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Re: “Editor's Note: Disastrous leadership?

Damn if you do... Damn if you don't... We were basically left with too much incertainty... for certain there was a lack of explaining to people that certain parts of the city and the islands were more at risk than others... The Historic District itself was safe from floods which is a big deal... With houses that have survived centuries because they were really well built, the Historic District was heaven to many... Therefore, there should not have been a mandatory evacuation of the Historic District... Of course, we have lots of trees and going through a Cat 2 is going to take many of them down especially if they are not well taken care of with regular trimming or too old to stand... Therefore, those of us who decided to stay behind had to realize we were going to be inconvenienced for a while and all should have prepared accordingly... I made sure we did at our home, starting a week before the storm arrived. Not everybody is lucky enough to live in the Historic District and they had to decide what their best odds would be. Low lying areas should always evacuate - no one needs to drown. People were given information by the Weather experts, we read about it coming our way, saw what it did in the Carribean - it actually became the responsibility of each individual to make the decisions they believe was best for them. Now, it is cleanup time. Some of us would like to get rid of some politicians and blame them for the mess if we could. However, the fact is we are all in it together. Don't forget they were voted in by somebody. We don't need a mayor or commissioner telling us we need to leave if we have some common sense. Take charge of your life! Stop depending on being told what to do. In the end, we have nobody else than ourselves to blame for the decisions we make every day. Just make the best decisions you can on a daily basis and enjoy the benefits therein.
Andree Patterson

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Posted by Andrée Pilotte Patterson on 10/11/2016 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Disastrous leadership?

Any able-bodied petson2 who relies on state or local government for their health and welfare deserves what they get.

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Posted by Dan Muller on 10/11/2016 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Disastrous leadership?

All the indecisiveness led to a decision not to evacuate our hospitals. That could have been disastrous.

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Posted by gapeech123 on 10/11/2016 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Open Letter: Alderman Tony Thomas is a 'shadow-seeking troll'

Thanks Connect. Its time the public knew the extent of the sixth district alderman's spite and ugliness, even to his own constituents.

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Posted by Karen Thompson on 01/13/2016 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Disastrous leadership?

Tybee Island is blessed to have Jason as mayor. I was home 2 days after Matthew hit with water power and cable. Amazing! Thanks for looking out for us!

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Posted by Sandi Henry on 10/11/2016 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Disastrous leadership?

I disagree and feel CEMA did a great job. There is a lot of bias in this editorial. Remember, you can't legislate or mandate common sense. The right call was made by CEMA in plenty of time to give residents the opportunity to evacuate. This typically occurs in a staged fashion, and traffic was not a huge issue. Guidelines for re-entry were clear in their communications with the public, and this was allowed once they had the information that the county was safe. Thanks for your hard work, CEMA.

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Posted by Dr. M on 10/11/2016 at 1:49 PM

Re: “'Combative' inmate dies in Chatham County jail

This whole article is false. The Savannah Police Department took the life of my baby brother, a young hard working Nigerian, whom I adviced to move Savannah to study film at SCAD while I was starting my masters in Architecture. Mathew Ajibade was my role model even though he struggled through Bipolar disorder, being mentally ill is not a reason to be killed by people are suppose protect and serve.

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Posted by Kris Wivak on 01/03/2015 at 12:48 AM

Re: “Georgia, S.C. now have firearm permit reciprocity

GREAT !
It *should* be honored in EVERY State in the Union,
except for the liberalNA Z1 States making illegal laws that contradict our Constitution..

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Posted by Pudbert Savannah GA on 06/07/2016 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Disastrous leadership?

I did what I was instructed, when I was instructed, left and returned no problem whatsoever, one loss of life, and we are turning this into a political problem, sad! One loss of life, and you think it could get better? So tired of hearing all the complaining, we are a sad bunch of people if we think it could have turned out any better. So Grateful of how everything was handled, how about an article praising our 1st responders, and linesmen, wasted article complaining about politics! Always always always about politics! He did this, she did that, they didn't do this, well whatever they did or didn't do, it worked out pretty good! We sound like middle school kids running for class president, three days after Matthew this is what you found time to write about! You have lots to do with your time!

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Posted by Jae on 10/11/2016 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Disastrous leadership?

We decided not to evacuate and although it was scary, watching the news conferences after the storm made us think we made the right decision.

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Posted by Judi Duffy on 10/11/2016 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: When ‘drunk donkeys’ attack

It's her own fault. She chose to lash out at Mike when someone asked a question. There was absolutely no reason for her to bring him into that conversation. A true professional would have answered the question with a yes or no and then went on to discuss pros or cons to that particular event or model run. Instead she resorted to name calling and accusations that were completely unfounded. The question didn't even involve Mike. We don't even know if the person asking the question knows or follows Mike. She is the one who decided to take out her frustrations in a most unprofessional matter. And when did her being right or wrong about anything ever come into this? Mike never made any forecast predictions. He simply shares data and opens it up for discussion. She did this to herself and has no one but herself to blame. As far as the trolls and various people leaving inappropriate comments, welcome to life on the internet. That happens to absolutely everyone no matter what they post about. There's just no two ways around that in this modern era of anonymity.

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Posted by Shane McCray on 09/19/2018 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: When ‘drunk donkeys’ attack

Mr. Morekis, you seem to think people were upset by her weather coverage, which just shows how out of touch you are. People were upset because she specifically called a person out by name in order to publicly demean him, call him names, and attempt to discredit him. She was condescending to the commenter who asked about seeing the euro model, she was disrespectful toward Mike - who was totally unrelated to her weather coverage OR the question asked of her in the first place - and she was all around unprofessional. If you don't think that kind of behavior warrants an apology, you are just as lacking in ethics and professionalism as Jamie is.

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Posted by Megan McCormick 1 on 09/19/2018 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Mom's revolution

What a great story - thank you so much for doing it. I'm glad that the word is getting out that parents need to do their own research.

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Posted by Kay Copsey on 04/23/2013 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Mom's revolution

Thank you so much for covering this story! So many media outlets want to bury their heads in the sand because this topic is too controversial. What you've done here is give other families hope & a starting place at recovering their children. Excellent work!

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Posted by Tyler Dahm on 04/23/2013 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Disastrous leadership?

After just closing on a house in Savannah on Sept 30, and while packing to move from Phoenix I kept a close eye on the hurricane. Media sources kept changing the path of Matthew and made it hard to predict his path. At one point, I thought he was going to make landfall and cross Florida? I can see where it would have been hard for local officials to make evacuation plans from inconsistent forecasts. Would he be further out from Tybee and less affect on the coastal areas.They did not know. I do not know anything about these "officials" so not making any political judgements about them. I DID learn from local Facebook posts from the "officials" that Tybee was voluntary and then mandatory and finally mandatory for all of Chatham County. I learned this more than 48 hours prior to his arrival. A Facebook group I joined was intended for those staying behind and not evacuating helped a great deal. Their advice, prior, during, and post Matthew was amazing. I saw people asking for help and receiving it; babysitter needed..you got it. "I have time on my hands SCAD is closed this week who needs help?" "Come over, I have power and food, recharge your phone here", so many people wanting to volunteer and offer their chainsaw. I saw someone had breast milk available. In my case, a stranger offered to check on my new home and provided pictures on how it was. We got learn that are collective efforts are far better than governments actions. Going forward lets create some proactive approaches during and after times of threat. Some ideas may include a central help center: individual needs, volunteer center, donation center, and any other needs. I am in awe how you are coming together as a community and look forward to being being a vocal citizen. Thank you Savannah for being a strong community. Continue to pay it forward folks!
Brian Gosnell
a strong community.

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Posted by Brian Gosnell on 10/11/2016 at 6:42 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Disastrous leadership?

As someone who evacuated I found it very frustrating to find reliable information as to what was going on. CEMA needs to better at communicating information to the people and having an up to date website. Our politicians need to be mindful of their words, and they both need to be on the same page. Having to spend 20 mins to research information on the internet by checking CEMA's site, news reports and Facebook to figure out what was actually happening, and the most current correct information added unnecessary stress to an already stressful situation. Not to mention the panic one can easily cause with poorly worded statement like "We don't know when people will be let back in. It could be days.' I get that they have to asses the situation but as those in charge their statements should bring us confidence not fear. How hard would it have been to relay the same information but in a manner befitting your profession, and position.

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Posted by Kati Wood on 10/11/2016 at 2:46 PM

Re: “'Combative' inmate dies in Chatham County jail

This whole article is false. The Savannah Police Department took the life of my baby brother, a young hard working Nigerian, whom I adviced to move Savannah to study film at SCAD while I was starting my masters in Architecture. Mathew Ajibade was my role model even though he struggled through Bipolar disorder, being mentally ill is not a reason to be killed by officers that are suppose to protect and serve.

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Posted by Kris Wivak on 01/03/2015 at 12:50 AM

Re: “Mom's revolution

Thank you for your excellent coverage of the Thinking Mom's. They must never stop until every single parent is a Thinking Parent.

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Posted by Karen Wood Fuller on 04/23/2013 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Mom's revolution

Thank you for this story and allowing a parent to speak their mind, speak to their personal truth. There are tens of thousands of us warrior parents out here, few of us have been given a voice as you have done here. We saw what happened to our children and we have made a difference in their lives and outcomes by disregarding every piece of so-called expert advice out there. It is time more people started listening to parents like this one.

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Posted by Kiwismommy on 04/23/2013 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Mom's revolution

Great story!!!! What a fantastic mom. Thank you for not ignoring the problem or the controversy. It seems like the media RUNS from dealing with Autism and what the families have to say about it. BRILLIANT!!!

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Posted by Tex on 04/23/2013 at 2:08 PM

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