07, 2009
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
I am sure that everyone can remember a time of trouble in their lives. I am also sure that many will think that our current time is a time of trouble.
As I view this picture I always remember the "Great Promise," by our creator recorded in Holy Scripture, Genesis, Chapter 9. The Chapter is titled: "God's Covenant With Noah."
Certainly a positive Promise/Covenant by God and the only one we can trust.
The following is a quote of the last paragraph: "Many still were offering the deals on Monday but say they're still not sure about the rest of the week. Others are making only verbal deals that will go through if more money comes into th program. Some are telling buyers they'll have to bring their new cars back or pay back the rebate if their applications are rejected when they are submitted to the government. And some dealers are holding off on sending trade-ins to be scrapped, just in case the deals don't work out and the buyers need their old cars back.-Associated Press"
Certainly an interesting situation. Now consider the above report and how it may impact a situation in a Hospital Operating Room once we have enacted some type of Health Care Reform or Health Care Insurance Reform.
The doctor has just finished a successful open heart surgery or even a heart transplant. The Hospital Administrator suddenly rushes in to announce that the Government has decided that patient ________ is not going to be approved for this procedure, or even worse, the Government has suddenly run out of funds to pay for the procedure and the House of Representatives has approved more funds but the approval by the Senate appears doubtful. What is the Doctor going to do.
Of course he has several choices. He can remove the stent or remove the heart and sew the patient back up or he can gamble on the outcome of the funding by the Government. He can even tell the patients family that they will have to pay our of pocket, if that is even allowed.
Or they can keep the replacement heart in the chill box and complete the operation once the funding becomes available. Certainly an interesting situation but if the Goverment can mess up some thing as simple as a "Cash for Clunkers," do I want them to manage my Health Care or even my Health Care Insurance?
Something to consider before we hand over total control of our Health Care or our Health Care Insurance to the Government.
Or is it already too late and the storm clouds gather?
Sunday, August 02, 2009
"Bath, Maine (Aug. 1, 2009) Deb Dunham, left, hugs her husband, Dan, after christening the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Jason Dunham (DDG 109) as her daughter, Katie Dunham, looks on during a christening ceremony at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. The ship is named for her son, U.S. Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Michael T. Gams/Released)"
During my time in the U. S. Navy I was never part of a Pre-Commissioning crew or a Christening Ceremony. I suspect that this one was very emotional for the family of U. S. Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham.