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Friday, 11 November 2011


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Michael Noll

It appears poor coverage by the VDT of the FVCS press conference has led to attempts of character assassination. Just read today's VDT, as well as rants that appeared earlier. Thus, let me quote a response to the VDT coverage of the press conference as published on the VDT website:

"I am not sure what happened during the press conference, to give the article a spin that contradicts all I have seen and read these past couple of weeks in regard to FVCS, Dr. Sam Allen, or the Valdosta Daily Times. We all have our weak moments and say or write things differently than we anticipated, just as we interpret what's being said or written differently, depending on our ability to read or listen. That's called "being human"!

The fact is, this community is exhausted from a long fight, and this was actually the second fight this year. Not too long ago "biomass" was dominating the headlines and "NO Biomass" yard signs and even a billboard decorated our cityscape.

What matters in the context of the consolidation issue is this: our community rose up to the challenge, stood united, and showed CUEE and the Chamber of Commerce the door! However, that door will and must always remain open, because at the end of the day we have to sit together as a community and discuss matters such as the education of our children, poverty in our community, and the human right to breathe clean air.

I am proud to be a citizen of a community that has shown how much we can achieve if we unite, and I am confident we can accomplish anything we set our eyes on ... if only we work TOGETHER ..." ("Fiscalresponsibility")

So let's be clear on this: 79% voted against consolidation and Dr. Sam Allen did a fantastic job! Shame on those who can't accept the election results, cherry-pick a poorly reported press conference, and pour oil on a fire when our community needs healing. Let's stop this nonsense, so that we can work together, build on the successes of both school systems, and further improve the education of our children.

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