Issue 14.43 | Aug. 26, 2014
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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., Aug. 26, 2014 -- This summer I spent 10 weeks as an intern for an investment company, Edward Jones. There are over 10,000 Edward Jones branches in the United States and several branches in Gwinnett County. I was in Brian Blough's office in Lawrenceville. I got to meet other financial advisers in the region as well. I was one of about 180 interns that got selected out of over 1,000 applicants.
There were many good things about the internship, and some not so good. I learned much more than I could have ever thought about in one summer. I got college credit for taking this internship and I was getting paid for it as well. How much better could it get? I would not have learned as much as I did if I had stayed at school and taken a finance course. I plan to graduate from Georgia Southern University in the spring in finance.
lesson for me was how to interact with different customers, clients, and
even co-workers. Professors can teach you knowledge behind a subject,
but they can't teach you about every situation that may arise on a day-to-day
basis. There are certain things you just have to get out and experience.
My experience was bittersweet because I learned a lot, even though I did not really enjoy the experience. The internship was still very helpful, but not what I expected. The first couple weeks seemed very elementary and I found myself bored and annoyed the majority of the time. Around week six I went to another Edward Jones branch in Gwinnett. This was run by Amy Griener of the Dacula office of Edward Jones, where I learned so much. She is a fairly new financial adviser and had plenty of work with which I could help . She was a good teacher, took time to sit down and explain things to me. I absolutely loved it.
The experience of being in an investment office helps towards determining what I want to do when I graduate next May.
I now feel that investments is not the route I want to go. I do enjoy working with budgets and managing money, though being a financial adviser might be something to do down the road. Work that interests me is possibly keeping budgets or a financial job, possibly working up to CFO. I want another internship but right now I do not have a solid plan on what I want to do.
Even if the internship wasn't the best experience, I still learned what I don't want in a career. I do not like sitting in an office all day, not moving from a desk. I answered calls and stuffed more envelopes than I thought possible. I want a job that I can be somewhat active and at least walk around and talk to people. I learned more than I originally thought I would, and I couldn't be more thankful to everyone that made it possible.
Let me thank all who helped me this summer at my internship.
AUG. 26, 2014 -- Back during the Georgia primary, it was my pleasure to meet Michael Brown, who was a newcomer to politics, running for the Georgia House of Representatives from District 98. He was president of an environmental drilling firm. We were all shocked at his untimely death last week. Hundreds attended his funeral.
Michael and I hit it off immediately. He was an admitted conservative businessman from Buford, with office in Dacula, and he realized that I was an independent liberal from Norcross. That initial 30 minute visit was for me to get to know a candidate, so I could determine who to endorse in that race. It turned out that GwinnettForum eventually endorsed his candidacy. (By the way, this season we have visited for 30 minutes with 63 candidates, with several more hopefully to stop by for a visit.)
During the conversation, Michael asked me something few candidates take the time to ask: "Why are you a liberal?" Here I demurred, saying that this was not a simple question to answer, and perhaps we should get on with the political interview, and save that question for another time.
Sure enough, about three weeks ago, Michael called wanting to take me up on having lunch to answer that question. We could not get together that week, but scheduled the visit on August 13. It was a delightful lunch, with much banter back and forth, and much understanding between ourselves. At one point, he posed the question again: "Why are you a liberal?"
There is no easy answer, but I told Michael my feelings seemed to "come naturally." I told him that I was raised by parents who were products of the Depression, born during that time myself. Perhaps I got my viewpoint from them. Our family never much discussed politics when I was coming along. It's just the way I'm made, for I find myself thinking in ways that come down on the side of liberals. However, I've never thought much about it. This all comes from the days of FDR and Harry Truman. I try to be accepting and broad-minded, open to accept change.
Some will might count me more of a pragmatic moderate, in that I'm fiscally conservative as are responsible Republicans, wanting the government to spend less, but keep vital programs. I'm no 'low tax' guy, quite willing to pay my fair share, but wanting to make sure it is fair. Yet on major social questions, I recognize I come down on the more open-to-listen, progressive viewpoint."
Actually, the conservative Michael Brown and I agreed on many things. The one overriding factor for him was the abortion question, a deep-felt position, taking in a lot of family values. While I am for 'choice' in this, both Michael and I share the understanding that the breakup of family life, free-wheeling drug use, and the absence of fathers are major elements in our society today, which we both lamented.
Michael and I departed, I feel, with a better understanding of each other's positions on many matters, the major part of which we agreed. I think I answered his major question to his satisfaction. We mourn his passing at such an early age. He was prepared and ready to make what I thought would be a major contribution, with clear, insightful thought, to the legislative process. We desperately need more people like Michael Brown, thoughtful, kind, and with compassion, who will work hard, addressing the problems of our state.
Michael Brown, 1960-2014: May you rest in peace.
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Editor, the Forum:
Thanks for your article about the Braves. One thing I have heard that is an overall complaint about the Braves is the escalating cost to attend a Braves game! And, don't we want to go with family members and friends?
Yet, it seems a major withdrawal out of the bank to attend! This may be one reason why the minor leagues are springing up! I would probably collapse after finding out what a good old hot dog cost!
Suggests sports site for bringing back flood of memories
Editor, the Forum:
Remember the old line how can I be nostalgic if I can't remember anything? Here's a site I stumbled across a few days ago: JustSportsStats.com.
You can see how Phil Cavaretta and Stan Hack did in 1945, or almost anyone in the major pro sports. Pick a team, year, player, and see full team rosters here. Guaranteed that you will relive a bunch of pleasant memories.
After 1941 Ted Williams hit .400 or more two more times, in military service-shortened seasons. What was it ol' Casey Stengel used to say: "You can look it up."
You'll notice that baseball players (football also) were considerably smaller fifty years ago than today, back then somewhat normal size people. I was surprised at the wealth of information this site has and recommend it.
Here's more comment on situation developing in Israel
Editor, the Forum:
Regarding a reader's comments in the August 22 Forum, (Urges new policy for U.S. toward state of Israel): As is normally the case with those having knowledge about the Middle East, so much of what they know as fact is not true (my thanks to Ronald Reagan for the prior turn of phrase).
said, "However, the Zionist project has always had a racist element
in it in by aspiring to build a state exclusively for Jews." Let
me point out that
Arabic, like Hebrew, is an official language in Israel. At the time of Israel's founding, only one Arab high school was operating, today, there are hundreds of Arab schools. Most Arabs attend these schools.
The sole legal distinction between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel is that the latter are not required to serve in the Israeli army. This was to spare Arab citizens the need to take up arms against their brethren. Nevertheless, many Arabs have volunteered for military duty and the Druze and Circassian communities are subject to the draft. Source.
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A "Small Town, Big World: Lilburn International Festival," a new event celebrating the cultural diversity of the greater Lilburn community will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Lilburn City Park.
The Lilburn Community Partnership, SafetySmart Lilburn and the City of Lilburn, will provide entertainment, music, exhibits and demonstrations representative of cultural heritage from around the world. Samples of world cuisines will be available for purchase.
The opening ceremonies will include the Parkview High School Marine ROTC cadets, followed by the Berkmar High School Patriot Band and Chorus leading the National Anthem and background music for the Parade of International Flags by First Baptist Church in Lilburn.
Entertainment will feature Lattitude, a Latin rock/jazz/fusion band based in Athens. Other entertainment will be provided by local and regional groups: elementary students from the Meadowcreek Cluster, Sts. Helena and Constantine Romanian Orthodox Church, Simply Dancing Studio, and musician Susan Clearman. There will be demonstrations by a semi-pro soccer team, karate school, and a punt-pass-kick competition from Bryson Park. A children's play area with inflatables will also be provided. Shuttle pick-up points will be from First Baptist Lilburn and International Farmers' Market.
Living history event set at Yellow River Post Office on Aug. 30
major Civil War battles were fought in Gwinnett County, the people of
the community were significantly impacted by the war and the events that
surrounded it. In recognition of the 150th anniversary of General Sherman's
march through Atlanta, the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center
(EHC) is holding a Civil War living history event at the historic Yellow
River Post Office at the Nash Farm in Lilburn, on Saturday, Aug. 30, from
10 a.m. until 4 p.m..
in time and experience the home front during the war. See a laundress
demonstrate how clothing was cleaned, meet a Civil War soldier, participate
in mock drills and rifle practice and learn of the contributions made
by local residents Thomas P. Hudson and Eli P. Landers. Tour the historic
post office and general store to learn the importance of communication
between families and soldiers and how this location was critical to providing
supplies to the local population.
The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia has awarded the Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts a $20,000 grant through the Mary S. Kistner Endowment Fund, with $15,000 in support of their Art of Giving Campaign. The remaining $5,000 will be issued as a challenge grant to help enable the Hudgens Center to leverage additional matching funds with other donors.
The Hudgens' Art of Giving Campaign provides critical resources for quarterly exhibitions, educational programs and expansion of collaborative community relationships like the Healing Arts program. For more than 20 years the Hudgens Center for the Arts has encouraged and inspired the community through its impressive permanent collection, quality exhibits, and educational experiences.
Mary S. Kistner, now deceased, was an art activist in her day and was a long time supporter of the Hudgens Center for the Arts. Kistner was passionate about sharing her love of art with the community, so prior to her death she established an endowed fund at the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia that was designed to leave a legacy of giving to the arts for generations to come. Judy Waters explains, "This gift from the Kistner Fund embodies the very spirit of Mary Kistner. Her wish was to ensure that arts continued to thrive in our community long after she was gone and this gift is a tremendous investment in ensuring just that."
Gwinnett nonprofits get $47,500 from Jackson EMC Foundation
The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $80,000 in grants during their July meeting, including $47,500 to organizations serving Gwinnett County residents.
This book is about the five-year legal battle to allow gays the right to marry in California. In 2008, California voters amended the state's constitution to deny same sex marriage. Two constitutional lawyers, Democrat David Bois and Republican Ted Olson, argued against the amendment saying denying marriage to gays demeans them and that gay marriage does not harm heterosexual families. The opposing lawyers argued that marriage has always been between a man and a woman and that children are better off with a mother and father, but they were unable to prove this. The California Supreme Court struck down the amendment saying it discriminated against gays and denied them equal treatment under the law guaranteed by the 14th amendment. In 2013, this battle went before the Supreme Court, which upheld the ruling of the California court. I recommend this book. It's a part of American history and a good read. The full title is Redeeming the Dream, The Case for Marriage Equality.
T. Wofford was a cavalry captain in the Mexican War (1846-48), a Georgia
politician, and a Confederate colonel (later brigadier general) during
the Civil War (1861-65). Though originally against secession, Wofford
supported his home state when Georgia seceded from the Union, and he participated
in several major battles during the course of the Civil War. In his later
years Wofford was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and participated
in the state constitutional convention of 1877.
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Fall Vegetable Gardening class, Wednesday, August 27, at noon at the Gwinnett County Extension Office, 750 Perry Street in Lawrenceville. This class will show you how to start a fall vegetable garden and the various types of vegetables that you can grow in it. There is no charge, but pre-registration is required by August 25. To register, contact Timothy Daly at 678-377-4010.
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