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.

OUR VIEW: Same old saga in Snellville

It’s our opinion that all the players in this situation need to do their jobs, which should be serving, not self-serving. But in Snellville politics the game seems to be to poke and prod long enough to illicit a reaction. At some point the shenanigans need to stop, but that won’t happen until the parties involved can resist the urge to always jab back.

OUR VIEW: State of County address offers positive news

In last year’s State of County address, Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said she wanted to “turn the page” on the past ordeals. This year she was able to do that, with some good economic news giving her the chance to deliver a speech heavy on the positive.

OUR VIEW: Thumbs up to Lilburn officers for their good deed

With Officer Andy Blimline as the ring leader, personnel from the Lilburn PD chipped in to pay for a cab ride home for a man who had walked 29 miles to Lilburn all the way from Fulton County to take care of a traffic citation.

OUR VIEW: Kick off the new year by being a Red Cross blood donor

The Red Cross is encouraging folks to roll up their sleeves and start the new year off by helping save lives. It’s not a coincidence that the organization chose January as its donor month. Because of bad weather, cold and flu season and post-holiday letdown, the first month of the year is one of the more difficult times for getting people to donate blood.