Issue 12.40 | Friday, Aug. 31, 2012
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Ga., Aug. 31, 2012 -- Gwinnett
Great Days of Service is around the corner.
past several years, I have been witness to people and organizations from
all walks of life joining together to strengthen Gwinnett County, including
businesses, non-profits, churches, schools, neighborhoods and politicians,
in the annual Gwinnett Great Days of Service.
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is generally considered be an altruistic activity intended to promote
good or improve quality of life. It is considered service to the community
through personal skills or learning, and is intended to be fun! Volunteering
takes on many forms and can be performed by anyone, young or old! Don't
miss out on the 2012 Great Days of Service volunteer opportunities. You
can make a difference, make new friends, learn a skill and share your
enthusiasm. We look forward to having you on this year's team.
CHARLESTON, S.C., August 31, 2012 -- Today's column is about guns. After the tragic, deadly July 20 shooting in Colorado, it's pretty clear Americans need to have a national conversation about weaponry, even though the presidential candidates seem to want to avoid it like a hot poker.
you get worked up, please know this: I believe there are too many guns,
particularly handguns, in America. But there just are too many to get
rid of them completely. Furthermore, there are a lot of people like me
who believe sportsmen should be able to own shotguns and rifles to hunt,
a great American pastime. Consider these facts:
There are about 300 million guns in the United States, including 100
million handguns, according to the 2012
Firearm Fact Card by the National Rifle Association. The number of
guns grows by about 4 million a year, the organization says. A 2007 British
study estimated the U.S. to have 270 million guns. With the nation's
population being 308 million in 2010, that's just under one gun per person
in the country.
Compare these numbers to Great Britain, which has some of the world's toughest gun control measures. The country, which started firearms licensing following World War One, made it illegal for private citizens to own handguns after a 1996 Scottish massacre in which 16 students and a teacher died. Since then, some critics have said the Brits went overboard, but the fact remains there are just over 4 million privately-owned firearms (mostly shotguns and hunting rifles) in Great Britain -- about 6.7 per 100 people -- 13 times fewer guns per person than in the U.S., according to the 2007 study.
The United States has more gun
homicides than anywhere else. Six of every 10 homicides in the U.S.
are caused by guns, according to a 2011 report by the United Nations.
Of the 15,241 homicides in the country in 2009, 9,149 were caused by guns.
That's 0.22 gun deaths per 100,000 people -- far fewer than the 2.98 deaths
per 100,000 people in the U.S.
Almost 100,000 people in America are shot or killed with a gun in one
year on average, according to the Brady
Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The organization, started after
a 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan during which Press
Secretary Jim Brady was shot in the head, says more than a million people
have been killed with guns in the United States since the 1968 assassinations
of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy.
culture. Duke University sociologist Kieran Healy says America is
a much more
violent country than other first-world nations that are part of the
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Interestingly,
the rate of assault deaths in the United States has dropped since the
ownership declining. Despite there being 300 million guns in the United
States, surveys show the number of households
with guns has dropped from about 50 percent in the 1970s to 40 percent
to 45 percent today.
handguns. Washington Post columnist Charles Lane in July outlined
how Europeans export about 1 million handguns (Glocks, Sig Sauers,
Walthers, others) a year to the United States. He suggested a tariff be
put on them to "reduce the risk [of gun violence] at the margins."
between guns and violence. Studies by the Harvard Injury Control Research
Center conclude, regardless of country, there's a link between more guns
and more violence. In a similar vein, economist Richard Florida concluded
last year that "states with tighter gun control laws appear to have
fewer gun-related deaths. The disclaimer here is that correlation is not
causation. But correlation can be suggestive," Ezra Klein wrote in
other side of the debate, Jamelle Bouie of The
American Prospect pointed to a 2004 study by the National Research
Council that pointed to no causal relationship between guns and violence.
He wrote, "Does high gun ownership result in greater violence, or
are violent people more likely to own guns? Do guns reduce the barrier
to committing violence, or would violence happen regardless, with a different
Now, what would you suggest?
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Editor, the Forum:
Here's what I'd propose:
1. College football coaches' salaries should be capped. I think $1.5 million compensation is plenty of money.
2. Recruitment of high school football players before the summer prior to their senior year of high school should be prohibited. Any college that breaks this ban should be placed on immediate NCAA probation.
3. Any program (or affiliated booster) that offers a player an illegal inducement (gifts, jobs for family member, trips, cash, cars, etc.) should have an immediate loss of five scholarships per violation. And if a recruit accepts such a donation, either personally or through a family member, that recruit shall be permanently ineligible to play college football anywhere.
4. Any recruit that holds a press conference shall lose a year of eligibility to play college football.
5. Any college whose football players' graduation rates fall below those of the general student body should be penalized $200,000 per annum for every percentage point that their graduation rates fall below that general student body graduation rate.
6. Random drug tests should be conducted by the NCAA for all teams. Any player found to have a banned substance in his blood or urine will miss a mandatory two games with the first offense and will have to undergo outpatient drug rehab. A second offense will mandate inpatient drug rehab, paid for by the school, and a year's suspension from football.
If the sordid Jerry Sandusky situation at Penn State can teach us anything, it's this: college football should not be about money, prestige or power. It should emphasize the things that make it valuable - school pride, character, hard work and the value of sublimating individual goals for the sake of the team. Let's stop the madness. Let's take back college football, for the love of the game.
of Gwinnett County Public Library's Fall Into The Arts program series,
artists are invited to re-imagine a chair or bench and enter their creative
works into the "Chair-ish
the Arts @ Your Library" contest. The chairs or benches can be
painted, cut, added to, collaged, stamped, drilled, built from scratch
or otherwise decorated. Your imagination is the limit! Individuals, groups,
and even organizations may create chair art. Chairs will be entered into
the contest in one of two categories: "Individual" and "Organization."
The deadline for contest entries is September 30. Participants will have
their entries displayed in branches throughout the month of October.
This contest will be followed by an Artist's Meet and Greet on Saturday, November 3, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. To find out more about Fall Into The Arts, visit www.gwinnettfallintothearts.org, or call (770) 978-5154.
Parks Foundation launches 25th anniversary campaign
Are you ready to fly? You can help citizens of Gwinnett County, young and old to soar as they experience park programs!
Gwinnett County Parks Foundation announces the Time to Fund pLaY (FLY) campaign designed to raise funds for scholarships and various park enhancements.
The Gwinnett Parks Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to assist the needs of Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR). 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of GCPR as a county-wide park system. Dewey McClain of Gwinnett Parks Foundations says: "The Gwinnett Parks Foundation is encouraging all citizens and patrons of Gwinnett County Parks to join the celebration by contributing a donation of $25 in honor of the 25 year anniversary. As part of your donation, you will receive a commemorative decal and special mention in the Gwinnett LIFE program guide. All donations are tax deductible."
To donate or for more information on the Gwinnett Parks Foundation or the Time to FLY fundraising campaign, visit www.gwinnettparksfoundation.org.
Library to present U.S. poet laureate Oct. 7 at GGC
County Public Library will host Pulitzer Prize winner and the Poet Laureate
of the United States, Natasha Trethewey, as this year's Gwinnett Reads
author and Keynote speaker for Fall
Into The Arts 2012. Her work combines free verse with more traditional
forms like the sonnet and the villanelle to explore memory and the racial
legacy of America. Her newest book, Thrall, will be released this fall.
This event will take place on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at the Georgia Gwinnett
College Student Center at 5 p.m.
Trethewey was born in Gulfport, Miss. She is the author of three collections
of poetry: Domestic Work (Graywolf Press, 2000), Bellocq's Ophelia
(Graywolf, 2002), and Native Guard (Houghton Mifflin, 2006),
for which she was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize. She is also the author
of a book of creative non-fiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on
the Mississippi Gulf Coast (Georgia, 2010).
Mountain barbershoppers welcome new chorus director
musical leadership, the Stone Mountain Chorus is preparing to compete
in the 2012 Dixie District Fall Convention and Contest in Tunica, Miss.,
on, September 29. Choruses and quartets from the Southeastern USA will
be gathering to select the most talented barbershop harmony performers.
The chorus meets each Tuesday evening from 6:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at its new rehearsal location, Duluth United Methodist Church. For more information, call 770-978-8053 or visit www.stonemountainchorus.org.
Students in Gwinnett Tech's new Cardiovascular Technology associate degree program are taking their classroom knowledge into a clinical setting, applying theory in real-world situations at local area hospitals.
Eastside Medical Center, Gwinnett Medical Center, DeKalb Medical Center, Piedmont Henry Hospital, North Fulton Hospital and Northside Hospital are welcoming Gwinnett Tech's students into their cardiac catheterization laboratories to complete their clinical study rotations.
Kristen Buoy, RRT, RCIS, program director, Cardiovascular Technology, says: "We're excited for the students to work alongside many of Gwinnett and the metro area's top heart specialists. These learning opportunities will not only allow them to apply everything they've learned in class, but also prepare them to be work ready."
Gwinnett Tech's Cardiovascular Technology associate degree program offers three concentrations: Cardiac Catheterization, Echocardiography and Vascular.
"Norcross, a new book from local authors Sally Toole and Kate Awtrey (part of the Arcadia Press "Then and Now" series) tells the colorful history of the city in words and photographs. The book features more than 200 vintage and modern images that document the growth and history of one of Gwinnett County's most vibrant cities. The common theme is a historic photo that's accompanied by a similar photo of the current scene. The contrasting images allow the reader to visualize the changes. Toole, who lives in the historic Norcross area, wrote the text. Awtrey, raised in Gwinnett County, took the modern images. The book is available at locations in downtown Norcross, including the Welcome Center. It can also be purchased online at www.arcadiapublishing.com."--eeb
During the marble boom of the 1930s, Georgia marble was utilized for the Longworth House Office Building in Washington, D.C., the Puerto Rican capitol, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank and Public Library in Ohio. The value of the Georgia Marble Company was reported to be more than $3.7 million. The company's success continued through 1932. In 1933 losses were reported to be $225,000, and an attempt to sell the company for $3 million failed. By the time Colonel Sam Tate died in 1938, the company was struggling for solvency again.
In 1941 the board of directors developed an extensive financial restructuring plan to keep the company solvent, a plan that also improved working conditions and increased employee benefits. The electrical plant was sold to the Rural Electrification Administration, and some holdings were liquidated, but monument sales continued to be strong, due to the expertise of the personnel in the design and finishing plant.
By 1942 sales for monuments totaled just less than $1 million, and by 1950 they accounted for 51 percent of gross sales. The Calcium Products Division was created in 1947, developing a market for ground and pulverized marble products. Utilizing "waste" marble in the beginning, this section of the industry became the primary product by the late 1980s.
1940 and 2003, the Georgia Marble Company changed hands several times.
The Jim Walter Corporation purchased the company in 1969 for $23 million.
Succeeding owners were Kolberg, Kravis,
Native Georgia marble has been used within the state on such structures as the state capitol, Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta, and several buildings on the Emory University campus.
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Previously out of print, Elliott Brack's 850-page history, "Gwinnett: A Little Above Atlanta," is now available again. Since its original publication, the book was declared the winner of the 2010 Award of Excellence for documenting Georgia history by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board. It is also the winner of the Gwinnett Historical Society's Whitworth-Flanigan Award for 2011 for preserving the history of Gwinnett County.The book includes 143 demographic and historic tables, with more than 4,000 names in the index, and 10,000 names in the appendix.Two versions of the book are available. The hardback edition is priced at $75, while a softback edition is $40. Books are available at:
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