News for Wednesday, November 30, 2005


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Staring down the barrel of Christmas - Michael Davis

So here we are. If you're reading this, you likely made it through another Thanksgiving relatively unscathed.

A change of image might be right to order - Jeff Whitfield

Nothing could be worse than waking to find egg – grits, bacon or any other food – brandishing your face or your image.

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.

Atlanta is adding more and more jewels to its crown - Bob Paslay

I never understood the saying that you have to run to stay even. But now as I look at things in life I not only understand it but believe it.

Killing time until Christmas - Ed Brock

Now that we have that pesky Thanksgiving out of the way we have about four weeks until Christmas.

Letters to the Editor

Who defines your views on Iraq?

As polls indicate, the majority of Americans are now opposed to the war in Iraq. They can't seem to come to grips with the cost of the war in terms of lives lost, dollars spent, and outcomes to date that do not meet their expectations.

I feel certain that the feelings of most Americans on Sept. 11, 2001 were that the cost of victory over terrorism might cost more than the 2,000+ lives lost to date.

Perhaps they didn't envision the $ 200 billion, but then considering the cost is $742 per American person to date this might not seem so costly either.

So why are Americans so against the war now?

The far left, the mainstream media and liberal politicians have been beating the drums of defeatism from the beginning.

Their agenda has little to do with war and everything to do with politics.

The fact is Americans have allowed these groups to define what is acceptable in terms of the cost of the war, and what defines victory and defeat.

Since our President and his cabinet fail to take the time necessary to define the cost of defeat, the left defines for us the cost of victory.

The White House is confident of victory and silent; the left is confident of defeat and loud. Who do you think gets the grease?

The President and his cabinet are fighting back now - thank God. Too bad they'er still having to fight about why we are at war instead of why we need to win it.

To be sure only positive results in Iraq will change people's attitudes on the war.




Mrs. Elsie Foncenot, age 73, of Buford, GA, passed away November 29, 2005. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133,



Rebecca "Becca" Johnson, age 45 of Grayson, GA died November 28, 2005. She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Keith Johnson; daughter, Sonnie Johnson of Grayson; parents, James "Sonny" and Margaret Rebecca Deese of Hanahan, SC; brother and sister-in-law, Kim and Lissa Deese of Charleston, SC; niece and nephew, Darby Johnson and Tyler Johnson, both of Mt. Pleasant, SC. Becca graduated in 1977 from Hanahan High School in the Charleston area and attended Spartanburg Methodist College until 1979. Becca married Keith in 1983 and had a beautiful daughter, Sonnie in 1987. The family moved to the Atlanta area from Mt. Pleasant in 2000. She was a member of Grayson First Baptist Church, in banking for 23 years and was an Area Operations Manager with BB&T where she worked for 6 years. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 1 at 11am at Grayson First Baptist Church with Dr. Charles A. "Buddy" Parrish officiating. Interment at Carolina Memorial Gardens, North Charleston, SC. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 until 9pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to College Fund for Sonnie Johnson, c/o BB&T, Snellville Branch in memory of Rebecca Johnson. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc. Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,




Jaymes Alan Strickland, age 43 of Lawrenceville, died November 28, 2005. A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 PM Thursday, December 1, 2005 at Bill Head Funeral Home Duluth Chapel. Mr. Strickland, a native of California, was an associate with Steak-N-Shake Restaurant for 20 years. He is survived by: Wife: Rebecca Strickland; Children: Bailey Renee Strickland, Jaymes Alan Strickland, Jr., all of Lawrenceville. The family will receive friends on Thursday one hour prior to service at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.



Mr. Francis "Skeet" Wright, age 81 of Snellville, GA died November 28, 2005. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Edna Wright; sisters, Ruth Staten of Grenada, MS, Sue and Jack Lee of Huntsville, AL, Glenda Wright of Huntsville, AL; numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Wright was a member of Snellville First Baptist Church and Heaven Bound Sunday School Class. He was a retired Army Staff Sgt. after 20 years of service. Serving in WW II and the Korean Conflict. He retired from Arrow Shirt Company as Supervisor Shipping Department after 8 years. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 30 at 11 am, at Wages Snellville Chapel with Dr. James Lee and Rev. Guy Priester officiating. Interment at Snellville Historical Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 9 until service time, at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc. Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,



Allean L. Perkins, age 94, of Statham, GA, passed away November 29, 2005. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.




Howard Lee Townsend, 70, husband of Charlotte Klackner Townsend of 3 Ballenger Street died Sunday, November 27, 2005 at his residence. A native of Huntington, West Virginia. Mr. Townsend was the son of the late Russell Ernest and Myrtle Edwards Townsend. Mr. Townsend was a self employed plumber. In addition to his wife, Mr. Townsend was survived by: Sons: Richard D. Townsend, Germantown, OH, Ronald L. Townsend, Buford, GA, Marc W. Townsend, Lawrenceville, GA; Daughter: Sherry Skinner, Walhalla, SC; Sister: Ameilla Herbert, Ohio; Eight grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and 4 step-grandchildren also survive. In addition to his parents Mr. Townsend was predeceased by brothers, William Townsend and Paul E. Townsend. A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at the Chapel of Davenport Funeral Home. In a lieu of flowers memorials may be made to OMH Hospice of the Foothills Foundation, 390 Keowee School Rd., Seneca, SC 29672. The family is at the residence. Davenport Funeral Home, 311 South Hwy 11, West Union, SC 29696-2523.

'Photograph' may be a sappy classic - Johnny Jackson

Apart from their usual brunt tenor, the rock band Nickelback finally created some semblance of classic music in their latest album single simply named ‘Photograph'. That is to say that the band, even with the same resonance of past albums and singles, has formulated a tasteful mix of song and music that would otherwise sound trite and frankly annoying.

Bad service is the customer's fault - Rob Felt

Have you received any bad customer service lately? Yes? It's your own fault.

Mayoral challenger wants ‘city of people and pride'

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Three murder trials under way in Clayton County

By Ed Brock

Letter to the Editor

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Gambling a sad state of affairs - Justin Boron

The gambling industry was once a sleazy, back alley paradise for brutes, conmen, and thieves. Then, it turned corrupt.

Salvation Army in need of more holiday donations

By Justin Boron

Candy from strangers - Paul Frysh

Midnight Berry, Warm Winter Toffee, Twista Lime, Mintrigue, Mocha Taboo, Mandarin Mint.

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Tis the season for sports movies

By Brian Howard