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Stan Hall

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HALL: Fifty years later, murders remembered

This year marks the 50th anniversary of when Gwinnett County Police Officers Jerry Everett, Jesse Gravitt and Ralph Davis were shot and killed after having been handcuffed together.

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HALL: Greater Gwinnett Championship is more than just a golf tournament

In just a few short weeks the Champions Tour rolls back into Gwinnett and the Atlanta area for the Greater Gwinnett Championship at TPC Sugarloaf. After a successful inaugural event in 2013, the 2014 production looks to be even bigger and better.

HALL: What were you trying to say?

For those who choose the easier and constantly changing message that is based primarily on fictional fodder, diluted doctrine and most often, a weak spine, their message will be forever blurred. They are the ones who people will constantly ask that dreaded question. “What are they trying to say?”

HALL: Recalibration complete

The success of so many things in our lives is dependent on proper calibration. We have grown accustomed to the results that are available to us based on an unbelievable collection of some of the some of the most scientific and technologically advanced inventions that have ever been known to man.

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HALL: When potential no longer matters

Potential is a tricky word. When it is used, it typically identifies something as a fact or a sure thing.

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HALL: Not our father's government

How is it that this very same form of government has been able to trudge through for the past few hundred years, including some fairly impressive obstacles, but now at least gives the appearance, of being obsolete based on recent events? I would submit that it is not the system that has failed us but more those and their completely partisan ideologies that control the system, that have failed us.

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HALL: When watchdogs become rabid

To those loud and often ear piercing barkers…if the shoe fits, spare us.

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GUEST VOICES: Which country is it? That's debatable

Which country is it? That's what's debatable. In a world where nothing is at all as it seems, it is no wonder that the discussions of the presidential and vice-presidential debates went the way that they did. Not in so much as who won or who lost, or which

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HALL: Delivering the goods

Thank goodness the service delivery fiasco is finally settled.

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STAN HALL: What's The Word?

But there are still some things that offer complete clarity and gray is not a color that goes with the ensemble. It is found in words.

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HALL: Don't look back

Best to look ahead to 2012.

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HALL: Don't look back

From a news perspective, this is the worst time of the week for me. From Dec. 26 until Jan. 1, we have to read article after article about recaps of the entire year. And according to which publication or columnist is writing the story, we have to hear about what they thought the most important event of the year was.I love how they think that they have the ability to decide what the most important event of the year was. But none the less, we get bombarded about stories that have already been beaten to death as they were occurring, and now we have to hear about them one more time.

HALL: Vigil provides much needed support

For the past 10 years I have had the distinct honor of organizing the Victims of Crime Candlelight Vigil which is held each year just prior to the Christmas holiday.

HALL: Vigil provides much needed support

Ceremony provides necessary comfort for survivors.

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Stan Hall: Dangerous intersections of life must be navigated

Dangerous intersections must be faced. Recently, while we were driving, we were sitting at a very busy intersection. Cars were zooming by from the left and from the right. To further complicate the matter, this was an intersection that had several lanes flowing in both directions plus a line of

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Stan Hall: Dangerous intersections of life must be navigated

Recently, while we were driving, we were sitting at a very busy intersection. Cars were zooming by from the left and from the right. To further complicate the matter, this was an intersection that had several lanes flowing in both directions plus a line of cars behind us awaiting their turn to enter what can be challenging even for a seasoned driver. I could see the stress begin to show on her face as she was unsure of what she should do and when she should do it. After a few seconds, I begin to hear the sounds of car horns behind us for her to move on. To ease her anxiety, I carefully and slowly talked her through it making sure that she understood how dangerous it could be, but still letting her know that if she proceeded correctly and safely with her decisions, it was certainly doable. After looking both ways, several times, she made her move and migrated into the traffic frenzy without incident. She looked a little pale. But, then again, I probably did as well.

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Stan Hall: Running the numbers on crime

I checked with some of my cohorts to get their reaction to the report and they, too, were skeptical about whether these numbers had any semblance of the reality that we see up close and personal. I checked the numbers of our office and while there did not seem to

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Stan Hall: Running the numbers on crime

The FBI released its latest crime statistics last week. Even as someone who daily deals with the cases that these statistics are born from, I was actually surprised at the headlines that the report offered. The report stated that the crime rate in our country, from 2009-2010, had experienced a 6% decline. My first reaction was that I wondered if the same people who had prepared the Atlanta Public Schools testing results had also had a part in the math results of this report. A 6% decline just didn’t seem to feel right with everything that I have seen during the last year or so. I actually thought we would have seen an increase.

HALL: Keeping the public trust

Trust is a word that is overused, certainly understated, and one that has been expanded in its literal definition over the years. The core meaning of the word as it applies to character and confidence is widely preached, but seldom practiced. Through a series of justifications and one weak excuse after another, pure and unadulterated trust is barely recognizable any more.

HALL: Victims deserve more than week of awareness

For the past 30 years or so, law enforcement agencies, prosecutor's offices and crime victim organizations across the nation observe a week in April each year as National Victims' Awareness Week. During this week, we put the spotlight on what is perhaps the most important facet of the entire criminal justice and judicial system; the victims.

HALL: Alternative means exist to punish nonviolent offenders

It is a sight that I have grown accustomed to over the years. Every morning at the courthouse, a parade of inmates all walking in tandem, are being shuffled to an area where they will wait for their next court appearance.

HALL: Police officers deserve our efforts to stay safe

I remember clearly the first time that I heard of a police officer being killed. It was 1964 and I was 7 years old.

HALL: You can see it in their faces

This is the time of the year that so many families look forward to; the opportunity to get together and celebrate the holiday season with those they love. But while plans are being made and parties are being scheduled, there are some who approach the holidays with a sense of dread and sadness. These feelings act as a dark veil on what should be the grandest of times.

HALL: Meth Project ads may get them to 'just say no'

I remember the first time that I saw the commercial with the egg in a frying pan. The narrator said, "This is your brain." And then, I saw the egg actually sizzling in the frying pan. The narrator calmly says, "This is you brain on drugs." I suppose the fact that I remember it means that it had some impact on me. But, I can tell you from an observational perspective; it didn't have much of an impact on a whole lot of other people who seemed perfectly willing to hear the sizzle in their brain. Because they showed no signs of avoiding drugs that I could tell.

HALL: Meth Project ads may get them to 'just say no'

I remember the first time that I saw the commercial with the egg in a frying pan. The narrator said, “This is your brain.” And then, I saw the egg actually sizzling in the frying pan. The narrator calmly says, “This is you brain on drugs.” I suppose the fact that I remember it means that it had some impact on me. But, I can tell you from an observational perspective; it didn’t have much of an impact on a whole lot of other people who seemed perfectly willing to hear the sizzle in their brain. Because they showed no signs of avoiding drugs that I could tell.

HALL: Nobody, not even a police officer, is above the law

No one ever said that it would be easy. This statement has been made time and time again throughout history when it was obvious that a great battle would have to occur in order to achieve a desired goal.

HALL: Nobody, not even a police officer, is above the law

No one ever said that it would be easy. This statement has been made time and time again throughout history when it was obvious that a great battle would have to occur in order to achieve a desired goal.

HALL: Cleaning up the metro streets

If the mean streets of the Atlanta area were a football field, they would be strewn from goalpost to goalpost with a collection of yellow penalty flags because we have just witnessed one of the best examples of gang-tackling by law enforcement that we will ever see.

Low-hanging fruit often the first to be eaten

In the wild, certain things are a given. Issues that deal with survival of the fittest, animal instincts and natural food chains are much more than just sayings that we use or bullet points on someone's PowerPoint presentation.