CAT ticketing move brings concerns
Watching the recent news report on television about Chatham Area Transit and the option to use a phone app to pay for the rides, I could not help but see that a few of the people interviewed were actually homeless people. My question then is how are all of these people who actually need to ride the bus going to be able to afford smartphones in the first place?
Hopefully, CAT has other options for everybody to be included. The 8% fee, hopefully, will not mean a cut in salary or benefits to the drivers and employees since we were told that the price to ride will not go up. Usually, money has to come from somewhere.
May the new year bring better inclusivity and decision making.
Andre Patterson, Savannah
Message for ’meddling’ voting operatives
A letter published Dec. 16 was quite revealing and troubling. The writer, who is from Chicago, will be coming to Georgia to “get out the vote.” I wonder if he will help any Republicans get to the polls?
We do not need out-of-state operatives meddling in our Georgia elections. My advice to the letter writer is, if you are here, go home. If you are still in Chicago, stay there. In fact, I think Chicago has worse problems than Georgia, so clean up your own house before worrying about ours.
One small request before the letter writer cancels his trip. Who is paying him? The answer to that could be very frightening.
Guy Randolph, Savannah
Rep. Carter puts party before country
Rep. Buddy Carter said the following about impeachment: “This witch hunt will go down as a shameful stain on our history.”
For anyone who is objective, and that’s the key word here, these impeachment hearings can’t reasonably be considered an unconstitutional “witch hunt.” despite the statements of various GOP congressmen, including Savannah’s Buddy Carter. The full House, both parties, is charged with seeing if the president violated the constitution and should be impeached. And, the House did its duty.
Obviously, Carter has been listening to Rush Limbaugh,who can be easily ignored because he’s an entertainer and buffoon. But we should expect more from our elected representatives like Carter.
There’s no “sham’’ impeachment inquiry, no matter how many times partisans in the House repeat the Trump lie about a witch hunt and a hoax. Carter knows very well that the GOP had full representation and equal participation in the closed-door hearings, despite the ridiculous October march of the GOP House members disrupting closed door proceedings, which were obviously designed solely as a stunt to show up on Fox News. Obviously, the underlying GOP strategy is to turn a very serious investigation into a circus.
The reality is that Carter and the GOP House members have been playing to the right wing “peanut gallery” for the entire process, ignoring facts and instead using flashing lights and mirrors to divert attention from the truth which is proving to be more and more embarrassing for the GOP to acknowledge. Trump is clearly guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” even if the GOP leadership refuses to do absolutely nothing about it.
It is a very sorry state of affairs when our elected officials put their political party ahead of their nation.
Jack Bernard, Peachtree City
Game industry growing Georgia’s economy
For me, the fact that the video game industry in Georgia generates almost $1 billion dollars of economic impact is not a surprise. Talented programmers, designers, artists, musicians and others have been creating great games here for years. On the other hand, that this still surprises other Georgians does surprise me.
Georgia sees gross revenue of $430 million from game and simulation development, esports, virtual reality and more innovative technologies. This is part of $830 million in economic impact these have on the state. The industry supports a strong local tourism industry with video gaming conferences and esports events held around the state.
Georgia’s remarkable growth has progressed for more than a decade, going from five studios at the start of 2005 to more than 160 companies now involved in game development. A robust game industry is a key part of a strong tech industry, both in its own right and in the people it attracts to tech fields. Educators and technologists like Elon Musk have long recognized that the desire to make games attracts students to STEM subjects in the first place.
Worldwide, the video game industry generates $140 billion/year, which means our state still has plenty of room to grow. Georgia’s entertainment tax credits, which incentivize developing games in-state, also have helped.
Georgia has become a home for skilled talent. Skills such as coding, user experience design, community management, livestreaming and more help ensure Georgia’s strong future in a knowledge-based economy, another reason video games have become an important element of Georgia’s economy. More than 20 of our tech schools, colleges and universities have degrees and scholarships that support careers in video gaming. Our industry gives some of our state’s brightest students the chance to live and work in Georgia.
Georgia Game Developers Association
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