News for Thursday, November 10, 2005

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Eating pizza and doing laundry - Michael Davis

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Marian Daisy Dorsey Paulk

Mrs. Marian Daisy Dorsey Paulk, age 81, of McDonough died Nov. 8, 2005 at Spalding Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Paulk was born Sept. 16, 1924 in Richmond, Va. the daughter of the late Daisy Jones and Francis F. Dorsey. She was better known to her family and friends as “Nanny”, who enjoyed children, cooking and her specialty was potato salad. She was a member of Salem Baptist Church. Mrs. Paulk was also preceded in death by a son, Vernon Aaron Paulk; sisters, Delores Kenny and Winfred Wakefield, and brother, Hugh F. Dorsey.

Emily Pitts Gibson

Mrs. Emily Pitts Gibson, age 82, of Hampton died Nov. 7, 2005 at Brightmoor Nursing Home. Mrs. Gibson was born Oct. 6, 1923 in Grantville, the daughter of Lillie and Sam Pitts. Mrs. Gibson moved from Charlotte, N.C. to Georgia in 1993. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Hampton and a member of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Woodrow Gibson; son, Alex Gibson; sisters, Mary Martin and Maude Stinson.

There's got to be a better way - Ed Brock

Last week somebody got a brand new gun and decided it would be a good idea to test it out in an open field. And as a result they nearly killed, oh, several people, including a few kids on a passing school bus.

Winding through Halloween fright - Rob Felt

As we crept around the first corner in the house, peering sideways back and forth, a giant skull-eating beast emerged from its lair and shook its giant arms at us angrily.

Where is winter? - Justin Boron

A couple of weeks ago, I shut my windows tight, threw an extra blanket on the bed, and even went a few days where the temperature held me under the covers or in the shower for a little longer than usual.

Now we're cooking or at least eating - Bob Paslay

I love food. When I am not eating it, I am thinking about it or talking about it. My friend and colleague Ruth Ann and I engaged in a brief conversation the other day, sparked by a press release about a company that is now marketing instant mashed potatoes with flecks of red potato skins in them to make it appear that mom slaved over a stove for you.

Letters to the Editor

We can build it, but little good will come

The line in one of my favorite old movies is: "If you build it, they will come." Gwinnett has long had the first part of that concept perfected beyond question, but apparently we're still not at all clear regarding the critical "who will come" half of the deal.

The new high-rise brainstorm continues to ignore the basic "which comes first, more development or the necessary infrastructure to support it" issue. For example, the news has carried recent stories that the sewer systems in my 20-plus-year-old neighborhood already need replacement. The area schools are obviously overcrowded, not to mention the unbearable traffic, yet we're already looking for additional residents to add further strain to the system. Something is desperately wrong with this picture. Incidentally, has anyone noticed that high-rises are only being considered in "certain" neighborhoods?

I am surprised at the "Hey, there's nothing we can do, this is just inevitable" attitude of so many citizens. Growth can be a wonderful thing, but not when it's as purely speculative and poorly thought out as this appears to be. It has been clearly implied that the building of great high-rise structures will magically attract the upscale young urban professionals that have in recent years actively shunned Gwinnett in droves, but the mere addition of more and bigger buildings will surely provide no instant alteration of our demographics. The most realistic expectation would be more of the same, namely greater numbers of illegals packed into even smaller boxes.

OK, so maybe the movie line should have instead been: "Build it and they will cram."

- Paul Allen

Norcross

Remembering why we honor veterans

I was driving down McClure Bridge Road in Duluth last week and saw the wooden crosses going up along the side of the road in honor of Veterans Day. There was a bit of traffic and the going was slow so I began to read a few names and saw that most of them were from World War II.

On being all grown up - Heather Middleton

Sometimes it can be difficult to remember your little sister and brother have grown up just as you have and they don't need 'mothering' anymore.

High school students arrested in burglary

By Ed Brock

Riverdale boy to be featured in Delta's Sky Magazine

By Jeffery Whitfield

BOE has concerns over Academy

By Jeffery Whitfield

Runoff elections in Forest Park set for Dec. 6

By Ed Brock

Pets of the Week

November 3, 2005

Jonesboro swears in councilman

By Ed Brock

Slating awards for less than deserving drivers - Jeffery Whitfield

Nothing creeps up faster than headlights bearing down upon the rear bumper of your car in the nighttime air.

After-school program hosts open house tonight

By Jeffery Whitfield

Maddox thanks voters for support

To the editor:

Voter turnout weak in Clayton County

By Justin Boron

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