News for Friday, March 31, 2006

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Sara Ann Claborn

Sara Ann Claborn, age 66, of Buford, GA passed away Thursday, March 30, 2006 after an extended illness. She is preceded in death by father and mother, Will and Jewell ...

Edith Taylor Mclin

Mrs. Edith Taylor McLin, age 89, of Suwanee, GA passed away on March 30, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband, John W. McLin and daughter, Karen Lee ...

Benjamin James Foxworth

Benjamin James Foxworth, infant son of Daniel and Rebecca Foxworth, died March 30, 2006. Graveside Services will be held Saturday, April 1, 2006 at Gwinnett Memorial Park in Lawrenceville, GA ...

GAC breaks ground on aquatic center

NORCROSS - After years of practicing in rented lanes, and not being able to host meets, swimmers at Greater Atlanta Christian School will soon have a pool to call their own.

North Gwinnett boys upset Duluth 1-0 in overtime

DULUTH - Patrick McHugh saved three penalty kicks helping North Gwinnett defeat Duluth 1-0, winning 3-1 in penalty kicks.

The Bulldogs (5-7, 2-5) received excellent defensive play from Stuart Murphy, Connor Swartout, Gustavo Jimenez and Michael Recchia.

DE Obi commits to UGA

Conrad Obi had more big-time early scholarship offers than any football player in Grayson history, but the junior didn't need too much time to think his college decision over.

Kuchar looking to break recent PGA Tour luck

DULUTH - Matt Kuchar's bid for better luck on the PGA Tour got off to a nice start on Thursday.

Coles rides momentum into Classic

DULUTH - Last week Gavin Coles struggled in a Nationwide Tour event until the last five holes.

Belk to open at Mall of Georgia

BUFORD - Belk kicked off a month of special events with a pre-grand opening affair Thursday evening in its new Mall of Georgia store. The store will open its doors to the public at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the former Lord and Taylor's location.

Police Reports

Women's purse stolen from restaurant

•NORCROSS - A woman's purse was stolen out of an Atlanta Bread Company booth when she went to collect her food at the counter.

Lake lovers: State failed in monitoring

LAWRENCEVILLE - Lake Lanier advocates say they are not surprised the popular reservoir is being placed on a federal list of polluted waterways.

Parkview shuts out Shiloh

LILBURN - All it takes is one goal.

Man indicted in rape of common-law wife

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Gwinnett County grand jury this week indicted a man accused of raping and beating his common-law wife.

According to the indictment, 34-year-old Miguel Angel Morales-Rivera threatened his wife with a butcher knife and raped her on Jan. 1. She reportedly suffered bruising and scratching on her arms, face and back.

In a request for a 12-month restraining order filed by the wife several days after his arrest, she said Morales-Rivera fought with her on Dec. 30, covered her mouth with a towel and hit her in the face and head. He also put a knife to her stomach, the court file says.

Desbiens scores game winner in Gladiators' 1-0 victory

The Gwinnett Gladiators became the third team this season in the ECHL to reach 100 or more points in a season as they grinded out a 1-0 victory over the Augusta Lynx on Thursday night in Augusta.

Gwinnett now has 101 points on the season as Las Vegas and Alaska have already moved past the century mark this year. The Wranglers have posted 106 points while the Aces have 104 on the year. With the win, the Gladiators improve to 47-13-7 on the season.

In brief

Delphi to ask judge to cancel contract

•DETROIT - In a move that would send shudders through an ailing U.S. auto industry, Delphi Corp. was expected to ask a federal judge to cancel its union contracts today following months of trying to reach an agreement with General Motors Corp. and its unions to lower workers' wages.

Advisory panel discusses impact fees

LAWRENCEVILLE - In a discussion led by a University of Georgia economist, an advisory panel helped county residents gain a clearer understanding of impact fees and Georgia law at a Thursday meeting.

Lefty in love with Sugarloaf

If illegal is right, what's wrong?

There's nothing like the sight of 500,000 protesters on U.S. turf, demanding rights in Spanish while waving Mexican flags, to stir Americans from their siestas.

In Los Angeles, the iconic phrase may be "Si se puede," but in Muncie, it's "What the ... ?"

Suddenly, in the flash of a newscast, polite political debate about guest worker programs visually morphed into what seemed like a full-blown invasion.

Demonstrations have the desired effect of focusing attention on an idea -- and television cameras can tighten that focus so that a slow drip looks like a tsunami. But the same imagery can backfire. I suspect that the sight of so many people demanding rights to which they have no legal claim will not help the cause of illegals in this country, even if it motivates politicians to act, well, politically.

Let's just say that convincing others of one's desire to become an American citizen would be more effective if one were to do so in English -- while waving an American flag. Just imagine how welcome 500,000 bubbas waving American flags and chanting, "Hell no, we won't go," would be in Mexico City.

Now before I'm accused of being biased against Latinos, let me be clear. Yo quiero a los Latinos. I could go on in Espanol, but when in America, I always say, do as the Americans do. Speak English. Otherwise, I'm over-the-top pro-Latino and pro-immigrant.

I grew up in Florida with Cubans as my closest friends, and my stepfather is Mexican -- a legal immigrant who came to this country at age 16 to attend medical school.

I am, in other words, an unapologetic Hispanophile.

But, like a majority of Americans who think Congress should secure our borders, I'm a fan of laws and of those who respect them -- even though I occasionally turn right on red when the sign says not to.

The question of what to do with some 11 million to 20 million illegal immigrants already living and working in this country may be too problematic for mere politicians. The issue is exacerbated by our refusal to speak plain, non-PC English about what's what. Illegal immigrants are not "undocumented workers." They're illegal. And, if we're to use the legal language accurately, they're "aliens."

Then again, when we talk about illegal aliens, it is useful to remind ourselves that we're also talking about human beings. To see television images of shadows crossing the desert into the U.S. is to see criminals intent on misdeeds rather than poor people, hundreds of whom die each year in the process, trying to find jobs and plenty to eat.

As we've been told hundreds of times, these people do the work Americans won't do, which is both true and not true. It is true that Americans don't want to work for the low wages that illegal workers gratefully earn, but not necessarily true that no American would do those jobs under any circumstances.

Steven Camarota, research director for the Center for Immigration Studies (cis.org), says that unemployment figures tell the truer story of how native workers are being crowded out of the market by cheap labor: 11 percent of American construction workers are unemployed, as are 9 percent of workers in food processing and 11 percent in cleaning and maintenance.

"The least educated Americans are getting hurt," he says.

Standing around a Washington, D.C., Metro station the other day, I watched a Latino sweeping the tiled floor. He was one of those people you barely notice -- an invisible soul, dignified, unobtrusive -- but plainly attentive to his job. I don't know if he's here legally, but I do know the floor was spotless. I tried to imagine any other American doing the same job. A college student? Another minority? Is there really an involuntarily unemployed American citizen keeping warm on a street grate because this small brown man is sweeping the floor of an underground tunnel?

Before I bleed to death or start writing poetry, let me balance this romantic view of the illegal immigrant with another nugget: About 27 percent of all inmates in the federal prison system are criminal aliens, according to government figures.

Then again, millions of illegals who are otherwise law-abiding people have lived here for 10 to 20 years, buying houses, attending parent-teacher meetings and giving birth to native-born Americans.

Although there seems no simple solution to such a complex issue, two nagging thoughts persist: (1) The right to protest was a gift from America's Founding Fathers to the nation's citizens, ergo, noncitizens should protest in their own countries; and (2) the purpose of the legislative branch of government is to pass laws that serve the best interests of the nation's citizens.

Which may mean, No se puede.

Assembly OKs budget, wave of other bills

camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com

ATLANTA - Georgia lawmakers gave final approval Thursday night to an $18.65 billion budget, sending the spending plan to Gov. Sonny Perdue's desk in the final hours of this year's legislative session.

France is not the model for America

We have seen the possible future of America -- and it is France! This week, hundreds of thousands of young French citizens took to the streets to demand job security and more guaranteed entitlements, as if they don't already have enough.

Getting to Know ... Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce, 35, is the head baseball coach at Collins Hill and has led the Eagles to an 8-3 mark so far this season.

OBITUARIES

PADEN, BETTY

Betty K. Paden, age 70 of Buford, died Wednesday, March 29, 2006. A Funeral Service will be held at Hog Mountain Baptist Church on Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 2 P.M. Rev. Barney Williams and Rev. J. P. Darracott will officiate. Burial will follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park. Mrs. Paden is survived by her husband of 21 years, Billy Paden; Son, Gene Davis, Homer; Son and Daughter-in-law, Wayne and Mellonie Davis, Dacula; Brothers and Sisters-in-law, J. D. and Bessie Kerlin, Harold and Mary Evelyn Kerlin, Billy and Pat Kerlin, all of Lawrenceville, Donald and Laverne Kerlin, Buford; Grandchildren, Erin Pinkley, Homer, Nicholas Davis, Brittany Davis, both of Dacula; Great Grandchildren, Ava, Alex, and Lora Pinkley, all of Homer; many nieces and nephews also survive. Mrs. Paden retired in 1996 from Lovable after 21 years and was a member of Hog Mountain Baptist Church. The family will receive friends Friday, March 31, 2006 from 12 P.M. til 9 P.M. at Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345.

BUFORD

CLABORN, SARAH

Ms. Sarah Claborn, age 66, of Buford, GA, passed away March 30, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.*

SADLER, BILLY

Mr. Billy Sadler, age 53, of Buford GA, passed away March 30, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.*

DACULA

BOURDON, JOHN

John Francis Bourdon, age 76 of Dacula, GA, passed away March 29, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.*

JONES, KERRY

Kerry Michael Jones, age 56 of Dacula, GA, died March 30, 2006. He is survived by his wife, Lynn Jones; daughter, Hannah Jones; son, Mason Jones, all of Dacula; brother and sister-in-law, Patrick and Patty Jones of Quincy, FL; an aunt and other family members to include, Myrtis Haley, Gary and Gena Smith and children; Tony and Laurie Smith and children; John and Rhonda Haley and children; Katherine and Oscar Will and children; Barbara and Michael Kuzara and children; devoted friends, Chuck and Cynthia Black. Mr. Jones was employed as a Title Examiner for Haley & Haley Attorneys, LLC in Buford for the past 16 years. He was also a professional musician, singer and song writer. He was a backup singer for several country artist, such as Doug Stone, Ty Herndon and John Michael Montgomery to name a few. He had several gold and double platinum albums for background vocals and had recently worked with artist, Randall Bramblett. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 1 at 4pm at Wages Snellville Chapel. The family will receive friends Saturday from 2 until service time at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .

LITHONIA

CHANDLER,

CLINTON

Woven into the fabric of our minds, hearts, and souls is the influence that Clinton L. Chandler has had on our lives. He was preceded in crossing the River Jordan by Parents, Rev. W. Fred Chandler and Mrs. Ruby Chandler of Pleasant Hill Road in Rockdale County, and by Sister, Myrtle Broadnax. He is survived by Wife of 56 years, Bonnie Sibyl Moore Chandler; Sons & Daughters-in-law and their Daughters: Mike & Sherrie Chandler, Lee Anne & Christa of Rockdale County, Melvin & Marsha Chandler, Heather, Jennifer, & Jessica of Gwinnett County; Brothers: Weyman Chandler and Ronnie Chandler; Sister: Dean Stephenson; Several Nieces & Nephews. Clinton proudly served in the Armed Forces of our Country and was stationed in Heilbronn, Germany with the 9th Infantry Division. After being honorably discharged from the Army on January 31, 1958, he went to work for the Clorox Company and was employed there from 1962 until retirement in 1993. Since then Clinton has battled heart and lung disease. His quality of life has been more enjoyable during this battle because of the dedication of his Doctor and Friend, Dr. Kenneth A. Hoose, Jr. and the Staff at the Dekalb Medical Center. Clinton was a proud member of Peachtree Road Baptist Church, Suwanee. He will be sent to his reward by his three Brothers-in-law: Dr. Tolbert Moore, Dr. Preston Moore, and Rev. Jim Moore, on Saturday at 3 PM at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church located on Pleasant Hill Road in Rockdale County. The remains will be placed instate at 2 PM. Interment Sodom Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 6-9 PM and Saturday from 1-2 PM at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA 30078, 770-979-5010.

SNELLVILLE

ROBERTS,

MARGARET

Margaret Roberts of Snellville, Georgia, passed away peacefully on March 29, 2006. She was a devoted sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Her limitless loving and caring for her family and friends will be missed. Margaret was born March 19, 1941, in Scottdale, Georgia. Margaret is survived by her two children Randall (Karen) Anderson (Snellville, GA), Craig (Beth) Anderson (McDonough, GA), her sister; Jeanette Hughes (Snellville, GA), three grandchildren; David, Ashley and Leslie. Nephew; John Bruce and daughter Megan. Niece; Susan (David) Hammer and their children; William, Shelby Kay, Jared and Carly; by her church family of Trinity United Methodist Church (Duluth), GA), friends and coworkers from Hormel & Co (Tucker, GA), friends of the Snellville Keenager Bowlers and her long time Bingo friends of Snellville and Loganville. She will be deeply missed. Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 2, at 2:30pm at Wages Snellville Chapel with The Rev. Dr. Robert E. Powers and Brother John Smith officiating. Interment at Eternal Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Friday and Saturday from, 2 - 4 and 6 - 8pm at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770/979-3200 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

SIMPSON,

KATHERINE

Katherine Simpson, age 81 of Snellville, GA died March 29, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Simpson and is survived by her daughter, Donna Simpson of Snellville; son and daughter-in-law, Fred Randall and Catherine Simpson of Rome; sisters, Yvonne Leverett of Loganville, Beverly Oliver of Brownsboro, TX; granddaughter, Nicole and Johannes Hage; great granddaughter, Alaina Bassett. Mrs. Simpson was retired from Ashland Chemical Company, where she was employed for over 20 years. She attended Loganville Baptist Church and was active in the Dorcas Class at the church. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 1 at 11am at Wages Snellville Chapel. Interment at Snellville Historical Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 until 8pm at the funeral home. Those desiring may make donations to the Lymphoma and Leukemia Foundation, in memory of Katherine Simpson. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .

SUWANEE

MCLIN, EDITH

Mrs. Edith McLin, age 89, of Suwanee, GA, passed away March 30, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.*

Sports calendar

Baseball

Monday-Friday: Renz Baseball will be holding a baseball/softball Spring Break Camp April 3-7 from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. each day. The cost per camper is $125. Eight indoor baseball/softball cages and private lessons are available. For more information or to register, visit renzbaseball.com or call 770-271-4554.

County names Rolader new fire chief

LAWRENCEVILLE - A new fire chief Thursday was appointed to head the Gwinnett County Fire Department, less than two months after the last one was forced out because of neglected school inspections.

Steve Rolader, who joined the department as an entry-level firefighter in 1976 and over the years was promoted to assistant chief, has been the acting fire chief since former Chief Jack McElfish was forced to resign in February.

Molestation suspect arrested in Auburn

AUBURN - A 20-year-old Conyers resident was arrested and charged with child molestation after he allegedly had sex with a 14-year-old on three different occasions.

State briefs

Atlanta sues travel Web sites over hotel taxes

•ATLANTA - Georgia's capital city has sued a dozen online travel Web sites, saying travel booking sites have charged customers millions of dollars of hotel taxes that are not forwarded to the city.

Letters to the Editor

Shipp misses the boat with his views

In typical liberal fashion, Bill Shipp rips everything having to do with Republicans, free markets, lower taxes and corporate America, which has given us the stock market and millions of outstanding jobs over the years.

I suppose Bill prefers the far left socialist system, high unemployment and riots in France to our free market economy. As a typical liberal, he gives Jane Fonda a pass for her anti-American activities and calls conservatives who hold her accountable names such as "Gold Dome thumb twittlers" and "reprobates" who are full of "stupidity." His version of this year's legislative session has nothing to do with reality and everything to do with his darkly stained partisan glasses.

Shipp is a socialist liberal and believes the government is the answer to all our woes and Republicans are the root of all evil.

I am in support of some of my taxes going to a government safety net that helps the disabled and people get back on their feet. But, the kind of "government should do everything" system Democrats want is dangerous and would destroy our economy, our health care system and lose more jobs.

Just look at the riots in France, or the strike in Germany by health care workers in a government-run system with too little pay and you will see our future under Democrats as their party has careened over the years to the far left on fiscal, social and moral issues. Put the Democrats back in control, not a chance. Georgians see this; too bad Bill doesn't.

Judge allows evidence from Hearn's death

LAWRENCEVILLE - Evidence in the Richmond County case against a prominent dentist in the death of the doctor's estranged girlfriend can be used in his Gwinnett trial on murder charges in the death of his wife, a judge ruled Thursday.

Golfers enjoy fringe benefits

DULUTH - It takes more than a $954,000 winner's check to lure the world's best golfers to the BellSouth Classic.