Georgia Magazine - September 2012 - (Page 9)

Volunteers set to clean Allatoona COURTESY OF THE GREAT LAKE ALLATOONA CLEANUP Liberty notes The rule of law According to historians, a Sumerian king, Ur-Nammu, established the first written law, the Code of Ur-Nammu, in about 2050 B.C. About 300 years later, the Babylonian king, Hammurabi, established the Code of Hammurabi. Prior to these codes, societies were ruled by kings or tribal elders. There were no written laws. The Ten Commandments and other laws of Moses were written about 1500 B.C. One part of that law, in the Book of Deuteronomy, chapter 17, described what the king of Israel could and could not do, limiting his power. This is an early example of how written standards could be used to restrict the power of a public official. The men who attended the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 understood how written documents that defined and limited the powers of government could establish the rule of law. They knew the Magna Carta, which had reduced the power of the king of England, and were familiar with the constitutions that governed the British Colonies that became the United States. They worked for four months to define the legitimate powers for a federal government and committed their plan to paper and ink. They finished their work on Sept. 17, 1787. In the Constitution, the rule of law, as opposed to the whims of a temporary majority or an arbitrary tyrant, protects the rights of individuals. The rule of law requires public officials to follow a process that respects personal liberties and holds them accountable to the people they were chosen to serve. —Jim Jess For more about how the Constitution limits federal power, see page 66B of the September 2012 digital web exclusive edition exclusive web online at www. 9 Rusty barrels and bags of trash were among the tons of litter removed by volunteers at a past Great Lake Allatoona Cleanup event. Vacationers love the lake, but they don’t always pick up behind themselves, leaving cans, bottles, lawn chairs, tires and more to litter the waterways. For the past 27 years, volunteers have taken part in a major community cleanup effort at Lake Allatoona in Acworth to keep the shorelines free of trash. Annually, the Great Lake Allatoona Cleanup draws nearly 4,000 volunteers who scour and remove tons of trash from the lakeshore. This year’s cleanup day is set for Sept. 22, and will be followed by a hot dog and barbecue lunch. Participants will also receive a badge for their environmental stewardship efforts. Ready to roll up your sleeves? For more information and to register as a volunteer, visit greatalla (See page 18 for more on volunteerism.) Singer Alaina named ambassador Lauren Alaina, “American Idol” Season 10 runner-up, was named Special Olympics Project UNIFY Ambassador for North America during the 23rd Annual National Service Learning Conference in April. As ambassador, the Rossville native will work to raise awareness and influence the youth to embrace the Special Olympics’ message of inclusion. Alaina was chosen in part Lauren Alaina, second from left on front row, visits because of the parallels she with a Special Olympics group at the 23rd Annual draws between her time on National Service-Learning Conference in Min“American Idol” and the Special neapolis, Minn. Olympics, especially the importance she places on participating in to provide youth with the knowledge, competition, perseverance, dedica- attitudes and skills needed to create tion and trying your personal best. an environment where all students Project UNIFY brings together are accepted and respected. education, sports and other initiatives —Amanda Robinson September 2012 More online at COURTESY OF SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - September 2012

Georgia Magazine - September 2012
Picture This?
Georgia News
Liberty Notes
Calendar of Events
Georgia's Energy Outlook
Dedicated to duty
Resolved, for good
The 2012 Washington Youth Tour
Focusing on the future
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Georgia Gardens
Georgia Cooks

Georgia Magazine - September 2012