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Angry Motorist, Costly Workout and Chocolate Milk Debate

A look at a few of the most notable stories this week on Dacula Patch.

Cell phones are an integral part of most of our lives. I’m sure most of us are guilty of allowing ourselves to be distracted by a cell phone while driving from time to time. Even though this man was stopped at a light when he was looking at his cell phone, his attention was diverted from his primary responsibility, which at that time should have been operating his vehicle. This in no way whatsoever justifies the alleged actions of the motorist behind him, but should serve as a reminder that your focus when you are behind the wheel should be on driving -- not your phone, not your radio, not that cool billboard along the roadway -- just driving.   

Repeat after me: “I will not leave my personal belongings unsecured.” I have lost count of how many police reports I have read involving the theft of unsecured items out of cars, open garages, the gym, etc. You simply cannot absolve yourself of personal responsibility when it comes to these type of thefts. Yes, the criminals are wrong and deserving of punishment, but we as a community must do what we can to eliminate these opportunities.

This topic sparked a lively discussion on the Dacula Patch Facebook page and later online. Some of the comments were really interesting. Earlier this year, we ran a . Apparently lunches are “inspected” here as well. One reader said her child’s Gogurt was taken because it was deemed not healthy enough. What do you think about the idea of someone inspecting your child’s lunch and removing items he or she does not think your child should eat? It’s a crazy, mixed-up world …

We talk politics a lot on Patch and there is a reason for that. The decisions our politicians make can and do affect us on a very personal level -- be it legislation related to health care, our finances, our retirement or a myriad of other topics. What we don’t often get on Patch though is the perspective of the younger generation. That is why I found this blog post intriguing. I just found out last week that my daughter and most of her peers would vote for Obama if they were old enough to vote. When I asked her why, I realized that he has simply done a better job than Romney in appealing to young voters. They think he is cool, that he understands their concerns. That could be a very big problem for the GOP down the road.

Next week, the city of Dacula and Greening Forward will host a volunteer event and memorial service to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Click on the link above to find out how you can participate.

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