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This story has a lot of holes in it.
Time to get OSHA involved. They have regulations about noise levels in the workplace - that includes the church. Never mind the "insulate the building" solution - what about the health of the people inside? OSHA rules specify, for the worker, 8 hours at 90dB is the limit, or just 4 hours at 95dB. If the report of them rattling the windows is accurate, that's 105dB and the OSHA limit for exposure to that is 1 hour before it will eventually lead to hearing loss. Does the church leadership really want to damage the hearing of its staff and members? Let's all hope not. And remember: Soundproofing the outside of the building so sound won't be noticed next door does NOT help prevent hearing loss for those INSIDE the church. http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/noisehearingconservation/
Should be easy to find the owner: Every prosthetic has a serial ID etched/printed on it somewhere, which can be looked up by authorities in a national database, to get the name and address.
I am HAPPY with the current trash solution. We only have those heavy trucks in our quiet little neighborhood on ONE day a week now. It has reduced noise. It has reduced the number of days I have to stare at trashcans at the curb from 6 to "1 and 1/2". And most important - the "food buffet" for racoons, possums and rats isn't out every day, so they've migrated to an area where food is more plentiful. Thank you, commissioners.
Frank, Thanks for bringing visibility to this story. A follow-up story would be good on these seven schools in Gwinnett: What factors outside the schools are giving these young people problems that affect their success in school? Pregnancy? Drugs? Crime? Some of the neighborhoods feeding these schools are "rough" areas. Many older kids drop out to work, then go on to get a GED. What percentage of kids who don't graduate get their GED later? Merely working on the schools themselves "to improve" is probably not enough. Start by interviewing the police, the principals, parents and kids to see what they think.
Interesting that all media outlets including the GDP are spinning this as "20% don't pay toll" as opposed to "80% aren't carpooling". We took what was an HOV lane encouraging drivers to carpool, even 2 per car, and made it into "pay a fee and forget carpooling" lane. The follow-up story should be: How many former HOV-2 ride sharers now have become two HOT solo drivers? The DOT doesn't want you to think that way, so their news release is spun as a revenue success story so we don't think about it.
Thank you, Carole, for giving some free ink to the Girl Scouts! As a parent of one whose troop braved an icy breeze on a recent Friday night in front of La Frontera Restaurant to sell a few boxes, I can tell you the girls appreciate each purchaser more than most people realize. Thanks for your thoughts!
Disappointed to see GDP drop to 5 days, mainly because it either means a 1/6 cut in subscription revenue ($30.00/yr instead of 36.00 ?) or an increase in prices. Even worse, it means a 1/6 drop in advertising revenue for the paper that is immediate. Third, it means many advertisers lose a day of exposure, potentially cutting revenue at their own business. Does this then mean the loss of several good writers, who will likely face a cut in salary or seek another outlet for their works? And lastly - wouldn't it have been wiser to cut publication/delivery on Wednesday, not Tuesday? Your readership would prefer to get a paper on the morning of an election. Your subscribers might prefer to only skip ONE day twice, as would your advertisers, than have a void for multiple days in a row at the start of the week.
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