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Inequality Capitalism?  
 French Economist Says, `Yes`

A book, from French economist Thomas Piketty, is now No. 1 on Amazon`s best-seller list, thanks to positive reviews and word of mouth, especially among liberal intellectuals. The book, `Capital in the Twenty-First Century` says what they want to hear with its message that income inequality is the result ofthe rate of return of return on capital (wealth) exceeding the rate of growth of output and income.

Liberal icon and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman is calling the book a `magnificent, sweeping meditation on inequality.`

Krugman also like Piketty`s answer to the problem, which is a high wealth tax and transfer payments to lower income people.

One interesting aspect of the situation is that Piketty comes from France, which already has the second highest rate of government spending (nearing 60%) in the world. French President Hollande also tried to implement some of Piketty`s ideas with a 90% income tax rate.

Naturally Piketty`s arguments are being criticized. Libertarian leaning economist, Tyler Cowen, saying that there is no good reason to believe, as Piketty asserts, that the rate of return to capital can stay high and that it won`t translate into higher wages.

Other critics point to the data below. How can the current situation be called `capitalism` when governments across the world control 50% or more of the spending?

Another point is that, as the chart shows, countries experiencing rapid growth tend to the lowest levels of government spending, such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.

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  • Cave Spring ES Picked for `Feed my School` Program - Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black on Thursday announced the five schools selected to participate in the third `Feed My School for a Week` Program are Annie Bell Clark Elementary in Tifton, Cave Springs Elementary in Rome, Claxton Elementary in Claxton, Commerce Primary School in Commerce and Mossy Creek Elementary in Cleveland.
  • Healthcare career camp offered at GHC this summer - Jobs in healthcare are forever evolving and the demand has never been greater. In an effort to educate students about available health professional careers and to cultivate their interests with hands-on experience in related healthcare areas, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center of Rome in partnership with Georgia Highlands College, will host a summer camp called `Career Quest... A Journey Through Healthcare`. The camp will be held June 2-5, 2014 at the Georgia Highlands Rome campus and is open to current and rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students interested in the world of healthcare.
  • Metro Rome’s unemployment rate declines to 7.2% - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Metro Rome’s unemployment rate decreased to 7.2 percent in March, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 7.5 percent in February. The rate was 9.0 percent in March a year ago. The number of jobs increased to 39,200 in March, up by 100, or 0.3 percent, from 39,100 in February. The job gains came mostly in retail trade and state government. Over the year, the number of jobs increased by 800, or 2.1 percent, from 38,400 in March 2013. Most of the increase came in trade, transportation, and warehousing, education and health services, and construction.
  • Holmes Finalists for TCSG Instructor of the Year - Georgia Northwestern Technical College`s Donny Holmes, Construction Management program director and instructor on the Gordon County Campus, was named as a finalist for the Technical College System of Georgia’s 2014 Instructor of the Year award. The top instructors from the state of Georgia’s 24 technical colleges competed for the Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction. The finalists were announced during a banquet honoring the system’s most outstanding instructors and students at the Grand Hyatt in Atlanta.
  • Chase Ends with Arrest of Prison Escapee - Police said that they have captured Winford Reece Ellis, 39, an escapee from a Georgia Prison, following a chase on Wednesday. Reports said that a Georgia State Patrol Trooper spotted Ellis when he fled and started the foot chase. He had been on the run since April 12.
  • Tellus Hosting Block Party Fundraiser - When`s the last time you attended a Block Party that you talked about for weeks and weeks? The kind where you can eat good food, hang out with your friends, have a couple of cocktails or a cold soft drink, and play fun games? Now`s your chance!

    Tellus Science Museum is hosting a Block Party fundraiser unlike anything you`ve ever seen!

    On April 26, 2014 from 7 PM to 11 PM, Tellus Science Museum will transform the Great Hall into an outdoor science park (complete with a giant dinosaur right in the middle!). Food trucks will serve sweet and savory fares, from chorizo tacos and BBQ sliders to brownie sundaes and key lime pie. Quench your thirst with a variety of local craft beers and many of your favorite concoctions, including our signature drink - The Stargazer.

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  • Free Archaeology Day at Chieftains Museum - Chieftains will host a free Archaeology Day program at the museum from 10:30am-4:30pm on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Visitors will be able to tour the grounds where past archaeological discoveries have been made, see the Archaeology Lab located in the Grizzard Center for Cherokee Studies, and learn the scientific methods behind a dig with archaeologist Dave Davis.
  • Williamson Replies to Suit - Floyd County Board of Education member, and candidate for re-election, Terry Williamson has responded to a suit filed by Andy and Tracy Kight.
  • Rome Sex Offender Arrested in Denver - Denver, Colorado police has arrested James Lee Pierce, 51 of Rome, during an undercover sex sting operation. Police said that Pierce traveled across the county to meet a underage female for sex. Police said that Perce made contact with who he believed to be a 15-year-old girl through the Internet on a social networking site late last year. The 15-year-old was actually an investigator with the DA’s Child Sex Offender Internet Investigations.
  • 7 Year-old Molested at Children`s Shelter - According to authorities a 7 year-old boy who was staying at the For Children`s Flowing Branch Children`s Shelter in Cartersville was allegedly molested. They added that two male suspect, ages 12 and 13 years-old, were arrested.
  • Man Charged with Kidnapping, Assault - A 54-year-old Rome man, Bufford Michael Outlaw, has been arrested and charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, aggravated assault, and battery. Police said that Outlaw allegedly abducted a woman with the help of others who are unidentified at this time.
  • NWGA Chosen for Foster Care Pilot Project - Georgia Department of Human Services Commissioner Keith Horton announced the location of two pilot projects for public-private partnerships in the foster care system. Counties in northwest Georgia, central and northeast Georgia will pilot the public-private partnership model for the Division of Family and Children Services. DFCS Region 3 covers eight counties in Northwest Georgia, including Floyd, Bartow, Cherokee, Polk, Paulding, Douglas, Haralson and parts of Chattooga.
  • Voestalpine Opens Bartow Factory, Expansion Soon - Officials of voestalpine AG announced Tuesday that the planned expansion of their new automotive component factory just north of Cartersville is already at capacity when it comes to filling orders. Voestalpine Automotive Body Parts Inc. is manufacturing ultra-high strength body-in-white components for premium car manufacturers. This investment will create 220 new jobs, but could grow to 350 by the year 2020.
  • Clean Rivers for Rome Event This Weekend - Redmond is again partnering with the City of Rome and the Coosa River Basin Initiative to drive the `Clean Rivers for Rome` and the DEA to provide a drop-off location for the proper disposal of unused, expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications. The program would provide residents of Floyd County a safe option for disposal of these items, keeping them out of waterways.
  • Grand Jury Says Officer Used `Non Authorized`Force - A Bartow County grand jury has ruled that Cpl. Nancy Beth Gatny, with the Euharlee Police Department, use of deadly force against a teenager was not authorized. Bartow`s district attorney said that her office will now re-examine the case.
  • Rome Man Faces Numerous Family Violence Charges - Sherman Daniel Blalock, 38 of Rome, was arrested this week after police said he allegedly beat and abused two young children along with threatening to kill his wife. Reports said that Blalock grabbed his 8-year-old son by the neck and pulled him off a trampoline. He then slapped his 11-year-old daughter in the face during the altercation. Reports went on to say that Blalock broke numerous items in the home before he threatened to kill his wife if she called police.
  • Paradise Gardens to Host Finster Fest - The Paradise Garden Foundation will one of the Southeast`s most popular folk art and music festivals, and it is located in Summerville, Georgia. Finster Fest 2014 is on May 31st and June 1st and will feature art and live music in Dowdy Park. On that Saturday and Sunday, Finster Fest will host over 50-juried artists, not to mention visitors from around the world.
  • Floyd Medical Center Awarded LIVESTRONG Grant - Floyd Medical Center has been named as only one of 13 organizations nationwide to be named as a beneficiary of the LIVESTRONG Foundation`s Community Impact Project. As award recipients, Floyd will receive a $10,700 grant, which will provide for the implementation of a VitalHearts: Secondary Trauma Resiliency Training program. The program is designed to help cancer treatment providers find better ways to process the trauma they often encounter. Award recipients were chosen through an 18 day online voting process that accumulated more than 100,000 votes.
  • Murder Convictions Upheld for Floyd County Duo - The murder convictions and life sentences of Eric Castro and Heather Brittany Parker of the 2012 murder of Parker`s two year-old dauther, Kailee Parker was unanimously upheld by the Georgia Supreme Court Monday. Kailee died from mulpitle injures to her head. Evidence reveled during the trial said that the child had been squeezed with a `significant amount of force`.
  • Rome Terror Suspect Says Search Flawed - A search warrant has been challenged by one of the men, Terry Eugene Peace, 45, accused of planning domestic terror attacks. Peace argues the legality of the warrant used at his home. He claims that it failed to list his address, and only named a street three miles away. He also said that he would like possible statements he made to officers kept from jurors, arguing it was improperly given because he was not read a Miranda Warning.
  • National tourism week in Rome Activities Announced - The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced several events designed to encourage locals to be visitors in their own town as a part of the National Travel & Tourism Week celebration, May 3-11, 2014. `Tourism is one of the most important sectors in Rome and Floyd County, with the proven ability to be a true engine for economic development,` said Lisa Smith, GRCVB executive director. `We believe it to be very important for our fellow Romans to embrace and understand the impact of travel and tourism to our quality of life in Georgia’s Rome.`
  • Special Meeting Called over Bar`s Music - The Rome Alcohol Control Commission announced that it will hold a special hearing in two weeks over the issue of loud music from El Patron Sports Bar on Redmond Circle. The bar had received a suspension and numerous complaints over its music back in February. During an ACC meeting this week nearby residents said that the bar had not fixed the issues.
  • Gordon Co/Calhoun to Host Drug Drop Off - The Gordon County Sheriff`s Office and Calhoun Police Departments will host a medication drop-off on May. The event, which asks the community to bring unused or expired prescriptions for disposal, lasts from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at numerous locations including; the corner of River and Line Streets in Calhoun, Fairmount Drug, the Sheriff`s Office, Home Depot, Sonoraville Recreation Complex and Swain Elementary. Interested participants are invited to the drugs and organizers said that no one will be asked for their names.
  • Vendors, Students Take Part In Health & Community - Vendors from across Northwest Georgia and the Tennessee Valley spoke with hundreds of students from Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Thursday in the schools annual Health and Community Awareness Fair. GNTC served as the host for the Northwest Georgia event. Among those taking part were Costco, Center4SAVA, Blood Assurance, Chattanooga Allergy Clinic, Avon, Primary Healthcare Center, Bethel University, Youth WIA (Workforce Investment Act) Services, GNTCs Medical Assisting Program, GNTC Bobcat Athletics, Walker County Fire Department (Safety Kids), Belhaven University, GNTCs Phi Beta Lambda chapter, and GNTCs Student Leadership Council.
  • GNTC Named to Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholars - Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is one of 25 two-year colleges recently invited to participate in the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program. Through this program, Grainger offers qualified community college and technical college students financial scholarships in industrial and public safety programs.
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  • Public Political Rally this Saturday in Rome - The Rome TEA Party will host a GET OUT THE VOTE RALLY on Saturday, April 26th from 11:00 until 3:00 at the Anthony Recreation Center 2901 Garden Lakes Boulevard. The Rally will feature entertainment, games, food,music and candidate and special guest speakers. All candidates are invited including Floyd County commission and education board candidates, Floyd legislative candidates, candidates for state school superintendent, governor, and U.S. Senate. Keynote speakers will inspire to get out and vote and vote smart.
  • Political Forum Open to the Public - WRGA News and Georgia Highlands College will host at political forum for candidates for the Floyd County Board of Education and the Floyd County Commission which is open to the public. The event will be held Thursday, April 24 from 6pm – 10pm.
  • Deal signs bill underscoring Second Amendment - Nathan Deal on Wednesday signed into law House Bill 60, legislation that protects law-abiding, licensed Georgia citizens’ Second Amendment rights. `Our nation’s founders put the right to bear arms on par with freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Georgians cherish their Second Amendment rights, and this law embodies those values,` said Dea.
  • Georgia Conservatives endorse Pennington for Gov. - Georgia Conservatives In Action announced Wednesday the endorsement of Conservative David Pennington for governor. `As the only conservative candidate in the race for Georgia`s governor, it is an honor to be endorsed by GCIA,` Pennington said. `As governor, I will work to cut spending, cut taxes, limit regulation and promote transparency.`
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  • Aalto Scientific creates 80 jobs in Putnam - Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Aalto Scientific, a leading manufacturer in the medical diagnostics industry, will create 80 jobs and invest $9 million into a new manufacturing facility in Eatonton. `Aalto Scientifics expansion in Georgia demonstrates the strength and vitality of our life sciences sector,` said Deal. `Manufacturing is a key element in this industry and in maintaining Georgia as the No. 1 state in which to do business. This project shows our continued commitment to the companies and workforce that call our state home and I am proud that Aalto Scientific chose to locate here.`
  • Two Ga Schools Wins National Green Ribbon - Two Georgia schools have been named by the U.S. Department of Education as 2014 Green Ribbon Schools Sustainability Awardees. The selected schools are being honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways. Arcado Elementary and High Meadows will split $10,000 in award prize money from the Captain Planet Foundation and Turner Foundation, for demonstrating energy efficiency efforts.
  • Teacher`s Aide Charged with Abusing Students - Alger Coleman , an Atlanta Public Schools teacher`s aide has been arrested for allegedly putting his hands on a special needs student at Harper-Archer Middle School. He was charged with first degree cruelty to children and battery.
  • Two Charged with Murder of McDonough man - Joseph Franklin Norris, 49, and Tonia Lynn Gantt, 44, have been arrested and charged in the shooting death of a McDonough man. Reports said that the two men planned to rob Michael Raymond Patton, 45, but something went wrong and Patton ended up getting shot in the head.
  • Child Porn Arrest Made in Neighboring Alabama - An Etowah County man has been arrested and charged in connection to child pornography, according to Sheriff Todd Entrekin. Pablo Gabriel Urbina, 20, of Gadsden, was arrested this week and charged with one count of possession of child pornography and one count of production of obscene matter containing visual depiction of a person under 17 years of age involved in obscene acts, both are felonies.
  • Clayton Teacher Arrested for Child Sex Crimes - Roderick Winslow Arrington, 29, a former Clayton County Schools teacher, was arrested and charged Tuesday after he was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student. Arrington is charged with child sexual exploitation, sexual assault of a person in custody or school, and possession of a weapon at school.
  • KSU Named Princeton Review`s Top Green College - Kennesaw State University has been named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada by The Princeton Review. This is the fourth consecutive ear that the University has been named to the annual edition of `The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges.` Kennesaw State’s LEED-certified buildings and its farm-to-campus program are highlighted in the guide. The guide also notes other KSU initiatives such as graywater from the Central Parking Deck used to water campus landscaping, motion detectors for lighting in classrooms and meeting rooms, alternative transportation and increased recycling efforts on campus.
  • DJJ Launces New Juenile Justice Reform - Commissioner Avery D. Niles announced the Department of Juvenile Justice is rolling out a new Reentry Services Unit as he continues to restructure the agency to better meet requirements of Georgia’s new Juvenile Justice Reform Law. Commissioner Niles said he is adding the new 5-member Reentry Services Unit to help increase success rates for former juvenile offenders who are in the process of transitioning back to their communities after release from their court ordered detention and commitments at DJJ.
  • Ga Meet Producer Recalls 24KPounds of Chicken - Gainesville`s Prime Pak Foods announced that they are recalling close to 24,000 pounds of fully cooked breaded chicken breast products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The products were formulated with egg and wheat, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label.
  • Cobb Wmabn Charged with Elderly Abuse - A Cobb County woman, Tara Dawn Smith, has been charged with neglecting an 87 year-old woman. Police said that she allowed her elderly, bedridden mother to live in filth so long, she developed a bed sore down to the bone. Reports said that the elderly woman had seen a doctor in several years, appeared to have not been bathed in months, and had fingernails and toenails several inches long.
  • Cherokee Police Find Drugs, Exotic Animals - Cherokee County agencies discovered drugs and exotic animals in a Woodstock home following conducting a search. Authorities said that one of the animals found was a tegu, a member of the lizard family. They added that they also tracked a shipment of 10 pounds of marijuana to that location. They also found another three pounds of marijuana, along with hashish, psilocybin mushrooms, Xanax and cocaine, along with the exotic animals, several firearms and nearly $6,000 in cash. As a result they charged three people with the possession and trafficking of the drugs, Kurt Steven Wisehart, 25, of Woodstock, and Marlena Shae Darby, 19, of Woodstock. The third Matt Quinn, remains at large.
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Don`t look now but the Atlanta Braves are playing pretty good baseball.

Everyone thought the Braves were done when Kris Medlin went down for the season with elbow problems. Atlanta added Ervin Santana and has not missed a beat on starting pitching. Right now the Braves are leading the Major Leagues in team ERA. Great pitching has been the Braves calling card for going on three decades now.

There was a little concern when Craig Kimbrel came back for resting his soldier and looked mortal. However, he returned to form against the last three batters he faced Monday. Freddie Freeman has emerged as one of the best overall players in all of baseball. Freddie`s hitting 370 with 5 homeruns and his defensive play at first base is spectacular. Meanwhile, Andrelton Simmons might be the best defensive short stop in the Majors.

There are still concerns. Dan Uggla and BJ Upton are both hitting in the lose 200s again. And the only thing uglier than Dan`s batting average is his play at second base. Jason Heyward is batting well below 200.

Uggla`s slump is now in its fourth season so it is safe to assume that he is not going to snap out of it. Atlanta may just have to make the decision to eat his big contract and move in another direction. There is a chance that Upton and Heyward will bounce back but there is certainly the possibility that they will not.

Of course, none of this really matters unless the Braves can figure out how to win in the postseason. Braves fans are not going to be easy to drag back onto the bandwagon. There have been an awful lot of postseason appearances with nothing the show for them.

It is my opinion, that if Atlanta does not find a way to add some pop to their batting lineup they will be in the same boat again this season. It will be up to Frank Wren to make some magic happen before the trade deadline rolls around.

Atlanta just is not generating enough offense which was visible again Tuesday night in a 1-0 loss to the Marlins. If the Braves can find some offense between now and October, the sky is the limit. If not, it will be another quick exit from the postseason.

In the meantime, enjoy some great baseball.

Mark Miller

  • Randy Ingle Named to SAL Hall of Fame Class of 14 - Eric Krupa, President of the South Atlantic League, has announced the members of the Class of 2014 for the South Atlantic League Hall of Fame and former Rome Braves manager Randy Ingle is among those selected. The new inductees will be honored as part of the festivities surrounding the 55th Annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game, scheduled to be played on June 17, 2014, at L.P. Frans Stadium, home of the Hickory Crawdads. Ingle joins Rome General Manager Michael Dunn who was inducted in 2010.
  • Braves Lose Rubbergame to Greensboro - The Greensboro Grasshoppers took the rubber game of the three game series with the Rome Braves 7-2 Wednesday afternoon at State Mutual Stadium.
  • Rome Pitcher Lafreniere Retires - Rome Braves pitcher Frank Lafreniere has announced his retirement. Lafreniere this season was 1-3 with an 8.83 ERA in four starts. Coming into the 2014 season his record was 18-18 with a 4.48 ERA. Lafreniere hails from St. Bruno, Canada and was 47th round selection by the Braves in 2010.
  • Shorter Soccer Makes National Ranking - For the second straight week, Shorter`s men`s soccer team finds itself at No. 10 on the latest NCCAA Men`s Soccer Rankings the conference. The Hawks, which are a part of the NCCAA`s South Region, are joined on the list by fellow region members Judson and Emmanuel who rank 11th and 12th, respectively.
  • Berry beat Maryvile, Vikes set new DIII Win Mark - Berry defeated Maryville College, 8-1, and claimed the highest amount of wins in a season since the Vikings transitioned to Division III. Berry finished its regular season at 27-13, while Maryville dropped to 16-19.
  • Wilson named National Track Athlete of the Week - Kirk Wilson has earned United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Track Athlete of the Week for the NCAA Division II the association announced Monday.
  • Football announces more recruits for 2014 - Eighteen high school student-athletes have committed to the Berry College football team, announced Viking Head Coach Tony Kunczewski. These student-athletes have been accepted at Berry and will join the program for its second football season this September. They join 15 others who previously committed to join the Vikings this season.
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    • Political Forum Open to the Public - WRGA News and Georgia Highlands College will host at political forum for candidates for the Floyd County Board of Education and the Floyd County Commission which is open to the public. The event will be held Thursday, April 24 from 6pm  10pm.

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      • Berry to Host Beef/Milk Sale - The Berry Farm`s Angus Beef and The Berry Farm`s Jersey Milk enterprises will be having a sale from 4-7 p.m. Friday (April 25) at the Rollins Dairy. Crowd favorites such as beef short ribs, cubed steak and gouda cheese are available for purchase. The Berry Farms Angus Beef creates the opportunity for consumers to enjoy quality natural Angus beef from cattle raised by Berry students. Berry Angus provides a 100 percent Black Angus beef product. The Black Angus breed is known for delivering a phenomenal eating experience and contains no artificial ingredients or additives.

        GDOL to host job training recruitment in LaFayette - The Georgia Department of Labors (GDOL) will host a special recruitment for job seekers who qualify for OJT, a federal on-the-job training program to help get unemployed workers back into the labor force. The recruitment will be held Tuesday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the LaFayette Career Center, 200 West Villanow St. The OJT program was established by the U.S. Department of Labor through the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. The Workforce Investment Board of Northwest Georgia administers the OJT program in the northwest Georgia region.