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Dalton Daily Citizen. September 28, 2021.

Editorial: The deadline to register to vote is fast approaching

You might have missed it, but Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day. The non-partisan civic holiday was first observed in 2012 and celebrates the democracy we have in the United States.

If you missed National Voter Registration Day, remember that the deadline to register for the November 2 election is Monday. You can register on the Georgia Secretary of State’s office website at sos.ga.gov or at the Election Board office at the Whitfield County Courthouse.

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According to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office (georgia.gov/register-vote), to register on the voters list, you must:

• Be a citizen of the United States.

• Be a legal resident of the county.

• Be at least 17 and a half years old to register and 18 years old to vote.

• Not serve a sentence for conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude.

• Have not been recognized as mentally incompetent by a judge.

After making sure you have the right to vote, you complete and submit an application for voter registration, verify your constituency card, and vote.

Keep in mind that early voting takes place October 12 to 29, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Council of Elections office. There will also be two Saturdays during this period when the office will be open for early voting.

For voters in Dalton and Whitfield County, they will have three races to vote on: Dalton City Council Ward 2: Annalee Harlan and Rodney Craig Miller; Dalton City Council Ward 4: Gary Crews and Steve Farrow; and the Dalton Board of Education: Palmer Griffin and Manuel Meza. All other positions in the election are unchallenged.

All city offices are non-partisan. School board members and board members are elected from across the city. The terms of the board and council are four years. The president and vice-president of the school council are elected by the members of the council.

Being part of the democratic voting process is an honor we should all participate in. Please register to vote.

Valdosta Daily Times. September 29, 2021.

Editorial: Preventing the Tragedy of the Railroad

Railways run through our city and our history can be traced to the emergence of rail.

As we get so used to the whistle of the train that we no longer hear it, everyone needs to be reminded that level crossings can be dangerous places.

Too often we have to report that a vehicle or person is struck by a train, resulting in death or serious injury.

These are preventable tragedies.

Last week was recognized as Rail Safety Week across the country. But its lessons must be taken into account every week of the year.

We’ve all been pulled up on the trails when we’re in a rush and sometimes we get a little frustrated. We could try to count the cars and look for the elusive caboose, but it can always seem like the slow train goes on forever. The object of a youthful fantasy can become the bane of our existence, at least for a few moments on a busy day.

Of course, freight trains carry freight across our country and are crucial to our economy and quality of life, and it is simply not possible to bypass all busy intersections or build viaducts on all roads. crowded.

About 2,100 people across the country die or sustain serious injuries each year in railroad incidents.

Georgia Operation Lifesaver, Operation Lifesaver, Inc. and Operation Lifesaver Canada are working together to raise awareness.

Here are some safety reminders from Operation Lifesaver:

– Trains and cars don’t mix. Never run a train to the crossing – even if you are tied you lose.

– The train you see is closer and faster than you think. If you see a train approaching, wait for it to pass before crossing the tracks.

– Be aware that trains cannot stop quickly. Even if the mechanic sees you, a freight train traveling at 55 miles per hour may take a mile or more to stop after the emergency brakes are applied. That’s 18 football pitches.

– Never bypass lowered barriers – it’s illegal and deadly. If you suspect a signal is malfunctioning, call the emergency number displayed on or near the crossing signal or your local law enforcement agency.

– Do not get trapped on the rails; only cross a level crossing if you are sure that you can completely pass the level crossing without stopping. Remember that the train is three feet wider than the tracks on both sides.

– If your vehicle stalls on the tracks, get out and move away from the tracks, even if you do not see a train. Locate the emergency notification system panel and call the number provided, notifying them of the broken down vehicle. If a train is approaching, run towards the train but away from the tracks at a 45 degree angle. If you run in the same direction as a train, you could be injured by flying debris.

– At a level crossing with several tracks waiting for a train to pass, watch out for a second train on the other tracks, coming from one side or the other.

– When you need to cross train tracks, go to a designated crossing, look both ways and cross the tracks quickly, without stopping. Remember, it is not safe to stop within 15 feet of a rail.

– Always expect a train. The freight trains do not follow the fixed schedules.

Pedestrians should also be warned that rail tracks are not a place to play or take risks. The only safe place to cross is at a designated public crossing.

So count the cars, sing “The Little Red Caboose”, be patient, take no chances, heed all the signals, flashing lights and warning signs and stay safe.

Brunswick News. September 25, 2021.

Editorial: Recidivism remains an issue the state must tackle

A Brunswick police chief who was interviewed by a News reporter decades ago stopped long enough to read a letter informing him of the early release of a criminal from state prison. When he was done, his face turned red and, tearing off his glasses in anger, launched into a rant, his voice loaded with frustration and rage.

His rant went like this: “I don’t know why we bother to arrest criminals. We arrest them, they are convicted, sent to prison and then released before half of their sentence is up. “

The criminal mentioned in the letter was in his twenties and has been invited three times by the state prison system. In each case, he was back in the community years before serving his sentence.

Recidivism without consequences remains a problem today and it is not a problem exclusive to the police or victims of Brunswick. It is the same all over the state, and it only gets worse every time the government passes prison reform. Reform is the word officials use when they want to wrest tax dollars out of prisons and funnel them elsewhere. Reform should target men and women with mental disorders who are incarcerated, not dangerous criminals.

The state security forces are fed up and are speaking out. They are fighting for stricter minimum sentences for serious crimes. Terry Norris, executive director of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association, recently gave the Senate Public Safety Committee this advice: The best way to deter criminals is to impose harsher sentences on those convicted of violent crimes.

They are fed up with plea negotiations that do more to grease efforts and lighten the burden on prosecutors than to punish dangerous criminals. And always to the detriment of future victims.

Violent crime disrupts communities across the state today, including in Brunswick. Drive-by shootings and victims suffering or dying from gunshot wounds occur as frequently as the sun rises. Many of these crimes are committed by seasoned criminals who are familiar with the justice and prison systems.

If they can’t respect the property or the lives of others, fine. Leave them in jail. No one in their right mind would let loose wolves among a flock of sheep, but those charged with making our laws and dealing with criminals do not think of releasing dangerous people among law-abiding citizens.

Law enforcement officials calling for minimum sentences recognize that more prosecutors and better trained and better paid prison staff will be needed in an effective war on crime. It’s a small price to pay if it saves lives and heartache.

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