OUR VIEW: A reminder to wear life jackets and be safe this boating season

Wear it. That’s the simple message the United States Coast Guard Auxilary is sharing as the weather warms and boaters get back on the waters of Lake Lanier. The coming week is National Safe Boating Week and the auxilary along with the National Safe Boating Council is reminding boaters to wear life jackets.

OUR VIEW: Relay For Life shows community at its best

Gwinnett County’s Relay For Life was No. 1 in the world last year, but the people who help put on the American Cancer Society event like to joke that the county is No. 1 in the universe. From Friday night through Saturday morning that seemed to be true, as the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds became a central point in the fight against cancer.

OUR VIEW: Wilbanks’ long tenure has given GCPS leadership and continuity

J. Alvin Wilbanks is nearing the end of his 50th year in the field of education. He has spent 19 years of that time as superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools, a long tenure that has produced more than a few highlights as well as plenty of critics. Wilbanks is the first to tell you that comes with the territory.

OUR VIEW: Week offers more examples of Gwinnett volunteerism

This past week you didn’t have to look too hard to find a couple of good examples of the county’s volunteer spirit. You can find a large number of volunteers at the Greater Gwinnett Championshipt golf tournament at the TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth.

OUR VIEW: A very impressive week for Gwinnett County Schools

Students and faculty at Gwinnett County Public Schools took this past week off. Accolades for the school system did not.

OUR VIEW: Gwinnett Place Mall area still vital to county

Growth and changes in the county have altered the literal and figurative landscape of the Gwinnett Place area and the opening of the Mall of Georgia in Buford shifted shopping habits. Despite those changes, the Duluth-based mall remains an important part of the county’s economy and interest in its revitalization was evident by the large group — a standing room only crowd of more than 200 — that attended a breakfast discussion about the area put on by Partnership Gwinnett on Friday.

OUR VIEW: Pubic safety awards reminder of true valor

In a world where there seems to be an honor or trophy for everyone in the entertainment business, another awards ceremony seems needless. But the Valor Awards, put on each year by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, aren’t just any awards.

OUR VIEW: Health initiative is a much needed excercise

There are plenty of numbers for Gwinnett County to be proud of, but this is not one —26 percent of adults living in the county are obese. As a state Georgia ranks as the 20th most obese, with that number and Gwinnett’s coming from a 2013 report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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OUR VIEW: Bartels will be missed at Gwinnett Tech

J. Alvin Wilbanks put it aptly when he said that Sharon Bartels is “the poster child for lifelong learning.” The superintendent and CEO of Gwinnett County Public Schools had many nice things to say about his former co-worker after the annoncement that she will be retiring from her position as president of Gwinnett Technical College on May 1.

OUR VIEW: Boy Scouts, honorees deserve thumbs up for American Values Dinner

This past week brought several people and things that deserve a thumbs up, led by the honorees at the annual American Values Dinner hosted by the Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The event, held Tuesday night at the Gwinnett Center, featured a crowd of more than 400 Boy Scouts and their parents.

OUR VIEW: In Snellville, the neighborhood watch is a SNAP

This week we give a thumbs up to Tricia Rawlins. The Snellville resident turned something bad — a break-in at her home — onto something good, a neighborhood watch program that utilizes a private Facebook page for Snellville residents to keep in touch about what’s going on in their neighborhoods.

OUR VIEW: STAR luncheon perfect highlight of student-teacher relationship

There are many talented students and teachers here in Gwinnett County, but at each school only one of each is designated as a STAR. The annual STAR (Student Teacher Appreciation Recognition) banquet was held this week, and what makes the event stand out is the honoring of the relationship between student and teacher.

OUR VIEW: Weathering the storm

As the sun shines this weekend and the deep freeze of the past week fades into history, we should be thankful that the ice storm wasn’t worse and that the decisions our leaders made worked well.

OUR VIEW: Long list of football signees shows Gwinnett’s strength in numbers

Gwinnett players will compete at all levels — 45 at Division I, eight in the Ivy League, many at Division II and III and some in junior college — and all will have the chance to develop both on the field and in the classroom. High school football is demanding and the coaches ask a lot, but the payoff comes from winning as a team and individually by earning a chance to continue to play.

OUR VIEW: Daily Post proud to be part of local Spelling Bee

The Gwinnett County Association of Educators puts on the bee, with Berkmar Middle School Assistant Principal Louis Mair heading it up. Mair and the group of teachers who volunteer do a great job in staging the event, which the Daily Post is proud to sponsor.