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I understand the reasoning behind the concept of the "Fireman's Law." However, it needs to be majorly overhauled.
If a criminal injures anyone, including a police officer, they should be subject to civil liability. However, if a police officer responds to an incident involving a criminal, they currently can't sue if the criminal injures them. This is insane.
The original intent of the "Fireman's Law" was to protect VICTIMS from civil liability in emergency situations. If the local fireman was injured fighting a fire at your house, he wasn't supposed to be able to sue you. I fully stand behind that. However, I can't stand behind a law that protects criminal activity from civil liability.
My debit card was used for almost $1,000 in fraudulent charges in Mexico about 9 months ago. I always suspected that the card number was compromised at Zaxby's because it was the only place it was used in the few days leading up to the fraudulent charges. I guess this kind of validates that suspicion.
Gwinnett County Government needs to make sure the basics (police, fire, roads, etc) are properly funded. Once that funding is in place, if there is some left over for quality of life improvements (parks, libraries), give them the money.
However, the bottom line is that Gwinnett faces a declining tax base and has for several years now. Cuts have to be made. Given a choice between funding for the library or public safety, I'm choosing funding public safety at full levels.
Middle class familes, like mine, can not keep enduring tax increases for items which are not "must haves." I don't care if it is a dime per citizen per month. Something had to be cut.
I don't think he ever implied that it was not a worthy project. However, it still doesn't change the fact that it is a half of a million dollars. If there were two of these projects in every state this year, that would be fifty million dollars.
Our country does in fact have a spending problem. Until we start to get it under control, every project needs to be reviewed with a fine-tooth comb. Is this a great project? Yes. Is it absolutely necessary given the fact we're running a huge deficit with a national debt of several trillions of dollars? Probably not.
Let GCPD get overwhelmed with multiple wrecks, robberies. etc and they won't hesitate a bit to be calling in the closest city PD to help.
It is a two-way street. As a city police officer for many years, I can assure you the help went both ways. The difference.... The city PD never sent the county or unincorporated residents a bill for their service.
The bottom line is that we shouldn't be having these power and money struggles over public safety. All public safety agencies should work together for the singular purpose of making their communities safer and a better place to live. It is only common sense that you shouldn't pay taxes twice for the same service.
No. There has not been a new city police department, that I know of, created in the last two decades within Gwinnett County. City residents got fed up paying for two police departments and said enough is enough.
The work load and territory of GCPD has not changed a bit. They are just no longer being subsidized by city residents who already support their own city's police department.
Not legal unless the city governments consent to it and they won't. The county police are understaffed and overworked. Their average response times to non-emergency calls is atrocious because of this. Why would the cities give up control of their police departments that have non-emergency response times of under ten minutes for this?
These issues are what caused the creation of Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, and Brookhaven. If anything, I think you'll see the creation of more cities with standalone police departments than the reverse.
Your idea is a wonderful idea... but the Board of Education does not pay those particular positions.
You've got to look at the source of the comment. Kevin is the same person that thinks government employees waive their first amendment rights when they are on government payroll.
A comment like this from him does not surprise me.
It sounds like this place provides a wonderful service to kids and families that could really use help. However, I'm a little bit suspicious of the statement that her mortgage was "unexpectedly" converted to an ARM. Did you sign papers agreeing to an ARM or not? Mortgages just don't "unexpectedly convert" themselves. They require signatures and paperwork.
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