Seeks support for masectomy
bill before the Congress
Director, Community and Government Relations
Special to GwinnettForum.com
MARCH 14, 2003 -- The last few years has been eye-opening in terms
of the number of my close personal friends who have suffered from
cancer in one form or another. Perhaps this has increased my awareness
for the need to "do something."
Let's see: I walked in Gwinnett County Relay for Life; contributed
to Cancer Research; had an annual physical complete with mammogram;
collected my wellness benefit from the Duck People and contributed
it to The American Cancer Society; and prayed with a person who
just found out she had breast cancer. And the list goes on.
But, just this week another opportunity to "do something"
landed in my email...an opportunity to sign a petition for Mastectomy
Legislation by U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro. If you are a "Do'er",
then you might consider doing this. This is a techno-way of letting
your voice be heard. Yet another way to fight the big C!
Here's the email that was sent to me. Now I'm sharing it with you.
"Important info for all women: please forward this to everyone
in your address book. This is a time when our voices and choices
heard. This takes about 30 seconds to vote on this issue...and send
it on to others you know who will do the same.
"There's a bill before Congress called the Breast Cancer Patient
Protection Act which will require insurance companies to cover a
minimum 48-hour hospital stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy.
It's about eliminating the "drive-through mastectomy"
where women are forced to go home hours after surgery against the
wishes of their doctor, still groggy from anesthesia and sometimes
with drainage tubes still attached.
"Lifetime Television has put this bill on their web page with
a petition drive to show your support. Last year over half the House
"PLEASE! Sign the petition by clicking on the web site below
and help women with breast cancer get the care they need and deserve!!
There is no cost or monetary pledge involved. You need not give
more than your name and zip code number:
Please help by passing this on. Thanks.
restaurateur fights to stay above water
editor and publisher
MARCH 14, 2003 -- We keep hearing that business is bad for many
"Ours is off 30 percent," Kurt Eisele told us the other
day, "And we just hope we can still be in business this time
Eisele operates one of Gwinnett's finest restaurants, "Kurt's"
just off Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Duluth. He's no newcomer,
having been in business for 18 years for himself, and prior that,
was chef at the Atlanta Athletic Club. He's gained a reputation
of delighting the palette of some of the more discriminating patrons.
Though down, Kurt is not giving up. "We're providing more
personal service in our dining room, to make Kurt's a place like
no where else. And we now open our Biergarden for more casual dining
on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. continuously. And
we do more indirect marketing to make people aware of us."
Kurt saw his business starting to decline three years ago "when
the Asian economy went sour. They had a lot of sales, distribution
and manufacturing out here, and we didn't have their business any
"Now our business has lost $200,000 in the last two years.
We realize that there is less business activity, more competition,
and people have less disposal personal income. There's also the
corporate cutback and today individuals are so discount-oriented."
mentioned new restaurants in the area, in both Gwinnett and in North
Fulton county along Highway 141. "Two more, a Mexican and public
house, have opened across from me. A contributing factor is that
everyone wants to go to a new place. And there is not as much restaurant
loyalty as there was 25-30 years ago. You even see it at the country
clubs, where I used to work, for only a minute percent go there
on a regular basis."
As a result of all this downturn in Kurt's business, he chuckles
and says: "I've been off the payroll for a year now, only living
on hot air. But being realistic, in the restaurant business, I don't
have to buy food and drink. But these days I don't go anywhere any
One of Kurt's efforts is to dispel myths about the food he serves.
Being German, it's hearty food, "But not like it used to be
in Germany when I was growing up. Back then, you didn't eat raw
the mushrooms and spinach we grew, because of the fertilizer we
used. We had to boil vegetables to get rid of the bacteria. But
today typical German food is different...much more healthy.
"It's a myth that Germans are overweight, for their food is
the third leanest in Europe. Or that they always eat sausages and
sauerkraut. Today Germans enjoy steaks, roasted chicken, veal, fish,
venison and pork," he says.
Kurt's own menu is more traditional than German. "It's pretty
much split even between beef, veal and seafood dishes," he
notes. A favorite of his customers is a "Filet Edelweiss,"
served with six different sauces. Another favorite is a baked salmon,
which is accented with the sweet-and-sour of sauerkraut.
Of his economic plight, Kurt admits: "We made some mistakes
before when times were good, but our head is not in the sand. We're
working hard to survive, and attract people with good food, and
(Kurt's is located in Duluth off Peachtree Industrial
Boulevard between Pleasant Hill Road and Highay 120. Phone 770-623-4128.)
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world tyrants is priceless cost
Editor the Forum;
"Getting the troops to the war zone and back.... $25 billion;
fighting the war....$8-10 billion; occupying a nation once it's
defeated....$12-48 billion; rebuilding the nation.... billions."
Ensuring that our sons and daughters are never faced with a world
tyrant that has the capability of destroying all Americans and
our way of life....priceless!
Ask yourself this when you're tallying up the costs of war, "What
is the cost of not going to war?"
-- Craig Heighton, Buford
3/14: Credible use of force enables diplomacy to work
Editor, the Forum:
Thanks for making the point that the threat of credible use of
force enables diplomacy to have a chance to work with the like
of SH. Some people seem to miss that point entirely.
-- M. Nichols, Suwanee
3/14: Better idea:
eliminate FBI, GBI and local police units
Editor, the Forum:
Regarding your latest opinion on "There are many more costs
than fighting the cost of war. " Like our great President
Bush says (Good people disagree) and I happen to disagree with
While you're eliminating the cost for the soldiers, tanks, planes,
bullets, bombs, missiles and the cost of being the freest country
in the world,,,here is a better idea, let's look at this in another
perspective, lets start right here at home. Let's eliminate the
F.B.I., G.B.I., police departments across the nation.
That's the country I want my six and two year old to live in.
-- Joe McVay, Loganville
3/14: Cookbook to
benefit United Way programs in Gwinnett
The Women's Legacy of United Way in Gwinnett has published a
cookbook, "United Way's Gourmet Gwinnett.". It is a
collection of recipes from citizens of Gwinnett County, featuring
over 350 recipes. The cookbook effort was chaired by Libby Blackwell,
clerk of Gwinnett Recorder's Court.
The hard-back, three ring binder book is available for $15. Proceeds
from the cookbook will benefit United Way programs and services
for children and families in Gwinnett County Women's Legacy in
Gwinnett was founded in 1999 to mobilize women to become powerful
philanthropists through leadership, fundraising, and advocacy.
The goals of the Women's Legacy are to educate women about philanthropic
involvement and leadership. To purchase "United Way's Gourmet
Gwinnett" or to learn more about Women's Legacy, call 678-417-6434.
seminar to hear wireless president
Jim McGean, president of the Georgia and Alabama region of Verizon
Wireless, will speak at the Gwinnett Chamber's Technology Forum
on Tuesday, March 18 at 7 a.m.
The Forum will be held in the John D. Stephens Education Center
at the Chamber on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. He will provide
insights into the future of wireless telecommunications.
OF THE DAY
but not necessarily true
"Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true."
-- Scientist Niels Bohr, to a young physicist.
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