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  1. Ragsdale ruined my unit so they won't get near any home of mine again. Air Command is amazing. PM me and I'll give you contact information. Office may be in Marietta but part of the ownership lives out here and I believe some of the techs do, too. Great company, great people.



    edited to remove contact information of non-commerce member business.

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  2. From your initial post:


    "...Because Lyme Disease "doesn't exist" in Georgia. Because, according to the CDC and the Infectious Disease Society of America, chonic Lyme doesn't exist..."


    That is what I addressed. CDC absolutely does say that it exists here and with regard to chronic Lyme:


    "...Approximately 10 to 20% of patients treated for Lyme disease with a recommended 2–4 week course of antibiotics will have lingering symptoms of fatigue, pain, or joint and muscle aches. In some cases, these can last for more than 6 months. Although often called "chronic Lyme disease," this condition is properly known as "Post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome" (PTLDS).


    The exact cause of PTLDS is not yet known. Most medical experts believe that the lingering symptoms are the result of residual damage to tissues and the immune system that occurred during the infection. Similar complications and "auto–immune" responses are known to occur following other infections, including Campylobacter (Guillain-Barre syndrome), Chlamydia (Reiter's syndrome), and Strep throat (rheumatic heart disease). In contrast, some health care providers tell patients that these symptoms reflect persistent infection with Borrelia burgdorferi. Recent animal studies have given rise to questions that require further research, and clinical studies to determine the cause of PTLDS in humans are ongoing..."



    So your initial post is misleading, at best. It's fine for the author to disagree with a lot of what the CDC is saying about the disease )they've been wrong about plenty before and there is still so much about Lyme that is unknown) but the author loses ground with false statements like those I responded to.

  3. I see the potential benefits of it but it stifles individuality and takes away the child having to be responsible for anything. I mean heaven forbid a child have to remember that the blue folder is for Social Studies and the red folder is for English. Let someone else be responsible. It's a lesson that will serve them well their entire life.


    I was last in the classroom with my daughter in middle school. I subbed while she was in elementary school.


    So as I said, slap some stickers on that sucker ... but trying to get a class of 20-30 kids to all move quickly through subject change at the elementary school level without a simple color coded system is a pointless.time waster.

  4. ... I actually saw a supply list that said what COLOR folders for which subject the kid needed. That's going a bit far, IMO...

    The specific colors are to identify the subjects ... to make things move faster when switching in the classroom, not to stifle creativity or individuality.


    A lot of these kids have a hard time remember which folder and it is faster and easier to be able to say "get out your red folder"


    (Sorry I keep adding)


    I wonder when the last time is that you spent any time in a class full of kids trying to keep them all moving quickly through their schedule for the day and not dilly-dallying and wasting time. And if you realize how often they get the wrong stuff out. And how much wasted time there is in trying to get all of the Power Ranger folders figured out. When you're dealing with as many kids as the teachers have in their classes they have to streamline and if having everyone use the same color for the same subject makes it easier for the kids as well as the teacher where is that such a problem? Put some Power Ranger stickers on the folders and move on to something that is worth worrying about.

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  5. Assuming we're still discussing the original post, keep two things in mind:


    1.) This is from a Cobb County school

    2.) This is a list of items "apparently" required


    And some other thoughts ... the backpack, 9x12 folder, and lunch box are all together one one line for a reason. Those are things the child needs but will be going back and forth each day with the child. It is the rest of the list, each item on its own line, that constitutes the class supplies for common use. As for brand specific names ... for some of them it is likely just to clarify the type (Clorox to differentiate from baby wipes, Zip-Lock to differentiate from fold over sandwich bags or produce bags or whatever other unfortunate form of plastic bag some parent might send in) and for others it may be because after years of experience the teachers know which ones actually last and are worth spending any money on (Crayola and Expo might actually still work in a month and wash out as advertised). Additionally there is the test answer reader factor for the pencils ... some pencils, even if they say #2, do not read well in the machines.

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  6. I think the media may be playing this up some, but I am not sure how much. I have a friend who has lived in Cairo for several years now. He lives about 7 miles from Tahrir Square. He says all is quiet in his neighborhood/area, which is mostly expats. He has heard some gunfire over the last couple of nights and believes it was gunfire from the flare-ups that have happened. They have warned foreigners not to venture out for safety's sake. Otherwise, the only thing that has bothered him about this was the lack of internet service!

    Your friend is lucky to be in a safer area. It is very real. It is being escalated by the Egyptian government to be sure but it not being hyped by the media any more than any other situation ever is. It's actually very sad. It started out as a good thing and has gotten quite ugly.

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