October 16, 2010
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I've sat through 11 State of the County Addresses since moving to Gwinnett in 1998.
Last week, the county commissioners voted 3-2 to keep alive the possibility of regularly scheduled commercial flights in and out of the local airport.
It's too early to make a short list for the March 15 special election that will fill the void left by Charles Bannister's resignation as the Gwinnett County Commission chairman. Still, folks are talking about who can lead Gwinnett out of its malaise.
It was such a success last year that we're "blushing" again.In a repeat performance, the Daily Post will be pink this Friday. It's not because we found some discount paper on sale or that the mill used too much redwood in the mix. We purchased another six tons of colored paper to support and bring attention to the fight against breast cancer.
With only seven more weeks of annoying robo-calls and irritating television commercials left, some random political ponderings:
Expansion of Briscoe Field to accommodate larger, commercial aircraft has mobilized those living in and around Lawrenceville. Reaction has been swift to the county's examination of the opportunity to privatize the general aviation airport and allow it to add runway length in order to serve commercial aircraft.
The anti-airport activists are gaining altitude."No Airport Expansion" signs are proliferating. The city of Dacula joined Lawrenceville in passing an anti-expansion resolution. You can't find a candidate for public office who's for it.
Tuesday's election has me thinking. With government scratching for every dime in these austere times, the state of Georgia could find a bonanza in switching its election process.
At another newspaper in another community, reporters were under orders to follow any cement truck they came upon because it could lead to a story. When concrete trucks are considered a valid news tip, it's an indication that there can't be much else going on. (Can you imagine tailing cement trucks in Gwinnett County? The Daily Post would need an army of reporters.)
I'm looking out my office window. It's dark out. Not just dark, but pitch-black dark. The kind of dark that swallows oak trees and makes buildings disappear and reduces motor vehicles to a pair of white dots coming and red lights going. Let's be clear: It's dark -- and it's only 6:15 p.m.Last Sunday, our nation "fell back" in time -- a move to brighter mornings and darker evenings. I don't like it.
For someone who's spent 30 years newspapering, the news about newspapers is more than disconcerting. I wonder how newspaper readers feel about what's happening to a product that's been an intrinsic part of their lives. And I wonder if they wonder about the future of the Daily Post.Some pundits say newspapers are dinosaurs destined for a similar fate. I don't buy it.
Gwinnett County commissioners come and go, but not at that quick a pace. In the last 10 years, 10 different names have been inscribed on the nameplates in the commissioners' meeting room. Potentially, if each candidate would have been one term and out, that number could have been 25.