richtfan

richtfan 1 year ago on Lake Lanier reaches full winter pool

i guarantee you that the Corps of Engineers will find some way to hose the people of Georgia and drain the lake to "help" some so called endangered species or tree frog or something in florida. we always get the shaft.

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richtfan 1 year, 9 months ago on Chick-fil-A surprises some with gay marriage talk

Dan Cathy, Truett Cathy and their entire organization should be congratulated for the millions of dollars in wealth that they've created, the millions of jobs they've created and for the fantastic product that they provide to the public. They are a private company, and they can run their operation like they want to. If that means upsetting a group of people who think that they are not accountable to anyone about anything, then so be it. The pro-gay anti family lobby in this country loves to bash everyone who does not fall into lockstep with them, and CFA's stance is refreshing and honorable.

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richtfan 1 year, 9 months ago on LETTERS: Say no to TSPLOST

amen, and NO to all SPLOST votes whether they're for education or transportation or whatever. the government has enough of our money.

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richtfan 1 year, 9 months ago on Ellwanger returns to summer swim league to coach grandkids

There is not a better man or swim coach. He is a person of total quality and truly has the interests of the kids at the top of his list. He was my high school teacher at Parkview many moons ago and was fantastic.

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richtfan 1 year, 9 months ago on Pros and cons for regional transportation tax

I would like to know exactly which tax or taxes will be reduced if this is passed. If you're going to hose the public by forcing it to pay another tax, then leadership needs to eliminate gas taxes in those counties where we're being forced to pay the extra tax. This needs to be a net zero cost.

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richtfan 1 year, 9 months ago on GCPS leaders talk new hires, vent over funding levels

Ashley, we have poured BILLIONS into the school system, and what have the results yielded? Lower test scores, bloated budgets, whining bureaucrats and the blame game going around all over. Taxpayers are forced to pay property taxes to support the system, and they deserve and demand superior performance. That's called a "return on investment". Why should schools be exempted from standards?

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richtfan 1 year, 9 months ago on GCPS leaders talk new hires, vent over funding levels

mr. mcclure needs to understand that when tax dollars are taken by force (property taxes) for school operation, the parents and the community expect and demand and deserve superior results. That is NOT what we've gotten as a county. There have been some schools that have done great, yes. But there are others that have done just the bare minimum. I know, for a fact, that Gwinnett spends more on their central office staff than Cobb, which is nearly the same size as Gwinnett. Why is that? Why can't we be as efficient as Cobb is with regard to our non-classroom staffing? One other thing Mr. McClure---you bemoan funding. Charter schools have proven, over and over, that they get more out of less than regular schools. It is only right and good that there be more charter schools opened and supported. The school system has a lock and a monopoly on educating our children, and the results have been lackluster for decades. People expect results, and that's not what they've gotten from the system that you represent.

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richtfan 1 year, 9 months ago on Smoking ban could be stalled by Norcross council

I have no problem with smoking outside whether it is a public area or not. it's outside. if the bird craps on you, are you gonna complain that the city needs to get rid of the birds because of it? and I don't care if a restaurant or bar owner wants to allow smoking in his own establishment. that is his choice. he ought to have the freedom to decide what's best for his customers. if they like it, then they'll come back. if they don't, then they won't. it's not up to government AT ANY LEVEL to get involved in this stuff. it simply is NOT a proper function of government to be micromanaging the lives of people regardless the desires of a particular group of nazi types who want to control everything. And it doesn't matter whether people find cigarette butts on the sidewalk or not. that's not the fault of the cigarette. that's the smoker's issue. we must stop trying to legislate a perfect society (as seen through the eyes of some). Where is the "tolerance" that the left speaks of all the time? Why aren't they tolerant of people who are different from them?

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richtfan 1 year, 10 months ago on MCCULLOUGH: Right to free speech sometimes presents quandaries

although I disagree with the Klan, the state of GA was wrong to deny their application. Equal protection means equal protection anyway you slice it. I don't like what they stand for, but I defend their right to be what they want to be. The law cannot, on a whim, decide that their message is bad because it might be unpopular. That's just wrong.

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richtfan 1 year, 10 months ago on LOPEZ: Prepaid cards are a tool of financial empowerment

esther, the question is "why don't they have checking or savings accounts?". Could it be that they don't have accounts because they cannot produce legitimate forms of identification or because they're not legal citizens to begin with? if that's the case, then burning gas to pick up a check in lieu of having direct deposit is the cost of being illegal. or it's the cost of being afraid of an account.

come on esther........connect the dots.

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