Dave Emanuel, Cut to the Chase

As Gwinnett county’s population approaches one million, it’s difficult to picture the landscape as it existed in the early 19th century, when there were no paved roads, no subdivisions and, believe it or not, no traffic. At that time, the county was occupied primarily by the Creek and Cherokee tribes, which are referred to by many archaeologists as, “The First Southerners.”

Dave Emanuel, Cut to the Chase

On December 15, 2017, Gwinnett County launched the opening event in the year-long celebration of its 200th anniversary. The celebration will include events throughout the year and culminate on December 15, 2018, the date that marks exactly 200 years since the county was created.

Dave Emanuel, Cut to the Chase

Each time an election rolls around, I find myself wondering how to best perform my civic duty to vote. I always figured that my sole responsibility was simply to cast a ballot; the decision is whether to vote early or wait for election day. But some time ago, I received an e-mail that prompted me to consider another option.

Dave Emanuel, Cut to the Chase

(For Part 1, click or copy and paste the following link: https://gwinnettcitizen.com/opinion/columnists/cut-to-the-chase-dave-emanuel/3439-the-fight-to-end-child-sex-trafficking.)

It was easy to ignore. And that’s what most people did. Sure, there was some amount of hand-wringing and head shaking, but news that 11-year old Jane Doe was missing didn’t elicit much of a response outside of immediate friends and family members. In most people’s minds, Jane was just another young girl who had run away because her parents wouldn’t buy her the latest iPhone or a pair of $150 shoes.

Dave Emanuel

For most people, a dog is the family member who is always glad to see you and wants little more than some of your time, regular meals and a decent place to sleep. But for some people, a dog is much more than a pet. For them, “man’s best friend” can mean the difference between the captivity of an institution and the freedom to live, move about, or to overcome once debilitating events.

Child sex trafficking is happening in our own backyards.

Georgia state senator Renee Unterman is on a mission, one that began almost 10 years ago. That mission should have ended within a few months of its beginning, yet it has become a decade-long battle, with the end only now in sight.