Chattahoochee Chatter: The heart of a warrior

November 20, 2013 

Let's start this week's Chatter in Washington D.C.

Wednesday morning U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a Georgia Republican who represents part of Columbus, took to the House well to honor U.S. Army Rangers, specifically those in and attached to the 3rd Ranger Battalion wounded and killed in an Oct. 6 attack in Panjwai in southern Afghanistan. Westmoreland remembered the Fort Benning-based soldiers who were killed -- Sgt. Joseph Peters, Pfc. Cody Patterson, Sgt. Patrick Hawkins and 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno.

Westmoreland said once these soldiers pass through Fort Benning they become Georgians.

The congressman also spoke about Cpl. Josh Hargis, who was injured in the blast. Hargis made international headlines when he mustered a salute for a commander pinning the Purple Heart on his hospital bed blanket. Those at the small hospital ceremony thought Hargis was unconscious.

"It shows the strong character of the American soldier," Westmoreland said. "… This is the heart of a warrior. This is America. We need not apologize to anyone for our strength or greatness."

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At a time when some places are cutting staffing and many people are on vacation, one L-E staffer found a place to eat that should be praised.

Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches is a chain that has two locations in Columbus -- one on Woodruff Road and one on Macon Road.

After standing in our fair share of restaurant lines, the Jimmy John's on Macon Road completed this staffer's order before I even walked down to fill my drink cup.

When I complimented them on their fast work, the manager said they were two staffers down.

Guess their slogan "Freaky Fast Delivery" works inside the restaurant, too. Keep up the good work!

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Speaking of good work …

Kudos to the creative staff

members in the Schwob Memorial Library at Columbus State University. The newsletters they hang in the library restrooms are called "InSTALLments."

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The Columbus area has seen its fair share of home break-ins and burglaries this year. And local police have made good strides in nabbing some of the perpetrators in recent weeks.

But Royce Ard knows it's a problem that won't be solved entirely anytime soon. That's why the owner of The Right Hand Man, a local handyman service, a few months ago decided to do something about it.

The Columbus resident became a distributor of EZ Armor, which secures doors with the installation of a few simple metal plates and longer screws. A video on the Armor Concepts website shows a stoutly built police officer trying to kick in the door of an abandoned home being used as a test site with the EZ Armor installed. But the door doesn't budge.

Is it foolproof? Probably not. But that's not the bottom line point. "The criminals are going to go to the easiest opportunity," Ard said. "The folks that are getting door armor are taking away that ease, and I think they'll be better protected for that."

Ard also said aside from a good business product, offering the door armor gives him personal satisfaction. "That's a very small job that we do," he said. "But being able to go protect an elderly person's home by providing a little higher level of security to them is real important to us."

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