As promised, I have the latest analysis of the recent primary results, courtesy of Junior E. Lee, general manager of the C. Richard Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located over a pool room in Greater Garfield.
What, you may ask, am I going to say this week about the primary elections? The answer: Nothing.
I am going to let the political pundits natter and prattle, first. (Political pundits love to natter and prattle.) Once they have squeezed all the blood out of the election turnip and given us serious eye-glaze, I will provide you the most comprehensive analysis of the results, courtesy of Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located above a pool hall in Greater Garfield, Georgia.
I am unalterably, unequivocally and un-any other word you can conjure up opposed to school vouchers. I consider them somewhere south of Gov. George E. Perdue's beloved horse barn that got tanked earlier this year.
This time of year is referred to as "Dog Days." That is because state government feels that in appreciation for your tax contributions this is a great time to hound you with a bunch of new laws, regulations and similar irritations that usually become effective July 1. Hence, Dog Days.
Of some 15,000 school systems in the United States, only one has lost accreditation in the past four decades. In August 2008, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools denied accreditation to Clayton County.
Not only is Vince Dooley a Hall of Fame football coach but he is a Master Gardener, too. I just got a copy of his new book, "Vince Dooley's Garden: The Horticultural Journey of a Football Coach" (Looking Glass Books).
OK, teachers. It is put up or shut up time.
OK, class. Our word this week is Kakistocracy.
Would somebody tell that guy that runs Mexico to buy a map?
Up until the final days of the 2010 legislative session, Georgia was about to become the only state in the union without an arts council. The Georgia House had dropped all funding for the arts and it wasn't until the state Senate under the leadership of Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Hill, R-Reidsville, stepped in and restored $860,000 for the Georgia Council for the Arts. That money will allow the state agency to qualify for federal and state matching arts grants.
Kathy Cox has resigned as State School Superintendent to take a new job in Washington. I have no way of knowing who will win the job this fall, but I do know that what public education lacks more than dollars is a strong and effective advocate.
If I want to pucker a few know-it-all Yankee fannies, all I have to do is start bragging about how the Great State of Georgia is most blessed among these our United States.
I don't give a flip whether Jason Carter is elected to the Georgia Senate or not. He won't represent me because I don't live in Georgia's 42nd District. What I do care about is that his grandfather, Jimmy Carter, is at it again.
Now that the legislative session is (drum roll, please) history, it is time to turn our sights to the governor's race.
With the legislature about to wind up another colossal performance of democracy in action, there is still some unfinished business awaiting our public servants.
I spent last week helping to assess a group of people for a job I couldn't do if my life depended on it. Actually, what they were seeking is not a job; it is a calling. And my life here and in the hereafter depends on how well they do it.
It is with regret I tell you our intrepid public servants in the legislature have scuttled a bill that would have lowered the age of eligibility to serve as a member of the House of Representatives to 18 years of age and to 21 in the state Senate.
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