Gwinnettians' chance to talk about health care is coming Thursday.
U.S. Rep. John Linder, whose district includes much of Gwinnett, will host a town hall meeting on the controversial subject along with U.S. Rep. Tom Price.
The Republicans will discuss the Democrat health care reform proposal as well as HR 3400, the Republican alternative authored by Price and co-sponsored by Linder.
The event is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the theater at North Gwinnett High School, 20 Level Creek Road in Suwanee.
Health care town hall meetings across the country have produced some interesting scenes this summer.
Councilmen to seek new terms
Two more Suwanee councilmen have announced they will seek re-election.
Jace Brooks and Kevin McOmber both said they will seek new terms in the Nov. 3 election. The two, along with fellow incumbent Dan Foster, will file qualifying papers this week.
"It has been an honor to serve the people of Suwanee for the past seven years as a member of the City Council," Brooks said. "When I was first elected to this position, I promised to provide Suwanee with the visionary leadership needed to ensure that the city would grow while we preserved the qualities that have made it such a wonderful place to live. Today, Suwanee is recognized nationally as one of the best small cities in the country. I feel I've fulfilled my promise."
Brooks said he wants to use his expertise as a financial planner to help ensure the city continues to be a place where businesses thrive.
McOmber, a civil engineer who won his first election with 76 percent of the vote four years ago, is seeking his second term on the council.
"During these challenging economic times, it is critical that we elect officials that have the knowledge and leadership necessary to protect our quality of life," he said.
Balfour on open-heart lawsuit
Sen. Don Balfour recently decried the lawsuits filed to stop state approval of Gwinnett Medical Center's open heart program.
"Emory (Hospital)'s argument that Gwinnett residents already have adequate access to open-heart programs may very well have been true 30 years ago, but after decades of growth it is no longer feasible to reach one of these hospitals safely in a 30-minute window," said Balfour, the Snellville man who heads the Senate Rules Committee. "Area drivers know that it can often take hours to navigate metro Atlanta traffic, and these are precious moments for someone who is experiencing a heart attack. When you are dealing with a medical emergency, it is imperative that time is on your side.
"The promise of the Hippocratic Oath is to 'Above all, do no harm.' By attempting to prevent the 700,000 citizens of Gwinnett from getting timely and convenient cardiac care, representatives from Emory and Piedmont hospitals are treading on centuries of honest and ethical medical care."
Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.
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