Mischief on the highways
Amazing how a quarter inch of ice can create such mischief on otherwise intelligent motorists and Indian chiefs. Add two inches of that white stuff, and you have a major disaster in the making. Drop the outside air temp to the low teens and -- well you know now. Hindsight is always 20/20. So heres the take from a northern-grown country hick/engineer.
In the past 40 years, Georgia has experienced several of these freak storms, always preceded by a coating of ice on either the bridges or highways or both. Two inches of snow is hardly worth installing a handful of plows on those 20-ton trucks. Sanding a few hills, sharp curves and major intersections would/could reduce the number of racetrack morons from ending up stranded off the highway. It goes without saying that reducing vehicular speed might help. No doubt you need enough shovels to broadcast the sand, to say nothing of finding willing labor (I did it for a buck an hour and loved it). We broadcast the mixture via a homemade spreader made from junkyard materials. It worked well. Today, a small fleet of those executive type pick-em-ups with a half yard of sand/salt mixture and a few ambitious workers could have prevented many of those parking lots. As for the school/school bus problems, its Atlanta. What did you expect?
-- Ken Brown
Why didnt they open up two southbound lanes when they saw traffic was building up. There was no traffic southbound, and there was no packed snow on them. Who is to blame? Metro Georgia had weather reports but they didnt pay any attention to them. Gov. Deal blames the Weather Channel? Give me a break. I bet he and the good old boys under the Gold Dome left in plenty of time to avoid the gridlock. The next time the Weather Channel says a light rain is coming, be prepared for a hurricane.
-- Sandy Thomson
I believe the 2014 State of Union address will go down as one of President Obamas least visionary and inspirational speeches. The entire presentation reeked of frustration, confrontation and failure, and it surely set the stage for three years of congregational and presidential gridlock. Obamas threat of using his phone and pen to bypass Congress was akin to a schoolyard bullys reaction when told he cannot have his way all the time.
We, the people, need to move away from Obamas pledge of fundamentally changing America by rejecting his governance by fiat, an agenda that would move us from our republican form of government into the realms of socialism and then communism.
Hopefully our Supreme Court will continue to hold this president to our Constitution, albeit many of us believe they failed to follow that document when approving the Affordable Care Act.
Perhaps the best avenue for curtailing questionable acts of our president is for the people to elect a GOP House and Senate in the coming election and choose very carefully the White House successor. Obama may have a phone and a pen, but we, the people, still have a vote.
-- John G. Kelley Jr.
Trace your origins
If you are curious about the history of your ancestors and wish to trace your ancestry from the very beginning of your lineage, I encourage you to investigate the Genographic Project (Geno 2.0). The Genographic Project is a scientific project that aims to help answer questions about where we originated and how we came to populate the earth.
The Geno Project uses a personal DNA test kit to help provide significant personal ancestry information. For about $160 you can order a kit from National Geographic which, using your personal DNA, can provide answers as to what percentage of your genome is associated with specific regions of the world and to what extent you might have Neanderthal or Denisovan ancestry.
My wife and I both ordered the kits and were excited to get the test results which provided family migratory history. It was fascinating to compare our individual results. Some results for me were expected, such as my own Irish heritage, but other results were new to me, such as my ancestral connections to the Vikings.
If you are interested in learning more, I encourage you to Google the National Geographic website for more details about the Geno Project. Worldwide, more than 650,000 people have already taken part in this research. If you already have or are constructing a family tree, this will be a valuable addition!
-- Bill Curry
Step back in time
I traverse back to my time at Peter G. Appling in the 1960s, I had been an honor student at M.M. Burdell-Maggie Califf when I graduated from the seventh grade. I was on the Peter G. Appling honor roll twice in the eighth grade, but the ninth grade wasnt good for me educationwise. I was getting an education that wasnt taught at Appling. I never said the drop-out word. Ma Pearl had attended Georgia Baptist College, and Essie Pearl said, Richard, you better go on and get your diploma. Youll be at Appling until the bricks start falling off that building. Charles Richardson mentioned in his column that he would have found his left cheek three blocks away had he said drop out. I believed both of my jaws would have went farther than three blocks.
Thank you, Mrs. Essie Pearl. I love you, the first born of eight.
-- Richard Tarver Jr.
Dear Lord, You call me to be a witness for you and that is one of the things I do. But, Jesus, when I have quiet time with myself, I think of my child who I dearly love. To think about how he died, the time with him and most of all, the time I carried him. I could be so broken hearted. Crying out with tears could never pull away a mothers love. That love you have with your child will never vanish. But, through your grace, I am going to make it because I know you are near. In Jesus name. Amen.
-- Robin Faye Hart
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