4-to-1 Tells the Story

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The divisive, adversarial relationship between Kelly Kautz, the current occupant of the Snellville mayor’s office, and the five members of the City Council, has been well documented in the media, videos of council meetings and in the two lawsuits filed by the Kautz against the Council. The [...]

Senate Candidate Meets Apartment Controversy

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A proposal to build apartments in Snellville has created a level of controversy that is rarely encountered, yet not unprecedented when such proposals involve a substantial change a city’s land use plan. As the controversy rolls along, it seems to gather almost everyone in its path, so it wasn’t [...]

The Apartment Debate

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It is with more than a little disappointment that I have watched much of the debate about rezoning applications for apartments wander off the rails and into the realm of insults, name-calling and false information. The true topic of debate should be focused on the proposed developments defined in [...]

The 9/11 Cross, The Establishment Clause, Religion & Non-Religion

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The atheist group that filed a lawsuit demanding that the operators of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum (9/11 Museum) remove a steel cross from the museum’s grounds based its complaint on the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. That clause states simply, “Congress shall make no [...]

Interview with PK Martin

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The following interview originally appeared on examiner.com. Examiner- Don Balfour has been the state senator for District 9 for over 20 years. In a previous primary, he overwhelmingly defeated two challengers. Perspectives have obviously changed as a result of last May’s primary, but in 2013, when [...]

Common Core- Uncommonly Rotten

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Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to interview Nancy Jester, a former member of the DeKalb county school board who was then a candidate for state school superintendent. It will come as no surprise that one of the topics we touched on in that interview was Common Core, a program Jester [...]

July 4, 2014

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The fourth day of July, 2014 marks the 237th anniversary of the grand social experiment known as the United States of America. Like all experiments, this one continues to evolve as our nation continues its journey towards the ultimate definition of a republic. Although it is often called a [...]

Snellville- A Civic Leader

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Last week, I attended the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) annual conference in Savannah. In addition to instructional courses and seminars, the conference provides an opportunity to spend time with mayors and council members of cities, large and small, from all over the state. This year, when I [...]

Inverview with Nancy Jester

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The non-nonsense candidate for State School Superintendent, Jester talks about her no-nonsense approach to education in Georgia.By Dave EmanuelEach of the 15 candidates for Georgia School Superintendent has a unique background and type of experience. Among them, Nancy Jester stands out as the only [...]

Robert’s Rules of Order- A Quick Overview

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Currently in its 11th edition, “Robert’s Rules of Order” is a 669-page volume that delineates a set of rules for properly implementing parliamentary procedure. Commonly referred to as RONR- Rules of Order Newly Revised- Robert’s Rules (or any derivation thereof) is designed to assure that all [...]

Snellville Honors Volunteers of the Year

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For the past few years, “Cut To The Chase” posts have largely dealt with Snellville City Council matters. Unfortunately, the overwhelming number of those posts focused on explanations of the controversies that have plagued the city. Although my intention was to present accurate facts in an effort [...]

Obamacare, Hitting One Iceberg After Another

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The desire to provide health insurance for every citizen is a noble one, but can only be achieved if people who can afford insurance pay the premiums for those who cannot. Consequently, it is an economic impossibility for Obamacare to be implemented without significant additional taxes plus cost [...]

Traffic Control Out of the Box- The Continuous Flow Intersection

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Throughout Georgia, significantly increased traffic volumes combined with limited funding has motivated transportation engineers to develop new options to improve traffic flow. Diverging diamond and Continuous Flow Intersections are two of those options. At first glance, the operational aspects of [...]

Profiling- Racial and Otherwise– Epilogue

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A few months ago, in the midst of the aftermath of the George Zimmerman trial, I wrote  Profiling- Racial and Otherwise, a post that detailed a personal experience that could have easily created a problem when none existed. The situation had to do with reaction to suspicious activity in front of my [...]

An Election Perspective- The Day After

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The citizens of Snellville spoke yesterday, and their message was loud and clear. They truly want Snellville to be a city of community, a city of progress, a city where everybody is proud to be somebody. By overwhelming numbers, voters elected a slate of candidates with a proven record of serving [...]
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