Issue 14.21 | June 6, 2014
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DULUTH, Ga., June 6, 2014 -- You may have heard about the new 2.5-consecutive-day program and it is finally ready for launch. Here is what we have recently shared with Leadership Gwinnett alumni about this exciting new venture with the Gwinnett community!
In mid September, Leadership Gwinnett will launch a pilot for its new 2.5-day program, called Glance Gwinnett. Glance is not only an acronym for Gwinnett Leaders Acknowledging the Need for Community Engagement, but, it is also designed to express the swift compact structure of the program. This will provide Leadership Gwinnett the opportunity to educate, equip and engage even more citizens. While program development is still underway, it is scheduled for 40 participants at four different times a year.
Glance Gwinnett aims to target a variety of individuals. Its focus will be on those individuals who typically have time or monetary constraints, therefore, making it difficult to participate in the nine month flagship program. It will also be the ideal program for those executives who are new to our county, as well as young professionals or emerging leaders.
A resident does not have to be affiliated with an established organization in order to participate in this program. Glance Gwinnettt will also be a stage for individuals who are highly motivated to serve the community and make a difference. While we anticipate the classes to be filled with individuals new to Leadership Gwinnett, that does not mean that past graduates will not benefit from this new venture. Glance is an opportunity for alumni to relive past experiences and to reengage in the community.
As with Leadership Gwinnett, there are numerous benefits to participating in this program. Glance Gwinnett is a limited time commitment and moderate financial investment. However, it is a way to enhance operational training for employees and to recognize and reward top talent. It is also a great way to introduce mid-level employees to all that Gwinnett has to offer in a professional environment. Furthermore, this program allows for networking opportunities. Participants are given an ideal outlet to develop new relationships that can seed future opportunities and increase visibility for their organizations.
Glance Gwinnett will run quarterly in September, November, February and March at the rate of $600 per participant. Each program will commence mid month, and consecutive program days will be held on Thursday, Friday and half of a day Saturday.
This program does not require nominations. Instead, participants will register online, and classes will be compiled on a first come first served basis.
Everyone is invited to start thinking about individuals whom you believe will be a good fit for this program.
JUNE 6, 2014 -- The politics surrounding climate change is getting warmer.
President Obama has caused quite a ripple in this arena with his proposals to cut carbon emissions by 20 percent. He has taken a back door step to remove this issue from the do-nothing Congress, and exercised his executive power under the Clean Air Act to move toward fewer carbon emissions.
The ploy the president has taken is quite interesting. He has charged this new policy to the states, requiring each of them to address the issue, and come up with their own solutions. But he has reserved a caveat: the solution that each state promulgates must meet minimum EPA standards.
In other words, "Solve this problem any way you want to, as long as you meet the reasonable standards to be meaningful."
This is a master stroke by the president. Here he recognizes that members of Congress are too lame and divided to move forward on carbon emissions. And while he recognizes that the 50 states on their own would sit on their haunches, he instead takes another turn, throwing the "how to" issue to the states, a brilliant move.
The president knows full-well that on their own, the states would do nothing. But the president has power in his executive moves, and so charges the states.
What will happen, of course, is that the states will rant and rave, and faced with deadlines, will stutter toward action, each one no doubt different in the plans of action to cut carbon emissions.
How will the states do this? They will no doubt adopt a variety of tactics, from today's cap-and-trade thinking, more reliance on solar and wind power, energy-efficient technology; and other ideas such as creating markets for buying and selling of government-issues pollution permits.
The entire plan is primarily aimed at the coal industry, which we suspect has some ideas of its own how to cut emissions while still burning great quantities of coal. "Super scrubbers" may come to the fore. This new Obama suggestion ought not to cause people who own railroad stock, the major haulers of coal and a generator of profits for the rail industry, to dump this stock, for we think coal power (and its movement) will still be a major force for years from now.
Yet we suggest that there is enough innovative thinking submerged in this nation somewhere that several of the states will come up with innovative ideas. Other states will take notice of these exemplary plans, and soon the Idaho Plan, or the Delaware Plan or the Utah Plan, will take precedence. And more and more states will copy these forward-thinking plans, and 10-15 years from now, we'll see that healthy reduction in carbon emissions that the president is requiring.
This collective pursuit of a reduction in carbon emissions reminds us of the way great minds worked in their collective efforts to solve problems during World War II. Everyone was committed, and their efforts paid off with competition of ideas, great innovations, and increased production.
So in effect, the president's new directive signals a major turn in the potential reduction of carbon emissions. It may take a while, but when groups of people in 50 states tackle the same problem, some workable, timely and innovative ideas will emerge.
Obama has had something of a questionable success in many of his policies,
his move on carbon emissions may prove to be one of his most worthy efforts.
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Editor, the Forum:
The federal government pays its bills with tax dollars, not with tax rates. Lower income tax rates don't favor the wealthiest one percent of the population per se, they favor certain types of income (long-term capital gains and qualified dividends in particular).
Internal Revenue Statistics showed repeatedly that when Congress lowered the tax rates, wealthier Americans sold more of their stocks and other capital assets, recognized more income from the gains embedded in these assets, and paid more income tax dollars to the federal government than when the tax rates were higher.
corporations paid higher dividends, and in particular special dividends,
so that their shareholders, who wanted more dividends, could take advantage
of the lower tax rates on qualified dividends. So, as with capital gains,
wealthier Americans paid more income tax dollars to the federal government
than when the tax rates were higher on dividends.
Less consumer income: Demand drops and unemployment rises
Editor, the Forum:
A recent headline in an Associated Press article stated that the median CEO pay crossed $10 million in 2013.This is further evidence of income inequality that is all around us.
A few years ago, the head of Exxon-Mobile retired. He presumably had been paid well throughout his long career. His parting gift came in the form of a $400 million retirement package. These kinds of awards often include an office for life; use of the corporate jet fleet and other perks.
At Gannett newspapers and broadcasting, the departing CEO got close to $40 million as he walked out the door. These deals are standard every day, no longer unusual. Perhaps the incestuous corporate governance system with other CEOs serving on the board of directors contributes to this problem.
When we look at the increase in productivity vs. income, we find that the gains in productivity and the resulting increase in wealth have been confiscated by this managerial class and the oligarchy over the past 30 years. The average workers in the middle class have been left out of this income increase.
It is exactly the policies of Reagan that began this economic slide toward income inequality which has been documented so effectively in Professor Thomas Picketty's work. He has shown, through data that during the last three decades the rich have become extremely rich at the expense of the middle class and poor. This was the intended outcome of those policies, but now some of us see the consequences as disastrous, destructive and damnable.
If consumers do not have the income, demand drops, and unemployment goes up. That's where we are today. Consumer spending constitutes over 70 percent of our GDP. The heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune of billions are probably wondering why their sales are down.
More on who pays what in taxes and Fairness Doctrine
Editor, the Forum:
Kudos to Dave for keeping us thinking clearly. One small correction: the bottom wage earners pay out a higher percentage of their income in taxes, not necessarily at a higher rate.
Another small correction: One writer stated the fact that the bottom wage earners pay NO income taxes and income taxes are what Warren Buffett was talking about. If Buffett believes that he should pay more, why did he sue the government to avoid paying taxes that the IRS said he did owe?
On the Fairness Doctrine, the political reason that the Democrats want to reinstate it is simply to gain control of the airwaves and counteract Fox News and the radio talk shows.
The Gwinnett Juneteenth Organization (GJO) is presenting the first Juneteenth Emancipation Day Festival, to be on June 7 at the historic Promise Land community, meeting at 4530 Lee Road in Snellville. The event will be from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.
The event features community participation through the arts, music, food and public service information. It will be held in the Promise Land Community. Mike Glenn, historian, will speak from his writings on Fredrick Douglass. Anita Canada a neo soul and jazz singer, and other community performers, will bring song through instruments and voice. Admission is free.
Gwinnett, one of the most diverse counties in the country, is home to over 190,000 black people. The GJO is launching this initiative to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States and educate and inform the public about the rich African American culture and history found in Gwinnett County.
GJO is a partnership comprised of the Livsey Family Foundation, EAGLE 7 and RevUp, Inc. The Livsey Family, led by Patriarch Thomas Livsey, spans almost two centuries of Melungeon history. Residing in the Promise Land Community off Highway 124 in south Gwinnett, this family's written history entwines the culture of master, slaves and native Americans.
Thomas Livsey has been an integral part of keeping the community viable and sustaining as so many other black communities in the Metro area gave way to gentrification or becoming extinct. "My family tree can be traced to the 1740s to Greene Levisey who was the father of Sandy Livsey. Keeping this land and keeping the community going has been has been my work."
His family looks forward to more people discovering this corner of the county and valuing the heritage stored there.
Empowering All to Give, Lead and Excel- - EAGLE 7 -- is led by Mrs. JeJuan Stewart. EAGLE 7 is focused on community collaborations, parent empowerment and youth engagement embracing the Power of One by connecting the dots of our community one individual at a time.
Mrs. Stewart says: "By partnering with StoryCorps of Atlanta and the Shiloh Community Foundation, EAGLE7 is coordinating the Celebration of the Lives and Legacy of Our Community Project. The residents will be able to schedule appointments to archive their oral history for the American Folklife center at the Library of Congress and receive a copy - CD for their personal use. An emphasis is being placed on training the youth in the community to be 'Junor Griots' or storytellers/ historians."
Through the Festival, the reverberating stories of the people of the community will be told through StoryCorps. Parents and youth will have the opportunity to engage in making history in this family atmosphere.
From an organizational standpoint, RevUp, Inc. is the new kid on the block, led by Penny Poole. This group emphasizes the importance of family, faith, and community by engaging the citizens through programs and empowering them to make positive grassroots decisions. She has over 25 years of experience with families and children through Scouting, participation in youth athletic leagues, schools and in local grassroots political campaigns.
Ms. Poole says: "To be able to proudly stand is a testament to any people. Sustaining through the African Diaspora to the June 19th Emancipation edict of 1865 in Galveston, Tex. is a feat in itself. Black people are devalued and stereotyped so negatively. Our history says otherwise. Juneteenth dispels these myths. The commemoration of the end of slavery should be recognized by our entire country."
Weird Sisters return to Autora with Criminal Hearts June 12-22
The Weird Sisters Theatre Project, a professional theatre company in residence at the New American Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta, returns to Aurora Theatre with Jane Martin's Criminal Hearts running June 12-22. This is a thought-provoking comedy, a perfect fare for summer audiences.
The cast of Criminal Hearts features Weird Sisters Founding Member Tiffany Porter and Sarah Elizabeth Wallis. Matt Felten and Vinnie Mascola complete this cast. The play is directed by Nichole Palmietto.
Jaclyn Hofmann of Aurora Theatre says: "As Director of Education at Aurora Theatre, I am excited for Aurora to host The Weird Sisters again. We jumped at a chance for them to come back for another summer! All of the founding ladies have worked at Aurora in various ways (on stage and off), so we feel incredibly lucky to have found another home in Aurora's Studio Theatre."
The Weird Sisters Theatre Project was founded in 2012 by a coalition of artists associated with the Atlanta Shakespeare Company. Our mission is to foster and cultivate opportunities for women in the theatrical arts. The Weird Sisters Theatre Project is committed to creating theatre by women, for everyone.
Performances will be Wednesdays through Saturdays June 12-21 at 8 p.m. and Sundays, June 15 and 22 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.
Gwinnett Commissioners voted to buy 140.4 acres adjacent to the existing 566-acre Yellow River Park on Juhan Road in Southwest Gwinnett from The Conservation Fund, a no-profit dedicated to protecting land for future generations. The 2009 SPLOST program will fund the $100,000 purchase.
Located in southern Gwinnett between the Yellow River and a future park site on Centerville Highway, the land was dedicated for public park purposes in the last will and testament of Ms. Martha J. Johnson of Lithonia. The mostly forested land contains a portion of Centerville Creek and has 2,400 feet of Yellow River frontage.
Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said, "Gwinnett County appreciates the opportunity to partner with the Conservation Fund, and we are committed to the permanent protection of this land."
Together the three tracts create 766 acres of continuous greenspace and will allow for a longer greenway trail system linking the two parks. Master planning for the park site and trails will begin within a year.
Andrew Schock, Georgia State director of The Conservation Fund, said: "Ms. Johnson requested that this property along the Yellow River be permanently protected as a public park and recreation space, so we're excited to work with Gwinnett County to ensure her conservation legacy by protecting the Yellow River corridor and greatly expanding recreational opportunities for county residents."
Energy management luncheon points to ways to save
Tech and Georgia Tech are partnering to present "Energy Management
Systems: Finding Cost Savings in New Ways," a luncheon event in the
Manufacturing Growth Education Series.
For teens, the importance of image, friends, and acceptance can create a conflict between marketplace of making a purchase and buying an image. Change and conflict are dominant themes during the teen years. Advertisers that market to teens has been quick to recognize these issues teens face growing up, and have developed marketing strategies to attract teens. As parents, we need to help our teens to build strong money management skills, and give them the opportunity to practice marketplace and independent living skills.?Discuss with your teen about how money saved in one purchase means extra dollars to achieve another financial goal of interest to them. Help your teen to frame questions so they can obtain the answers they need to make good decisions about financial issues. These questions can be about characteristics of products and services, about why they want to buy, about how a product works, about price, quality and value.
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An 1894 Marine Hospital Service inspection report noted that the Blackbeard Island quarantine station comprised 13 buildings and 23 employees. The report noted a surgeon's hospital on the south end of Blackbeard. A launch, the Hygeia, was used to disinfect ships and their ballasts as well as to transfer people from the north and south ends of the island. There was an engineer to operate the launch and another in charge of the ballast removal and disinfecting station on the north end of the island.
Other employees included a drayman, a carpenter, a stockman for the station's small herd of cattle, a cook, a laundress, a head surgeon, an assistant surgeon, and a male nurse. The report noted that 90 vessels called at Blackbeard from foreign and domestic ports to undergo disinfecting and quarantine.
The disinfecting station, built on wharves extending into Sapelo Sound from Blackbeard's north end, was composed of tanks and a rail track to expedite the removal of ballast stone from the holds of ships contaminated by yellow fever. In 1904 a brick crematory was built; it is the only structure from the quarantine era that still remains on Blackbeard Island. Marine hospital records do not note that this device was ever used for its intended purpose-to cremate the bodies of yellow fever victims.
The peak of the island's activity as a quarantine station was reached in 1900, largely because of the processing of yellow pine timber from the numerous sawmills around nearby Darien. Beginning in 1889, Sapelo Sound, with its natural deep harbor, became the preferred anchorage for vessels engaged in the timber trade. By 1900 shipping around Blackbeard Island and Sapelo Sound began making a transition from wooden, sail-powered vessels to steamships designed to accommodate larger timber cargoes.
The Blackbeard quarantine station was deactivated in 1909, after vaccines developed by Walter Reed and others had practically eliminated yellow fever. In 1914 an executive order signed by U.S. president Woodrow Wilson made Blackbeard Island a wildlife preserve, and in 1924 the island was permanently established as a national wildlife refuge. Since then it has been managed and administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of the Department of the Interior.
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(NEW) Free Brown Bag Concerts on the lawn at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville. First in the series is today (June 6) at 11 a.m. Bring a lunch and enjoy music and other activities. Other dates for the Brown Bag concerts are on July 11 and August 1, all sponsored by the Gwinnett Parks and Recreation Commission.
(NEW) Opening Reception for the Kudzu Art Zone Open Juried Exhibition, Friday, June 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at 116 Carlyle Street in Norcross. Some 67 works from 173 pieces submitted are included in the show. The Art Zone is open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, call 770 840 9844.
Fair, at Snellville Senior Center, 2350 Oak Road, Saturday, June
7, from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
and H2U Health to You and Eastside Medical Center. All ages are welcome.
Kickstands Up for a Family 6.6 mile Bike Ride in Peachtree Corners on Saturday, June 7, starting from Peachtree Corners Library at 7:45 a.m., sponsored by the West Chapter of Gwinnett Friends of the Library. A fire truck will lead the ride. Helmets are required, and participants must be able to ride without training wheels. Riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $10 for children, and $15 for those over 18, or $35 for a family. Prizes will be awarded. Proceeds benefit the children's and teen departments at the Gwinnett Library. Registration.
Community Health Fair, at Snellville Senior Center, 2350 Oak Road, Saturday, June 7, from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and H2U Health to You and Eastside Medical Center. All ages are welcome. More info.
(NEW) Exhibit opening and concert at The Rectory of the Norcross Cultural Arts Center Ballroom, 17 College Street, Friday, June 13, at 6 p.m. Enjoy refreshments in the Cultural Arts Center Ballroom, next door, and the performance of "Confederates at the Keyboard," Southern Piano Music During the Civil War Era, by David Thompson beginning at 7 p.m. The exhibit will remain open throughout the month of June. Admission is free.
Georgia Manufacturing EXPO will be June 13-14 at the Gwinnett Civic Center, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days. Friday's activities will be tailored to the business community, while Saturday's focus will be on the general consumers. Take home free product samples, or win door prizes. More info.
(NEW) Sing the Blues in Norcross on Saturday, June 14, from 5 until 11 p.m. Activities begin at Thrasher Park with the Breeze Kings. At 7:30 p.m. the action moves to South Peachtree Street for Mary Raindrop. More jazz follows at 10 p.m. with The Cazanovas. More info.
Fourth Annual Peachtree Corners Festival is June 14-15, at The Corners Parkway and Woodhill Drive, one block west of Peachtree Parkway. The Festival opens at 10 a.m. Saturday and closes at 6 p.m., while Sunday it is from noon to 5 p.m. More info.
(NEW) Family Fun Day, at Duluth Town Green, Saturday, June 21, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sponsored by Hi-Hope Service Center, the goal is to build awareness for families with members who have developmental challenges. Activities include a wheel parade, inflatables, arts and crafts and live entertainment.
To Feel the Clouds is the current exhibit at the Hudgens Center for the Arts. Nationally-known Georgia photographer John Slemp will exhibit 25 photos of aircraft and the medium they fly in-clouds, The exhibit remains up through June 28. More of his work can be seen at www.aerographs.com.
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