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SUBMITTED BY DALTON STATE COLLEGE Pianist Joe Chapman will perform a concert commemorating the bicenten- nial anniversary of the births of Frederic Chopin and Robert Schumann on Thursday, Jan. 21, in the Goodroe Auditorium of Memorial Hall at Dalton State College. The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. Chapman, a frequent performer at Dalton State, is the director of key- board studies at North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega. He has performed across the United States and in eight foreign countries as a con- ductor, accompanist, vocalist and instrumentalist. The concert will feature Schumann's tempestuous "Sonata in G Minor" along with a complete perform- ance of the Chopin "Ballades." "Frederic Chopin and Robert Schumann were close friends, born just months apart in the year 1810, who often performed music by one another and for one another," said Chapman. "They were highly regarded as two of the leading proponents of the romantic spirit that swept the world of music in the second quarter of the 19th century." "The four large-scale musical com- positions that will be performed are individual masterpieces of poetry and form," Chapman continued. "Performed together, they make a state- ment about the brilliance of a compos- er about whom Schumann once remarked, 'Hats off, gentleman, a genius!" Chapman has presented numerous solo piano recitals in Georgia and throughout the Southeast, including programs for public radio and televi- sion. An active arranger and composer, he is founder and coordinator of North Georgia College and State University's annual All-American Piano Celebration, which has brought hun- dreds of talented pianists to the Dahlonega campus to promote live per- formance of works by American com- posers. A graduate of the University of South Carolina with a doctor of musi- cal arts degree in piano performance, he has served the music profession in a variety of capacities, including a term as the president of the Georgia Music Teachers Association. Although reservations are not required, seating is limited, so patrons are advised to arrive early. For more information about the concert, call (706) 272-4469. It is a cliché but true nonetheless that every vote is important. For a democracy to thrive, citizens must be active in the political process. The definition of democracy is a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of represen- tation. Thus repre- sentation comes from our right to elect representatives to serve the collec- tive good of our nation, state and community. Thomas Jefferson was quot- ed as saying, "In every government on Earth is some trace of human weakness, some germ of cor- ruption and degeneracy, which cunning will discover and wickedness insensibly open, cultivate and improve. Every government degener- ates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a cer- tain degree." He further stated that, "What has destroyed liberty and the rights of man in every government which has ever existed under the sun? The generalizing and con- centrating of all cares and powers into one body, no matter whether the autocrats of Russia or France, or the aristocrats of a Venetian sen- ate." To paraphrase poorly, when one body or group dominates all dialogue and decision-making, democracy is in jeopardy. As I mentioned last week, the New Year also kicks off another political season. Because the campaign process is getting longer each year, it seems we are in a constant political season. 2010 will be a very impor- tant year with key offices being decided for our nation and those in our state. Given the words of wis- dom of Jefferson, I wonder if the warning he provided con- cerning one power also could apply when one political party is dominant. If I con- sider my political allegiances to the party of my choice, I want representatives from my party to win everything. But when I consider the accomplishments (or lack of) of the respective government entities when dominated by one party, I wonder if grid- lock or balanced government is more productive. Consider the years in Georgia when the majority was held by representatives of the Democratic Party. Now consider today's Georgia under majority Republican rule. What differ- ences would suggest that majority control by either has produced better results than times when different branches of government were led by different parties? Those of you old enough to reflect over a number of years of politics, consider the years our national branches of government were led by different parties vs. those when one party controlled all branches. Under which process did our country prosper? I don't have a definitive answer. But lately it seems party pol- itics are more important than really working to solve the issues facing our nation and our state. Out of control spending has become contagious in our nation's capital. It did not start with the current administration or with the Democratic Party capturing the White House, House of Representatives and Senate. If my memory is correct, for- mer President George W. Bush only vetoed one spending bill in eight years. The current majority in our national gov- ernment were elect- ed because Americans were dissatisfied with the eight years during the Bush Administration. But did America truly want more govern- ment, more spending, more status quo? This fall we will again take the temperature of America. Will those on the far left and far right lose out to those in the middle? Will the Tea Party movement make an impact? Will Americans, who are tired of party politics, take a more active role in voting in new blood and strike a blow against career politicians and incumbency? The elections this fall are critical in answering these questions. Your Dalton-Whitfield Chamber of Commerce will continue to be very active in representing our member investors throughout the 2010 election year. Last week I mentioned the issues important at the state level. Just as we will work diligent- ly in advocating the issues important at the state level, we will advocate important issues at the federal level. Through our Legislative Action Committee, we will identify those issues impor- tant to our member investors. We will then communicate those positions to our elected representatives. As we enter into our leg- islative action process, the issues identified so far that are critical to our community could include government spending, health care reform, cap and trade legislation, card check legislation (pro union), and the increased burden of government bureaucracy and regulation. The executive board of the chamber has directed that our team be even more proactive in legislative affairs. Our team takes that direction seriously. We will advocate on the issues and not party politics. Please consider joining the Legislative Action Committee. The weekly meetings to discuss legisla- tion will commence soon and the dates/times of those meetings will be announced. If you cannot participate on the committee, let us know of the issues you feel the committee should consider. All of us hope 2010 will be better than 2009. Considering the importance of each vote in the political process, get involved, learn about the issues and partici- pate as the right to vote affords you! Thank you for your con- tinued support of the Dalton- Whitfield Chamber of Commerce and our commu- nity. The Daily Citizen Wednesday, January 6, 2010 9A "I was 286 pounds and terribly out of shape in the summer of 2008. My blood pressure was high and I was borderline diabetic. I was so out of shape it was an effort just to walk. I had trouble looking in the mirror and didn't like leaving the house. I joined Bradley Wellness Center that summer. I start losing weight and inches. Gradually my blood pressure went down and I was able to stop taking medication. Then I decided to take my fitness routine to the next level so I asked Jeremy Walraven to be my personal trainer. He helped me lose weight, gain muscle, and improve my endurance. I've lost 82 pounds and feel a lot better about myself. Joining Bradley has changed my life. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made." We hear you. Stop by BWC (1225 Broadrick Drive) or call 706.278.WELL and get a FREE guest pass. Dalton Allergy Clinic Dalton Ear Nose & Throat Dalton 706.226.2142 Calhoun 706.629.5000 Do You Have ALLERGIES? We Have Effective Treatment When Only The Best Will Do! 706-428-9937 Brian Anderson DALTON-WHITFIELD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Every vote counts ■ Brian Anderson is president and CEO of the Dalton-Whitfield Chamber of Commerce. Pianist Joe Chapman will perform selections of Chopin and Schumann for their bicentennial anniversary Jan. 21 at Dalton State College. Night of Chopin, Schumann set Editor's note: For a longer version of this story, visit the story at SUBMITTED BY WHITFIELD COUNTY GOVERNMENT Nancy Casteel, an administra- tive assistant for the Clerk of Court, has been named Whitfield County government's November Employee of the Month. Casteel has worked for the county for 13 years and says she enjoys working to the best of her abil- ity. "Nancy is a d e d i c a t e d employee and is an asset to the Clerk's Office," said Clerk of Court Melica Kendrick. "She is always ready to perform her regular duties as well as assist in other areas when need- ed." "Her service to the customers in helping with their needs with recording documents or giving simple directions to people from out of town goes beyond the nec- essary requirements," Kendrick said. "She sets a good example to those that work with her on a daily basis and is a superb choice for being nominated for Employee of the Month." Casteel employee of month Casteel SUBMITTED BY THE DALTON POLICE DEPARTMENT With the chance of snow in the fore- cast and the possibil- ity that motorists may have to drive in inclement weather, the Dalton Police Department is offer- ing motorists some safe driving tips. When taking to the road during inclement weather, remember to drive with caution to help maintain your safety as well as the safety of motorists and pedestrians around you. ■ Remove all snow and ice from your entire vehicle prior to starting out, checking lights and mirrors as well. ■ Drive with your headlights on low beam to make your- self more visible to other motorists. ■ When roads are wet or icy, slow down. ■ Leave earlier, allotting extra time to reach your desti- nation, or even bet- ter, delay your travel if possible. Dalton Police Dept. offers inclement weather driving tips ■ If you encounter snow removal equipment, allow plenty of room for it to operate. ■ Remember, bridges and overpasses freeze quickly and before any other surfaces. ■ If your tires lose trac- tion, look and steer into the direction you want to go. ■ Look farther ahead in traffic to allow for more reaction time. Actions by drivers ahead of you will alert you of problems you are about to encounter. ■ When braking, apply steady firm pressure, don't apply the brakes quickly or accelerate suddenly. ■ Remember, four- wheel drive vehicles give you extra traction to get going, but do not aid you in stopping any quicker. Motorists should also keep the following items in their vehicles when travel- ing in inclement weather, no matter how short a dis- tance they may be travel- ing. ■ Flashlight/extra bat- teries ■ Blanket ■ Extra cap and gloves/mittens ■ Rain gear ■ Small tool kit and booster cables ■ Small bag of kitty lit- ter ■ Bottled water and snack foods/power bars ■ Brightly colored cloth The Dalton Police Department reminds all motorists to obey all posted speed limits and to buckle up to prevent serious injury accidents. Subscribe to The Daily Citizen Call 217-NEWS

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