Henry, while waiting for a train on Jonesboro Road, a young man
approached our car and told my 84 year old husband that our tire was
flat. As we pulled off the road, he and his buddy hopped out of
their white pickup and changed our tire in record time. After a
quick tire repair we were on our way. That Saturday, ďSouthern
HospitalityĒ was shown to us, two visitors from Seattle, WA. Thanks,
Henry, what happened to getting help in the afternoon at the
recycling center? I went there Tuesday afternoon and there was not a
person in sight to help me.
Henry, as a taxpaying citizen of the county I apologize for slow,
albeit free, computers at the library. Is there anything else we can
provide to make your life perfect?
Henry, I just moved to Henry County after living in Clayton all of
my life. You all have nothing to complain about. I am thankful to
live in such a wonderful county!
Henry, it sure would be nice if the City of McDonough would let
people know the schedule for trash pickup and recycling especially
when it changes for holidays. It seems like they could post it on
Henry, it seems that drivers trying to use the closed Moseley Road
do not notice or know how to read ďRoad ClosedĒ signs that are
posted on bright orange signs by the DOT for about a mile before the
blocked fencing. They continue to speed down the road and come to a
screeching halt at the blocked fence. It would be laughable if not a
sad commentary on todayís drivers. By the way, Moseley Road will be
closed until at least December 18.
Henry, the Christmas lights at the raceway are much improved, but I
would hardly call them a "Gift of Lights" at $20 per car.
Henry, I heard that Troup County has 2 major companies coming to
their county. What was the incentive? How many businesses have
closed in Henry in the past year? The county needs new businesses
and needs to keep the established ones.
Henry, you can say the economy is bad and not getting any better,
but you canít fool someone with 20/20 vision. From what I can see
just about every eating joint stays full daily, shopping centers
stay crowded with people buying like crazy and you hardly see any
old cars on the road, mostly new cars. Donít tell me the economy is
bad. Maybe for a handful of people.
Henry, a huge shout out to the organization Caring for A Cause!
Nikki and Michelle (and many others), you may never know what a
blessing you are to the families you work so hard for. I am thankful
for what you are allowing God to do through you. You are amazing!
Henry, recently in Clayton County three young children were placed
in a home where there was a known pedophile. Guess what happened.
Sunday on our streets here in Henry a homeless woman died from the
frigid temperatures. A society is supposed to look out for those who
canít look out for themselves. And we refer to ourselves as part of
the Bible Belt. This is one Christian woman that hangs her head in
Hey Henry, sad to say, the widening
of Hwy. 81 was going to be funded by the metro Atlanta T-SPLOST in
2012. It was voted down. Improving our roads costs money.
Hey Henry, canít the Countyís technology department help speed up
the computers at the County libraries? The computers choke up too
frequently. Didnít the County put in supercable or super servers?
What gives? Please somebody step up.
Hey Henry, to the ignorant person who thinks the BOE is paying for
principals to go on exotic trips. Please do your research and know
that with the BOE applying for the Gates Foundation grant, the grant
requires and pays for them to go on trips to look at other schools
doing different things. The money is not coming from the BOE. Get
educated and stop spewing garbage!
Hey Henry, why is it that all I hear coming from the Stockbridge
City Hall these days is the sound of shredding? All day and all
Hey Henry, how many lawsuits is the county subjecting itself to due
to the terrible construction and design of the new replacement
bridge on Walt Stephens Road?
Hey Henry, just warning all the unbelievable people out there, who
run school bus stop signs, your time is rapidly approaching your
first $300 fine. The buses are being equipped with cameras that get
your picture and tag number. What a great way to get revenue for the
county. So, think about your wallet next time you run one, because
you sure don't think about the children that are at those stops.
Hey Henry, I would like to give a shout out to the Union Grove High
School Marching Band for their performance at the games this year.
Thanks Mr. Kramer for your services.
Hey Henry, donít despair if you lost an election last week! One city
in Henry County has a whole class of jobs just for people who have
lost public confidence! No special skills required.
Hey Henry, if Red Oak school on Walt Stephens Road is in Henry
County, why are there so many Clayton County students attending
school there? There is always a long line of Clayton County plates
in the parking lot. If they live in Henry County, they need to
register their vehicles in Henry County within 30 days. Henry County
needs to be diligent about illegal students.
Hey Henry, the Henry County Libraries are having a blanket drive in
celebration of Kindness Week. Bring new or gently used blankets or
Hey Henry, why is there one police officer that lurks in the
Woodland area (Flat Shoals, Old Conyers Road) giving out tickets
every morning but no cross guard on Fridays turning onto Mosley from
Hwy. 138 - the busiest day of the week?
Hey Henry, I am a retired teacher and Mary Jane Owen contributed to
my training many moons ago. Her column this week is right on. I
admired her so much 30 years ago and have to say she still knows
what she is talking about! Thanks, Mary Jane.
Hey Henry, to the guy who acted like a jerk to the manager at IHOP
on Saturday 11/23. I hope your girlfriend dumps your sorry butt.
Thereís no way you treat her any better than how you treated that
Hey Henry, I have noticed during this
cold weather that the mannequin girl on Hwy. 81 East is still
dressed in shorts. They need to dress her appropriately. Put her
some clothes on or she is going to freeze to death.
Hey Henry, itís sad that a simple turning lane on Hwy. 81 would have
saved two young peopleís lives last week. How many more people do we
have to lose before we can get some real road improvements on this
overcrowded and busy highway?
Hey Henry, I want to give a shout out for the Luella High School
Varsity Competition Cheerleaders placing 1st at Regions this past
weekend making them the Region 2 AAAAAA Champions!
Hey Henry, the beautiful old house on Macon Street (across from the
church) is in desperate need of the Fuller Center. I'm sure the
frail old lady who lives there would have replaced the 2 x 4ís
holding up her porch by now if she could afford to.
Hey Henry, would like to give a shout out to the Locust Grove High
School Wildcats who have made history by making the playoffs for the
first time. We are so proud of the team! Thanks to the coaches,
football players, cheerleaders, band members and the parents for
being such a wonderful part of the Locust Grove community! Go Cats!
#65 #77 #42 #1 #2 #3 #31.
Hey Henry, on November 11, 38 parents and students chose to speak
out against the changing of school zones for Union Grove/Eagles
Landing and Smith Barnes/Patrick Henry. This is a big decision that
will affect many families, and yet one of the board members was not
present to listen to them. There is not a transcript or video so
that member will not know what was said and yet they will still be a
part of this decision. Whatís wrong with this?
Hey Henry, recently ran out of gas in Locust Grove. One officer
stayed with my truck while I went to get gas and another officer
picked me up from the gas station. I never got a chance to say
thanks to the two officers who helped!
Hey Henry, to the Board of Education: Teachers and staff are getting
furlough days yet you are sending the Principals to exotic locations
for training? How much did the trips to Florida and California cost?
Hey Henry, to the man who backs into his driveway and shines his
truck lights in our living room window every night: Please be
considerate of your neighbors.
Hey Henry, someone should tell the ďMarietta ChickensĒ formerly the
Braves, that they traded one ghetto for another. Convenient for who,
Cobb county? Pack your feathers and leave the state. Professional
athletes are overpaid idiots playing kids games.
Hey Henry, since we are talking about our co-workers let me tell you
about ours. First of all she talks on her cell phone all day long.
When someone comes to the counter for assistance she ignores them.
Our boss is also aware of this and does nothing. This co-worker
plays games on the computer, reads books on her kindle and stays on
Facebook most of the day. Oh yeah this is your county dollars at
Hey Henry, we canít read anything on
the banners that are being put up before events. The type is too
small and they are too cluttered. What, when, where. Thatís all you
Hey Henry, congratulations to the 8th grade Ola football team on
their undefeated season this year and winning the Henry County title
in the championship game. Awesome group of boys and coaches.
Congratulations Ola! You went ďOne MoreĒ We are OLA!
Hey Henry, I have always supported SPLOST in the past, but this year
I had to vote no. I voted no, not because I donít believe in SPLOST
because I do, itís a fair tax and some is paid by travelers passing
through the county who stop for lodging, shopping at Tanger, eating
at restaurants and NASCAR events. I just donít trust BOC to do the
right thing. After the last election and attending Commissioner
meetings I have lost all confidence in their leadership ability.
Hey Henry, my kids attend Hickory Flat school where uniforms are
required. It sure made things simpler, costs less, and they go to
school looking great.
Hey Henry, thank you to all the EMS and police officers who
responded quickly to the wreck on Hwy. 81 and Snapping Shoals Road.
Please say a prayer for the boy in the car that flipped.
Hey Henry, candidates who leave their political signs along the road
after elections need to be fined for littering. After a week any
remaining signs should be picked up by city/county workers and
thrown away. The roadsides look terrible.
Hey Henry, speaking of school buses. Would it be too much to ask,
that they actually turn into a subdivision every now and then?
Youíve got a mile-long line of cars behind you on a main road that
have to stop and wait for every one of your pickups. Just every now
and then, actually turn INTO the neighborhood to help the rest of us
Hey Henry, who exactly, is getting ďovertimeĒ at the BOE? Nearly
everyone is salaried, and NO ONE I know gets overtime pay!
Hey Henry, the paving job on the new bridge on Walt Stephens Road is
terrible! It is very bumpy and rough. The angle of the bridge is
more dangerous than the old bridge. It makes it even more difficult
to avoid the crazies pulling out of subdivisions withouth stopping
and looking. The county should expect more accidents.
Hey Henry, to the person last week who wondered if the welfare
recipients with 10 - 15 kids will get penalized for not having
insurance. They have MEDICAID, and YOU pay for it!
Hey Henry, why should the County provide a vehicle for a top
official with the Police Department to drive back and forth to
Newnan each day?
Hey Henry, you would think since they built a Tractor Supply on a
main highway such as 81, the state or the county would want to put a
turn lane going both ways to turn into Tractor Supply. Goes to show
you how ignorant the state and county are. I am planning on moving,
so donít tell me to move out if I donít like it!
Hey Henry, congratulations to the
Union Grove High School Junior Varsity football team for a 6 and 0
season. Then they won the playoffs - great job boys!
Hey Henry, we have one person in our office that talks all day,
makes coffee 2 or 3 times a day, while their work piles up. The
supervisor is oblivious to this. The others in the office see it so
I canít figure out why the boss does not. Some days I just want to
scream ďshut up!Ē
Hey Henry, the county needs to take lessons from the state on how to
redo roads. In other words, look at how on Hwy. 42 they smoothed the
dirt on the side of the road and sprayed hydro seed, then look at
Old Jackson Road. It has boulders and no grass seed on the side of
the road. Go figure.
Hey Henry, it angers me that DFACS just slaps the hand of the parent
or step parent who abuses an innocent child, then that child ends up
dead. It truly sickens me to the bone.
Hey Henry, I want to give a big shout-out to the Henry Co. Water
Authority employee who picked up all the garbage in front of our
Hey Henry, I just want to know, are the welfare recipients who are
having ten or fifteen kids so they can live off the government,
going to be penalized for not having health insurance?
Hey Henry, donít wonder what Clayton County would say if our
children crossed county lines. They would ask for more state and
federal money just like Henry County does. Daily attendance is why
no kid is turned away.
Hey Henry, I thought the reason for police officers bringing their
vehicles home was so they can be seen and will hopefully deter crime
in the area. Why do I see them parked inside garages and hidden
away. What purpose does this serve?
Hey Henry, to the person or persons who stole golf balls off of our
property on Iris Lake Road the week of October 21. Not only are you
a thief, you were also trespassing on private property! Guess you
didnít read the signs. That driving range can double as a shooting
Hey Henry, I am so tired of seeing males walk around with their
pants below their behinds and their manly parts. It does not look
cool, it looks stupid. Why canít there be a law against dressing
this way. If it was a female, she would be arrested.
Hey Henry, folks need to stop taking items to the Salvation Army
that should be taken to the dump. They have to pay to have it taken
Hey Henry, to the person who blared his horn at my school bus
because I was driving 40 mph on highway 81. Thought youíd like to
know that you scared an autistic child so profoundly that he cried
his little heart out, for the entire ride to school! On any road,
other than an interstate, school buses are restricted to 40 mph.
Hope you had a good day!
Hey Henry, what is up with the Henry Water Authority increasing
rates 5% in this economy? Someone needs to put some control on the
board and regulate water rates in the county!
Hey Henry, congratulations to the Ola
Middle School 8th grade football team for a 6 and 0 season! Good
luck in the playoffs.
Hey Henry, people wouldnít believe the things that donít get done
just because someone is jealous of who might get the credit.
Hey Henry, to the person who took it upon themselves to pull
campaign signs up on Lake Dow Road and McGarity Road. Five of my
signs were taken from peopleís yards. At $12.50 per sign or $62.50
total, that is theft! Those signs were not in the right-of-way but
in peopleís yards. Let code enforcement do their job.
Hey Henry, what can you do when you file a complaint about a local
business with the BBB only to be told that there is nothing they can
do, so you file a complaint, (or try to) with the local city
government only to be told that there is nothing they can do and you
should file a complaint with the BBB.
Hey Henry, before you vote this year, think about who is pulling the
Hey Henry, to the person complaining about the school zones being
changed. I would rather see them changed. The overcrowding at Luella
High School is ridiculous. If we can get the numbers down at that
school it would be wonderful. It is sad when you have one school
that is busting at the seams because it is taking in so many areas
of the county.
Hey Henry, can someone help me understand why a small motorcade of
motorcycles warrant a police escort? Less than 12 motorcycles led by
three sheriff and police cars with two police cars on the end. Is
this a wise use of police resources? I think not.
Hey Henry, to the person complaining about the ďObamacareĒ website:
you forget that we could have had a state operated website if our
Governor and Insurance Commissioner were on board. You get what you
vote for, so stop complaining and vote differently next time.
Hey Henry, would it be too much to ask for some sort of notice when
crews are going to be scraping gravel roads? Speaking as a resident
of one of those roads it is highly inconvenient to be stuck at my
house without any warning.
Hey Henry, letís tell our animal control department to crack down on
these dogs that are off the leash before a bite happens. They are
there to protect the citizens not the bad dog owners. Iím tired of
going for a walk with a bat.
Hey Henry, I am just curious how our Board of Education employees
are being furloughed, yet several employees are getting a tremendous
amount of overtime. Just wondering how that works. If it is work
that canít be done during school hours, maybe those employees should
have their work hours changed for a little bit so that they donít
have to sit each day.
Hey Henry, if you live in Hampton, the SPLOST tax looks a lot like
the football Lucy holds for Charlie Brown. Donít keep falling for
it, when our elected officials have repeatedly snatched away basic
projects that were promised for District 2 in order to fund extras
for the rest of the county.
Hey Henry, did you hear that they just hired a new HR lady at the water
authority? She is related to someone there. I thought they didnít
hire family. BTW, did anyone see the ad for the position?
Hey Henry, to the BOE once again in a
panic wanting to change the school zones. Here is some advice. Leave
them alone. They are fine where they are at. Here is an idea, crack
down on the Clayton County kids and it might help a good bit.
Hey Henry, thanks to the wonderful person who, on October 15, found
my keys in the Walmart parking lot, put them on the driverís seat
and manually relocked my car. I appreciate your honesty more than
words can express.
Hey Henry, 17 days now on healthcare.gov and they still canít verify
my ID, even after phone calls and uploading ID. When will we see any
improvement with the sign up process on this site? By the way, I am
a Georgia native born at Ft. McPherson Thanks a lot Obama.
Hey Henry, why do we have HOA rules if the County can overturn them?
Hey Henry, to the people who vandalized our house last week,
teaching your children to do this, not once but twice in a weekend
is teaching them to be bullies! You guys stole enough of my yard art
for it to be considered a felony. The Karma Wheel is Always
Hey Henry, will The Times please print a copy of the ballot for the
upcoming elections. I want to vote early, but was told I have to
drive to McDonough to get a copy of it. Editor - A list of the 2013
Henry County Municipal Candidates is available on page 3 of this
Hey Henry, if you live within the city limits, you pay taxes to the
city in which you live in addition to the county taxes.
Hey Henry, when will people learn and understand that teachers,
support staff, etc. for our schools DO NOT get paid for the summer.
Their yearly salary is divided by twelve, so they receive a check
during the summer, but are only paid for days worked. Principals and
janitorial staff work during the summer, so they are paid.
Hey Henry, whatís up with the 20 cameras on Hudson Bridge/Eagles
Landing. How many people are you paying to watch those cameras? That
many cameras are not necessary. And relieving a few of those
employees monitoring those cameras could help with funding of the
Hey Henry, to the person who picked up my daughterís loose dog and
inflicted injury to itís leg - thereís a special place for you down
Hey Henry, to the lady who was disgusted with me pulling all of the
plastic political, advertising and new home signs off of Airline,
McGarity and Lake Dow roads. What were you so worked up about? Iím
just trying to keep our beautiful roads free of trash. I encourage
everyone else to do the same! Donít cheapen your political campaign,
business or neighborhood by using these eyesores! Iíll continue to
pull them around my area of town when I see them. Check with code
enforcement before you think I am stealing!
Hey Henry, what is with the Square? It may have worked for residents
and travelers 100 years ago, but itís a humongous disaster in 2013.
I was stuck with my screaming baby in bumper to bumper traffic on
Jonesboro Street on a Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. Iím all about
preserving history, but build a bypass. This town is too large for
that to be the major junction that it is.
Hey Henry, if we have to pull over for vehicles with yellow flashing
lights how will we be able to get anywhere?
Hey Henry, kudos to Brenda Brown in
the Henry County Tax Commissioners Office. She went above and beyond
to help this taxpayer! Thank You!
Hey Henry, to the person encouraging people to write their senators
and congressmen. I have, and for my trouble all I get back are a
bunch of form letters mailed by a secretary. These people are so out
of touch it is disgraceful. Even when I ask them not to send a form
letter for an answer, they do.
Hey Henry, congratulations to the 13 and under Hardknox Orioles
Baseball team who won the Super NIT this weekend in South Carolina
and clinched a birth to the Elite 32 World Series at ESPN Wide World
of Sports at Disney World. Congrats to all the boys and their coach,
Dallas McPherson. They were also ranked No. 2 in the nation by USSSA.
Way to go!
Hey Henry, I expect our elected officials to lift our town up with
pride and respect. That will attract investors. Selfish, ego
indulging Ďimpersonatorsí on the 5 oíclock news at our expense are
disgusting. These people donít have the best interests of the city
in mind as they sling mud at each other. With all the chaos they
created, it will take three police departments to handle all the
complaints generated just from these candidates.
Hey Henry, since federal workers are applying for unemployment,
shouldnít Henry County Board of Education employees be eligible to
apply for unemployment? Itís not like they are laid off, itís just a
temporary lay off.
Hey Henry, to the person on River Road and Highway 81, they are what
they throw out. ďTrash.Ē I saw a man throw a Coke can out on Highway
42 right at the light in Locust Grove. Makes you sick.
Hey Henry, the scarecrows on the Square are awesome!
Hey Henry, last week was the first of a monthly marathon of holidays
vacations for our schools. Someone needs to rethink this schedule!
Starting school a week later in the summer and eliminating this week
off would make more sense to most folks.
Hey Henry, why should cleaning the library be a problem? There are
plenty of community service workers.
Hey Henry, I would like to send a ďshout outĒ to the announcer for
the Stockbridge High School football team. Ever heard of good
sportsmanship? Your broadcasting was way too loud, way too biased
and way too juvenile! The Tigers and Golden Eagles played an
outstanding game. Too bad all the fans couldnít enjoy their
experience at your facility. Iím all for school spirit, but really.
Hey Henry, I donít understand the federal government. When my cable
or internet goes out for a few days, the cable company credits my
bill for the days it was out. Will Congress credit my federal taxes
for the days the government is shut down? When I donít work, my boss
doesnít pay me. Will our congressmen deduct their pay for the days
the government is shut down?
Hey Henry, why is it so hard to pronounce the word ďSPLOST?Ē Itís
not SPLOT or SPLOSH, itís Lost with an SP sound at the beginning.
This is not rocket science, people.
Hey Henry, I will NOT be voting for the candidates who have people
standing beside the road waving signs with their picture on them.
Hey Henry, the Library Board can only
spend the amount of funds it receives in appropriations. When county
library patrons turn out like a real voting bloc, then the Board of
Commissioners will find more money.
Hey Henry, my wife and I cannot believe how underdressed some of the
girls are at the high school football games. Some of you parents
need to pay attention to how your daughters are attired. The devil
probably cheers every Friday night.
Hey Henry, if someone is that wrapped up in how big someone elseís
truck is and whether or not it is used for work, then I will
automatically deduct IQ points! Pickup envy?
Hey Henry, I wonder what Clayton County would say if our children
crossed county lines. Not that we would want to, Iím just saying.
Hey Henry, a big ďthank youĒ goes out to Matt of Home Depot in
Lovejoy for funding a childrenís project at Fortson Public Library
Hey Henry, I once worked for a library in the county next door. If
we checked out 700 books on Monday, we checked out 200 on Saturday.
I would imagine the only convenience in closing on Saturday is that,
in most cases, it is the slowest day.
Hey Henry, thanks to Obamacare, I can now get health insurance!
Because of our ages (50s), my husband and I were quoted $32,000 per
year in health insurance premiums (not possible for us even though
we both work). Itís now going to be $6,000! Thatís possible!
Hey Henry, how are two of the HCPD officers that were demoted for
the sex scandal able to stay on the SWAT team in leadership
Hey Henry, after seven years, two head coaches and countless amazing
softball players, Woodland High School finally beat Union Grove 8-7!
Congratulations girls and Coach Kelli for an amazing win and
Hey Henry, with the mayor race coming up, how do I know if I live
within the city limits?
Hey Henry, someone needs to give lessons for the traffic circle at
155 and Fairview Road Why do people insist on stopping in middle to
let other sides go? If I hit someone doing this, whose fault is it?
Hey Henry, defoliant was sprayed on the trees in the marsh area
feeding into the wildlife sanctuary at the bridge on Eagles Landing
... your tax dollars at work.
Hey Henry, regarding the Libraries in Henry County, they are open
every single hour they can afford to staff the buildings. Those
Friday closures? Their 52 unpaid furlough days a year for the
full-time staff. All staff have taken pay reductions as well, just
to keep their jobs and keep the doors open. You said, ďFriday
closings are convenient for government workers...Ē yeah, that pay
cut is real convenient. Thanks for rubbing salt in the wound. Your
time would be better spent calling your elected officials and
demanding more library funding.
Hey Henry, hereís a fresh idea. For those politicians who have held
office before, ask them what they accomplished.
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
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
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!