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State senators, representative comment on Trump statement

Collins Statement on President Trump’s Afghanistan Strategy


WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the following statement in response to the president's outline of a new approach guiding U.S. involvement in Afghanistan:

“President Trump’s strategy for South Asia focuses on achieving security for America and stability in Afghanistan within a complex regional context. As an Iraq veteran, I welcome renewed American resolve to defeat terrorism and its enablers so that the world and every person in it enjoys more peace tomorrow than they knew yesterday.


“General Mattis and our military leaders are capable of employing a wise and effective plan to this end, and we must ensure that our service members have the support they need to snuff out terrorism and protect American lives.”

Senator David Perdue Comments On President Trump’s Path Forward In Afghanistan


Senator David Perdue Comments On President Trump’s Path Forward In Afghanistan


  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, comments on President Trump’s path forward for American involvement in Afghanistan:

  “President Trump and Secretary Mattis outlined a clear way forward for American involvement in Afghanistan. This is welcome news for our troops, our Afghan partners, and our allies working hard to eradicate terrorism and create stability. Due to weak leadership and arbitrary restrictions of President Obama’s Administration, the situation in Afghanistan is now at a stalemate. The Trump Administration's regional approach will take into account the interrelationship of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India, while working to counter destructive foreign interests. Last month, I visited with General Nicholson, his commanders, the Afghan military and our troops on the ground, and this is exactly the type of plan and leadership from the White House they said they need.

  “Tonight, Americans, our troops, and our allies heard directly from President Trump that the United States of America refuses to let Afghanistan become a safe haven for radical Islamic terrorists to mount global attacks. I look forward to working with Secretary Mattis and General Nicholson to ensure they have the resources needed to properly implement this strategy and ensure success in Afghanistan.”


Isakson Statement on Afghanistan Strategy


MARIETTA, Ga. – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, today issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s speech outlining a new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan:

  “I support a strategy in Afghanistan that protects our homeland and prevents Afghanistan from once again becoming a haven for terrorists to plot attacks against the United States. The president tonight outlined a tough and thoughtful strategy following the guidance of General Mattis and our military leaders. Our commanders in the field must have what they need to keep us safe and get the job done.”

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Companies Use Defend Trade Secrets Act to Combat Economic Espionage


“The Defend Trade Secrets Act is already protecting intellectual property rights against those who would undermine our economy, and I know that conservatives will continue to lead in this policy space.”


WASHINGTON—A year after the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) became law, companies are availing themselves of the ability to protect their formulas, processes and other trade secrets in the federal courts. Introduced in the House by Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), the DTSA guards the trade secrets of U.S. companies—valued at roughly $5 trillion—which are often the target of economic espionage at the hands of foreign interests, including China.


School parent portals - a whole new level of crazy parental over-involvement

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Parenting expert offers advice 


John Rosemond

Copyright 2017, John K. Rosemond


Q: Our son attends first grade at the local public school. At the beginning of the school year, all the parents were basically told that we are expected to go to the school’s parent website every day to keep up with our kids’ homework assignments. In addition, the “Parent Portal,” as it’s called, also lets us know what we are expected to help with at home. In effect, we are being made responsible for what, in our estimation, is a teacher’s responsibility. We are expected to know the material, monitor homework, and see to it that every assignment is not only done, but done properly. I’ve talked to several

Convictions upheld for man who killed 9 month old, court rules




Published Monday, August 28, 2017


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The Supreme Court of Georgia has unanimously upheld the murder and child abuse convictions of a Fulton County man for abusing, and eventually killing, his girlfriend’s 9-month-old baby girl, Masiah Copeland. The man’s mother and girlfriend were also convicted of child abuse for failing to get medical help for the baby, who by the time she died had old and new injuries, including fractures in each of her arms and legs, blunt force trauma to her head, which caused her brain and eye to bleed, and a laceration to her lip and gum, consistent with someone striking the baby in the face or her face striking an object.

Milestones scores a mixed bag


         Georgia Milestones scores from the 2016-2017 school year have been released by the Georgia Department of Education. While there are many areas where Pickens County students improved over last year, scores were a hit and miss when it came to beating the state average.

The scores are from 2017 spring End of Grade tests. 

Last school year was the third time students took the Georgia Milestones test, which replaced the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). Georgia Milestones scores are used to assess the mastery of Georgia Performance Standards.

     See full story including comments from the Pickens County School admnistratiors in this week's print or online editions.