JHogan 2 years, 6 months ago on Belk to close at Gwinnett Place

Grab hold of your chair. Suppose that Gwinnett County were to buy the entire area around Gwinnett Place Mall and turn it into a version of Coney Island South. Sorta like 6 Flags, only bigger and better. But open 365 days a year. Call it "Heart of the South" park or something like that. It would draw from a very large, largely affluent area--from Charlotte to indianapolis to Chattanooga to New Orleans to JAcksonville.

We are so fortunate to live in a very mild climate, so that even in the coldest days of winter is rarely gets to 10 degrees F. For the past few years, it hasn't even gotten that low. Point being, that climate control, year-round, wouldn't be that hard. It probably wouldn't even be necessary during most of the summer, except to keep it no higher than 83 degrees inside. (That's the human limit of tolerance to heat without griping about it,)

Building some sort of containment structure shouldn't be very difficult in areas where climate is a concern.

The area is already graded and site-prepped, with much parking available.

This seems to me to be a marriage made in heaven. It isn't very often that a local government gets the chance to shine, but this is one of those times.


JHogan 2 years, 6 months ago on Belk to close at Gwinnett Place

What, exactly, is the problem here? Is it that the county shouldn't try to entice businesses to move to Gwinnett County? Should the county try to do this directly, or not at all?

Or should the county partner with the overall business commuity to try to improve the livelihoods of the citizens of Gwinnett County (and all 15 cities therein)?

That makes good sense to me. I don't think sitting and hoping is much of a plan.


JHogan 2 years, 6 months ago on Suwanee beer festival draws thousands

Well, I went to the Festival so what follows is how I read the thing:

1) It's a great idea. Fun is good. Beer is good.

2) The extremely long lines were not good. We got there at 1 pm (opening time) only to stand in line for at least 40 minutes in order to get in.There were literally thousands of people in front of us.

3) Sampling beer outside in the sunshine in the afternoon (unless you're in a boat) isn't nearly as enjoyable as doing same inside after dark. Maybe the Gwinnett Arena or some other place might be more amenable to the crowd. Or in the outstanding Suwannee plaza where it was held this time. But later in the day would be better, IMO.


JHogan 2 years, 6 months ago on Funding to increase for senior services

If anyone is wondering what the post above has to do with this thread, please note that 2 of the 3 previous comments were about economic reasons why this service to seniors is objectionable.


JHogan 2 years, 6 months ago on Funding to increase for senior services

I've read any number of comments which evince a lack of understanding of how modern monetary systems work. May I suggest that that this book is the best exposition of how money actually works in today's world.


We aren't on a hard money system anymore and haven't been since 1971. That was over 40 years ago, but there are still comments made which make reference to some mythical amount of "money" that will be diluted if we were to create more of it.

Then there are the comments which refer to the "deficit" as if it were some huge dragon, about to eat us all. Lookit folks: The US debt is denominated in dollars, which the US can issue in huge (limited only by inflation) quantities. The idea that we might not be able to "borrow" more money is absolutely ludicrous. We really don't have to "borrow" anything if we don't want to in order to create more money. Really!

We have the power to coin our own money. We don't have to "borrow" anything to create more money.


JHogan 2 years, 6 months ago on Economy adds 236,000 jobs, rate falls to 7.7 percent

I hear the message from above. It is very confusing that the shortfall in employment is being blamed on the "liberal media". What in this world are you crazy people talking about? 8 corporations control more than 90% of what you read, see and hear. How do you know that what you are seeing and hearing is any different than what someone in Pyongyang, DRNK is seeing and hearing? How do you know what is real and what it what is not?


JHogan 2 years, 7 months ago on POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Local congressmen unhappy about sequester

Is there a "Why_not" and a "whynot" who posts to these comment boards? Are you two seperate people or are you the same person?


JHogan 2 years, 7 months ago on New operations officer named for GCPS

Is this the way you right-wing Republicans want to do business? By taking cheap shots at a person-- that I'd bet none of you ever heard of before today--so that you can try to advance your own version of Aryanism?

You really should be ashamed of yourselves!

I have heard from people who do follow these things that Jim Steele, whom this man replaces, was a virtual genius when it came to getting the most out of the public money entrusted to him in building the many new schools that we now have. He was one of the unsung heroes, who went about their jobs everyday, while Gwinnett County Public Schools quietly became one of the best school systems in the nation.

This is a new guy, but I have absolute confidence that the Gwinnett County School Board made a good decision when they hired him. He has some big shoes to fill.


JHogan 2 years, 7 months ago on Metro area gas prices on the rise

Graphs work very well when trying to illustrate relative change. ...

I remember paying .23 cents per gallon for leaded regular gasoline at a filling station just outside the main gate to the Exxon refinery in Baton Rouge LA in 1963


JHogan 2 years, 7 months ago on Federal cuts pose 'challenges' to GCPS

I don't understand most of the comments here. For one thing, if anyone can find $4 million of fat in the Gwinnett County School System's budget, then please make it public. I don't think any such thing exists in today's public budgets. (School Board, county or state) We've just begun to come out of one of the deepest economic contractions since the 1930's and there is no fat left to trim. Losing something when you can't afford to lose anything is a bad thing.

Most of you commenters realize that money spent from the Federal government does not have to come from taxes, don't you?