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As one who spent 48 years in public utility construction (plus two years in our U.S. Army) and one whose trademark statement on SAFETY has always been: "That if I am going to err, I will do so on the side of caution," I have to ask the question why no charges were filed in this accident which resulted in a fatality? As I drive on our interstate system in Gwinnett County I frequently see the posted signs advising me that when passing a tractor-trailer how much space I have to allow before I can cut back in. I have to wonder if the reason no charges have been filed is that the vehicle was in the driver of the tractor-trailer so called "blind spot." If so, shouldn't the princilpal of reversal apply as same as it does to me when passing a tractor-trailer in that the driver of the tractor-trailer should not merge over until he/she is absolutely certain that he/she has an entire field of vision as to other vehicles which are in the lane before merging? Accidents such as this remind me of why I detest lobbyist. If the truth be known, it was lobbyist lobbying for the trucking industry which initiated changes in weight restrictions, tractor/trailer length, etc. allowing these mammouths, WHICH SHOULD BE ON RAILS, to traverse our roadways and interstates. I am always amused when I get behind a tractor-trailer and see the decal on the rear of the trailer which reads: "This vehicle pays $8000.00 dollars a year in taxes." I say to myself: "Yes, and that vehicle also probably tears up $800,000.00 dollars a year in roadway infrastructure." Especially on our local roadways which were not designed to accommodate tractor-trailers. One only has to ride throughout our county to notice the damage to curbs and catch basins at intersections which a tractor-trailer could not effectively negotiate. I remember there was a time when all tractor-trailer trucks went to a terminal location where their manifest was offloaded onto local delivery trucks for dispersement. Next time a politician asks you for your vote, ask them point blank will they support the rank & file or will they concede to the lobbying community which is fueled by big money. In closing, my sympathy goes out to the family of this dear lady.
@Kevin, FYI, General Kaufman is a native of Brunswick, GA which, if I am not mistaken, is in Glynn County. Like in the "Marshes of Gylnn." The general brings the same impeccable credentials that he brought to Georgia Gwinnett College; ie, West Point, Harvard (Masters), & MIT (PhD). I wish him well as he takes on the leadership of the Gwinnett C of C but frankly, if I had my druthers, I would liked to have seen him offer for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Saxby Chambliss. Just think, what a plus in our Congress it would be to have a Senator with his knowledge of strategic affairs sitting on our Senate Armed Forces Committee.
Nate, this is one of your best columns since I have been reading same in the GDP. I feel that perhaps my generation is the one generation that let America down so to speak. Back on June 6, 1944, I was one of the "little boys" left on the Rose Hill community in Columbus, GA. The "big boys," mostly from the class of 1942, had gone off to fight themselves a war. The "big boys" had been our heroes and those we "little boys" tried to emulate whether they be the all-state halfback, the hard hitting fast fielding baseball player, the city swimming champion, the city marble shooting champion, or whatever. Most came back and became our mentors whether at church, at school, or on the job after we entered the work force. They raised the bar for us which should have inspired us to do same for the next generation. I well remember the censored letters we received from daddy's kid brother (Uncle Bluford) who was serving in the U.S. Navy. As I understood him back then, censorship was the responsibility of one's commanding officer which, in my opinion, is where said responsibility was best served. I also remember the various WWII posters which related to our U.S. Navy that "Loose Lips Sink Ships." Perhaps responsible censorship in WWII ensured that the U.S. and our Allies were victorious.
Opening up earlier than expected does not surprise me. Them folks at E.R. Snell don't mess around. The DDI at this location will be an asset in relieving traffic congestion.
Opening day should go smooth. There will be a slight learning curve in that when it is your time, so to speak, to traverse the DDI you will find yourself driving on the "wrong" side of the road. Joe Allen and Chuck Warbington (Jimmy Carter Blvd./I-85) are to both be commended for their attention to detail in studying the first DDI in our area at Ashford-Dunwoody Rd./I-285 in order to ensure a smooth transition from the old to the new when their respective DDI's were opened. FYI, Joe is the Executive Director of the Gwinnett Place CID and Chuck is the Executive Director of the Gwinnett Village CID. Both are good men who have the best interests of our county at heart.
Good post Patrick T. Malone. The late, great General George S. Patton, Jr. would definitely categorize pcjohns as a coward. If he has something to say to Mike Beaudreau either say it to his face or give his full name if he expects his post to be printed in our outstanding Gwinnett Daily News newspaper. Otherwise, he should continue to "enjoy" his misearble life and continue to hide behind the cloak of anonymity. I venture to say that he never attended one of the Saturday "Meetings with Mike" so as to express his concerns face to face. As for censorship dentaldawg83, I served in our U.S. Army to defend the Constitution of the United States of America which, as you know, includes freedom of speech. You seem to imply censorship in the name of decency would deny your freedom of speech. With freedom of speech comes responsibility. Especially when it comes to civility.
God bless you, Sgt. Teague. You are one of our brave first responders (Fire, Police, EMT) who stand between us and harm's way each day of our lives. Each of you are the epitome of Isaiah 6:8 (KJV) as you stand willing to answer the call without hesitation no matter the circumstances.
To Todd Cline, Editor, Gwinnett Daily Post from James H. (Jimmy) Orr, Jr. Todd, I am upset that your newspaper would post the callous comment from pcjohn directed at former Commissioner Mike Beaudreau. The article is/was about the horrific tragedy at the Bostom Marathon coupled with the fact that Mike Beaudreau, who is an accomplised distance runner, was a participant and that he and his group escaped bodily harm. Such comments do not belong in your fine newspaper and same should be monitored for exclusion. That comment was about as low as whale dung and that's pretty low as its in the bottom of the ocean. I
Mr. Stepp, I surmise your son's two tours were either in Afghanistan or Iraq. Whether Afghanistan or Iraq your son has stood in the gap on my behalf and that of my fellow countrymen. I regret to hear that he suffers from severe PTSD. I appreciate his willingness to put himself bewteen me and those who would do me, my fellow countrymen, and our country harm. I appreciate his standing in the gap for me and my kith and kin. I appreciate his service to our country. Whether they be first responders (Fire, Police, EMT) or members of our armed forces, ALL are the epitome of Isaiah 6:8 (KJV).
Scrutiny of those in positions of authority is but one of many reasons whey Gwinnett County government needs for an independent Office of Internal Auditor to be reinstated. If I am not mistaken, a 2006 Grand Jury made this same recommendation. I understand that internal auditing is now done by whta is called the Performance Analysis Division which, in my opinion, in all proability is nothing more than a bureaucracy within a bureaucracy. I would further surmise that when it came down to "hardnosed" auditing, the Performance Analysis Division would be about as useless as you know what on a boar hog. The investigation of an elected official would not be necessary if Gwinnett County had a bonafide Internal auditor. One of the responsibilities of the Office of Internal Auditor is to police those in positions of authority whether said positions be in the private sector or the public sector.
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