Sylvia Cooper

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City Ink: Eclectic group shows up to support Barrow

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Augusta’s former first lady Gwen Fulcher Young held a meet-and-greet for incumbent 12th District Democrat Rep. John Barrow at her home Thursday. Although her husband, Bob, had been invited to neighbor Joe Bowles’ house for a drink during the party, he was in the kitchen drying glasses. When somebody asked him whether he was supporting Barrow, he said he was supporting his wife.

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It was what you might call an eclectic group of folks, with conservatives such as Al Gray, Dr. Edouard Servey and his wife, Cheryl, and a liberal Democrat and Paine College historian, Dr. Mallory Millender. Young said it was the first time he’d seen Gray and Millender agree on anything.

Barrow is personable, engaging and brilliant. Fulcher Young said he’s a solid, Southern gentleman, which is, of course, the best kind.

Fulcher Young, a Republican, was widely quoted as saying that sending Barrow’s Republican challenger Lee Anderson to Washington “would be like sending Honey Boo Boo up there.” So she’s supporting Barrow.

Before leaving to speak at the Richmond County Democratic Party “Get Out the Vote Rally” at the Henry Brigham Center, Barrow called a cabinet meeting – a kitchen cabinet meeting – and there beneath a bouquet of shiny pots and pans, he said 12th District voters have a real choice, unlike those in most districts that have been drawn to protect incumbents or to ensure a certain party gains the seat.

He also said that he has been endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business, the National Rifle Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce but that Gwen’s endorsement meant the most to him.

INSTEAD OF A RECEPTION, HOW ABOUT A SLAP IN THE FACE? The Richmond County Democratic Party executive committee voted to cancel a November reception honoring retiring Sheriff Ronnie Strength because Strength, a lifelong Democrat, endorsed his best friend, Republican Freddie Sanders, for sheriff.

“He’s entitled to support the person he wishes, but it’s awkward for the Democratic Party to hold a reception for him in view of his support for Mr. Sanders,” Chairman Lowell Greenbaum said.

NEVER AT A LOSS FOR WORDS: He’s 91 years old and has had a stroke, but the hits just keep on coming from the Rev. Joseph Lowery – most of them aimed at Republicans.

Speaking at the Demo­cratic Party rally Thursday, Lowery had the crowd laughing, shouting, whistling, chanting and standing by invoking the names of civil rights leaders, exhortations, biblical quotations and opinions on a variety of things: Republicans, Democrats, gay marriage and charter schools.

Republicans and Democrats a la Lowery:

• “My daddy died having spent most of his life as a Republican ’cause the Democrats weren’t no good then like the Republicans are no good now.”

• “Some folks say they don’t see no difference between Democrats and Republicans. That’s a flat-faced lie. That don’t mean I think the Democrats are all they ought to be. … Sometimes there’s room for improvement. We’re too chicken. We’ve got to fight and stop being chicken. It’s hard to find a white person now in Georgia who’ll stand up and speak out.

• “The senator from Pennsylvania, (Rick) Santorum, was arguing with (Mitt) Romney, and Romney said, ‘You want to make a bet? I‘ll bet you $10,000.’ Many Democrats couldn’t do that. No Democrat I know could reach into his pocket and get $10,000 and bet you on the spot. That’s one of the different distinguishing features. Democrats favor working and ordinary people. Republicans look out for the rich folks.

“Democrats are working people. We believe in supporting each other as working people. Working people have rights. We don’t have $10,000 in our pockets. We don’t hardly have $10,000 in the bank.”

• Gay marriage: “I‘ve never married no same-sex couples. I don’t know if I ever will. I don’t worry about other folks’ sex life. I think some high-level Republicans in the past years or so have come out to be gay. Some people are so busy fighting gays so hard because they’ve got something in common.”

• Charter school amendment: “I think you’re right to urge people to vote no on the constitutional amendment. Who told the governor he could take 10 or 12 people and run the whole state education system? What will happen is they will continue to siphon money away from the public schools. … We’re not against charter schools. We’re against a proposal for a power grab by a small group trying to control the money. It’s not good for a democracy.”

SPEAKING OF CHICKENS: The next best thing to being at the rally was the barbecued chicken that pit master Roy Searles, who catered the event, insisted on giving me. He said I’m always bragging about Sconyers barbecue, so he wanted me to try his. It was very good. I think it was a tie, but I’ll have to sample both again to be sure.

WHERE’S WALDO? OR YET ANOTHER BOO BOO, HONEY? Twelfth Congressional District Republican candidate Lee Anderson’s campaign continues to hide the candidate except at carefully staged events such as the one Barry Paschal, the publisher of The Columbia County News-Times, reported Friday:

“The Columbia County Republican Party, on their Facebook page, called out to members to come to Lee Anderson’s headquarters at noon with this message from chairman Dewey Galeas:

“ ‘The press will be at Lee Anderson’s headquarters today at 12n. Please drop by if you can for background photos and show of support.’ ”

The News-Times folks weren’t sure which “press” was to be there, since they weren’t notified – and they’re right down the street. And the party’s PR person said she was unaware of anything going on. So Paschal sent a reporter to Anderson headquarters to see what was going on. It sounded as though they lined up a “press” event with favorable media and a crowd in the background.

“Turns out they were giving an interview to Channel 26 for a fluff story on how the Anderson camp is gearing up for the election,” Paschal said. “The party sent out the notice for volunteers to be in the office so that it looked like the campaign HQ was busy.”

The reporter said he was embarrassed for them.

“It’s really strange,” Paschal said. “It’s like Lee – who I’ve known my entire life as a very different person – has been kidnapped and is being held hostage in a back room while all these professional campaign operatives pretend he’s hard at work.”

Shortly thereafter, one of Anderson’s campaign people dropped by Paschal’s office.

“She said the Anderson campaign didn’t call for all those volunteers to come in for the TV interview; that was done by the Columbia County Republican Party, trying to be helpful,” he said. “I had commented on the event on their Facebook page; they’ve since removed all related posts from the page, and it now says ‘This post has been removed or could not be loaded.’

“So it looks like the party is trying to remove evidence that it even happened – or, at the very least, to sanitize my comment that WAGT TV was ‘being played.’ ”

Meanwhile, the campaign person insists that Anderson has done interviews all over the district with just about everyone. They just don’t particularly like The Chronicle. Do tell.

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galaxygrl
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galaxygrl 10/20/12 - 06:40 pm
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Lee Anderson

He made it by St. John's Tower with a camera crew too.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/20/12 - 07:54 pm
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Brilliant?

Brilliant? Well, that settles it all. Barrow is brilliant. No need to discuss anything. Nothing subjective here. He’s just brilliant. But you better tell Gwen Fulcher Young (I find it tedious typing out that name) to take back her Honey Boo Boo remark. Honey Boo Boo supports Democrats. Even Obama bragged about her support.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/20/12 - 10:42 pm
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Hinterlands

If Anderson goes down to meet and greet the folks in Burke, Screven, Jenkins, Jefferson, Emanuel, Johnson, Treutlen, and especially Laurens counties; he might just pull this one off.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 10/20/12 - 11:30 pm
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A slap in the face indeed.....

.....Dr. Greenbaum and the Richmond County Democratic Party have chosen to be petty, when they could have been magnanimous. Considering Ronnie Strength's contribution to the CSRA...

Heaven forbid we have an "awkward " situation as it pertains to endorsements.

For the Democratic Party in Richmond County...it's obviously "Party over the Person".

Why am I not surprised?....

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 10/20/12 - 11:20 pm
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Mr. Lowery...

Democrats bet $10,000 all the time!...It's just that there are more zero's behind it, and and if they lose it ..."big whoop"...it's not THEIR money...

I respect your service sir, but maybe you should "park the bus" as they say...

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 10/20/12 - 11:51 pm
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Now ...to address Anderson's campaign.....

His campaign strategists's are walking a very, VERY fine line....

They hope that the anti-Obama mood will propel Lee into the 12th District seat, without debates,and very few public forums.....

But the fact remains...he will have to defend his positions somewhere, somehow.
Where?...I'm not sure....but to assume you can win the seat without doing so, is folly....

Tullie
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Tullie 10/21/12 - 04:46 am
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Anderson

I don't know what Anderson's campaign manager is trying to do. And for that matter I don't know what Anderson has in mind to do. We haven't heard from him, have we?

So, is that a sign of what he would do as our congressman, stay mute, not much of anything, hide behind his people..what? This is the strangest campaign I think I have seen.

Suleiman
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Suleiman 10/21/12 - 07:44 am
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District 12

I haven't met Mr. Barrow.

However, having listened to Mr. Anderson, I get the Honey Boo Boo reference.

I take my voting responsibility fairly seriously, and I've been pretty disappointed by the choices in District 12 this cycle.

If voting is about giving me, as a citizen, a voice... well, I think a write-in vote for "Mickey Mouse" pretty well expresses how I feel about both candidates.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/21/12 - 07:49 am
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Scalawags

A trait I’ve noticed about many political types in Richmond County is they support the expected winner. That’s all that matters to them. In their obsequious oily ways they try to ingratiate themselves to the candidate likely to be elected even if they have been calling him every name in the book in previous elections. Political principles mean nothing. It’s all about being on the winning side. 1866 scalawags have nothing on 2012 ones. It's just that the parties have been reversed.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/21/12 - 08:03 am
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Who Does Chronicle Endorse for Sheriff?

Since they came out with the editorial today endorsing Lee Anderson, who are they endorsing for Sheriff? Isn't it about time to announce SOMETHING?

Lee Benedict
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Lee Benedict 10/21/12 - 08:19 am
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"• “The senator from

"• “The senator from Pennsylvania, (Rick) Santorum, was arguing with (Mitt) Romney, and Romney said, ‘You want to make a bet? I‘ll bet you $10,000.’ Many Democrats couldn’t do that. No Democrat I know could reach into his pocket and get $10,000 and bet you on the spot."

OK "reverend", didn't Romney make the $10,000 bet gesture to Governor Perry?

Do you really think Romney had $10,000 in his pocket?

"No Democrat I know..." Does this mean that you know Romney?

Please, STOP the chronic whining about the Republicans being the "party of the rich". And if you want to go toe-to-toe about wealth...ahem...John Kerry, John Kennedy, Jay Rockefeller, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barack Obama, shall I keep going? Many in federal and state offices have a bunch of money, NOT just Republicans.

Since the "reverend" spoke from the pulpit/as a "reverend" on political matters, will tax exempt status be lost?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/21/12 - 08:21 am
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Life can be strange...can't it..heh

“He’s entitled to support the person he wishes, but it’s awkward for the Democratic Party to hold a reception for him in view of his support for Mr. Sanders,” Chairman Lowell Greenbaum said.

Keep your head up Freddie...you da man....Richmond county needs you...& thank you Sheriff Strength...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/21/12 - 08:46 am
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Why is Barrow STILL a Democrat?

Many of our local officials were Democrats at one time or another in their, Solid South, life. They all came around to realize conservative principles could best be followed in the Republican Party. All except Barrow, that is. He is the last white Democrat in the Deep South. So why has he remained a Democrat? That’s the question. Why doesn’t he give the word that he will change parties if he is elected? I think I know why.

He is a philosophical, socialist Democrat, Harvard educated as his buddy, Barack Obama is. Those left leaning beliefs cultivated at a young age are ingrained in him. His main goal is to aid the liberal socialist goals of the current Democratic Party. That’s the problem I have with him.

He won’t switch parties and the reason is he is one of THEM. I bet he’s never fired that rifle you see him holding in the commercial.

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 10/21/12 - 08:55 am
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Distracted drivers
Unpublished

Sanders had a band playing outside his headquarters on Peach Orchard Rd....I wonder if drivers were as distracted as some calimed they were with Roundtree waving signs.

May the best qualified and most receptive candidate win! Augusta needs it.

I'm sure Mr. Strength has friends with deep pockets who will def. throw a nice shin-dig for him....he deserves it.

Tullie
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Tullie 10/21/12 - 09:00 am
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The Rev Lowery

apparently does not know Barrow then.

Barrow is the richest Georgia Democrat.

The House where 110 Republicans are millionaires, compared to 73 Democrats. But in the Senate, Democrats are on top with 36 millionaires, compared to 30 Republicans.

But that's ok..I don't hang with them either.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/21/12 - 09:19 am
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Amazing isn't it

Somehow & some way becoming a congressman makes you a millionaire...
I think Obamas wealth has tripled since he became President......no dang wonder they want the job..

TK3
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TK3 10/21/12 - 09:34 am
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Rigged

They will not give you a "paper trail" and voting on their (parties own company) computers is a total waste as they do what they want with electronic votes and totals. The whole process now is a huge FARCE !

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/21/12 - 09:34 am
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Fake Counter Tops

I bet Gwen Fulcher Young has fake granite counter tops in that kitchen.

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 10/21/12 - 09:39 am
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Meet and Greet

It seems obvious to me that there is a little "elitism" going on here. Mrs Young has been surrounded by the rich and famous for quite a while now and has a very low opinion of the "commoner" Mr Anderson. He is simply not presentable. She stated, "Barrow is personable, engaging and brilliant. Mrs Young said he’s a solid, Southern gentleman, which is, of course, the best kind".These traits are fine but what about the issues. Congressman Barrow is a well spoken, Harvard educated lawyer and compared to Mr Anderson who is a farmer and more like us common folks and he does not come across as well. I think this is a "image" thing with Mrs Young and not based on the issues. I would rather have seen Rick Allen go against Barrow and my guess is that Rick Allen would have passed Mrs Young's "image" test and she would have supported Rick. I have followed Congressman Barrow's career and when he was needed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi she could count on him, otherwise he was free to be a blue dog. The only thing I need to know about Mr Barrow is that President Obama wants him to be re-elected.

TK3
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TK3 10/21/12 - 10:14 am
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No real choice!

If you are choosing the lesser evil, it is still evil, and you are registering your consent to that evil. If you refuse to vote, you are at least depriving them of that: your consent. So stay home. Bake a cake. Say a prayer. Mow your lawn. Smoke a joint. Do anything except vote.-Ellen Finnigan

Join the majority and vote for "none of the above" and neither of the presidential pretenders so the SYSTEM, that really picks who we get to "rubberstamp", gets the message that we won't play their rigged game anymore.

Tullie
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Tullie 10/21/12 - 10:27 am
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No real choice?

Wel,l I disagree.

You make the best informed decision based on what you hear from the candidates, research on the candidates, etc. From there, you decide.

I think not voting is a mistake. We have the priviledge in this country to vote, exercise it!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/21/12 - 10:41 am
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Fake granite??

Someone has been watching too much HGTV..:)

whatmistake
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whatmistake 10/21/12 - 10:47 am
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A safe bet

Lowry may not carry ten grand around in his pocket. But it's more than a safe bet that, like most civil rights "icons", he's got it in his back account MANY times over. And I'm sure he'll have no problems with the six figure checks both Obamas will pull down every time they make a speech to some "progressive" group after leaving office. Lowry hardly qualifies as an icon, but he certainly satisfies the description of 'race baiter'. He's a man who deserves to be ignored every time he opens his mouth.

TK3
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TK3 10/21/12 - 10:44 am
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Too late ?

We need a new (Constitution based) Party & "HONEST" (with paper trails) elections, fast.. as its very near too late !

Shame the tax and spend Dimopublicans don't have Libertarian ethics of non-initiation of force or an oath to NOT violate individual rights as that would NOT allow socialist Collectivist Democrats their expansive use of force to gain or redistribute others wealth and subjugate individuals to the will of the "collective" nor would it allow the Neo~fascist backed "New Order" Republicans their ruling class government, state religion and endless bloody wars for profit and corporate welfare.

TK3
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TK3 10/21/12 - 10:53 am
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Naive at best;

In early use, the word "naive" meant natural or innocent, and did not connote ineptitude "until" it was discovered that a majority of citizens still are under the impression the Party Primary selection process and elections themselves where honest, fair and their vote still counted.

Rigged voting - with its high levels of team spirit and cheerleading - is satiating to the uneducated, and can help to reduce adults hunger for healthy debate and facts.

If voting changed anything, they'd abolish it.
Ken Livingstone

TK3
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TK3 10/21/12 - 10:56 am
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Fix is in;

The game plays on and many still don't realize the fix is always in.

"In the days leading up to the debate Obama had developed a
significant lead over Romney in the polls. In fact, many were saying
that if Obama did well in the debate it could be all over for Romney.
Which is exactly why Obama had to take a dive: The last thing he, or
the magenta (blue plus red) party, wants is an election that doesn't
go down to the wire. Because the most fundamental strategy of the
party, the strategy that has kept it in power for so many decades, is
to make sure that support amongst the two halves (republican and
democrat) is always roughly even."-Neal Reynolds

Neo~fascists New Order Republicans vs socialist Democrat Collectivists
is NOT a choice for any real American ...thus I choose to join the majority and vote for neither pretender in their rigged game.

PS:
No amount of team cheerleaders thumbing down will change fact.

TK3
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TK3 10/21/12 - 11:01 am
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Bought and paid for;

The fix is in and matters not which of any two they picked you rubberstamp.

It's illegal to say to a voter "Here's $100, vote for me." So what do the politicians do? They offer the $100 in the form of Health Care, Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, Food Stamps, tobacco subsidies, grain payments, NEA payments, and jobs programs,etc. - Don Farrar

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 10/21/12 - 11:05 am
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A new constitution!

I agree with much of your statement except the problem is not the Constitution. The problem is with the electorate and mans sin nature. We tend to get the government we deserve and elect. They left us with the framework of the best government man can devise. The more I study our founders the more respect I have for their wisdom. They identified the weakness of our republic and warned us in advance. Consider the following quotes:

John Adams, Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Alexander Fraser Tytler:
A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.

Where is America in the list below:
The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.

Discussionstarter
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Discussionstarter 10/21/12 - 11:25 am
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I am glad I voted for Barrow on Friday

The more I read about Anderson... the more it makes me glad I clicked on the Barrow button.

Jane18
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Jane18 10/21/12 - 11:29 am
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Joseph Lowery

Anyone that would give this man a second of their time, would be wasting that second. I have known of this man from as far back as late 60's(I was a Fulton and Cobb Cty. resident). He was a loud-mouth, trouble-making, supposed-to-be "reverend" back then, and he has Not changed. As an old man(91years), he needs to go sit down and meditate on the things he has said and the damage he has had a part of. I did not like or trust him back then, and that has not changed!

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