Rants, Raves & Really?!?

A look back at last week’s highs, lows and whatevers:

RANT: Meet James Robert Findley, 36, who was arrested for allegedly using his cell phone to take photos up a woman’s skirt while in a store. Authorities said the victim’s fiance caught Findley in the act and “popped” him. You know, there’s this thing called the “Internet,” where you can get all the photos you want without invading someone’s privacy or risk getting hit.

REALLY?!? The Senoia Police Department is changing weapons because they can’t keep enough .40-caliber ammunition on hand. The department is switching to a 9mm, and authorities said the new ammo is 20 percent cheaper and the guns hold more bullets. Sounds like a smart move.

RAVE: University of West Georgia President Dr. Kyle Marrero promised to push to keep college education affordable for students during a recent breakfast meeting. Georgia currently is the 43rd cheapest for in-state tuition. Affordable education and keeping our students here in Georgia means everyone wins.

RANT/REALLY?!? Grantville’s city manager is proposing a decorum ordinance. Police would have the authority to remove the mayor or a city council member from the chamber and charge them with a misdemeanor for, well, behaving like children during council meetings. Seriously, gentlemen? And we’re using that term loosely.

RAVE: A DUI Reform bill making its through the General Assembly would require ignition-interlock devices for any first-time DUI offender with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 or more. Those devices require a driver to blow into it before the car will start. We’re all for having tough DUI penalties and we support this. The question is, why the compromise on the limit? That’s almost twice the legal limit.

REALLY?!? Some may not believe this, but a leading economist — Bill Cheney with Manulife Asset Management — said the U.S. economy is gathering strength and improving. And that, in turn, will spark recovery elsewhere throughout the world. Cheney spoke at the inaugural Economic Business Luncheon hosted by Mayor Keith Brady.

RAVE: We give kudos when warranted, even if it is Grantville. The city has approved purchasing visual warrant systems for the police, meaning they don’t have to drive all the way to Newnan and find a judge for a warrant. Saves time and money and that’s what the city should be focusing on — not decorum ordinances.

RAVE: You may be smarter than a fifth-grader, but you will never be smarter than Yehong Zhu. She’s a senior at East Coweta High School who was named the 2013 Coweta County STAR (Student and Teacher Achievement Recognition) student. She’ll be attending Harvard University in the fall. And congrats to all the other high school winners.

RAVE: And along with the economist’s positive tone mentioned above, the Georgia Ports Authority is reporting an increase in tonnage moving through the ports. More tonnage, more business.



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