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By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher | Think back to when you were in elementary school.
Most of those school days were routine in the classroom. But every now and then, a little drama entered when we had a fire drill. We excitedly marched outside in the prescribed way, stood around a while no doubt noisily, then a little exhilarated, returned to class.
We came to this thought when realizing that in today's times, in Parkland, Fla. schools, the new drill is "Red Alert." It's not a laid-back fire drill, but it's more like a panicked and frenzied question of life and death.
Hearing of Parkland students and teachers jammed into closets in fear, of many of them calling 911 on their cell phones, or calling their parents while crammed closely, not knowing if a shooter might barge into their area and send rat-a-tat-tat rounds their way .send shivers up my spine.
This is not what school should be about. Parents should not have to worry about the safety of their children when they are in school; they are there to learn for tomorrow. But for some students at Parkland and other schools around our country, there is no tomorrow. They have been gunned down, or luckily just wounded, and now face recovery, all in a country whose government will not take the right steps to safeguard not only its children, but safeguard teachers and others who face the rounds of ammunition that crazed people aim at them.
It shouldn't be so. Our country should have the will to eliminate the means that allow these deranged people to access weapons and ammunition and wreak havoc on our people.
For this is not going away without significant government action. Since Sandy Hook in 2012, there have been 239 school shootings nationwide, 438 people have been shot, and 138 people killed by deranged shooters bursting into schoolrooms in all parts of the nation and at random spraying automatic weapons upon the terrorized victims. (See chart: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/02/15/us/school-shootings-sandy-hook-parkland.html.)
And yet even the person who is supposed to lead our country will not contradict such actions from the gun community. Instead, President Trump addressed it as "mental health" after the most recent event.
Granted, we need more action promoting mental health. But we need dramatic and quick action to eliminate the means that these crazies destroy the safety of schools-and our nation---by their actions, all because our governments will not stand up and recognize the gun industry for what it is.
We're not just talking about the Federal government and a Congress that functions so poorly. Our State of Georgia has elected officials who can step forward and take actions that will make our communities safer. They will have to have the courage and be forceful to stand up to the National Rifle Association and its wide gun lobby, for our conditions to improve.
Every time we see a state representative, or state senator, or member of the House or U.S. senator, we all should be questioning them, "When are you gonna' take action against the gun lobby?" Or ask: "How much did the gun lobby contribute to your campaign?" We can't continue to see the same lack of inattention in this arena.
Remember those school children shivering with fear in that closet during the latest "Red Alert." Remember them and those who died in the Parkland tragedy.
Then vow you will
seek to elect people who will take on the gun manufacturers and outlaw
these weapons of death.
By George Wilson, contributing columnist | After the Parkland, Fla. shootings, Author Jon Meacham, said on Morning Joe: "There's a huge opening here for a significant moment of leadership. If you're a United States senator or if you're the president of the United States, this is a moment where you can speak out against the interest group that has an outsized influence over the lives of our children [the National Rifle Association].
"Speak out, take them on. We remember political leaders, we remember generations - because this is not just the leaders, it's also us. We remember those leaders and those generations who stand up against clear, self-evident wrongs. This is a self-evident wrong. And if I were in the United States Senate today or the White House today, I'd be thinking that this is a moment to stand up and be counted."
Will Trump and the Republican dominated legislatures standup? This is highly doubtful.
Trump viscerally felt the reaction from his crowds during the campaign when he gave full-throated pitches for gun rights. And no organization stuck by Trump like the NRA did. The group spent $30 million helping elect him. Furthermore, the Associated Press reported: "President Donald Trump is calling for a focus on mental health and school safety ,responding to shootings like the one that took 17 lives in Florida." However, his budget would cut funding in both areas.
Here is what needs to happen:
We suspect that none of the above will happen with Republicans. So, the only choice is to vote Democratic and not Republican.
As CNN's Joan Walsh said," I want to remind everyone about Virginia 2017: In the 13 races where pro-gun control Democrats squared off against NRA Republicans, Democrats won 12."
Finally, while voting
for Democrats is no guarantee that they'll begin to solve the gun violence
problem, voting for Republicans is a stone-cold, absolute, ironclad, 100
percent guarantee that we won't.
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Editor, the Forum:
Recently I did a survey for the county 2040 unified plan. One question stood out for me.
In your opinion, what is the single biggest obstacle facing Gwinnett County right now.
My opinion: Two groups of people who hate the county.
The first group is those who have lived here many years or have recently moved away, but want to see the county fail because they don't like change.
The other group is people who recently moved here because Gwinnett is much better than where they came from, but they are determined to make our county the same as the place they ran from.
I'm glad we still have people like you around writing positive things about Gwinnett County.
for ways to get involved in the electoral process and give back to the
community are invited to Gwinnett County's upcoming poll official hiring
events on February 21 in Norcross and February 24 in Snellville.
Ledford said the
events were scheduled in the evening and on a Saturday to reach people
who can't get away from work during the day.
WES Foundation plans gala to raise dollars for leukemia research
On March 3, 2018 Sugarloaf TPC Country Club will be hosting the WES Leukemia Research Foundation's second Annual Pigs and Pearls Party! Since inception, the WES Foundation has donated $1.5 million to research.
The Yacht Rock Revue
band will be performing live so guests can enjoy their music as they dance
the night away. Tickets are $150 and include a dinner and open bar along
with entertainment! Come dressed in denim and pearls so you're sure to
be comfortable and enjoy the night to the fullest. Tickets can be purchased
The WES Foundation makes proceeds available to fund laboratory-based leukemia research. The Foundation recognizes that choice exists for your giving and, that to deserve your consideration, the dollars you donate must be distributed in the most judicious fashion to ultimately fund the research necessary to find a cure.
Here's how that is accomplished. The WES Foundation has selected an Advisory Board of medical professionals to determine the most productive research recipients. These research professionals provide an invaluable service to the Foundation by judging the requests received and choosing the most innovative, responsible and potentially curative research for funding.
Historical Society planning 3rd annual Cemetery Scavenger Hunt
As Gwinnett County celebrates its bicentennial year, the Gwinnett Historical Society will have the third annual Cemetery Scavenger Hunt Fundraiser on the weekend of March 3-4, or in case of bad weather, the weekend of March 11-12.
Those interested may register as a team of four or more and get the clues/questions at 9 a.m. on Saturday March 3 online. Each team will have until 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 4 to submit in the correct numerical order---the "answers" to the clues including at least one team member in the photo of the headstone or "answer."
Using photos from Find-a-Grave is not permitted. Photo shopping is strictly prohibited. The idea is for teams to go the cemeteries, enjoy and learn. This will not be a race, but rather a learning experience in the bicentennial year. All the clues/questions will have to do with pioneers, early inhabitants and leaders in Gwinnett County.
The names of teams with all the correct answers and all rules followed will be put in a drawing and three teams will receive awards. All teams will be recognized for participation. To register, pay in the office with check, credit card or cash. Or, mail in a check. Go to GHS FB page for updates.
The Snellville city
council has approved an Atlanta-based firm's bid of $132,000 to create
the city's 2040 Comprehensive Plan.
Jacobs bested six other firms. Three companies were chosen as finalists to create the plan including Jacobs, TSW and Amec Foster Wheeler. Jacobs will now be tasked to collect public and professional input through community meetings, disseminate findings and ultimately write the plan that will shape the city's future for decades to come.
The City of Snellville 2030 Comprehensive Plan was adopted February 9, 2009. Since then, the city has worked to create a Towne Center in the downtown area. A major focus of the new plan will be to expand the Towne Center around a city market and library though a partnership with Gwinnett County. Officials believe the market and library will be a catalyst for commercial and residential growth in the areas surrounding City Hall and elsewhere.
Norcross firm wins contract for New Hope Road's Alcovy Bridge
The Gwinnett Board
of Commissioners has awarded a contract to build a new bridge over the
Alcovy River and the installation of a multi-use path along New Hope Road.
The Board awarded the project to CMES Inc. of Norcross at an amount not
to exceed $6,041,798.
For the third consecutive
year Snellville's Community Garden has been awarded a grant from the Gwinnett
County Master Gardeners Association. The $500 grant will help support
the garden's greenhouse operations with the purchase of supplies, including
pots, potting soil, organic fertilizer, rooting hormone and vegetable
and flower seeds. The garden's greenhouse is maintained by a team of volunteers.
The team plans to have plants available for sale at this year's Snellville
Days, May 5-6 at T.W. Briscoe Park.
In addition to its
primary purpose of providing space for families to grow flowers, food
for their own consumption and to donate to local charities, the Community
Garden @ Snellville also adds a new dimension to Snellville's sense of
community. The garden is located in T. W. Briscoe Park on the corner of
Marigold Road and Sawyer Parkway. Currently the garden includes 48 raised
beds, a pavilion, beehives, a greenhouse, tool shed and a large perennial
(Continued from previous edition)
Colonel Andrew Pickens led his 200 men in a direct assault on the rocky hill on Kettle Creek, while Colonel John Dooly and Lt. Col. Elijah Clarke attacked the camp across the creek on the left and right respectively. Pickens's advance guard disobeyed orders and fired on the Loyalist sentries, announcing the attack. Boyd led his men in ambushing Pickens's troops while Dooly's and Clarke's men were entangled in the swamp.
James Boyd fell mortally wounded, shot by a party of Georgia militiamen who had become lost and found themselves in the Loyalist camp. With their leader down, the Loyalists panicked and were driven across the creek. Boyd and nineteen of his men were killed, and twenty-two others were taken prisoner. Pickens and Dooly lost seven men, and fifteen were wounded. Counting the Loyalists who went home and later surrendered to local authorities, about 150 of Boyd's men were eventually taken prisoner. They were held at Augusta and later at Ninety Six, S.C. Five of their number at Ninety Six and two others in North Carolina were eventually hanged.
Two hundred and seventy of Boyd's command escaped the Battle of Kettle Creek and safely reached the British army. They were formed into the North Carolina Royal Volunteers under John Moore and the South Carolina Royal Volunteers (later the second battalion of the South Carolina Royalists Regiment). Both units virtually disappeared by the summer of 1779 because of desertions and transfers.
The Battle of Kettle Creek provided the rebel cause with a victory, however small, in the midst of a string of much larger defeats. The British had expected thousands of loyal southerners to rally to their flag and restore the whole South to the king. However, Boyd proved only able to assemble 600 men, some of whom were criminals in flight. Other men who traveled with him were allegedly coerced into joining under threats to their lives and property.
After Kettle Creek, British leaders should have realized that practical Loyalist military support in the South, if it ever existed, had disappeared. Campaigns to find a great Loyalist army in the South continued, however, through the defeats at King's Mountain, Hammond's Store, Ramsour's Mill, and even Yorktown. On the local level, many of the southerners who shared Boyd's dream to return the South to the king's cause learned the futility of their hopes on impromptu gallows at the hands of their rebel neighbors.
Today a county park
preserves the Kettle Creek battlefield. Rechanneling in the early 1920s
turned the original cane-choked creek into a dry ditch. Monuments were
erected on the hill by the federal government in 1930 and the state of
Georgia in 1979. The Kettle Creek Chapter of the Daughters of the American
Revolution maintains a cemetery in the park for the remains of Revolutionary
War veterans. The Georgia Compatriots of the Sons of the American Revolution
supports the preservation of the site.
Today's Mystery Photo shows something that provides a definite function. Figure out where it is and what it is and send your idea to firstname.lastname@example.org, to include your hometown.
It was a simple photo, and few could pinpoint it. Susan McBrayer of Sugar Hill identified it as Amish farms in Lancaster County, Penn., and we accepted that. The photo came from Karen Garner of Dacula, sent in a long time ago.
Tkacik of Lilburn said that "The photo of the silos and farms
I'm sure is in Amish country in middle to Eastern Pennsylvania. My clue
was the stone house in the front. There is a lot of limestone in the
area and lots of buildings and barns built with it."
(NEW) Dedication Ceremony at 12 noon on February 24 at the Norcross Welcome Center and Museum. This is a dedication of an original painting (above) of Norcross' historic downtown by Florence Warbington Green, which will be on extended loan to the Norcross Museum and Welcome Center. Local Historian and tour guide Gene Ramsay will lead a tour to its historic cemetery. The Norcross Cemetery dates back to the 1800s. Meet at the cemetery entrance at 110 South Cemetery Street at 1 p.m.
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Issue 16.87 | Feb. 20, 2018
TODAY'S FOCUS: Here
Are Six Facts That You May Not Know About Natural Gas
The Very Thought of Schools Having "Red Alert" Is Scary
ANOTHER VIEW: After
Parkland Shooting, People Have Little Choice on Voting
Snell Contractor Inc.
FEEDBACK: Sees Two
Different Groups in Gwinnett as County's Biggest Obstacles
Little Light of Mine
Seeking Poll Workers at Two Hiring Events Soon
Chooses Atlanta Firm To Create 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Never Too Late to Begin Again by Julia Cameron
Several Patriotic Groups Support Battle of Kettle Creek Site
MYSTERY PHOTO: What's
the Function of This Photo, and Where Is It?
CALENDAR: New Eastside
Hospital Facility To Open on February 28
Gwinnett Forum publisher Elliott Brack suggests that Gwinnett County needs a long-range list of continuing objectives for improving the county. Our 2018 list:
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