News for Sunday, July 24, 2005

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Winn-Dixie receives bids on two stores

When Winn-Dixie announced it was closing its metro Atlanta SaveRite stores, it prompted a "hear we go again" among Gwinnett's passionate revitalization folks - politician and homeowner alike.

Littleton finds new home at Birch Ridge

Among Adam Littleton's career goals was the desire to be a head golf professional by the age of 30.

What's going on here?

What's going on here?" is a weekly column that appears in the Sunday business section of the Gwinnett Daily Post. If you see a construction site and don't know what's being built, call Douglas Sams, business reporter, at 770-963-9205, ext. 1321, or e-mail him at doug.sams@gwinnettdailypost.com

Leadership Gwinnett class to begin in August

From Staff Reports

Ten simple rules to live by (That can hang on a courthouse wall)

It was a fight that needed to be fought even though the chances of victory were naught.

The Barrow County Commissioners did the right thing by challenging John Doe's lawsuit to remove a courthouse display of the Ten Commandments.

They also did the right thing last week by settling the two-year-old court fight, saving the time and expense of a quixotic battle. For those footing the bill (Barrow taxpayers), the ends did not justify the means.

America is a great place and debates over issues such as religion and government are what made it great. But shouldn't the will of the people count for something in the eyes of our courts?

And forgive us if we are confused over why the U.S. Supreme Court can display Moses holding the Ten Commandments, but the people of Barrow County can't.

No one was being forced to read Barrow's display. The county was not demanding the Commandments be followed, no moreso than someone passing by a church is forced to go inside and worship.

Perhaps America's zeal to be fair and welcoming has been over-interpreted by our courts. We are an amicable people and don't like for others to feel uncomfortable. Our accommodations end when our own rights and privileges - the freedom to worship among them - are jeopardized.

The law of the land is being written and that law has no tolerance for any mix at any level of religion and government - even a relatively innocuous display of God's law hanging on a courthouse wall.

Despite being outlawed on government property, the Ten Commandments can teach us a few things. They are a set of worthy recommendations, suggestions really, on how people of all cultures and creeds should live their lives.

If we can agree on that, there should be no problem with posting a set of guidelines promoting civil behavior:

1. Realize how wonderful the world is and give credit to its creator.

2. Don't be distracted by others who claim to be the creator or are falsely credited with designing the earth and the universe.

3. Respect your creator in word.

4. Respect your creator in thought.

5. Appreciate the gift of life and those who gave it to you.

6. Appreciate the gift of life by not taking it from another.

7. Practice monogamy.

8. Don't take what is not yours.

9. Don't lie.

10. Be happy with your life. Don't be jealous of what others have.

(A note to John Doe of Barrow County and the American Civil Liberties Union: The list above has no connection, is not based on and is in no way representative of the Ten Commandments.)

It seems these 10 simple rules for living would be appropriate to hang in our homes, in our churches .. and in our courthouses. Anyone have a problem with that?

World Briefs

London police say man shot unrelated to latest bombings

People Briefs

De Niro scoping out Dominican Republic for film

DFCS seeks bags for foster children

From Staff Reports

Gwinnettians meet Bush during Atlanta visit

Leading one of the country's biggest Republican strongholds has its perks.

Local soldier takes part in rebuilding Iraq

Editor's Note: This is part of an occasional series of Gwinnett County military serving in Iraq.

Facility offers care to victims of sexual assault

Ann Burdges

Georgia is the hardest place to vote in America

The nation marks the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 on Aug. 6. Georgia officials ought to do something special on that day.

Nation Briefs

Countdown on for NASA launch

Third-generation business owner builds successful tire company

Gwinnett business has changed over the past decade. Major companies employing hundreds of workers have moved to the county. But Gwinnett is also known for the success of its small businesses. So, every Sunday, the Post will profile the small businesses that have helped Gwinnett thrive. Interested in a business profile? E-mail Christy Smith at c15smith@yahoo.com.

Bicycling ordinance creates stir

BERKELEY LAKE - Nearly every seat was filled at Thursday night's City Council meeting, with most attendants showing up to have their say regarding first read of a proposed city ordinance regulating cycling on certain streets within the city - Lakeshore Drive, Ridge Road and Little Ridge Road.

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Thumbs up

The Daily Post gives a thumbs up to Gwinnett citizens who have stood apart this week.

Marketplace

Want to get your business news in the paper? Call Doug Sams, business reporter, at 770 963-9205, ext. 1321, or e-mail him at doug.sams@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Letters to the Editor

Title III about more than parking spaces

Auburn chief worried phones might not survive heavy storm

AUBURN - In what is shaping up to be another volatile hurricane season, Auburn's police chief is concerned another storm like the one that knocked out the city's power last fall could leave the department without telephones.

Tommy Carlyle

Tommy Allen Carlyle, age 47, of Cumming died Saturday, July 23, 2005. A Funeral Service will be held at 2 P.M. Monday, July 25, 2005 in the Chapel of Tapp ...

Genoveva Sanchez

Mrs. Genoveva Sanchez, age 68, of Buford, Georgia passed away Friday, July 22, 2005. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA ...

Mary Seay

Mary Eugenia Elizabeth Seay, age 89, of Suwanee, GA passed away July 23, 2005. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.