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Good call, Tommy. Wayne will be an asset to the authority. Especially in the ongoing political arena in dealing with water rights (supply) involving Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. Having a long tenure as Chairman should also be an asset as all contracts for the continuing improvements to our water and sewer infrastructure came before Wayne and his fellow commissioners for approval. The location of the F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center high tech treatment plant was selected as Wayne flew his private plane over our county looking for the best possible place to build this facility.
The lady is to be commended. JV, you beat me to it. I was going to mail the clipping to "The Armed Citizen" in NRA's 1st. Freedom magazine myself. I am a proud member of the NRA. Have been since 1960. Support your NRA. An annual membership (I think) only costs $35.00 dollars.
Gene, your letter was well thought out and written. Same expresses my sentiments exactly. I make no aplogies for being an avid supporter of our 2nd. Amendment or for being a member of the National Rifle Association since 1960. I especially like your recognition that we have too many Americans who are fat, dumb, and happy as they drink the kool-aid being poured out by the liberal establishment. It all translates that when a people lose their stomach to defend themselves from all enemies, both foreign and domestic, those SOB's who "ain't" lost their will to fight will take them over.
BuzzG, your pressure by those in power comment was, as the young folks would say, "right on." My wish for 2013 is that somehow those investigating the so called cultire of corruption in Gwinnett County would somehow look into why, since 2001, outside interests have been allowed to override county staff in their (county staff) attempt to make changes to the material standards in pipe used for storm water conveyance. County staff being overridden in their recommendations would not have negated the $360 million dollars needed to replace known failing storm water pipes in Gwinnett County but, as sure as Hades is red hot, their recommendations would have prevented our county from contining to travel down the same road. Should the investigation into this matter become a reality, there may be absolutely no impropriety in same. However, one most wonder why outside interests would continue to dictate to our elected official on this matter since 2001. Should an investigation be forthcoming there is one thing to remember, the FBI does an excellent job in turning over rocks looking for snakes of the two legged variety.
Another intellectural comment from Kevin, Gwinnett County's resident d.a. I "ain't" talking about him being a district attorney either. Kevin, give me the location of the stop signs you had placed and the name, rank, & serial number of those in the Gwinnett DOT you spoke with. It is just like that meeting I invited you to attend back in November. You were a "NO" show. I surmise you are all hat and no cattle, Cowboy.
To those of you making negative comments about Mike's tenure as a county commissioner ask your self the question. Would you have been willing to box 8 rounds (years) in the political arena and take the jabs and punches with the aplomb that Mike displayed? My realtionship with Mike over the eight years that he served as my district commissioner was not without our ups and downs. We often crossed swords so to speak but when we did, we simply agreed to disagree. and drive on. I attended many of his Saturday AM "Meetings with Mike" when I had an issue or issues to discuss with him. I found Mike to be attentive and polite as I aired out my concerns. Two intersection safety issues that he helped me with continues to help the many motorists who pass through those same intersections today. One was the intersection at Winder Highway and Dacula/Harbins Road. Mike was the catalyst in getting a split phase traffic signal with a left turn arrow on the Dacula Road and the Harbins Road sides of this intersection. Same thing for the intersection at Dacula Road and Old Peachtree Road. Mike was instrumental in getting split phase timing with a left turn arrow at this intersection prior to the SPLOST intersection improvement project. Mike, although we had our disagreements and in all proability stepped on each others toes at times, I hold you in high esteem for being the epitome of Isaiah 6:8 (KJV) in answering the call and be willingly to take the verbal abuse thrown your way over these past eight years. I wish you well in your future endeavors.
Doggone it Dick, you have done it again. You have fired a "broadside" toward us Baptists. Sandra has not read today's column yet but when she does, she is "gonna" be on you like "white on rice" so expect her email to be coming your way. It don't bother me none for you to pick on us Baptists as truth of the matter, we sometimes put to much starch in our collars. If you come over my way on your charter school visit after the first of the year, let's try to hook up and go visit the GCPS Gwinnett Online Campus. As I told you, I talked with a teacher/coordinator from the online campus at a Thanksgiving get together. I told her that I planned to visit that facility after the first of the year. The way she described how the online campus functions much the same way as a classroom setting is unbeliveable. Picture this. The students are at home. They log in and presto, they are projected on a screen in the classroom. The teacher can then interact with them as though they were in the classroom. If one raises his/her hand to ask/answer a question she can acknowledge them. Anyway, if you come out my way and can make room in your schedule to visit the online campus I guarantee you it will be worth your while.
Joe, what you are emphasizing is the "live, work, play" community concept. It's like I told Phil Boyd (Director, Gwinnett Transit) in one of our I-85 Alternatives Analysis Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) meetings about the aforementioned concept when I asked him how old he was and he replied "62." I told Phil he would not live long enough to see this concept become a reality. We moved away from the so called sustainable community concept shortly after WWII and big time after the Korean War. You and Chuck (Executive Director Gwinnett Village CID) were at the meeting I mentioned. Our PAC study, the way I see it, is predicated on providing the most effective public transit system to relieve the traffic congestion on the I-85 North Corridor. In my opinion, what Akins has come up with thus far, all roads lead to "Rome" with "Rome" being downtown Atlanta. Whether our PAC comes up with a roller-blade pathway or Chuck and Joe's "choo choo to alleviate traffic in this corridor, as I state above, the objective is to move folks South toward downtown Atlanta. What are your plans to make Gwinnett Place CID a viable live, work, play community. Where would your funding come from? What would be the source of good paying jobs? Same (jobs) would have to be high tech for as sure as Hades is redhot, I don't foresee your CID offering any jobs via way of light or heavy industrial manufacturing facilities. From my studies of the live, work, play concept it seems that same assumes the jobs would all be white collar. In other words, the live, work, play community would be Camelot where everyone around the round table would be a Knight and there would be no jobs for the Warriors, ie, the skiled technicians, responsible for making the wheels of our highley complex technical society turn. I suppose the Warriors could live and play in your community but would have to use their personal vehicles to drive to their jobs elsewhere.
No, CD, humor is not a difficult concept for me. Matter of fact, I enjoy a good laugh. However, the issue of storm water pipe materials is no laughing matter with me. I am sick and tired of seeing the recommendations which were made by our staff members with professional credentials (ie, P.E./civil engineering) in the Gwinnett County Dept. of Water Resources (GCDWR) on proposed changes to the pipe material standards on pipe used for storm water conveyance being overrode. I detest to see those staff members stood down knowing that their recommendations would have been in the best interests of both the county and the taxpayers.
Our next Storm Water Authority meeting will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, November 2, 2012, in the Training Room of the GCDWR Central Facility located at 684 Winder Highway, Lawrenceville, GA. Our meeting is open to the public and as with all such meetings, including the Gwinnett County Water & Sewage Authority, the public should make every effot to attend and determine if their tax dollars, or in this case storm water runoff fees, are being used wisely. All you have to do is sign in at the front desk, sign your name to a stick-on vistors name tag, and advise the receptionist that you are there to attend the meeting of the storm water authority. The receptionist will grant you access to the secure part of the facility and direct you to the training room. I trust that you and others reading this comment will attend. The authority, in my opinion, needs more public input. I look forward to seeing you there. James H. (Jimmy) Orr, Jr.
No, CD, "cardboard" pipes would be a dismal failure as was your comment. However, there are cheaper, more realiable, pipe material alternatives.
James H. (Jimmy) Orr, Jr.
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