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Here's a scene from Jerusalem, Israel, contributed by Ruthy Paul of Norcross. She and her husband traveled recently to Israel. Read about it in Today's Focus below.

Issue 14.49 | Sept. 16, 2014

:: Traveling in Israel

:: Four legacy candidates; PC council

Right wing trots out "dirty tricks"

On three festivals, police academy

Cataloging trees; Grants awarded

:: Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory

:: Honor Untarnished

:: Why the party system arose

:: Norman Blake, bluegrass musician

:: Story of poppies in London

:: Hold on tight!


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To visit in Israel: Finding a way to make that decision these days
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NORCROSS, Ga., Sept. 16, 2014 -- "Timing is everything," though August was a very bad time to visit the Middle East. We were headed to Israel to attend our niece's wedding and for a homecoming for my wife, Ruthy, who is Israeli. Ruthy was leaving three weeks before me to set me up with Diet Coke and Wi-Fi. Turmoil seemed to be everywhere including our destination, Israel.


With battles raging in Gaza, a Malaysian airliner being shot out of the sky two weeks before and a rocket landing close to Ben Gurion Airport, things didn't look good. Sadly, Ruthy has been through this before, including 1991 when scud missiles landed in Israel and she had to wear a gas mask.

I also knew that she would go no matter what. Four hours after she landed, the air raid sirens and missiles started again.

While it was my decision to go, Ruthy told me to ignore what I saw on television because "You really don't feel it here." Many people said don't go. But one friend asked how I would feel if something happened to Ruthy while I stayed behind. She was right. But if I go and something happens to her, it happens to me too. By the way, we did our wills before she left. So in the end, I decided to go.

Why? Because it is family and they came to our wedding in 2005, albeit under calmer conditions in New Jersey. And how does it look if the only American invited chickened out.

I'm happy to report that despite two air raid warnings and one intercepted rocket, it turned out to be a great and uneventful vacation.

Statue at Yad Vashem Museum

It's always nice to travel with a local. Ruthy knew where and where not to go. The best thing though was the people who went out of their way to make us feel at home. We always had a place to sleep, good food and someone who spoke English. One night we stayed with Ariella, who lived modestly in a kibbutz, but insisted that we sleep in her bedroom while she slept on the sofa. The wedding and reception were great and we even met friends of ours visiting from the U.S.

We visited the Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem, which is emotional for most, especially for Ruthy, whose father survived Auschwitz.

One night, we stopped at a store in an Arab town to buy a gift for Ruthy's close friend, Wahed. We were greeted by two young Muslim girls and Ruthy asked if they preferred that we'd spoke Hebrew or English. The expression on their faces was amazing when they said English. They don't get a lot of tourists there and relish a chance to practice their English. The youngest spoke with absolutely no accent, (to a northerner like me). She wants to be a doctor and I wanted to hug her but knew it wasn't permissible in their culture.

My biggest complaint about Israel is crazy drivers. They cut each other off and motorcycles pass going highway speeds between cars.

I wholeheartedly recommend visiting Israel, not only for the history but the beauty of the land and its people. How many places can you visit and say you walked on the same path as Jesus?

Four legacy candidates on ballot; Peachtree Corners to tackle issues

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SEPT. 16, 2014 -- Georgians will see an unusual twist to the 2014 General Election. There are four "legacy" candidates running for statewide political office.


You probably know of three. There is David Perdue, cousin of the former Governor Sonny Perdue, seeking the U.S. Senate position. Opposing him is Michelle Nunn, daughter of the former long-serving Senator Sam Nunn, and Jason Carter, grandson of the former President and Governor Jimmy Carter, running for governor.

But the fourth? That would be Chris Irvin, grandson of the longtime Agricultural Commissioner Tommy Irvin, who left office four years ago. Chris Irvin is counting on many Georgians remembering his grandfather's 42 year tenure in office to swing some votes his way. Tommy Irvin holds the record as the longest-serving commissioner of agriculture in the United States, and the longest-serving statewide official in Georgia.

Chris Irvin likes to bring out the fact that when last running, in 2006, Tommy Irvin handily beat his opponents. He polled 1,168,371 votes, some 56 percent of the race against Republican Gary Black's 40.6 percent and Libertarian candidate Jack Cashin's 3.4 percent.

Will a majority of voters remember Tommy Irvin and support his grandson? No doubt some will. However, that last Irvin race for Agricultural Commissioner was in 2006, some eight years ago. And current Commissioner Gary Black was on the ballot in 2006, and again in 2010, when he won.

Chris Irvin is counting on that legacy, among other ways, to win. We'll see.

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The first two years of Peachtree Corners being a city has gone down as pretty easy and peaceful. As the city and its elected officials settled into their routines, there was not much controversy facing the Council. Other than setting up procedures and getting a functioning government in place, perhaps the biggest item to come before the Council was a decision to purchase 20.8 acres on Peachtree Parkway across from the Forum for a future center-city site. We presume that eventually that will include a center piece, a city hall. But that decision is way down the road.

However, two items on the agenda for tonight (Tuesday's) meeting of the Peachtree Corners council are both somewhat controversial.

The first item concerns a request by Crowell Brothers Funeral Home to operate a crematory at their location on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, under General Business category (G-2), within the existing business. At the meeting of the Planning Commission recently, a recommendation passed 4-0 to grant this request.

Operation of a crematory goes on in several Gwinnett cities, causing no problems at these locations. Modern crematory units are efficient, emit no odors, and cause no environmental problems. Not only that, but the Crowell Brothers have been in business for years, and have an exemplary record. We urge the Council to approve this permit.

It's anticipated that a proposal to hold a referendum on distilled spirits sales within the city will be put to the voters following action by the Council on Tuesday. This item was previously tabled at the August 19 meeting. Another item on the agenda is a request for alcoholic beverage license by one individual, which means only beer and wine can be sold until a distilled spirits referendum passes.

Peachtree Corners residents last year voted to have their own city to make such decisions locally. They are now employing this effort, and can look to their Council for this leadership.

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Right wing ramps up attacks and cycle of "dirty tricks"

Editor, the Forum:

The right-wing media propaganda from FOX, Limbaugh, The Wall Street Journal and talk radio have started to ramp up their attacks on the Democrats. Karl Rove is collecting millions of dollars from corporations. The Plutocrats and the Oligarchs such as the Koch brothers are pouring money into Senate and Governor Races.

It sometimes appears our democracy is for sale to the highest bidder. Some "dirty tricks" the Republicans are using this election cycle include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Voter suppression laws have been passed in many states with Republican dominated legislatures. Moreover, traditional voting places in minority neighborhoods have been closed and the numbers of early voting days have been decreased.
  • The "Citizens United" decision has allowed huge amounts of money to be given in secret by corporations to right wing PACs headed by political operatives.
  • Huge lies and, false information told by the candidates, their political operatives, and the right- wing media continues.
  • The Libertarian candidates are denied a place on the debate stage.
  • Some employers have encouraged and are intimidating employees to vote for Republicans.
  • Finally, subliminal racist remarks by Republican candidates continue to be the norm.

The minute Democrats try to fight back with increased voter registration in Georgia, the Republicans sound the alarm of voter fraud. An example of this is our Republican Secretary of State's attacks on a voter registration organization called the New Georgia Project.

Finally, Fulton and DeKalb came up with the idea of voting on Sunday. This idea was immediately attached by a Republican senator, who wants legislation to prohibit this in the future. This is a repeat of the last campaign and the way to overcome is to get out and vote.

-- George C. Wilson, Stone Mountain (Gwinnett)

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Gateway International Food and Music Festival coming Sept. 20

Local residents will soon be able to take a trip around the globe at a single festival.

The Gateway International Food and Music Festival, aimed at celebrating the rich culture of diversity in Metro Atlanta, will take place September 20 at Lillian Webb Park in Historic Downtown Norcross. It will feature top international talent. Purveyors of international cuisine and music will be on hand to provide entertainment for all ages.

Letycia Pastrana, executive director of the Gwinnett Community Alliance, the event organizer, says: "We want to establish an annual fundraising event that adequately represents the rich diversity we see every day in our community. We hope to provide people with a truly global experience that enriches their views of other cultures."

Admission is free for this all day event. Festivities will begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 6 p.m. For additional information (770) 403-1002.

Two days for Suwanee Fest, starting Sept. 20; Author to speak

Come to Suwanee Fest Saturday, September 20, to shop, eat, bounce, smile, groove, and make memories. Then come back Sunday, September 21, and do it all again! For the very first time, Suwanee's annual community festival is going to be celebrated over two days.

The "Red, White & You"-themed parade will kick off the festival at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 20. Former U.S. Army Capt. and New York Times best-selling author Luis Carlos Montalván and his service dog, Tuesday, will be the parade grand marshals. Presented in cooperation with the Gwinnett County Public Library, Montalván and Tuesday will also appear onstage at Town Center Park following the parade, at 11:20 a.m. for a presentation and "meet the author" event.

Nearly 200 arts and craft exhibitors, food vendors, community organizations, and sponsors will have booths at the festival. Admission to Suwanee Fest is free; there is a charge for inflatable rides. Find more information about Suwanee Fest, including off-site parking and shuttle information, at

Buford Business Alliance organizing 10th annual holiday festival

Join the Buford Business Alliance for the Historic Buford Holiday Festival and Parade ~ a fun filled day of performances, vendors, shopping, giveaways, holiday treats and a parade. This annual festival draws residents and families in the City of Buford and the surrounding area together to showcase the businesses, venues and people that make up the Historic Buford Area.

This is the 10th year event. Last year this event had more than 1,000 parade participants, 300+ school children and local artists on the stage and 75+ vendors and nearly 4,000 attendees enjoyed the festivities.

If you have questions or comments about your registration, special needs, or other organizational assistance, email (preferred) or call 678-677-3858.

If you have questions concerning a BBA membership, please email the Buford Business Alliance.

Next Suwanee Citizens Police Academy on October 7

Get a glimpse behind the badge and gain a better understanding of some of the complex situations that Suwanee police officers experience through this fall's Citizens Police Academy. Classes will be held from 6:30 until 9 p.m. weekly beginning October 7. The classes are usually on Tuesdays but sometimes on Mondays, depending on the week, at the Suwanee Police Training Center, 2966 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. Classes will end December 9; check the online application at for specific dates.

Registration is free, but notarized applications must be received by Friday, September 26. Priority is given to City of Suwanee residents or to those who work within the City.

Topics covered include crime scene processing, traffic stops, building searches, crime prevention, and narcotics identification.

The City of Suwanee Police Department offers this nine-week program to help strengthen the bond of friendship and cooperation among citizens and police officers. Through classes, citizens gain a better understanding of the risks and responsibilities of Suwanee police officers.

Gwinnett Tech continuing to catalog campus tree inventory

Gwinnett Technical College, a Tree Campus USA college, is updating the tree inventory for its urban forest on campus and is offering the community a chance to participate. The initial inventory cataloged more than 800 trees on the 90-acre campus.

The event will be held on Friday, September 19, from 10 a.m. until noon at Gwinnett Tech. Those interested in participating should contact for further instructions. Participants must be a minimum of 16 years of age and wear closed-toe shoes.

The event is perfect for aspiring horticulturists, including high school students, and will help introduce Gwinnett Tech's new Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certificate. The certificate will be offered spring semester, starting in January, as part of the college's Horticulture program. GIS is a tool that utilizes GPS hardware and mapping software to locate, store and analyze geographical data.

GTC was first named a Tree Campus USA college by the Arbor Day Foundation in 2009 by meeting five standards including having a campus tree advisory committee, campus tree care plan, a campus tree program with dedicated annual expenditures, a service learning project and an active observation of Arbor Day.

Jackson EMC Foundation awards $40,500 to assist in Gwinnett

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $107,500 in grants during their August meeting, including $40,500 to organizations serving Gwinnett County residents.

  • $15,000 to For Her Glory, a Gainesville agency that provides breast cancer patients with items that are not covered by insurance, such as wigs, bras, compression sleeves and gloves.

  • Jackson EMC District Manager Randy Dellinger (right) presents a $15,000 Jackson EMC Foundation grant check to Salvation Army of Lawrenceville Captain Andy Miller III that will be used to provide rent and mortgage assistance that will keep families from becoming homeless.
    $15,000 to the Salvation Army of Lawrenceville for the Family Emergency Services program, which prevents homelessness and stabilizes families by providing rent or mortgage financial assistance directly to the landlord or property holder; the agency provided 200 families with rent assistance in 2013.

  • $5,500 to Diamond In the Rough, a Snellville faith-based youth development and leadership program for girls 10-18, for the Clusters long-term mentoring and leadership development program which uses small group meetings one day per week for 1-2 hours during the school year to build self-image, character, leadership, health and wellness, financial stewardship, healthy relationships and spiritual enrichment.

  • $5,000 to the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta to develop science, technology, engineering and math leadership among Gwinnett County elementary school girls, using program staff and volunteers to deliver four to six sessions of It's Your Planet Love It and Imagine Your STEM Future curricula series.

Honor Untarnished
By General Donald V. Bennett

I served from 1955-58 under General Bennett when he was a colonel. I was a member of his color guard at Fort Knox and later in Germany. No grander a man was ever born than General Bennett. In the 1930's, Donald Bennett was admitted to West Point. He flunked math and was washed out of West Point, but was tutored for a year, passed the re-entry exam, and graduated in 1940. Four years later as a lieutenant colonel, he led the 63nd Armored Artillery Battalion, at Normandy and was awarded the nation second highest medal for bravery at Omaha Beach. He was wounded twice. In 1966 he became superintendent of West Point for three years. He retired in 1974 as a four star general. I was slightly disappointed about the book, since it did not cover his entire military career, but only the World War II part. The general died at the age of 90 in North Carolina.

-- Bob Giselbach, Buford

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Norman Blake, performer of Southern old-time bluegrass music

Norman Blake, a singer and instrumentalist, is a renowned performer of southern old-time, string-band, and bluegrass music. He has earned several Grammy Award nominations for his own albums and won fame for his performance on the influential soundtrack to the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000).

Blake, pictured at right, was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., on March 10, 1938, and spent his childhood in the Dade County communities of Sulphur Springs and Rising Fawn in northwest Georgia. He grew up listening to local musicians and to Grand Ole Opry radio broadcasts. Inspired by the old-time music of Uncle Dave Macon and the Carter Family, as well as the bluegrass music of Bill Monroe, Blake learned to play guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and Dobro (a guitar with a metal resonator). A versatile player of each of these instruments, Blake is most famous for his precise, rapid flat-picking of fiddle tunes on the guitar.

After quitting high school to play with the Dixieland Drifters on the "Tennessee Barn Dance" radio show on KNOX in Knoxville, Tenn., Blake then joined Bob Johnson to perform and record with the Lonesome Travelers bluegrass band.

The U.S. Army drafted Blake in 1961, but military service barely interrupted his music career. He formed a bluegrass band, the Fort Kobbe Mountaineers, while stationed in Panama and used his military leave time to continue recording with the Lonesome Travelers.

After his discharge, Blake moved to Nashville, Tenn., where his instrumental skills earned him work as a touring musician with June Carter and, later, as a regular musician for Johnny Cash's television show and touring group. He won praise as a session musician for his work on Bob Dylan's country album, Nashville Skyline (1969), Joan Baez's hit version of "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" (1971), and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Will the Circle Be Unbroken? (1972). Blake also toured or recorded with such notable musicians as Kris Kristofferson, John Hartford, Tony Rice, and Doc Watson.

In 1972 Blake married fellow musician Nancy Short. Together, they returned to Dade County, Ga., where he began a successful independent recording career, starting with the album Back Home in Sulphur Springs (1972). His lengthy discography includes more than 25 albums, which feature traditional fiddle tunes ("Whiskey before Breakfast," "Forked Deer,"), pre-World War II (1941-45) string-band songs ("Democratic Donkey," "Poor Old Dad"), and story songs ("Lincoln's Funeral Train"). He is also the composer of many new tunes, including "Church Street Blues" and "Chattanooga Sugar Babe," within these genres.

Blake's influence as a southern musician is extensive. His work covers scores of traditional old-time and bluegrass tunes. His recordings preserve and reinterpret the musical past with an authenticity and authority that helped prepare the way for the public's renewed interest in American roots music during the 1990s.

Blake's prominent role on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack and in the follow-up Carnegie Hall concert and national tour with his fellow O Brother musicians-including the Cox Family, Emmylou Harris, John Hartford, Alison Krauss, and Ralph Stanley-is a tribute to the stature and respect he has earned as a guardian and performer of southern traditional music.

Beautiful harbor

CLUE: Now where would this be? A beautiful harbor, houses all painted similarly, makes you think of New England. But is it? Send in where you think this is to, and be sure to include your hometown.

First in with in solving last edition's Mystery Photo was Karen Burnette Garner of Dacula: "This is the poppy art exhibit at the Tower of London, England." The photo was submitted by Chuck Paul of Norcross.

Former Gwinnett Librarian Jo Ann Pinder, now of Baltimore, Md., came through with a longer identification: "It is the ceramic red poppies installed at the Tower of London entitled "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" for Remembrance Day. There are 888,246 poppies on the grounds of the Tower - one for every soldier from the UK, Australia and the Commonwealth killed during the Great War." She adds: "Here in Baltimore we are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner, with Tall Ships, the Blue Angels and massive fireworks displays." GwinnettForum is pleased to hear from Jo Ann.

Tom Merkel of Berkeley Lake, Alexandra Huggins from Cary, N.C., Alexis Stryker of Lawrenceville, Linda Gepfer of Norcross, and Susan McBrayer, Sugar Hill, also came through with correct answers, as did Harriet Nichols of Trickum, who said: "I have never been to London, but I thought this to be the Tower of London. This is a wonderful expression of remembrance of members of the British Empire military who died in WWI. The blood-red poppies seem to flow from a tower window into the surrounding moat. Some people might have to be as old as I am in order to understand the connection of the red poppy and Armistice Day. We wore a red paper poppy on that day of remembrance. Read the poem, 'In Flanders Fields', by John McCrae."

Hold on!

This young man seems intent on holding on as he rides a Mechanical Bull and gets bounced around at the Gwinnett County Fair in Lawrenceville. Photographer Frank Sharp visited the beginning of the fair last week, which continues all this week. The Fairgrounds are off Sugarloaf Parkway near Georgia Highway 20 in Lawrenceville.



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Can You Believe Party System Founded for This Reason?

"The Party System was founded on one national notion of fair play. It was the notion that folly and futility should be fairly divided between both sides."

-- British essayist, critic, poet and novelist Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936),via Marshall Miller, Lilburn.




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The fanciest event of the year for the Duluth Fall Festival Committee is coming up on Thursday, September 18 at the Payne-Corley House. This is Duluth's most beautiful historic home, which is now an elegant catering venue in Downtown Duluth. The Festival Taste of Duluth will include over a dozen of Duluth's finest restaurants and beverage stores. This is held in honor of our 140 plus sponsors and other supporters. The Festival will take place September 27-28.

11th Annual Networking Fair of the Community Council of Gwinnett County, Wednesday, September 17, from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., at Gwinnett Technical College, Building 100, Room 401. The 2014 fair will gather together the individuals and organizations that are committed to addressing the multi cultural and diverse needs of Gwinnett's citizens, with the theme, "Community Connections." For more information, contact Mary Williams at 770 925-1498.

Gwinnett Schools Are the Topic of the September 17 meeting of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, as Gwinnett School Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks makes the address. The event will be at 11:30 a.m. at The 1818 Club in Duluth. Come hear about the 173,000 students and how the county educates them. Contact Cally D'Angelo at 678 957 4958 for more details.

Fort Daniel Frontier Fair, Saturday, September 20 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 2505 Braselton Highway, Hog Mountain. Sponsored by the Fort Daniel Foundation, and the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society. There will be re-enactors, a trading post, food and demonstrations. The Skillet Lickers will entertain at 1 p.m., and there will be Native American storytelling at 2 p.m. There is free parking. More details here.

(NEW) VIP Reception for the Gateway International Food and Music Festival, Saturday, September 20, from noon until 1 p.m. at 45 South Cafe for the Festival, which is from 11 a.m. to until 6 p.m. that same day at Lillian Webb Park.

(NEW) Japan Fest will be held Sept.20-21 at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday. This will be the 29th annual Japan Fest, designed to promote understanding between Japanese and Americans in the Southeast. Tickets are $8. Children age 6 or younger free. Teachers can bring their students to JapanFest for free by applying online.

Suwanee Fest will be a two-day event for 2014, to be held on Sept. 20-21. There will be nearly 200 arts, craft, jewelry and food vendors on hand at Town Center Park. Activities kick off at 10 a.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday. There's free off-site parking with shuttle transportation. For more info, visit

Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter will be the featured speaker at the Philadelphia Winn Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Constitution Week, is Sept. 17 - 23, and his topic will be the U.S. Constitution. The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. at Ashton Living Center, 1155 Lawrenceville Highway. It is free and open to the public.

Market Extension: The Lilburn City Market on Main is extending its season until September 30. The market is opening evenings on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. in the Greenway parking lot across from City Hall. For more information, contact Rozalyn Schmitt, City of Lilburn event coordinator, 770-638-2225

Re-Development Forum for 2014: Thursday, October 16, 7: 30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Studio Movie Grill, Duluth. Topics include maximizing re-development, financing and opportunities through Public-Private Partnerships. Keynote speaker will be Ellen Durham Jones of Georgia Tech, talking on "Sustaining vibrant communities." To register, click here.

Exhibit of eight artists continues through December 2 at George Pierce Park Community Center in Suwanee. Eight female artists will showcase their talents, including watercolor, acrylic, oil, color pencil, mixed media, collage, and pen and ink with color pencil. A reception will be held on Sept. 4 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 678-277-0910.


9/12: Remembering Jim Cowart
9/9: DeKalb to offer Sunday voting
9/5: The 2014 elections
9/2: Police personnel raids

8/29: Little Free Library
8/26: Buford's Michael Brown
8/22: Oh, for Braves of past
8/19: Good idea about Olympics
8/15: Churchill and battlefronts
8/12: New Duluth manager
8/8: On corporate moves
8/5: Club recognizes bus drivers
8/1: On better candidates

7/29: Good week for Atlanta
7/25: Can GOP keep control?
7/22: Peachtree Corners update
7/18: On election runoffs
7/15: Gwinnett's water use
7/11: Georgia Guidestones
7/8: 40 years in Gwinnett
7/3: Primary runoff endorsements
7/1: About the shining sun

6/27: A busy Congress
6/20: Property mystery solved
6/17: Civil War, tanning, more
6/13: On cleaning your plate
6/10: Fairness cuts several ways
6/6: Obama's carbon emissions plan
6/3: "Community Through Diversity"


9/12: Hassell: Land Trust
9/9: Varga: Peace Corps novel
9/5: Szabo: Solicitor's caseload
9/2: Foreman: Phone hacking

8/29: Waters: Consider liberalism
8/26: Swanson: On an internship
8/22: Stewart: Dog-tethering law
8/19: Sever: Road timing improves
8/15: Brill: Helmet sensors
8/12: Light: Cannon heads GTC
8/8: Fenton: Corporate Games
8/5: A. Brack: Summers to be hotter
8/1: Starnes: Enjoy writing

7/29: Lail: House fire, part 2
7/25: Lail: House fire, part 1
7/22: DeWilde: Suwanee's Cinderella
7/18: Zaken: Glance Gwinnett
7/15: Callina: Gift card scam
7/11: Cochran: Closed meetings
7/8: Lang: On health care act
7/3: Miller: Leukemia grants
7/1: Andrews: Sugar Hill's EpiCenter

6/27: Georgia Cup criterium
6/20: Gross: L'ville's 4th
6/17: Gardner: Senate bid
6/13: Adcock: Clinic openings
6/10: Wilson: GGC's top athletics
6/6: Waters: Leadership Gwinnett
6/3: Myers: GA-PMOC graduation


Gwinnett Forum publisher Elliott Brack suggests that Gwinnett County needs a long-range list of continuing objectives for improving the county. Read more.

  • Development of a two-party system for county offices
  • Moving statewide non-partisan judge election runoffs to the General Election
  • Light rail for Gwinnett from Doraville MARTA station to Gwinnett Arena
  • Extension of Gwinnett Place CID area to include Arena and Discovery Mills Mall
  • Banning of tobacco in all Gwinnett parks
  • Making Briscoe Field a commercial airport for jet-age travel
  • More diverse candidates for political offices and appointment to local boards
  • Physical move of former St. Gerard's Catholic Church in Buffalo, N.Y., to Norcross
  • Creative efforts to support the arts in Gwinnett
  • Advancement and expansion of city and Gwinnett historical societies
  • Stronger regulation of late-night establishments with alcoholic licenses
  • Requiring the legislature to meet once every two years.
  • Development of more community gardens.

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