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Hey Henry is our own little vent section.  Read others' vents, and post one of your own. You'll never look at life the same way again.



Hey Henry, the ďThriller ParadeĒ has been cancelled? This was a great event, fun for all ages, spectators and participants. Last year it was over the top terrific! Who makes these kinds of decisions?

Hey Henry, I donít get why there are kids running track on Hampton Locust Grove road at 6:30 a.m. in the dark. Whose idea was this? Donít you have a track at the school for this? And I will tell you right now if it were my kid and you put his/her life in danger like this, Iíd tell you to kiss my grits. This is dangerous!

Hey Henry, I knew I had read about a job fair in McDonough but couldnít remember the date. I went to the city website but couldnít find it. Then searched local papers. You know where I found the information. Thank you for keeping this community informed.

Hey Henry, could the Henry County Board of Education please explain the difference between a displaced child and a homeless child?

Hey Henry, this Obamacare will hurt a lot of us. We all need to write our congressman.

Hey Henry, Iím surprised that many Henry County residents can see where they are going since they have their noses so high up in the air.

Hey Henry, without asking the question, how would the officer have known your daughterís car had stalled? Is he a mind reader? Seriously, a police officer asking a question to clarify something is not intimidating.

Hey Henry, Iíve worked for service companies for 30 years, and insurance companies prefer you to back into a parking space, so you can see kids who are not in their parentís control. And people will still walk behind you when you start to back out. Not smart.

Hey Henry, the libraries should at least be open on Saturdays so that people who are working to pay for the library in the first place can actually use it. I am not interested in what is more convenient for the government workers.

Hey Henry, if you do not want to get paid during the summer or during school breaks, become a bus monitor.

Hey Henry, what is being done by the HCPD to make Swan Lake residents properties safer? My daughterís lawn mower and weed-eater were stolen from their front porch! Many are having their boat batteries stolen and boat houses broken into.

Hey Henry, to the person who backs into parking spaces because they canít see around their giant SUV well enough to back out safely, maybe you should get a smaller vehicle that you can drive properly.

Hey Henry, does anyone know of a cable company besides besides my current provider that offers a bundle for less than $200 a month? I canít have Dish due to being in an apartment and lack of exposure to the heavens. I would love to say to present provider, ďYou are fired.Ē

Hey Henry, stop cutting down all the trees...

Hey Henry, to the gentleman who let me know my brake lights were not working this morning - Thank You. I was able to repair the brake light switch in a parking lot and get back to being safe!


Hey Henry, I just want to say ďthank youĒ to everyone at Locust Grove Elementary. My two children are new students this year, and you continue to impress this former private school mother. Please donít judge this book by the cover because this school and itís staff are fantastic. They truly care about every child and go way beyond their job description.

Hey Henry, I have finally given up texting and driving. Now, I read The Henry County Times while I drive. I feel so much safer!

Hey Henry, you know that saying, ďIf youíre not part of the solution, youíre part of the problem?Ē The libraries arenít cleaned by off-duty staff, theyíre cleaned by volunteers. Would you like to sign up to help, or are you just part of the problem?

Hey Henry, I just had an interesting ďroboĒ call from (purportedly) the United Community Bank saying my debit card had been compromised. I was directed to enter the 16-digit number of my card. I didnít! This is ďphishingĒ and itís happening right here in Henry County. Beware!

Hey Henry, to my neighbors on River Road off Highway 81. Someone is stealing gas from cars and trucks. They cut a hole in my gas line and drained as much gas as they could. I had to have it repaired ... now someone has stolen a package right off of my front porch. Didnít used to be this way, but times are changing. What a shame.

Hey Henry, what happened to the pride that people in Georgia used to have? Our roads are littered with bags from the various fast food places; coffee cups, drink cans and bottles are tossed from cars, and if I were to count the cigarette butts that end up in my drive way since I live at the bottom of a hill, they would fill a 60-gallon garbage can. Letís go back to the way of thinking that made our state a wonderful place to live. All gas stations and mini marts have containers that trash can be thrown in. No charge for using them.

Hey Henry, I have lived in Henry County all my life and didnít know anything about the train wreck until I saw the new marker on Highway 42. Donít know who was responsible for it, but very nicely done.

Hey Henry, I am tired of people who think that responsible people need to cover for irresponsible people. Thereís a word for that: enabling. If they never suffer the consequences, theyíll never change.

Hey Henry, to the person with the IQ formula; what characteristics are you using to establish your estimate of the baseline IQ?

Hey Henry, there is a reason I choose to back my 7,000-pound SUV into a parking space and not pull in. Too many people disregard the fact that I am pulling out and am nearly all the way out before deciding to walk behind me. For all concerned, itís best I do back in, so I can see cars and pedestrians. Are you in that much of a hurry? Get something real to fuss about.

Hey Henry, to the person who thinks anyone objecting to Clayton County kids in Henry County Schools is just stuck up. Henry County residentsí taxes pay for the education of Henry county kids. Itís not a welfare program. It isnít just one or two kids, itís hundreds. Multiply that by the cost per child for additional teachers, supplies and resources.


Hey Henry, why would we want to go to another country to fight terrorists when we have them in our own country? We need boots on the ground here. Just watch the news every morning, itís the same thing day after day.

Hey Henry, before we bash the Library Board too much, keep in mind that counterfeiting is against the law. The Library Board can only spend the amount of funds it receives in appropriations, it canít create money on its own.

Hey Henry, wonder why the school system has had a new superintendent approximately every two years? It is so each super can maximize their retirement, which is based on their highest two-year salary. Why does the Board buy into this farce? It costs the taxpayers and takes money away from teachers who havenít had a raise in many years. In fact, teachers have lost money with the unpaid furlough days and more costly benefits.

Hey Henry, to the officer who stopped and asked my daughter why she was stopped half-in, half-out of the turn lane in front of CVS, I think it would be obvious that her car had stalled and she was frantically trying to restart it. I canít imagine what you hoped to gain by intimidating a teenage girl, but I hope it made you feel like a big man.

Hey Henry, no library employee is ever permitted to work off the clock. Itís illegal, and there is a strictly enforced policy against it. Having said that, the Library Board can only operate on the budget the commissioners provide. If you donít like the way the buildings look, call your commissioner and tell them libraries need better funding. While youíre at it, ask them who cleans their building? They say we all have to ďtighten our beltsĒ and ďshare the sacrifice,Ē but I don't see them scrubbing their own toilets.

Hey Henry, as a new GA resident, I believe the ďWelcome to GeorgiaĒ law is ridiculously excessive. No wonder people arenít registering their vehicles. Who wants to pay $2,000+ of taxes on a vehicle youíve already paid taxes on in another state? If you want to grow your economy, more taxes isnít the way. How about figuring out how to create real jobs? Oh, I know, why not build another warehouse? Lord knows thereís not enough empty ones around here.

Hey Henry, itís amazing how some of the foremen of the Henry County School Maintenance Department can sit on a computer and play solitaire half the day and get paid sixty-two thousand a year, and our custodians are contracted out.

Hey Henry, with all those horrible square plates around McDonough, I feel like Iím driving in bumper cars.

Hey Henry, this is in response to the genius who claims anyone who drives a pickup truck is stupid. I know you! You are that person who straps a queen-size mattress to the top of your VW Beetle. Youíve got one hand on the steering wheel and one hand out of your window trying to balance it while doing 5 mph. All while leading a string of traffic down the interstate.

Hey Henry, what is it with people who back into parking spaces? Are you preparing for a quick getaway, or are you just special? Itís unnecessary and wastes othersí time.

Hey Henry, if youíre OK with Clayton County kids going to Henry County schools, then please give your name and address so they know where to send the bills. Why should Henry County taxpayers pay Clayton Countyís bills? Feeling that youíre entitled to whatever you want is nothing to be proud of.


Hey Henry, just know that when I drive, I mentally detract 25 points from the estimated IQ of every driver I see in a pickup truck, and then add or subtract points based on the vehicleís size and the degree to which said truck is actually utilized in anything involving actual work. Translation (for the idiots I know are out there among you): If you drive a two-ton duallie without a speck of dust on it thatís never hauled anything heavier than you and your wife, I estimate your IQ at 50.

Hey Henry, heís driving down the street in his smart car, drinking his smart water, and using his smart phone, yet he still looks so dumb!

Hey Henry, we are lucky to have good and interesting neighbors in the Oak Leaf Drive neighborhood of Stockbridge. Thanks to all of you!

Hey Henry, to the person who said itís legal to pass in the turn lane: you must have gotten your law degree the same place you got your driverís license. Mail order, Iím guessing. The Driverís Manual says no such thing. It is never safe or legal to use a turn-only deceleration lane as a passing lane, then whip your car back into traffic.

Hey Henry, so what if Clayton County kids are riding our buses and going to our schools. Who are you to deprive an innocent child of a decent education and school environment? Being stuck up is nothing to be proud of.

Hey Henry, you can claim to own as many homes as you want where you want, but if you live in Georgia, then you have 30 days to register your vehicles in Georgia and pay Georgia taxes on them. Itís the law.

Hey Henry, judges need to crack down on drivers with no insurance. They are costing insured motorists a lot of money and are never held financially responsible. No insurance should mean a trip straight to jail until restitution is made, no exceptions.

Hey Henry, I would like to thank the nice man that helped my daughter with her car at the QuikTrip on Jonesboro Road. It was so very much appreciated. Good people are with us.

Hey Henry, how sad that the County Commissioners and the Library Board of Directors have let our libraries go to pot. They require that the staff clean the buildings, but they have to do it on their time. They are not paid for overtime and canít clean while patrons are in the buildings. That is why they are filthy. How stupid. At least the BOE outsourced for cleaning.

Hey Henry, I heard that someone put a dead deer in the parking lot of one of our high schools the day before a football game. Does anyone have an issue with this?

Hey Henry, regarding the comment in last weeks paper about the way young ladies are allowed, by their parents, to dress. You should see how some of these young ladies come to church dressed. Is this the new place to go to attract young men?

Hey Henry, how about repealing the SPLOST IV tax this year? It would be nice to see our taxes drop down to 6 percent sales and 2 percent food tax like Cobb County.

Hey Henry, I hate people acting like it is everyone elseís responsibility to watch out for them. An example: if you walk out in traffic texting on your cell, you deserve to get hit. Have some common sense.


Hey Henry, in response to Code Enforcement not patrolling and working off complaints only. Itís easy to complain about someone elseís job, especially when you donít know the details and have never had to do it! Henry County Code Enforcement only has five officers that handle approximately 700-1000 complaints a month. They are doing all they can and donít have the time or manpower to patrol areas looking for violations.

Hey Henry, the tomahawk chop will never be the same!

Hey Henry, I live so far into Henry County that I am three minutes from the Rockdale line. I have watched the same green car with a Clayton County tag leave and pick up a child at the local school bus stop for the last three years. I guess the kid will finally graduate, at my expense, this year.

Hey Henry, regarding the stop sign on Lawrenceville Street at Oak Park. Thanks to the hundreds of cars that go through this area on a daily basis, the stop sign is necessary to slow people down due to the bad curve located there. The folks from Oak Park would never be able to turn into or out of their subdivision. Also, people turning left onto Veterans Drive would have a difficult time.

Hey Henry, why doesnít someone at Ola Middle School do something about the parents of car riders in the morning and afternoon. If parents get tired of waiting in the pick-up line, they just cut through the teacher parking lot and drop/pick-up their kid and leave the kid to cross lanes of traffic. I am afraid a kid is going to get hurt one day.

Hey Henry, regarding the comment about passing in the east bound turning lane on 20/81 at the McDonough Parkway intersection. According to the Georgia Drivers manual, page 24, and GA code 40-6-43, it is legal to pass on the right of the vehicle turning left.

Hey Henry, Iím sympathetic about the problems of foot-high lawns, cars permanently parked in yards and 18 people living in one house. However, if Code Enforcement did ďtheir jobs,Ē they would need as much staff as the police department.

Hey Henry, the HCPD new patrol cars were purchased with seized asset funds. These funds can only be used for certain items purchased by law enforcement. These cars did not cost the taxpayers of Henry County one penny.

Hey Henry, why do parents allow teenage girls to dress so provocatively? How many of you want a grown man lusting after your daughter because she is dressed provocatively and she looks like a grown woman? As parents, it is our job to teach our daughters to respect themselves and to demand respect from others. If you canít wear it to school, you should not be allowed to wear it at a school function. I was appalled at the way the teenagers were dressed Friday night at the Ola High School Football game. Very disturbing!

Hey Henry, is anyone else disgusted by and tired of the toe fungus billboard on the interstate going north between exits 216 and 218? We get it! Take care of your toes! Now, letís remove it!

Hey Henry, has anyone else noticed how defoliant was sprayed on the trees in the marsh area feeding into the wildlife sanctuary at the bridge on Eagles Landing Parkway killing lots more than intended?


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