Editorial roundup: Georgia

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Dalton Daily Citizen. July 30, 2022.

Editorial: Be on the lookout for students, back-to-school buses

Some schools in Georgia have already started the 2022-2023 year, which begs the age-old question: where did the summer go?

We want the answer.

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Local students have not yet returned to class. Whitfield County schools start Friday, while Dalton Public Schools start Tuesday, August 9. Murray County schools, which are on a 160-day schedule, begin Tuesday, September 6.

With some 1.6 million children across Georgia returning to school in the coming weeks, it’s important to keep tabs on students whether they’re walking or biking to school. , whether they take the bus or drive themselves. According to the AAA, “Children are particularly vulnerable during the afternoon hours following their school day. Over the past decade, nearly a third of child pedestrian fatalities have occurred between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

AAA has offered these tips for keeping kids safe this school year, and these suggestions can be applied to everyday driving:

• To slow down. Speed ​​limits in school zones are reduced for a reason. A pedestrian hit by a vehicle traveling at 25 mph is nearly two-thirds less likely to be killed than a pedestrian hit by a vehicle traveling just 10 mph faster. A difference between 25 mph and 35 mph can save a life.

• Eliminate distractions. Children often cross the road unexpectedly and may suddenly emerge between two parked cars. Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles the risk of a crash.

• Back up responsibly. Every vehicle has blind spots. Check for children on the sidewalk, driveway and around your vehicle before backing up slowly. Teach your children never to play in, under or around vehicles, even those that are parked.

• Talk to your teenager. Car crashes are a leading cause of death among teens in the United States, and more than a quarter of fatal crashes involving teen drivers occur during after-school hours from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

• Come to a complete stop. Research shows that more than a third of drivers pass stop signs in school zones or neighborhoods. Always come to a complete stop, carefully checking sidewalks and crosswalks for children before continuing.

• Watch out for bicycles. Children on bicycles are often inexperienced, unstable and unpredictable. Slow down and leave at least three feet of passing distance between your vehicle and the bike. If your child rides to school, insist that they wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet each time they ride.

“If parents and other drivers follow these simple rules when driving in and around school zones, countless children can avoid injury and death,” said Garrett Townsend, Georgia Public Affairs Director, AAA- The Auto Club Group. “It’s up to us to help all drivers be aware of the risks associated with driving around our schools.

Valdosta Daily Times. July 29, 2022.

Editorial: Prison transparency is essential

Prisoners have fundamental rights

Prisoners have civil rights.

Georgia prisons came under scrutiny and it was time.

This week, Senate hearings investigating allegations of corruption, abuse and misconduct at an Atlanta federal prison began in earnest.

But the problems go far beyond a single federal prison in Atlanta.

Statewide, Georgia State Prisons are under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.

More than 40 suspected or confirmed homicides have been reported in Georgia state prisons since the start of 2020.

The investigation aims to determine whether the Georgia Department of Corrections’ 35 facilities provide reasonable protection from physical harm at the hands of other prisoners and guards, acceptable conditions, and protections for LGBTQ inmates from sexual abuse by others. prisoners and staff.

When the investigations were launched, the US Department of Justice faced the same frustration the Georgian people and the media have faced for years, a state prison system shrouded in secrecy.

The State Department of Corrections must be completely transparent and then be held accountable.

Documents relating to prison policies, training materials, staffing, staff discipline, inmate complaints, incident reports and internal investigation documents should be made available to the public.

A prison sentence in Georgia should not be a death sentence.

Unsupervised homicides, suicides and other suspicious deaths have been a serious concern for some time.

Federal investigators are correct in looking at inter-inmate violence and the lack of reasonable protections for inmates. Much prison violence is linked to gang activity. There are more than 45,000 inmates in Georgia, 73% of them for violent crimes. The DOC says 21% of the prison population has a mental health diagnosis. These are very real and very dangerous situations to deal with.

Deaths and injuries, as well as complaints about appalling and unsanitary conditions, are far more serious than just complaints from prisoners. The DOJ takes all of this seriously, as do heads of state. The Georgia General Assembly and the Governor need to be more willing to hold the corrections system accountable.

Reducing inmate deaths, reducing acts of violence, addressing mental health needs and improving transparency are absolute imperatives for the struggling correctional system.

When prison officials seek information from the press and general public, especially when inmates die behind bars, it only engenders more suspicion and mistrust.

A lack of transparency heightens concerns about egregious conditions and the credibility of complaints.

People – and prisons – who have nothing to hide, just don’t hide.

Brunswick News. August 3, 2022.

Editorial: The Numbers Show the Film Industry’s Impact on Georgia

Last month, the world got its first glimpse of the long-awaited sequel to “Black Panther,” one of the most famous films of recent years. The trailer for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” was unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con, one of the biggest entertainment events in the world.

While the timing is a big deal for movie and comic book fans, it’s also a big deal for Brunswick. Part of the film was shot at Mary Ross Waterfront Park last October and November. Once again, the Golden Isles will serve as the backdrop for a major film production.

It is also an example of how Georgia has become one of the most popular destinations for film and television productions. Governor Brian Kemp announced Monday that the film industry spent $4.4 billion in Georgia in fiscal year 2022, which ended June 30. This set a new record, surpassing the $4 billion the film industry spent in the state the previous year.

Georgia’s booming film industry can be attributed to a tax credit the General Assembly passed 14 years ago to encourage film and television productions to choose the Peach State over than other more expensive places.

This tax credit is arguably one of the most beneficial economic policies the state legislature has ever approved. Not only has it brought in billions and billions in revenue from productions choosing the state, but it has also created thousands of jobs as companies establish studios across the state, according to Capitol Beat News Service.

The Golden Isles have had their fair share of productions in the 14 years since the tax credit was introduced. Mutants came to Jekyll Island to film “X-Men: First Class” in 2010. Will Ferrell brought Ron Burgundy’s antics to St. Simons Island for “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” in 2013. Downtown of Brunswick morphed into Ybor City, Florida in the 1920s for Ben Affleck’s 2015 film “Live by Night.” The past two years alone have brought a Netflix TV show, a big Marvel movie, and a new adaptation of “The Color Purple” in our region, among other manufactures.

We hope that the studios will continue to bring their productions to the Islands. Glynn County has a lot to offer the film industry and through hard work many filmmakers and producers are beginning to see it. Whether in a theater or on our televisions at home, the Golden Isles provide the perfect backdrop.

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