JHogan 1 year, 1 month ago on POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Kingston close to decision on Senate race

I'd like to hear the ideas of all potential candidates in this Senate race. Frankly, I'm not too interested in what the candidates are against- as much as I am what they are for.

I'd like to hear their ideas of what America's role in the world should be and how we should achieve such an objective.

I'd be especially interested in their views on economic matters, especially monetary economics. Do they think we should have a "balanced budget", and if so, then how do they explain how it is that every time that happens we go into a recession? Every time.

Do they think money is backed by gold, or do they think it should be? If so, then why is it that no other country in the world is on a gold standard. Not one.

Are they afraid that the US may "become Greece" and if so, then please show how such a thing could happen, since the US issues the very currency its debt is demoninated in?

This senate race can be an eye-opening event if the media will ask the candidates some of these questions.


JHogan 1 year, 2 months ago on Georgia Gwinnett College facing budget cuts, furloughs

@ggcmom: I am very puzzled by your post.

Elsewhere on this website I am sure that I have seen several charts which show the growth of the student body at GGC, from ~188 in year one to over 5,000 (?) last year.

Education is a valuable asset. In my opinion, Gwinnett County did a very good thing when they created GCC.

This is one of the most diverse local governing areas in the United States; only New York City is more culturally diverse than Gwinnett Country, Georgia. I beleive that something like 53 languages and major local dialects are spoken in the homes of students in Gwinnett County schools. Hey, maybe we could get a grant from the State Department for Exhibition of Principles in Modern Democracy. (because that's what it is)

The more valuable assets our citizens have the richer we are as an area. I'll take 1,000 graduates a year over any sports franchise, any time.


JHogan 1 year, 2 months ago on Georgia Gwinnett College facing budget cuts, furloughs

$2.7 million is less than 10% of the money that the Falcon's owner is demanding from the public for his new playhouse, to replace the perfectly good one they now have.

This is a classic case of misplaced priorities. There should be no question whether or not the school is financed; the football stadium is in dead last position for any unused public funds.


JHogan 1 year, 2 months ago on Arena at Gwinnett ranked one of the top venues worldwide

This is great! Who'd ever a- thunk that a backwoods Georgia county could produce an output like this!? Certainly not I, who was raised in the tradition that everything the "state" did was wrong and bad.

Clearly, it is not.

Looking at the schedule for all 4 of these venues, it is apparent that the secret of success in this business is the ability to have them occupied as many days a year as possible.

Compare the success of the Gwinnett Arena area to the more-or-less failed effort with Coolray Field. The one thing that's different is public attendance.


JHogan 1 year, 2 months ago on Employees stole more than $65K worth of chicken wings

How many pounds of chicken wings were involved in this incident?

"10 pallets" and "$65,000 " (worth) is mentioned in the story, but the total weight isn't.


JHogan 1 year, 3 months ago on G-Braves kick off fifth year celebration

Y'know, I tried to write a post supporting the Braves (and I already have 20 anytime-tickets) but I couldn't think of a logical reason why the county should support a privately-owned sports franchise.



JHogan 1 year, 3 months ago on Commissioners approve budget tied to tax increase

If you think that all the content you see on the internet will always be there, then I really feel sorry for you.

When the one of the wealthiest men in America (Warren Buffet) buys up parts of the information network and tells others, who have failed--as you note--that 'they can't make it by giving away their product,' I think we should listen to what he says. He obviously knows how to play the game.

Already many publications have disappeared behind a pay wall; newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and soon the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. Even the local paper, the AJC, is moving behind a pay wall. Others will follow,because the inevidible gravity of for-profit journalism will dictate it.

One day, in the not too distant future, people will look back on this time as the "golden era" of information, when almost anyone could access anything. It's dying, and it saddens me greatly.

In 10 years, the "dead tree" editions of local papers will be back in vogue.


JHogan 1 year, 3 months ago on Commissioners approve budget tied to tax increase

I'm saddened that the Gwinnett County commission couldn't see fit to finance the library with what amounts to about 10 cents per citizen per month. (850,000x.10x12=1,020,000. A dime a month.