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WHAT A VIEW: World Traveler Frank Sharp today submitted this captivating photo of Machu Picchu, once the capital of the Incan Empire in Peru. Spanish conquistadors came looking, but did not find the capital. Who knows: maybe the Spanish, from a low altitude of Spain, could not handle atmospheric conditions to climb up to Machu Picchu. Most folks going there return talking about the 7,972 feet altitude of this once-lost city. Machu Picchu laid undiscovered until 1911 when Yale professor Hiram Bingham found this mountain city enclosed by heavy jungle growth.  He was led to its site by a 10-year old boy.  This sight will take your breath away just like it did for Hiram Bingham who had searched for it for years. Frank took this photograph with a Canon EOS 60D set at F8, 1/100sec ISO500.

Issue 14.31 | July 15, 2014

TODAY'S FOCUS
:: Watch out for "free gift cards"

ELLIOTT BRACK'S PERSPECTIVE
:: Gwinnett is water resourceful

FEEDBACK
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On Hobby Lobby, SPLOST, more

UPCOMING
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Chalk Walk, Wellness Fair

NOTABLE
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Social Security forum, Employee gift

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
:: Gwinnett Medical Center

RECOMMENDED
:: I Heard My Country Calling

QUOTE
:: Political system is paralyzed

GEORGIA TIDBIT
:: Former Gov. Northen largely ignored

MYSTERY PHOTO
:: Where is this bridge?

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TODAY'S FOCUS
Warning: Customer surveys seek to lure victims with "gift card"
By DOTTIE CALLINA
Metro Atlanta Better Business Bureau
Special for GwinnettForum
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ATLANTA, Ga., July 15, 2014 -- “Take our short survey and receive a $50 gift card!”

Offers like this claim to be gathering customer feedback for legitimate businesses, but they are really promoting spammy products or they are after your personal information.

How the scam works: You receive an email or a text message inviting you to complete a customer satisfaction survey. The message says all you need to do is answer a few questions, and you will receive a gift card.  The survey seems normal at first.One recent scam posing as an Amazon.com survey, asks where you shop online, how often you visit the website and how much time you spend on the Internet each day.  

After you complete the survey, the site says you are now entitled to your prize.

Unfortunately, the $50 gift card is "out of stock," so you are instructed  to choose one of several dubious products, often something like a weight loss kit and wrinkle cream. The survey was just an elaborate hoax to promote these products.

In another version of this scam, the "customer survey" asks for personal information, such as address and credit card number. In this scam, con artists are really after information that can be used for identity theft.  

What you should look for:

1. Don't believe what you see. It's easy to steal the colors, logos and header of an established organization. Scammers can also make links look like they lead to legitimate websites and emails appear to come from a different sender. 
 
2. Legitimate businesses do not ask for credit card numbers or banking information on customer surveys. If they do ask for personal information, like an address or email, be sure there's a link to their privacy policy.  

3. When in doubt, do a quick web search. If the survey is a scam, you may find alerts or complaints from other consumers. The organization's real website may have further information.   

4. Watch out for a reward that's too good to be true. If the survey is real, you may be entered in a drawing to win a gift card or receive a small discount off your next purchase.

Few businesses can afford to give away $50 gift cards for completing a few questions.    

  • For More Information:  To find out more about scams or report one, check out BBB Scam Stopper.   If you have questions about this type of offer, please contact the office at www.bbb.org/atlanta or call 404-766-0875.

ELLIOTT BRACK'S PERSPECTIVE
Gwinnett on top of its game when it comes to use of its water
By ELLIOTT BRACK

Editor and publisher
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JULY 15, 2014 -- Perhaps you are as confused as I am on just what the current situation is concerning Gwinnett’s water usage, in view of the legal wrangling. At one time the county was concerned about its ability of pulling water from Lake Lanier for our use.


Brack

Rest easy. We are no longer under a deadline about halting Gwinnett using Lake Lanier water. In fact, you may remember that Gwinnett has a letter signed by the Army’s Corps of Engineers giving us access to Lake Lanier water. That’s a major plus for us.

Now to another element of this problem: just how much water are we using?

The short answer is better than you might think. Our water production highest use was in 2007 at 31.7 billion gallons annually. But since, we have used less. We find that the year 2011 was the recent peak period for Gwinnett water usage, at 27.2 billion annually But look what happened in the following years: 26.2 billion in year 2012; and 23.2 billion in 2013. For the current year, we are running slightly ahead of 2013 in water use.

Now remember these figures while you remember that since 2010, a total of 53,980 more people have moved into Gwinnett County. That’s right, even with more than 18,000 people moving into the county each year since 2010, our water usage has gone down for three years. And even this year water consumption is only slightly higher than 2014, through the first six months.

Let’s look at Gwinnett’s water in another manner.

Gwinnett County currently returns 78 percent of the water it pulls from Lake Lanier to the Chattahoochee River system. Now enter another element: Beginning in April of 2010, Gwinnett started returning some of its treated waste water not to the Chattahoochee River, but to Lake Lanier. And it’s been doing it ever since, as approximately two-third of the water it returns to the Chattahoochee system, goes not to the river, but to Lake Lanier itself.

(Gwinnett is also rightfully proud that the treated wastewater it returns to Lake Lanier is CLEANER than the water it pulls from the lake, by utilizing the ultra-modern and efficient Hill Wastewater Plant.)

In reality, though Gwinnett is allowed to pull approximately 150 million gallons a day (MGD) of water from Lake Lanier, we are currently well below that, taking out 73.2 MGD on average a day in June, 2014 for the residents of the county to use. Then after using that water, we process that water to super-clean status, and returned approximately 26.6 MGD in June to the lake. Gwinnett’s net use each day is only 46.6 MGD.

So far, the Corps of Engineers doesn’t give Gwinnett credit for the water it returns to the lake.

Right now the Corps of Engineers is updating its water control manual, one which was originally written in the 1950s. Once the manual comes out in draft form, perhaps it will include a section on returning high quality water to the lake, with provisions for the county to be granted a credit for its sophisticated efforts to clean water, and be a good citizen by creating a water recycling.

So, Gwinnettians, take a bow at the efforts by your county to be on top of the game, when it comes to water use and efficiency. Be proud that Gwinnett is setting the bar high for water treatment, and that Gwinnettians are doing their part on water conservation. We can only hope that other communities can meet the standards we are setting.

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FEEDBACK
Hobby Lobby court decision may find that it cuts two ways

Editor, the Forum:

If you and some friends start a company that makes a lot of money, you'll be rich, but if it incurs a lot of debt and fails, you won't be left to pay its bills. The Supreme Court affirmed this arrangement in a 2001 case, Cedric Kushner Promotions v. Don King.

Linguistically speaking, the employee and the corporation are different “persons,” even where the employee is the corporation’s sole owner. After all, incorporation’s basic purpose is to create a distinct legal entity, with legal rights, obligations, powers, and privileges different from those of the natural individuals who created it, who own it, or whom it employs.

That separation is what legal and business scholars call the "corporate veil," and it's fundamental to the entire operation. Now, thanks to the Hobby Lobby case, it's in question. By letting Hobby Lobby's owners assert their personal religious rights over an entire corporation, the Supreme Court has poked a major hole in the veil. In other words, if a company is not truly separate from its owners, the owners could be made responsible for its debts and other burdens.

If religious shareholders can do it, why can’t creditors and government regulators pierce the corporate veil in the other direction?

Allowing a corporation, through either shareholder vote or board resolution, to take on and assert the religious beliefs of its shareholders in order to avoid having to comply with a generally-applicable law with a secular purpose is fundamentally at odds with the entire concept of incorporation. Creating such an unprecedented and idiosyncratic tear in the corporate veil would also carry with it unintended consequences, many of which are not easily foreseen.

Perhaps this was why the Chamber of Commerce was so quiet about the case.

-- George C. Wilson, Stone Mountain

Feels all Georgians should pay close attention to county spending

Editor, the Forum:

This may seem like a local issue and not a proper piece for your publication, but I would suggest that everyone in Georgia should  have a closer look at their county's spending of their tax dollars, especially the SPLOST funding  stream, which our officials  seem to use to plug holes when funds are needed elsewhere.

I am ashamed to say, that in Jones County, our Commissioners spent more than $ 89,000 for  227  cubic yards of concrete for 8,300 square feet of 8" thick concrete paving with steel reinforcement, required by the gas company to pave over their high pressure gas line right of way. This amounts to $392 a cubic yard or $11 a square foot, including wasted material. I have a commercial construction background.  I measured the paving, and came up with  $24,000 of material, leaving $65,000 for labor, taxes, overhead and profit.
 
Our county requires three bids for any work over $25,000 except in an emergency, which this was not. In my opinion, between $30,000 and maybe as much as $40,000 was wasted by giving the contractor a blank check. We are seeking an estimate of the finished work from a reputable contractor in Macon, Ga. 
 
We have the commissioners saying the head of public works made a mistake, thinking they needed 200 cubic yards of concrete, re-bar and labor would not exceed the $25,000 required bid amount, but no one ever asked how much it would cost.

Commissioners claim ignorance of the matter, even when the gas company got involved, and at this point alarm bells should have gone off, especially since one commissioner is a former Department of Transportation engineer. The extra $40,000 is of one percent of SPLOST retail sales.  That is a lot of money for our rural county. 
 
The people of Georgia need to pay a lot more attention to their county's spending. By looking closely, you may be in for a shock.

-- Tom Payne, Gray, Ga.

Gwinnett County reader looks back some 25 years at self

Editor, the Forum:

I just wanted to send you a personal note on the 40 year time frame covering Gwinnett County news commencing on July 1, 1974.
 
When my family and I located to Gwinnett in 1989, to manage the First Union National Bank on Jimmy Carter Blvd, later known as First Georgia Bank, your name was the first recommended name to contact to get an education as to Gwinnett County people, business and civic activity.  You have been a mainstay in all these areas and thank you for your service to the county. How 'bout another 40 years, keep it going.

-- Gray Terry,  Peachtree Corners

Dear Gray: Wow. Thanks for kind words. Couldn’t pass up the opportunity to run this letter. Some have not been so laudatory, so we run it for its delightful tone as an unexpected classic. --eeb

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UPCOMING
Chalk Walk art helps promote Aurora's Mary Poppins

The City of Lawrenceville’s Downtown Development Authority (LDDA) and Aurora Theatre invites the community to celebrate the arts on July 19 with a “Chalk Walk.” Inspired by the Aurora Theatre’s season opener for the 2014-15 season, Disney’s Mary Poppins, Lawrenceville’s Chalk Walk will provide residents, visitors and amateur artists the opportunity to showcase their talents on the sidewalk in downtown Lawrenceville.

David Still, chairman for the LLDDA, says: “Having a focus on art and culture is fundamental to a city’s ability to attract good quality businesses to the area. Events like the Chalk Walk align directly with the ‘promotion’ cornerstone of the Main Street program and encourage activity – as a community – in our downtown.”
 
Artists of all ages are invited to showcase their chalk drawing talents on July 19 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Lawrenceville Square. Participants are encouraged to register and bring their registration form to the Chalk Walk booth at the Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market on the day of the event. Thanks to the Local Republic restaurant, chalk will be provided free-of-charge and designated drawing spaces for participants will be assigned at check-in.
 
Participants will be competing in the following categories to win one of several cash prizes, in addition to two tickets for a showing of Disney’s Mary Poppins:

Professional Adult Artist - $300;
Amateur Adult Artist - $100; and
Youth Artist (11-18 year old) - $100.

During the week preceding the Chalk Walk, the City of Lawrenceville and Aurora Theatre will also be hosting world-renowned 3D Chalk Artist, Anthony Cappetto, who will be drawing an original chalk masterpiece on a 20’x20’ canvas during the course of the week. Mr. Cappetto is an internationally traveled artist, known globally for his vision in blending the traditional art form of chalk drawing with 3D illusionary street painting [with emerging technologies, such as animated augmented reality and related concepts.

Sugar Hill planning 2nd annual Community Wellness Fair

The City of Sugar Hill will be holding the second annual Community Wellness Fair on Saturday August 23. Join city staff, community members, and local businesses as they collaborate with physical, mental, and financial wellness vendors from the area.

This free event is open to the entire community, and for kids of all ages. Georgia Fitness staff will be leading free group fitness classes and conducting wellness screenings. There will be a Kid Zone on site promoting active play activities for children.

The Bloodmobile will be on hand for those wanting to donate blood. If any local business is interested in joining Georgia Fitness and several others as an event sponsor, or booth vendor should contact Scott Andrews at 770-945-6716.

NOTABLE
Maximizing Social Security benefits is topic of Aug. 19 workshop

Maximizing your Social Security income stream requires sound education, good planning and the application of smart decision-making tools. The Community Foundation of Northeast Georgia plans a workshop on Tuesday, August 19, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at The 1818 Club in Duluth. The Foundation’s Professional Advisor’s Committee will offer an educational program on smart, creative ways to harvest and grow your Social Security benefits throughout retirement.

Social Security income election decisions are vital to long-term financial stability. There’s more involved in the decision making process than most realize. There are hundreds of strategic combinations available to optimize your Social Security benefit. Many retirees are not aware that so many claiming strategies exist, which, if not managed effectively, can result in a significant shortfall in lifetime income.

Did you know that it is not always best to draw benefits the day you are eligible? Timing of that execution could have a significant impact on your long-term returns. Maximizing benefit deferrals could potentially increase your monthly income more than 30 percent. There are many factors to consider including your age, current state of health, life expectancy, marital status, number of years of marriage and more.

So, who should attend this session?

  • Anyone 60+ that hasn’t started drawing their Social Security benefits;
  • Professionals within five years of retirement; and
  • Anyone wanting to better understand the many Social Security election options available.

Simply call 770-813-3387 to reserve your seat today! Seating is limited. Admission is free.

Walton EMC employees donate $30,000 to Boys and Girls Club

For the seventh consecutive year, Walton Electric Membership Corporation employees are making a difference in the lives of young people through the Boys and Girls Clubs of Walton County.


Walton EMC employees present a $30,000 check to the Boys and Girls Club of Walton County in Monroe from the proceeds of the Walton EMC Golf Classic. On the front row, from left, are Walton EMC employee Kimberly Willoughby, Boys and Girls Club members Connor Hall, Germain Dupervil, Anijah Guzman and WEMC Charity Chair Kathy Ivie. On the back row are WEMC employees Jennifer Lester, Kimberly Gilmore, Chris Stacey, Boys and Girls Club member Kyvin Thompson, WEMC employees Amanda Christian, Preston Roberts, Debra Jackson, Candace Patton, Tracey Guinn, Club Director Tina Epps, Club staff member Erica Cooper and WEMC employee Marilyn Briney. 

The cooperative's employees recently donated another $30,000 to the organization from the proceeds of their sold-out annual spring golf tournament held at the Georgia Club in Statham. In all, Walton EMC employees have raised $154,000 for the Boys and Girls Club's quality developmental programs.

These programs and services exist so young people don't have to turn to the streets to find recreation and companionship. The Club's mission is to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
 
Walton EMC is a cooperative, which means the utility's customers own the company. One of the seven cooperative principles it operates by is "concern for community." Walton EMC and its employees actively support community charities in accordance with this principle. Walton EMC serves 121,000 accounts in the 10 county service area between Atlanta and Athens.

RECOMMENDED
Heard My Country Calling
By James Webb

A friend loaned me this book, and at first, it didn’t much interest me. But once starting to read it, I couldn’t put it down, as it pulled me along. It’s the story of the son of a wandering military man, born just after World War II, who didn’t realize his abilities, but eventually graduates from the Naval Academy, just in time for Vietnam. His life takes many turns, and by age 41, he’s the Secretary of the Navy, and shortly afterward, a Senator from Virginia for one term. All through, however, he remains close to his parents, his Granny and his aunt, now back in Arkansas. More than just a personal story, this book highlights many policies and actions that the USA has taken in the last 40 years. Therefore, it’s something of a political history, too. It’s well worth reading.

--eeb

An invitation: What Web sites, books or restaurants have you enjoyed? Send us your best recent visit to a restaurant or most recent book you have read along with a short paragraph as to why you liked it, plus what book you plan to read next. --eeb

GEORGIA ENCYCLOPEDIA
Former Gov. William Northen largely ignored by history

Despite William Northen's success and influence as an educator, agricultural reformer, state legislator, and governor, history has largely ignored his life and work. As governor in the early 1890s, he was ahead of his time. Not only did he advocate such progressive reform measures as prohibition and increased educational funding, he also fought stridently against lynching. Northen also held highly his spiritual duties, serving as president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) for three years and as president of the Georgia Baptist Convention for 14 years.

William Jonathan Northen, right, was born on July 9, 1835, to Louisa Maria and Peter Northen in Jones County. Peter Northen was a successful planter and educator who traced his lineage to John Northen, an Englishman who immigrated to Virginia in the 1630s. In 1840 Peter moved his family to Penfield, in Greene County, to accept a position at Mercer University.

William graduated from Mercer at the age of 18 and soon earned a position as an instructor at the prestigious Mt. Zion Academy in Hancock County, where the renowned Carlisle Beman was headmaster. Northen subsequently became assistant principal and, when Beman's health failed, rose to headmaster. While struggling to establish himself as a teacher, Northen boarded at the home of the wealthy and influential Thomas Neel. Neel's daughter, Martha, and Northen were married in 1860 and later had two children, Thomas and Annie Belle.

When Georgia entered the Civil War (1861-65), Northen joined his father's regiment, the Second Battalion, Georgia State Troops, as a private. An educator's exemption, however, allowed him to opt out of combat duty in 1862. Although no longer required to serve on the battlefield, Northen worked at Confederate hospitals in Atlanta and Milledgeville.

After the war, Northen returned to Hancock County to resume his teaching. In 1874, however, too ill to continue teaching, Northen retired to his 800-acre farm in Hancock County and soon established himself as a leading scientific planter. Combining his teaching acumen with his farming success, Northen helped establish the Hancock County Farmer's Club, a group that provided ideas and support to local farmers struggling through postwar economic difficulties. Northen's leading position in the community earned him election to the Georgia General Assembly in 1877-78 and again in 1880-81. In 1884 he was elected to the state senate, where he made educational and agricultural reforms his priorities.

(To be continued)

MYSTERY PHOTO
Where is this bridge?


CLUE: Looks like a workable, quiet bridge. But where is this bridge, and what significance does it have for you to tell us about. Send your ideas to elliott@brack.net , along with your hometown.

The mystery in the last edition was admittedly a tough one. After all, while it was a good, clear photo, there was no landmark on which to pin a reasonable guess. Now for an admission: we don’t know who sent in the photo, somehow losing this information. We do remember it was an engineer from Lawrenceville, and the photo is of the border between Minnesota and Canada, but cannot even tell you which side is which. About the best guess came from Margot Ashley of Lilburn, who told us: “Today's picture is of a lake (you're welcome!).  Just thought you might like to know.”


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TODAY'S QUOTE
Our Political System Has Become Paralyzed

“Both political parties have become frozen by money and interest groups into awkward positions and false debates that do not fully reflect the concerns of our citizens. Our political system has become paralyzed. It is no wonder that such a large percentage of the American people have lost their respect for and their trust of our national leadership.”

-- Former Senator James Webb (1946 - ).

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2014 PRIMARY CANDIDATE PROFILES
Meet the runoff candidates

For the 2014 primary season, GwinnettForum asked all candidates facing primary opposition in Gwinnett County to provide answers to six questions.

You can read answers of candidates who are in the July 22 runoff by clicking on the links for each race. (Candidate answers are provided by race; scroll down the document if you don't immediately see the candidate you want to read about.)

PROFILE KEY

  • (DNR) indicates a candidate did not respond to our interview request.

  • (NoQ) means the candidate visited with GwinnettForum, but did not send answers to six questions.

  • indicates a candidate has received GwinnettForum's endorsement.

FEDERAL CANDIDATES

U.S. SENATE

Republicans (click on link for answers)

J.H. "Jack" Kingston
David A. Perdue

U.S. CONGRESS, DISTRICT 10

Republicans (click on link for answers)

Mike Collins
Jody Hice

GEORGIA STATEWIDE CANDIDATES

SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

Democrats (click on link to see answers)

Alisha Thomas Morgan (DNR)
Valarie D. Wilson

Republicans (click on link for answers)

Michael L. "Mike" Buck
Richard L. Woods

GEORGIA LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES

SENATE DISTRICT 9

Republicans (click on link for answers)

Mike Beaudreau
P.K. Martin


GWINNETT CALENDAR

Ribbon Cutting at Little Mulberry Park, Tuesday, July 15, beginning at 4:30 p.m., with activities lasting until 8 p.m. This will commemorate the opening of an 18 hole disc golf course in the wooded area, a 2,400 square foot open pavilion; new playground, new restroom facilities, 0.3 mile paved track connecting to the existing trail system, and a new 600 square foot wooden deck overlooking the lake. The park is located at 3900 Hog Mountain Road near Dacula.

(NEW) Career Fest 2014, Thursday, July 17, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Norcross First United Methodist Church. Seminars will be to help people find jobs; Employers currently hiring will be present. Besides the church, the co-sponsors are the Georgia Department of Labor and the Norcross Cooperative Ministry. For more info, visit www.norcrossco-op.org.

(NEW) Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest at Lilburn Farmers Market Friday, July 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. Kids and those of all ages are welcome to try to top the record of 20 feet for kids and 37.5 feet for adults, set last year. The Lilburn Farmers Market is a co-sponsored event with Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church located at 1400 Killian Hill Road, Lilburn.

Summer Stage Concerts in Duluth begin on Saturday, July 19, featuring the Bicho Brothers at 8 p.m. on the Town Green. There will be two other events in the series, on August 16 and September 13.

Peachtree Corners State of the City Address by Mayor Mike Mason will be July 21 at 7:30 a.m. at the Atlanta Marriott Norcross. The breakfast event is hosted by the Peachtree Corners Business Association. Admission is $5 for Association members and $20 for others. For details, send an email here. Reservations are required.

MORE EEB PERSPECTIVE

7/15: Gwinnett's water use
7/11: Georgia Guidestones
7/8: 40 years in Gwinnett
7/3: Primary runoff endorsements
7/1: About the shining sun

6/27: A busy Congress
6/20: Property mystery solved
6/17: Civil War, tanning, more
6/13: On cleaning your plate
6/10: Fairness cuts several ways
6/6: Obama's carbon emissions plan
6/3: "Community Through Diversity"

5/30: GGC's Ginger
5/27: Remembering Jesse Long
5/23: Primary election recap
5/20: Trip out West
5/16: Get out and vote
5/13: Our top 5 denominations
5/9: Political winds shifting?
5/6: Not even once on meth
5/2: Bottleneck relief, more

4/29: Sparring with 56 candidates
4/25: Primary endorsements
4/22: Franken takes on cable
4/18: Two new restaurants
4/15: Two missionaries
4/11: Five great local schools
4/8: Endorsements coming soon
4/4: A look at state politics
4/1: Forum's 14th year starts

3/28: Better recruiting needed
3/25: Why meet so much?
3/21: Be careful of wishes
3/18: GGC's Buildings A - D
3/14: What if legislature met less?
3/11: When Brits fired on French Navy
3/7: Sutts to get Aurora award
3/4: Tests not best predictor

FOCUS ARCHIVES

7/15: Callina: Gift card scam
7/11: Cochran: Closed meetings
7/8: Lang: On health care act
7/3: Miller: Leukemia grants
7/1: Andrews: Sugar Hill's EpiCenter

6/27: Georgia Cup criterium
6/20: Gross: L'ville's 4th
6/17: Gardner: Senate bid
6/13: Adcock: Clinic openings
6/10: Wilson: GGC's top athletics
6/6: Waters: Leadership Gwinnett
6/3: Myers: GA-PMOC graduation

5/30: Tran: Berkmar grad's story
5/27: Bowen: Political webinar
5/23: Ramey: New GGC president
5/20: Wilson: Wealth inequality
5/16: A. Brack: Atlantan's play
5/13: Stilo: Aurora's camps
5/9: Leiba: Barefoot in the Park
5/6: LaBarbera: Report from India
5/2: Wilkerson: Chamber winners

4/29: Toppins: Forest trash
4/22: Putnam: P'tree Crnrs CBD
4/18: Dahlgren: Internet radio
4/15: Stilo: Aurora's 19th season
4/11: Jones: Jackson EMC's 75th
4/8: Nichols: Hudgens Prize winner
4/4: Fenton: Kiss-A-Pig coming
4/1: Eberle: The White Castle

3/28: Wilkerson: Valor Awards
3/25: Callina: Scholarship scams
3/21: Mays: Water for Ghana
3/18: Fitch: Linen Closet collaboration
3/14: James: United Way to honor 4
3/11: Erdy: Simpsonwood property
3/7: Wiggins: Cleaning up Gwinnett
3/4: Fenton: Annandale at top


CONTINUING OBJECTIVES FOR GWINNETT

Gwinnett Forum publisher Elliott Brack suggests that Gwinnett County needs a long-range list of continuing objectives for improving the county. Read more.

  • Development of a two-party system for county offices
  • Moving statewide non-partisan judge election runoffs to the General Election
  • Light rail for Gwinnett from Doraville MARTA station to Gwinnett Arena
  • Extension of Gwinnett Place CID area to include Arena and Discovery Mills Mall
  • Banning of tobacco in all Gwinnett parks
  • Making Briscoe Field a commercial airport for jet-age travel
  • More diverse candidates for political offices and appointment to local boards
  • Physical move of former St. Gerard's Catholic Church in Buffalo, N.Y., to Norcross
  • Creative efforts to support the arts in Gwinnett
  • Advancement and expansion of city and Gwinnett historical societies
  • Stronger regulation of late-night establishments with alcoholic licenses
  • Requiring the legislature to meet once every two years.
  • Development of more community gardens.

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