by Oliver_Halle
 The Agitator
November 23, 2011 02:35 PM | 3257 views | 2 2 comments | 269 269 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
I state the obvious when I mention the high unemployment/underemployment rate, and how some families are desperately trying to generate any income they can in order to keep the wolf from the door. That said, a friend of mine who lives in an east Cobb gated community, told me that the other day a car came through his neighborhood at 6 a.m. with a loud muffler. A neighbor that was outside walking and who is active in his homeowner’s association, stopped the car to inquire about the noise and learned that the driver was an MDJ newspaper deliverer. If the story is accurate, the neighbor called the MDJ to complain about the muffler, and the driver was instructed to get it fixed before he would be allowed to deliver any papers.

If this story is true as reported to me, have some people reached a new low? I get the MDJ and the Atlanta newspaper delivered each morning and welcome the sound of their cars knowing that the newspapers are waiting for me. These carriers get up at an ungodly hour, and make their rounds in the dark and all kinds of adverse weather while most of us sleep comfortably. And they don’t make the money that those in gated communities do. Perhaps the homeowner in this instance, instead of calling the MDJ to complain, could have shown some seasonal spirit and offered to help defray the cost of the repair. I imagine, though, that the homeowner never experienced hard times and wouldn’t appreciate the plight of the less fortunate.

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Samuel Adams
November 25, 2011
Agreed 100 percent, Halle.

How many sanitation trucks speed down my quiet street, sounding like the mother ship landing on our house? The UPS trucks scream up and down, dozens of times each day. Yet, it's the lone entrepreneur working for the local news outlet who is targeted by the wealthy. Yes, this is a bit of sarcasm, however, I am serious.
John Adams
November 24, 2011
I agree completely. Give the hardworking guy a break, especially this time of year. And, not the first time I've heard a story of that nature set in east Cobb (from both beat cops and classroom teachers).
Oliver Halle of east Cobb is a retired FBI agent and has law degrees from The University of North Carolina and New York University. He commanded a Swift Boat in Vietnam, where he earned the Bronze Star with the Combat V for meritorius action. While with the FBI he helped investigate and prosecute members of the Columbo organized crime “family” and later launched the investigation that resulted in the conviction on corruption charges of Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell.

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