Elliott Brack’s Perspective

BRACK:  What a week for President Trump

BRACK: What a week for President Trump

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher | Just about any week this year, news people all across the country….and the world….can take that week’s developments out of the Trump White House and write continuing analysis.

Last week proved to be an unusually apt week to consider the Trump presidency.

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by · October 3, 2017 · Elliott Brack's Perspective
Photo by Marc Cohen.

BRACK: Sugar Hill marks topping out ceremony for massive E Center

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher | Walking out of the Sugar Hill City Hall about 5:30 p.m. on Monday, there was a distinctive sound. From the cemetery across the street, a recorded bell was peeling a song. It was beautiful, signaling the end of the day in some respects, and also was a nice touch to hear after the City of Sugar Hill had just celebrated a “topping out” of its new E Center.

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by · September 29, 2017 · Elliott Brack's Perspective
Photos by Andy Brack.

BRACK: Rising tides from ocean will produce sticky, oozy pluff mud

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher | Ever heard of “pluff mud?” We had not. Turns out it’s a term describing that brown-gray, sticky and oozy mud with its distinctive smell that can be found in tidal and grass salt flats.

The term is long associated with the Lowcountry of the Carolinas; it even has a local beer named for it, though in reality, we can’t see that as a positive marketing name. You can even detect the similar odor in the far reaches of New England, or anywhere ocean tides swell.

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by · September 26, 2017 · Elliott Brack's Perspective
Waves from the Ashley River crash onto the porch of this Murray Boulevard porch in Charleston during Hurricane Irma's storm surge. (Photo via CharlestonCurrents.com)

BRACK: USA needs permanent way out of funding natural disasters

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher

CHARLESTON, S.C. | People from all over the country, and internationally, love to come to Charleston, as we did last week. They come for the charm, the history, the rainbow houses, the carriage rides, the food…and the politeness. Among the tourists last week were 3,000 tourists poking around the downtown area from an enormous German ship.

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by · September 23, 2017 · Elliott Brack's Perspective
BRACK: Gwinnett cities have varying policies on yard debris

BRACK: Gwinnett cities have varying policies on yard debris

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher | The recent Tropical Storm/Hurricane Irma caused extensive damage throughout the county, leaving much debris. We have learned that there is no standard policy among Gwinnett cities about what to do with debris such as limbs and leaves and “landscaping trash.”

GwinnettForum contacted the cities of the county, and the resulting report gives a widespread range of city support for the collection of this trash. Here is a city-by-city report on how such trash is handled.

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by · September 19, 2017 · Elliott Brack's Perspective
BRACK: Bugs me that looters get away with theft during civil emergencies

BRACK: Bugs me that looters get away with theft during civil emergencies

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher | By time a natural disaster happens, you see some people try to take advantage of the situation. To me, the worst are those looting local stores and homes. That gets my dander up, wanting to see them caught and have the book thrown at them. Yet with law enforcement helping others in danger, looters are seldom caught and charged.

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by · September 15, 2017 · Elliott Brack's Perspective
BRACK: Surprising developments recently out of Trump Administration

BRACK: Surprising developments recently out of Trump Administration

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher | Have you been surprised as I have at the manner of our president recently?

On three occasions, what I had expected to see from the Trump Administration did not take place, bringing questions to mind, and giving our nation more hope.

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by · September 11, 2017 · Elliott Brack's Perspective
BRACK: Early voting is available in 34 states, popular in Georgia

BRACK: Early voting is available in 34 states, popular in Georgia

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher | Early voting is popular in Georgia. Here in Gwinnett, about one-third of the votes cast are done in early voting.

Proponents of early voting say that you get a larger turnout this way, since it is more convenient to those registered to have several days to vote, instead of being required to vote only one day, that is, Election Day.

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by · September 7, 2017 · Elliott Brack's Perspective
St. Monica's Catholic Church in Duluth.

BRACK: Looking at diversity another way here – along church lines

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher | It’s not everyday that you see something that just makes your heart feel good. Such sightings are usually not expected, and jump out at you.

Most of our Sundays are composed of reading newspapers, and being mighty lazy. But the other day I was to attend a funeral, and was on the road about 2 p.m. As I drove down Beaver Ruin Road past St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, I saw the parking lot of the church most crowded with cars. It looked like another car could not fit in.

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by · September 6, 2017 · Elliott Brack's Perspective
BRACK: Ever think about what the elevations are of Gwinnett cities?

BRACK: Ever think about what the elevations are of Gwinnett cities?

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher | With the current flooding among the low levels of Texas and Louisiana, it made us wonder just how much elevation in feet cities in Georgia were above sea level. In Texas, Houston, for instance, is 80 feet above sea level, while Corpus Christi and Galveston are both only 6.89 feet above sea level. You can see why flooding is a problem in those low, flat areas.

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by · September 1, 2017 · Elliott Brack's Perspective