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Elderly Georgia drivers would have to have a note from a doctor certifying they are capable of driving in order to keep their license under proposed legislation. Credit: Screenshot from WXIA
Susan Thompson July 22, 2014 at 04:48 pm
How would the doctor know if the elderly person is a safe driver???
LJM July 22, 2014 at 09:03 pm
The doctor would know if the person had the faculties, motor skills, and eyesight to be a safeRead More driver. But lots of people have those skills and still drive unsafe! Road test is the litmus test. Nothing wrong with that after the age of 75. Kind of like nothing wrong with showing picture ID to be able to vote........
John Elish July 22, 2014 at 09:23 pm
How many have been killed by 25 year olds. Give a break, this is stupid, and whoever elected thisRead More retard need to think again How would a Dr. know, what kind of Dr. heart, lung, podiatrist, optician, pain clinic . KEEP the government out of my life.
Attorney General of Georgia Sam Olens. Credit: Office of the Attorney General of Georgia
alan donahue July 22, 2014 at 12:35 pm
We need to take all these gay people and lock them in cars with the windows up.
J. H. July 22, 2014 at 04:49 pm
Alan, I don't see any gays leaving children in cars with the windows rolled up. Must be a straightRead More thing. I guess if you had a gay child you would do that. Sick.
Paul Allen July 22, 2014 at 09:14 pm
The comment about locking gays in a hot car was offensive and ignorant. It's people like Alan thatRead More give Georgia the backward reputation it deserves.
Transcript of May Mike Mason's State of the City address.
Richard T. July 22, 2014 at 09:19 am
User fees, license fees, frsnchise fees, are ALL TAXES, without respect for euphemisms. If theRead More goverment takes it from the guy who earned it, its a tax. Guess who paid the splost tax? All of us. Another totally useless layer of government in a power grab by the HOA Nazis, what to run everyone's business. Now go be a big government cheerleader somewhere else.
Richard T. July 22, 2014 at 09:21 am
User fees, license fees, frsnchise fees, are ALL TAXES, without respect for euphemisms. If theRead More goverment takes it from the guy who earned it, its a tax. Guess who paid the splost tax? All of us. Another totally useless layer of government in a power grab by the HOA Nazis, who want to run everyone's business. Now go be a big government cheerleader somewhere else.
Robert J. Nebel July 22, 2014 at 05:18 pm
The mayor provided a good, informative speech along with a fantastic Q&A session last evening.Read More There is no doubt that the city has a lot of issues on its plate. With that said, the mayor & council have been and will remain busy.
Get ready for a tax-free weekend Aug. 1-2, Georgia. Credit: Sarah Bakhtiari.
Dante Martinez July 21, 2014 at 01:13 pm
It amazes me that people fall for this trick. Pretend you're a retail store and you know everyoneRead More will be coming to buy clothes, computers, etc. on very particular days. Will you be offering your lowest prices those days?
Frank Jones July 21, 2014 at 01:24 pm
Also amazing that the state is holding it Aug 1-2 when Cherokee County parents will have alreadyRead More started/completed their back to school shopping since school starts Aug 4th.
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families is overseeing the care and housing for immigrant minors at a recruit housing and training facility on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Air Force News Service
Good Grief Y'all July 22, 2014 at 10:09 am
If anyone posting here is truly interested in a solution, tell Congress to fund the fix required byRead More its 2002/2008 law. Then tell them to vote on immigration reform - wipe out ineffective laws and enact what will stop the influx of all illegals at all of our borders and prevent future such crises. Trash talk and personal insults/attacks don't accomplish any good.
amark July 22, 2014 at 11:27 am
How about the guy featured in this CBS news story. I guess he's a racist too huh?Read More http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/texas-residents-fed-up-with-surge-of-illegal-immigrants/
stephen m george jr mpa July 22, 2014 at 04:12 pm
"There is time to pray ...A time to preach ..And a time to fight" ...ATTENTION ALLRead More CITIZENS ...TO ARMS ... EVERY THIRD MAN, STRENGTHEN THE SOUTHERN WALL ... WE HAVE INTRUDERS IN THE WIRE ...BLOW THE FOO GAS!
"I didn't fix any cases. Nathan Deal's or any others," Holly LaBerge told Fox Atlanta. Credit: Screenshot from Fox Atlanta
Octo Slash July 17, 2014 at 08:59 am
In the year 2014, this is the best Georgia can come up with? This is the choice? A crook namedRead More 'Deal'...and a CARTER????? Shoot me in the head.
David Brown July 17, 2014 at 09:01 am
Erick Erickson will be discussing the ethics situation with Governor Deal on his show thisRead More afternoon. I wonder if Mr. Erickson will invite State Senator Jason Carter on his show to get Senator Carter's perspective.
Brian July 20, 2014 at 01:17 am
Good, let's get this rural-loving good-'ol-boy out and someone in who will help Metro Atlanta, whichRead More more than half of GA's economy.
KidsAndCars.org. (Source: Facebook)
Raconteur July 15, 2014 at 07:31 am
No, we don't have enough laws for the nanny state to control us. Nor do we have enough laws to holdRead More people responsible for criminal negligence. Yes, we need another stupid law for the nanny state to control us, because we are too liberal to control ourselves.
Octo Slash July 15, 2014 at 08:22 am
In the US, 2010, the following causes of death occurred among children: Motor Vehicle 4,419...Read More Drowning 1,027... Fire/Burn 365... Poisoning 838... Suffocation/Strangulation 1,176... Firearm 134... Last year, more than 200 kids from age 5-14 drowned, and that happened only between Memorial Day and Labor Day. - We're talking about 30 kids per year dying in hot cars, and groups are petitioning the government for funding (naturally), etc. Get a grip folks. Outlaw bee stings and electric hair dryers before you go begging the nanny state to take more control over your life.
Lorna D. Rudnikas July 16, 2014 at 09:55 am
How about enforcement of laws already on the books that force folks to take responsibility for theirRead More actions....looking at negligence vs clear cut murder!!
Peachtree Corners, Ga., Mayor Mike Mason
Scott Bernarde July 9, 2014 at 03:43 pm
Thanks Teale. We caught that. Sorry for the brain cramp.
Ward July 11, 2014 at 09:42 am
I also like this format and hope that future answers provide more detail or a link to whereRead More additional information can be found. Where can we learn more about the visioning sessions that the city is having with Fuqua? The Mayor called a "time out" on the project when Fuqua's initial plan called for more than 350 high-end apartments so I am curious to know if the current vision includes apartments. The Mayor has indicated that while the City Council does not support the initial 356 until proposal, that successful downtown developments do include residential development so any further insight would be greatly appreciated.
Allan Peel July 12, 2014 at 04:57 pm
I too like the Question & Answer format as well, however, I found the answers to be quiteRead More lacking in depth (particularly the Road Maintenance issue), and in fact generated just as many questions in my mind (more actually) than it answered. For example: 1) The Mayor's comments state that we had no say-so what-so-ever in the disposition of the Roads Maintenance contracts since it was decided after our charter was approved, but before we were incorporated and that the County simply decided to treat us like all the other existing cities (without any regard to the fact that we are NOT like any other city … we are a City-lite and so we did not have responsibility for roads in our charter). 2) Based on this, it is simply stated (and apparently accepted without question by our city council) "that we are now responsible for City streets". Huh? What good is the charter anyway? 3) There is reference to our charter 'allowing' us to provide some services (such as road maintenance, public works, police, fire, etc.). While I admit I have never read our charter in full, this seems totally contrary to the REPEATED claims leading up to the referendum and during all of the political campaigning that our city-lite would 'only' have responsibility for Zoning, Code Enforcement, and Trash collection. So when and where did responsibility for public works, roads, police, fire, etc. become our responsibility to negotiate 'deals' with other governments? This suggests that we could soon find ourselves responsible for police, fire, etc. I have sent an email to Mr. Mason, with copies to each of the city council members, asking similar questions as above and hoping that they will be addressed, perhaps in another e-newlsetter Q&A posting. Hopefully, we will see a formal response.
State leaders say they will delay implementing the Georgia drug-testing law while a similar measure in Florida is sorted out in federal court. File|Patch
Nick M July 4, 2014 at 10:44 am
Mack, it's a waster of taxpayers money. Some facts about Florida where the law was passed and thenRead More stuck down: A U.S. judge has struck down a Florida law requiring drug screening for welfare recipients, saying that it violated the constitutional protection against unreasonable searches. The testing fee of $25 to $45 was to be repaid by the state if the test came back negative, but applicants who tested positive would have been barred from receiving benefits for a year. Judge Mary Scriven permanently halted enforcement of the law in her ruling. She agreed with an earlier court finding that "there is nothing inherent in the condition of being impoverished that supports the conclusion that there is a concrete danger that impoverished individuals are prone to drug use ..." During the time the law was in effect, about 2.6 percent of recipients tested positive for illegal drugs, mostly for marijuana, according to the court documents. The failure rate was well below that of the general population. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found in a 2009 survey that about, 8.7 percent, of the population aged 12 or older had used illicit drugs in the previous month. Generally, the courts have allowed suspicionless drug testing only when public safety is at risk, such as for armed officers or railroad workers who operate heavy equipment. http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/welfare.asp
erie July 8, 2014 at 03:07 am
Test the law makers to. Lets see what they popping, smoking and drinking too. I don't do drugsRead More unless my doctor give them to me. I'm will to bet that the people whos trying to make this law be getting high as can be to want to pass a law like this.
erie July 8, 2014 at 03:08 am
Test the law makers too. smiling
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Ric Honsa, CPA July 2, 2014 at 03:19 pm
Sorry, my ability to defend my self and my loved ones trumps their wishes that not carry my firearm.Read More With that noted, you assume that someone is a conservative because they carry a gun. You have no idea what each person believes from a political perspective.
Marlene Mitchell July 2, 2014 at 06:42 pm
I have often wondered what liability a store owner would have if a criminal shot and killed someoneRead More in their store. If by Targets request I didn't carry my gun into their store and I was shot and killed because I was unable to defend myself...how does Target proved that they were properly looking after my best welfare?? My bleeding corpse would make one wonder if Target did all they could to keep their customers safe. Would they have to prove it? OR....do the criminals have more rights than I do? I would think that a certain portion of my death would have to be their fault if they didn't take steps to keep ALL guns out of the store?? Thoughts?
Phil Evans July 5, 2014 at 01:47 pm
I believe Target is riding the fence to try and appease Bloomberg's Moms Demand Action as well asRead More trying not to make gun owners mad enough to not shop there. They do not yet have a hard policy of prohibiting guns. They are merely "asking" that we don't carry there. At least one person I know of has openly carried his pistol in a Target store since this announcement, with no issues. I say carry on as if they've not made the request, to show the public what this really is about - politics and not safety. All they can do is ask you to leave, and if they do, publicize it to help others avoid their stores.
Georgia's HB 459 may help decrease traffic jams. (Patch file photo)
Cain Harris July 7, 2014 at 10:35 pm
Speed limit was 75 or higher when I was a kid. Everyone drove 85 & 90. Now some folks considerRead More 75 to be too fast. The new law only makes the traffic flow better and let's face it, makes perfect sense unless you have an ego problem and don't like being passed.
janh999 July 9, 2014 at 09:04 am
Did some research & RAY J will be surprised to know that EVERY STATE has a law that slowerRead More traffic has move to the right. Some specify if doing the speed limit, some don't. But in any case, when you learn to drive it is in your little permit booklet in every state that you must move to the right for faster traffic to pass on your left. Maybe RAY J should check his facts before he spouts from the know all fountain.
janh999 July 9, 2014 at 09:07 am
Did some research & RAY J will be surprised to know that EVERY STATE has a law that slowerRead More traffic has move to the right. Some specify if doing the speed limit, some don't. But in any case, when you learn to drive it is in your little permit booklet in every state that you must move to the right for faster traffic to pass on your left. Maybe RAY J should check his facts before he spouts from the know all fountain. And for Mary Brown, Its illegal to pass on the right, that's why they made this law more clear. Its not up to you to decide who you will let pass, Its a law which makes you the problem
A new Georgia law allows districts to build policies for guns in hands of school staff. Schools aren't biting. What do you think? Patch file.
Brent Seeger July 1, 2014 at 02:56 pm
Its a great idea. They root out communists and subversives and fifth columnists and Obama supportersRead More and run them out of town with the rest of the illegals.
Drewboo July 1, 2014 at 03:30 pm
Who said anything about a woman? You are obviously trying to start crap lol. Nice try though.Read More Newsflash - we have male teachers and male nurses in 2014... back to what you said about an armed citizen not being able to pull the trigger - my thoughts exactly. A kid is shooting up the school and an armed citizen just might not be able to look at the child and shoot them. Our society doesnt look at children as target practice, so when presented with a child with a gun, I dont buy that the average citizen would shoot a child. So what I get from this back and forth is that you folks have opinions that go back and forth however you like to make a point and then you also like to start crap either that or you cant read. Teachers who cant read.... interesting.
Tonnia Cousins Blount July 16, 2014 at 10:57 am
Omg!!!!!!!
Credit: Judy Putnam
Judy Putnam June 25, 2014 at 01:40 pm
I understand UPCCA, the organization that raised the monies to have the sign built, is working onRead More getting lights added to the sign.
Allan Peel June 26, 2014 at 04:07 pm
Sigh … $50,000. What a waste! Can't the DOT find better ways to spend outré taxRead More dollars??
Mary Jones June 29, 2014 at 01:38 pm
I agree w/ you Allan. We have other more important needs around here. I think the sign looks greatRead More and I can see it!
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Steve Rausch June 25, 2014 at 09:24 am
Even if they run unopposed, when they get no votes but their own they WILL get the message. ThisRead More massive budget is completely out of reality.
Juan Blanco June 25, 2014 at 10:27 am
The budget is out of reality, but only as it refers to the original charter and function of this newRead More “city-lite”. Regardless of that, the fact is that our city is generating an enormous amount of revenue due to its franchise tax, licenses and SPLOST funds. I'm not sure if this was forecasted or underestimated during the original independent study, but it is a massive windfall which is OK with me. What's perturbing to me, is the forecasted use of these funds. At first glance, it seems that the windfall is being used to grant extremely generous salary increases, compensation packages and to spend it frivolously just because is there. Please pay special attention to the itemized forecasted expenses in the "General Funds Expenditures Detail" portion of the budget and let me know how you feel about the increases between 2013 & 2015. Not sure if purposely omitted, but this budget report is missing actual number for prior years. We should be able to see the actual expenditure for 2013 & 2014. Also, with a budget of this magnitude. I would greatly encourage the city to engage an outside accounting firm to perform yearly financial audits. After all, we are talking about a $12.7MM Budget. ;-)
Richard T. July 1, 2014 at 12:35 pm
I tried to tell people this would happen, back when "citylite" just sounded like the madRead More fantasy of power hungry homeowners associations. The gullible voters have opened Pandora's box and are now wishing they could close it. Voters who are too damned lazy to do their homework, and who believe every lie a politician can tell, are the ptimary reason this Country is in the sad shaoe it's in. If you votrd for the 0-bama, or you voted for citylite, please please please stay away from the polls for the rest of your misguided life.
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David Tiffany July 17, 2014 at 10:33 am
They are really paranoid cowards, Woody.
Tammy Osier July 17, 2014 at 10:44 pm
@ AP hahaha! Also, seems if the Chief of Police states that there was less crime when citizens wereRead More armed, that it would hold just a little water, don't you think? Reagan's peace through strength had a purpose. If we strengthen our military, our enemies will think twice before attacking us. Cut the military, and boom! We're usually attacked in some way within 6 months. Look what happened under Clinton after the military was gutted. Peace through strength is not a tangible thing - but being an ideal, can apply anywhere. That's why some don't get it- it goes deeper than the surface. It does translate to areas where more people are armed. Criminal think twice before going where they aren't sure if the person they are robbing might be armed. Statistics have shown that. .....................um.....I thought maybe woody was ts, until that last comment from David. Almost word for word...
Woody July 17, 2014 at 10:54 pm
Detroit is a bit different from Atlanta, don't you think? The question was rhetorical, obviously youRead More guys can't see past your gunz.
Beginning July 1, Georgia boaters under 16 must complete boater education class.
DaMoment June 10, 2014 at 05:38 am
Keep living...you will continue to be amazed!
Josephine Gamma June 10, 2014 at 08:28 am
This is great and should be in place but I don't understand how you need an course on how toRead More properly use a boat but not on how to use and store a firearm?
Lone Stranger June 10, 2014 at 09:14 am
Ok fair enough. I can see having a firearms training program. The only problem is it will be anotherRead More layer of regulation and that never solves anything.
Cannabidiol is a marijuana extract that does not make users high. File|Patch
Tim May 29, 2014 at 04:45 pm
Oh, and drinking beer is not against the law. In fact, I believe I'll have one now.....iceRead More cold.....what are you doing Donna, tokin' on a Dubie?
Tim May 29, 2014 at 05:39 pm
I have my own Moral Compass there pardner. I've worked for everything I own. I am not dependent onRead More the Government like most of the sorry Ass to lazy to work worthless pieces of Humanity. Parasites and leeches sucking the blood out of our Economy. And I'm not talking about the ones that are truly disabled, physically or mentally. I'm talking about the freeloaders, the cancers that are destroying this society.
Donna May 29, 2014 at 10:49 pm
Yes, Tim, I have a job. Just ended 14 hours for today and expect at least 3 more by morning. PeopleRead More count on me to help win multimillion dollar contracts every day. It helps keep our economy running. Maybe I mentioned already my high IQ? I'm not having a drink tonight because, quite frankly, I've had too many encounters in my life with heavy drinkers, and just the smell of it makes me ill. The effects of alcohol on people's behavior can also often be so destructive to lives, unlike smoking pot. However, you are free to choose your own poison, unlike non-drinking potheads - to wit, my original post re: civil liberties. I'll leave you to think on it. Maybe something said will turn on a light for you. Judging by your disgusting posts in what should be an adultlike discussion, I don't hold out much hope. Rant over.
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Photo Credit: File|Patch
Elizabeth Elizabeth May 14, 2014 at 10:45 am
It sounds to me like donated clothing that is resale-able is and what is left is given to residents.Read More The problem is in the implication that when you donate something nice and envision it bringing warmth, comfort, and pride to someone in need, free of charge it might in fact be diverted into the secondary market as a revenue stream instead and this is misleading. Additionally, the "entrance fee" paid back at $400 per month seems rather steep and a bit like modern day indentured servitude. An in depth look at the financials, hopefully audited by an independent accountant, is probably a wise idea...
Mother Reaching Daughters Inc. May 14, 2014 at 01:18 pm
It's so-called organizations like this one that makes it hard for other organizations that trulyRead More have a heart for people.
Dave May 20, 2014 at 11:31 am
Catherine, why not review the law itself instead of a bunch of lies from a liberal site. The linkRead More you posted holds very little fact concerning the GA law that will take affect July 1st. Examples: People under 18 can't own guns...true but neither can people under 21 unless a member of the armed forces. GA doesn't require a background check for the purchase of a forearm...just a blatant lie. The federal laws prevail on purchasing firearms and this is a GA requirement. Domestic violence perpetuators aren't required to surrender their firearms....again, a blatant lie. Anyone convicted of domestic violence loses their firearms and the right to ever buy another one. You liberals are just sickening with your lies, your lack of interest in truth, and you such easy willingness to fall for anything your puppet masters feed you. Disgusting that American citizens have fallen so far into the nanny state.
TheSkalawag May 21, 2014 at 10:13 am
Catherine Anne I have found that confronting right-wingers with facts and ignoring their nameRead More calling presents them with a mental quandary they are unprepared to handle. That's why they need to cling to implements of violence and use over the top rhetoric. It assuage the battering and bruising their egos take after doing battle with facts and truth. There is nothing wrong in believing that there is good in everyone. It's just that you have to dig deeper in some people to find it. Thanks for sharing your perspective. I hope that you will continue to do so.
"E Pluribus Unum" May 21, 2014 at 02:23 pm
Catherine Anne, thank you for demonstrating knowledge and constraint. I have enjoyed reading yourRead More contributions and have learned so much. You have qualities to endure inappropriate BS that I don't have. What it seems like to me is there is a cadre of extreme right haters whose job is to scan and spam any publication and comment sections with their ideology. What we all have observed here is their pathetic MO.
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knee jerk July 3, 2014 at 08:27 pm
No, Igor: If it comes out of their mouths it is the truth. You on the other hand have to proveRead More everything you say. At least that's the way it seemed when I last did jury duty. Hypocrisy.
Igor July 4, 2014 at 06:27 pm
Last time I had jury duty, the judge giving the instructions told us that when listening toRead More testimony, the police testimony holds no more credence than the average citizen. If you fight a ticket, guess who the judge is going to believe?
knee jerk July 4, 2014 at 08:58 pm
My point exactly.
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WompBomp June 13, 2014 at 04:18 pm
>Democrats<
T as in Truth June 13, 2014 at 10:35 pm
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T as in Truth June 13, 2014 at 10:37 pm
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Tass Kandle June 20, 2014 at 10:56 am
They can put fruity/marshmallow flavors in vodka ( product that is KNOWN to kill people) but not inRead More e-cigarettes, a product that I believe saved my life? Sorry but you can pull my cappuccino flavor loaded vape pen from my cold dead lips.
Becky June 20, 2014 at 01:44 pm
Extremely good point, Tass Kandle. Makes me wonder about their real motivation.
Jerry Schmidt June 20, 2014 at 02:58 pm
motivation...."Total control"
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