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State leaders say they will delay implementing the Georgia drug-testing law while a similar measure in Florida is sorted out in federal court. File|Patch
Nick M July 4, 2014 at 10:44 am
Mack, it's a waster of taxpayers money. Some facts about Florida where the law was passed and thenRead More stuck down: A U.S. judge has struck down a Florida law requiring drug screening for welfare recipients, saying that it violated the constitutional protection against unreasonable searches. The testing fee of $25 to $45 was to be repaid by the state if the test came back negative, but applicants who tested positive would have been barred from receiving benefits for a year. Judge Mary Scriven permanently halted enforcement of the law in her ruling. She agreed with an earlier court finding that "there is nothing inherent in the condition of being impoverished that supports the conclusion that there is a concrete danger that impoverished individuals are prone to drug use ..." During the time the law was in effect, about 2.6 percent of recipients tested positive for illegal drugs, mostly for marijuana, according to the court documents. The failure rate was well below that of the general population. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found in a 2009 survey that about, 8.7 percent, of the population aged 12 or older had used illicit drugs in the previous month. Generally, the courts have allowed suspicionless drug testing only when public safety is at risk, such as for armed officers or railroad workers who operate heavy equipment. http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/welfare.asp
erie July 8, 2014 at 03:07 am
Test the law makers to. Lets see what they popping, smoking and drinking too. I don't do drugsRead More unless my doctor give them to me. I'm will to bet that the people whos trying to make this law be getting high as can be to want to pass a law like this.
erie July 8, 2014 at 03:08 am
Test the law makers too. smiling
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Ric Honsa, CPA July 2, 2014 at 03:19 pm
Sorry, my ability to defend my self and my loved ones trumps their wishes that not carry my firearm.Read More With that noted, you assume that someone is a conservative because they carry a gun. You have no idea what each person believes from a political perspective.
Marlene Mitchell July 2, 2014 at 06:42 pm
I have often wondered what liability a store owner would have if a criminal shot and killed someoneRead More in their store. If by Targets request I didn't carry my gun into their store and I was shot and killed because I was unable to defend myself...how does Target proved that they were properly looking after my best welfare?? My bleeding corpse would make one wonder if Target did all they could to keep their customers safe. Would they have to prove it? OR....do the criminals have more rights than I do? I would think that a certain portion of my death would have to be their fault if they didn't take steps to keep ALL guns out of the store?? Thoughts?
Phil Evans July 5, 2014 at 01:47 pm
I believe Target is riding the fence to try and appease Bloomberg's Moms Demand Action as well asRead More trying not to make gun owners mad enough to not shop there. They do not yet have a hard policy of prohibiting guns. They are merely "asking" that we don't carry there. At least one person I know of has openly carried his pistol in a Target store since this announcement, with no issues. I say carry on as if they've not made the request, to show the public what this really is about - politics and not safety. All they can do is ask you to leave, and if they do, publicize it to help others avoid their stores.
Georgia's HB 459 may help decrease traffic jams. (Patch file photo)
Cain Harris July 7, 2014 at 10:35 pm
Speed limit was 75 or higher when I was a kid. Everyone drove 85 & 90. Now some folks considerRead More 75 to be too fast. The new law only makes the traffic flow better and let's face it, makes perfect sense unless you have an ego problem and don't like being passed.
janh999 July 9, 2014 at 09:04 am
Did some research & RAY J will be surprised to know that EVERY STATE has a law that slowerRead More traffic has move to the right. Some specify if doing the speed limit, some don't. But in any case, when you learn to drive it is in your little permit booklet in every state that you must move to the right for faster traffic to pass on your left. Maybe RAY J should check his facts before he spouts from the know all fountain.
janh999 July 9, 2014 at 09:07 am
Did some research & RAY J will be surprised to know that EVERY STATE has a law that slowerRead More traffic has move to the right. Some specify if doing the speed limit, some don't. But in any case, when you learn to drive it is in your little permit booklet in every state that you must move to the right for faster traffic to pass on your left. Maybe RAY J should check his facts before he spouts from the know all fountain. And for Mary Brown, Its illegal to pass on the right, that's why they made this law more clear. Its not up to you to decide who you will let pass, Its a law which makes you the problem
A new Georgia law allows districts to build policies for guns in hands of school staff. Schools aren't biting. What do you think? Patch file.
Natassia Grover July 1, 2014 at 02:54 pm
I also can't believe that you are saying a woman cannot be nurturing while also armed. Unbelievable.
Brent Seeger July 1, 2014 at 02:56 pm
Its a great idea. They root out communists and subversives and fifth columnists and Obama supportersRead More and run them out of town with the rest of the illegals.
Drewboo July 1, 2014 at 03:30 pm
Who said anything about a woman? You are obviously trying to start crap lol. Nice try though.Read More Newsflash - we have male teachers and male nurses in 2014... back to what you said about an armed citizen not being able to pull the trigger - my thoughts exactly. A kid is shooting up the school and an armed citizen just might not be able to look at the child and shoot them. Our society doesnt look at children as target practice, so when presented with a child with a gun, I dont buy that the average citizen would shoot a child. So what I get from this back and forth is that you folks have opinions that go back and forth however you like to make a point and then you also like to start crap either that or you cant read. Teachers who cant read.... interesting.
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David Tiffany July 11, 2014 at 12:33 pm
Irish, it didn't do those cops much good to be armed, did it? Bless you and your worthless firearms.
IrishBobW July 11, 2014 at 03:57 pm
What cops are you talking about, David? I don't understand what you are saying about it did them noRead More good to be armed. What is that suppose to mean? You don't make sense with your commit. Are you talking about the black kid that killed a cop with a assault rifle? The cop did not pull his weapon because cops as trained to try to talk to the other person, but this kid opened fire first. The cop did not have a chance to pull his weapon. You and Woody just don't understand anything. You only believe what you want. Even when hit in the face with the truth, you still won't get it.
David Tiffany July 12, 2014 at 09:39 am
Irish: The two cops in the restaurant. I'm sure that there are many more. "Even when hit in theRead More face with the truth, you still don't get it." And I don't think you ever will. Paranoia runs deep.
Beginning July 1, Georgia boaters under 16 must complete boater education class.
DaMoment June 10, 2014 at 05:38 am
Keep living...you will continue to be amazed!
Josephine Gamma June 10, 2014 at 08:28 am
This is great and should be in place but I don't understand how you need an course on how toRead More properly use a boat but not on how to use and store a firearm?
Lone Stranger June 10, 2014 at 09:14 am
Ok fair enough. I can see having a firearms training program. The only problem is it will be anotherRead More layer of regulation and that never solves anything.
State Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) is weighing in on the scandal that's rocked the U.S. Veterans Affairs.
Lone Stranger June 9, 2014 at 03:14 pm
John its safe to say that we have to depend on people like you in your position to get this stuffRead More done. As a civilian I would submit that veterans affairs should be handled and financially guaranteed before any other issue is funded, allowed, or even considered. Before welfare, before disability for civilians, before Obama's next vacation junket. First things first for once! As you know there are too many crises facing us to recount here. However this must be solved and solved right now. Veterans must be treated fairly and must receive what they have been promised and frankly what US taxpayers are paying for. This is not only a matter of national honor but of national security. This is unacceptable on any level, period.
Cannabidiol is a marijuana extract that does not make users high. File|Patch
Tim May 29, 2014 at 04:45 pm
Oh, and drinking beer is not against the law. In fact, I believe I'll have one now.....iceRead More cold.....what are you doing Donna, tokin' on a Dubie?
Tim May 29, 2014 at 05:39 pm
I have my own Moral Compass there pardner. I've worked for everything I own. I am not dependent onRead More the Government like most of the sorry Ass to lazy to work worthless pieces of Humanity. Parasites and leeches sucking the blood out of our Economy. And I'm not talking about the ones that are truly disabled, physically or mentally. I'm talking about the freeloaders, the cancers that are destroying this society.
Donna May 29, 2014 at 10:49 pm
Yes, Tim, I have a job. Just ended 14 hours for today and expect at least 3 more by morning. PeopleRead More count on me to help win multimillion dollar contracts every day. It helps keep our economy running. Maybe I mentioned already my high IQ? I'm not having a drink tonight because, quite frankly, I've had too many encounters in my life with heavy drinkers, and just the smell of it makes me ill. The effects of alcohol on people's behavior can also often be so destructive to lives, unlike smoking pot. However, you are free to choose your own poison, unlike non-drinking potheads - to wit, my original post re: civil liberties. I'll leave you to think on it. Maybe something said will turn on a light for you. Judging by your disgusting posts in what should be an adultlike discussion, I don't hold out much hope. Rant over.
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Ben May 28, 2014 at 07:00 pm
Hurumph!!!
Michael Hadden May 28, 2014 at 11:38 pm
Here's a good article about other cities that have done orate doing great things with their alleys.Read More http://urbanwebcity.com/urban-salvage-repurposing-alleys-as-public-spaces/ One solution to the delivery and trash pickup issue is to restrict hours.
Nathan Sears May 29, 2014 at 12:48 am
I would think you would still deliver to the alley, it will always be less busy than the primaryRead More road. The parking issue would be resolved if Americans weren't so lazy. There is a ton of free parking at city Hall. I think they should build a new building over the current parking lot back there. What a bunch of wasted space. Ceviche already has a back patio and many could increase seating if the rest seating they had want so unappealingly. Also giving rear access to many of these shops would only increase traffic. I think improving the area would require minimal effort and investment and could create a nice extended area to Canton st.
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