Gov. Sonny Perdue deserves a round of applause for seeing the light.
Just weeks after warning that Georgians can't borrow their way out of debt, the governor announced in general terms that he now favors increasing the state debt. Perdue wants state government to borrow an unspecified sum to stimulate the economy and wipe out a looming $1.6 billion state deficit.
My favorite story of the season is Dicken's "A Christmas Carol." But, I have always doubted the ending that Scrooge really kept "Christmas in his heart" every day of the year. Like many, I have done the Sunday school visits to the sick or elderly and the "less fortunate" at Christmas, but never beyond that.
Many years after first hearing that story, I actually met someone who really does keep "Christmas in his heart" every day of the year. My mother-in-law now resides at Palms Shade Villa, an assisted-care facility here in Newton County.
December 22, 2008|
I come by my emotion honestly. For as long as I can remember Daddy would always stand with his hand over his heart whenever "The Star Spangled Banner" was played or whenever the flag would pass in a parade, and many times he'd unashamedly have tears in his eyes.
Thank goodness. Zell Miller is back. The former heavyweight champion of populist Southern Democrats has come out of retirement. He helped Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss in his just-finished bout with Democrat Jim Martin.
Miller also aided Chambliss in his first race against incumbent Democratic Sen. Max Cleland, who, once upon a time, had been one of Zell's closest pals and fiercest supporters.