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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
FSG July 22, 2014 at 01:34 pm
I might be in favor of the proposal if either the bill's author or those reporting would cite someRead More actual statistics rather than draft a proposal based on a few events. If the problem were really that great, then insurance rates for the elderly would be astronomical. What the bill will do is reduce the number of poor and minorities who can't pay a doctor for certification who can legally drive.
Brian Crowe July 22, 2014 at 02:29 pm
Good point. Actually, I would prefer an actual driving test be required rather than a doctor'sRead More certification, but I suspect that would be even more unpopular.
Susan Thompson July 22, 2014 at 04:48 pm
How would the doctor know if the elderly person is a safe driver???
Attorney General of Georgia Sam Olens. Credit: Office of the Attorney General of Georgia
Shari Sprigle July 22, 2014 at 11:19 am
John, why should the majority rule human rights? Read the Declaration of Independence. Don't weRead More all have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Before the Civil Rights Act that statement seemed not to include black people because majority ruled. Sometimes the majority of voters in a state are wrong. Just plain wrong.
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.
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!!
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
A task force reviewing the effectiveness of DeKalb County government, tax distribution and cityhood proposals will meet July 2. File|Patch
Brent Seeger July 1, 2014 at 03:39 pm
Well if the Dekalb DA needs to round up some felons he can go to this meeting and arrest the taskRead More force.
Rhea A Johnson Jr July 1, 2014 at 04:46 pm
I will be passing out"get out of jail free" cards to the chosen few.
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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
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John Cook July 10, 2014 at 11:06 am
The population increase figures to ask for this property tax increase are misleading. The 50,000Read More figure given by the Gwinnett County Finance Staff to justify their currently recommended 7.25% property tax increase covers four (4) years. Only one year of that population increase should be allowed, or 12,500 increased population, because they used the previous three years to justify their 5.5% increase last year. Should they be allowed to continuously double-dip on the same population increase year after year? See the official Board Of Commissioner minutes containing the Finance Staff's Power Point justification of the 5.5% increase in 2013 at https://www.gwinnettcounty.com/static/upload/bac/52/20130702/m_Special%20Called%20Meeting%20Minutes%20330pm%20-%2007022013.pdf When I look at Page 19, it indicates the 5.5% tax increase for property owners in unincorporated Gwinnett. Page 12 shows population in 1996 of 489,382 increasing to 840,000+ in 2012. They already used the years of population increase up to and including 2012. Tell the Finance Staff to move on.
John Cook July 10, 2014 at 11:32 am
When asking for a tax increase in 2009, our County Finance Staff told us that their bloated budgetRead More had been thoroughly vetted, and not one penny of excess remained in the budget. They insisted that quality of life in Gwinnett County would cease if a penny more was cut from that budget. Mike Beaudreau was the only commissioner voicing opposition to the County Finance Staff's recommendation. He took the budget home and studied it at night and on weekends. He found several items that he brought to the attention of the Commissioners and to the public during one of the morning work sessions. After lunch, Bannister, Lassiter, and Nasuti returned for the Business Session where they voted to cut a park, a police precinct, and a fire station from his district as punishment for suggesting cuts in lieu of a tax increase. Bannister, Lasseter, and Nasuti were telling him that if he wanted cuts, they would give him cuts. Nevertheless, Beaudreau continued to insist that cuts could be made, and voted NO on the tax increase both times the vote was called. Since that time, Beaudreau's assertion has been proven correct, despite Finance Staff recommendations to the contrary. He's running for State Senate Dist 9 on July 22. We need to elect him so he can get a closer look at the GA budget.
John Cook July 10, 2014 at 01:24 pm
At this rate of increase, our property tax will double in 16 years. The Finance Staff asked andRead More received 5.5% in 2013. They are asking for 7.25% in 2014. That's almost 13% in two years.
DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson. Credit: County website
Brent Seeger June 25, 2014 at 02:00 pm
Is this a news story or a joke? Bribes? Of course he took bribes. He is a black politician inRead More Atlanta. They all take bribes. Just like the white ones, and the mexican ones, and the asian ones, and the LGBT ones. They are all criminals.
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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.
Warm weather has snakes slithering across yards and driveways, to the dismay of some DeKalb County residents. Credit: Screenshot from WSB TV
knee jerk July 7, 2014 at 10:43 am
"More people in Georgia are gotten with the dead venomous snakes then live ones", I'dRead More expect nothing else in Georgia.
Tim July 7, 2014 at 05:59 pm
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Mary Jones July 7, 2014 at 07:18 pm
Some of this news is REALLY old. I'm in favor of not having a patch email everyday if there'sRead More nothing new to write about.
Ossie Warner's water bill has skyrocketed from less than $200 a month to $1,500. Credit: Screenshot from WSB TV
Gagal June 12, 2014 at 08:43 am
Her water bill was pretty outrageous before this last one!! Oh that's right....the water departmentRead More has to make enough money to pay for their criminal behaviors!
janh999 June 12, 2014 at 10:26 am
While $200 a month is pretty darn high a jump in the amount should raise a red flag. If theirRead More equipment is faulty & they replace the meter resulting in her bill going back to normal they shouldn't charge her. They know its their mistake. Greedy pigs.
cantey Mills June 14, 2014 at 10:29 am
She is not alone. We should start a petition to present to our representatives. Or write to KathyRead More Gannon, who sits on a committee overseeing the water department.
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.
March 11, 2014: DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May signs the executive order creating the Task Force on DeKalb County Operations and other Related Matters. Credit: DeKalb County
Rhea A Johnson Jr June 9, 2014 at 07:07 am
Comments after the meeting were not positive……another dog and pony show and requestedRead More rubber stamp by the administration in the face of upcoming inditements. Two of the Task Force members are under investigation by the FBI and others are involved in questionable real estate or county contracting deals. Task Force can't fix anything only make recommendations to the CEO.
Lone Stranger June 9, 2014 at 05:33 pm
Rhea these things are all for show. Thats it. They are going to do what they want, when they want,Read More and you will pay for it and have little if anything to say about it. This is the crux of the entire problem in this country.
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.
Patch welcomes letters to the editor and op-ed pieces from local residents and officials. Credit: Patch user contributed
Angela May 26, 2014 at 07:53 am
I am glad to read this article that blames both parties. They both knew and have not addressed theRead More problem in years. Quit blaming and get to work with reform. I do believe some should be fired for deceit and not doing their jobs.
James J MacInnis May 26, 2014 at 02:08 pm
Well Angela, I do not. I worked the VA as a Pharma. salesman during the 80's and 90's. I am now aRead More retired Veteran and since 2004 was subject to Government Care. Free good care was a myth. Many VAs in the 90's had excess capacity (WWII vets passing). Bush knew there was a problem by 2006 and the current Admin was so advised in 2009. The current President has had plenty of time to improve the situation. He does it all the time by fiat and by-passes Congress. Now, with an election we get a half-baked but legit proposal to use private health care to speed things up. Bingo! Yes Hon Mr. Bettencourt and Angela, Government is the problem - too many egos (both sides) quest for more power (both sides) and a ruling class who thinks they know better than the people, (they run this country-not the people). I do agree that people need to wake up and start voting based on the most qualified not the most popular or who's gonna give you the most free stuff. The country is divided now and will be until people realize they have to vote, be informed and not brainwashed by media. Surely Mr. Bettencourt you know of your neighbor (Vermont and Massachusetts), former President Calvin Coolidge. The excuse, "everybody does it" or "they're all to blame" does not wash and never did. Shame on you, the Hon Mr Bettencourt. Growing up in Massachusetts, NH, used to be admired as a well run State compared to Vermont (New Yorkers took over to avoid taxes). The VA situation is just the latest example of too much government power, poor oversight and veterans (consumer) getting the shaft. Today I greave for my lost comrades in Vietnam and Iraq/Afghanistan, my father, (WWII), his friends who I knew, (Korea) and my distant relatives (Revolutionary War). What better way to honor them then to get this great nation back on the right track. Be an Informed VOTER! Stop excusing poor/bad leadership
politigal May 27, 2014 at 09:55 am
It is a sad fact of history that since the late 1700's when revolutionary war soldiers riotedRead More because they had not been paid the pensions they were promised, regardless of party this country has consistently failed in its promises to its veterans. Right now it provides heady political fodder if you want it, but in Bush failed, Obama failed, the House failed (voting down the most recent Veteran's bill) and so on and so on.
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