Sandykin 1 year, 4 months ago on Belk to close at Gwinnett Place

The whole concept of a shopping mall is really passe. In the 70s and 80s, people went to malls to shop for hours, to people see; it was entertainment really. Who has time for that anymore? In this day and age, people are busy and time is of the essence. When I need something, I don't want to stroll and window shop, I want to go to the specific store that carries that item or items, get what I need and be my way. If malls are going to survive, they will have to reinvent themselves and offer what consumers today are looking for or become mixed use - office/retail, probably residential as well to have a built in base of customers.


Sandykin 1 year, 4 months ago on Former Braves center fielder's Sugarloaf home for sale

That sounds like a luxury boutique hotel, not a private home. I agree with kevin, too much money seems to always lead to trouble.


Sandykin 1 year, 4 months ago on Man dies after Lawrenceville wreck

I live off New Hope Road where people zip along at 60+ per hour (except during Archer rush hours). Sensors and a warning light were installed to make turning into and out of our subdivision less hazardous - we've had fatalities and several less serious accidents. Even with the warning lights, I've been about hit as I waited to be able to make the left into my subdivision. It seems, speed limit signs and warning lights do not have an effect on those that choose not to pay attention to them.

It's tragic what happened to this boy. Hopefully signs and warning lights will someday be installed in an effort that no one else suffer the same fate, and hopefully, no one else will.


Sandykin 1 year, 4 months ago on Group protests outside Gwinnett school

Great plan. Let's tax the evil corporations like GE and Facebook more, so that everyone can pay more for light bulbs and put up with even more spam ads on facebook. That's what they'll have to do so they can pay the increased tax and still produce the bottom line profit their shareholders want to see. Good grief, prices have risen enough. My wallet can't take it. Can we at least be selective and only raise taxes for corporations that produce goods or services I don't need, want or use?


Sandykin 1 year, 4 months ago on Local brothers become kings of the popsicle world

Congrats to these two brothers! Excellent job starting up a business in a gruesome economy and making it work! You are the old fashioned American dream personified. Way to go!


Sandykin 1 year, 4 months ago on Shafer proposes 'fair tax' for state

I'll point out here that people who live in many of the northern states pay 2-3 times as much in property taxes as we do here in Georgia, but you don't see them abandoning their homes and moving here to Georgia in droves to avoid those higher taxes. There are also several states with gas prices quite a bit higher (California and Hawaii for example) than they are here and you don't see any kind of mass exodus out of those states either. People aren't going to leave their job or their family just to avoid a tax based on consumption, especially when it may not even work out to be more than they're paying under the current income based tax.


Sandykin 1 year, 4 months ago on County expects thousands to appeal value due to new car title tax

On the flip side, I can't afford a new car and don't believe I will be in a buying position into the foreseeable future. I will therefore keep paying the birthday tax on my present vehicle, which is already 9 years old, for several more years.


Sandykin 1 year, 4 months ago on Lawrenceville votes to expand Urban Redevelopment Area

Title of this article is very misleading. Based on the title, I thought this would explain about the actual URA expansion - where it is geographically, whose affected, benefits, etc. Instead, the article is simply a bullet point list of the net results of the meeting and does not give any information about the URA beyond a simple definition of acronym which is already apparent given the title of the article. The piece could more appropriately be titled "Lawrenceville Council Votes".


Sandykin 1 year, 5 months ago on Shafer proposes 'fair tax' for state

You honestly think that someone who can afford 15 homes is going to live in a cheap dump and drive a wreck of car here in Georgia just to avoid paying taxes on the luxury items they enjoy? Do you think they're going to drive out of state to dine at an upscale restaurant to avoid paying taxes on dinner? Or not see the show at the Fox or concert at Chastain just to avoid paying the taxes. Something tells me if they have that much money, they're still going to spend it.


Sandykin 1 year, 5 months ago on POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Local congressmen unhappy about sequester

Let's all play the blame game endlessly and not solve the actual problem shall we? It would seem this is the favorite past time of Obama, the media and Congress. What's done is done. How about let's move forward?

Yes the cuts are going to be quite painful in the short run. I've found that to be true in my personal financial struggle. When there's no money to pay the utility bills, they get shut off. I can't send money I don't have to pay them. I have to do without electricity or heat until I do have the money for those little luxuries. Why should the government, or the people living off the government, be exempt?

In the long run, I will come out financially stronger as I'm already better about budgeting my finances and have caught up on some bills and been able to pay off others. That is, I'm not in as deep of a hole as I once was. Still, I have debts that remain and I'm working on getting them paid too. While I'm doing this, I'm not accumulating any new debt. New debt will not help me get out this hole, it will only deepen it. It's a necessary step to financial solvency. Why does the government think they don't have to go thru it?