Issue 14.33 | July 22, 2014
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Georgia will decide several primary runoff elections today (Tuesday). Our admonition to voters is to go vote, so that you can help decide who to nominate for the General Election in November.
Previously, GwinnettForum has endorsed candidates for the run-off. Here in a nutshell Here are its suggestions of candidates to be nominated:
Let us also suggest to voters that they get re-acquainted with the views of these candidates by checking the 2014 Primary Candidate Profiles on the right side of this front page of GwinnettForum. There is also a place to look for a sample of the ballot you will face when you vote.
Your vote will carry more weight than normal, since fewer people vote in runoffs. Now, do your duty, and vote.
Ga., July 22, 2014 -- Shake the cobwebs off those magic wands and dust
off your glass slippers for Suwanee Performing Arts' 2014 Broadway in
the Park production. A cast of 70 young local performers and 30 backstage
volunteers will bring Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, as well
as an original one-act play, Spellbound - the Musical, to the Town
Center stage July 25 and 26.
in the Park Director Patty Etherton says: "Cinderella is a
timeless story. It offers the best story and the best music and it's so
well put together." The Suwanee production is based on the 1997 Whitney
Houston version, which, she says, is more condensed and funnier than the
original 1957 musical starring Julie Andrews.
JULY 22, 2014 -- Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason could have done it another way. But he chose to use Monday as his day to deliver the state of the city address .not once, not twice, but three times on the same day. So .that gives the mayor the record for the most State of the City addresses in Gwinnett on the same day. Congratulations!
The Mayor kicked off his triple address at the Peachtree Corners Business Association breakfast Monday at the Atlanta Marriott at Peachtree Corners to a group of about 85 people. At lunch, he was at the Norcross-Peachtree Corners Rotary Club in downtown Norcross making the same talk. And Monday night, it was the United Peachtree Corners Civic Association getting this talk, this time with cookies and coffee at Christ the King Lutheran Church.
Our hope is that some poor soul isn't a member of all three groups and had to hear the mayor three times, though it was a pretty interesting report.
The two ventures that Mayor Mason seemed most proud of was the city buying 20 acres on Peachtree Parkway across from the Forum Shopping Center for a possible Town Center, (" .part of the city that's missing in Peachtree Corners") and reducing the property tax millage rate to zero. All of us can see why the mayor is proud of no property tax.
The land purchased for the Town Center was done so for two reasons. First, to keep out "undesirable development," what he termed "garden apartments," on the site. The second reason for buying the acreage is for potential development of an active Town Center there on the highly-visible property.
With a Town Center, composed of business, living space and recreation areas, it will mean that Peachtree Corners " has gone full circle from Paul's Duke's vision" of a community that has live-work-play elements in it, the Mayor maintains. Other highlights of the report included:
The mayor concluded: "The future is bright in Peachtree Corners, and with your help, it can only get brighter."
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Editor, the Forum:
at the top of July 18 Forum looks to me to be the Atlanta City Hall /
Fulton County Courthouse, in a photo taken about 149.8 years ago, more
or less. A group of rowdy visitors were in town at the time and decided
to camp out there on the lawn. Look
at this picture for comparison.
Gen. W. T. Sherman had a photographer named George Barnard who traveled with his army and took a number of pictures of Atlanta and other sites during the campaign and occupation. See lots of photos here.
Below are a couple of different views of the camping on the lawn. These are probably taken by Bernard. The first one matches the one you included today, I think, but I don't see a direct attribution in that blog. Click here and here.
Editor, the Forum:
The old photograph and building are Union Army huts used as a temporary camp built by taking materials from surrounding Confederate houses.
Editor, the Forum:
This is a George N. Barnard photograph of the Atlanta City Hall and camp of 2nd Massachusetts Infantry on the grounds in 1864 during the Yankee occupation. Erected in 1854, the building also served as the Fulton County Courthouse. After surviving the war, the building was demolished in 1884 to make way for the current state capitol.
Asking citizens to vote twice is an exercise in futility
Editor, the Forum:
You are correct to state that run-offs are an inefficient way to elect officials. I wonder how many voters realize there is a run-off on July 22. Many are involved in last minute vacations and preparations for students returning to school or headed off for college.
Americans tune out on vacation, and we are more likely scouring ads for the lowest price on school supplies than thinking about run-offs. If we pay attention at all, we are further detoured to crisis headlines: tens of thousands of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border, a passenger plane shot down in the Ukraine, and the startup of a war between Israel and Hamas.
Sadly, asking citizens to vote twice for the same political seat is an exercise in futility.
Have good evidence when you see appeal to county's appraisal
Editor, the Forum:
hear about some property owners getting a huge bump in their appraisal,
and an increase in their tax bill.
Don't have a real good idea on what your house is worth? Contact a local Realtor, don't accept the word of any "Agent." They will do a market analysis for you for free. While this isn't a true appraisal, it uses the same techniques and source data.
a good agent? Have a real appraisal performed. They cost around $400 to
$450 for an average home. Some of the better firms will actually defend
their work in front of the appeals board as well. This past year the county
increased my value approx. four percent. I thought the prior valuation
was too high to begin with and I had an appraisal from July of 2013 that
I used as evidence. The appraisal had my value a good 10 percent lower
than the county did. The county accepted my appraisal and lowered my valuation
to the appraisal price.
Center for the Arts in Duluth presents a new exhibition, Hiroshima
International: Japanese Calligraphy and Paintings, which is now on
view. The exhibit features over 90 works on paper created by a group of
artists from Hiroshima, Japan. Presented in partnership with the Japan
America Society of Georgia, Japanfest and the Japanese Consulate, this
exhibition will be on view through September 27, 2014.
Environmental Center offers STEM Saturday on weather Aug. 2
is quickly coming to an end, and it will soon be time for area students
to return to class. The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center (GEHC)
encourages everyone to enjoy its first ever Back To School Science-Technology-Engineering-Math
(STEM) Saturday event on August 2, from 11a.m. until 3 p.m.
Participants will also get a chance to make their own weather barometer, experience extreme weather in the Discovery Dome Theater, utilize LEGO EV3 robots to survive the challenge of Nature's Fury, and discover the physics behind the fun with the Amusement Park Science exhibit. Program fees for the event are $5 for ages 13 and older, $3 for ages 3 to 12 and free for children two and younger as well as EHC members.
Various elements of printmaking subject of new Kudzu exhibit
Multiple Impressions is Kudzu Art Zone's next exhibit, celebrating the fine art of printmaking, which is described as any artwork originating on metal, Plexiglas, linoleum, etc., then transferred to paper using pressure by hand or print making press. The participating artists are Debra Barnhart and the students in her printmaking classes.
Ms. Barnhart's own works have a common theme: narrative, hinting at a story which provokes questions in viewers' minds. Art lovers are invited to come and learn more about fine art printmaking. See also the ongoing "Wall of Small" which features small affordable original works of art.
The exhibit runs from Tuesday July 22 through Saturday August 2, with an opening reception on Thursday July 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m..
Kudzu Art Zone and Gallery is located at 116 Carlyle Street in Norcross and gallery hours are Fridays and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
How often do you think about the future of your community? Which attributes do you love? Are there things that you would improve upon?
A new regional survey being conducted by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) poses these questions and more to find out exactly what is important to regional residents when it comes to ensuring that metro Atlanta remains globally competitive, attracts and retains the best workforce possible and continues to be a great place to live.
The survey is visual, interactive and brief. It allows for open-ended comments throughout, including the ability to suggest new priorities not yet identified. This is the first of three surveys that ARC will conduct over the course of updating the Regional Plan, set to be adopted in the spring of 2016.
The survey offers a chance for citizens to prioritize six important goals identified by the ARC Board: developing a highly skilled workforce; ensuring a secure water supply; building a comprehensive transportation system; creating walkable, vibrant neighborhoods; becoming an innovation and technology hub; and improving access to arts, recreation and a healthy quality of life.
This is a 550-page detailed analysis of the failure of German culture, government, and economy from 1910-1923. Hitler examines the struggles of farmers, factory workers, housing, pay, family and living conditions, media, and the corruption inherent in this democracy. Written in a time of rising race awareness and nationalism, Hitler was concerned singularly with Germans and their condition. He dissects the corrosive role of the media, the stock market, banking, and international finance. WWI overlapped the Bolshevik revolution going on next door. Hitler blames the allure and toxicity of Marxism that ultimately led to the 1918 German Revolution with ending WWI in tragedy for Germany which resulted in the punishing Versailles treaty. He equates these latter influences to Jews because of their leadership in those fields. Reading this book will expose you to some surprisingly astute observations on the weaknesses of the post-Versailles German social-economic system, and the relevance of some of his solutions to our current decade-long recession.
(Editor's Note: Today we feature a page from the Georgia Encyclopedia, "Quick Facts." See how many of these entries you knew about!-eeb)
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PRIMARY CANDIDATE PROFILES
For the 2014 primary season, GwinnettForum asked all candidates facing primary opposition in Gwinnett County to provide answers to six questions.
You can read answers of candidates who are in the July 22 runoff by clicking on the links for each race. (Candidate answers are provided by race; scroll down the document if you don't immediately see the candidate you want to read about.)
U.S. CONGRESS, DISTRICT 10
GEORGIA STATEWIDE CANDIDATES
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Gwinnett Forum publisher Elliott Brack suggests that Gwinnett County needs a long-range list of continuing objectives for improving the county. Read more.
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