Some ran­dom thoughts on some ran­dom sub­jects

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY - Dick Yar­brough

Af­ter al­most two decades of do­ing this, you think I would have fig­ured out by now what pushes your hot but­ton. For ex­am­ple, I wrote re­cently about good cus­tomer ser­vice go­ing the way of the dodo bird af­ter I was stiffed in a sport­ing goods store by a cou­ple of clerks who were ob­vi­ously too busy talk­ing to each other to pause for a mo­ment and wait on a cus­tomer. Not an in­ter­est­ing col­umn, I said. Too per­sonal, I thought. You aren’t in­ter­ested in my shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ences. I was wrong. It seems that many of you have had bad or even worse cus­tomer ser­vice ex­pe­ri­ences of your own and were only too ea­ger to share them with me. I am now more con­vinced than ever that good cus­tomer ser­vice is truly go­ing to way of the dodo bird. ...

In case you have been won­der­ing, there is a God and He likes Ge­or­gia bet­ter than any place on His Green Earth. (Like we didn’t al­ready know that.) The Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture has an­nounced that Vi­dalia onions will make their an­nual ap­pear­ance on April 12. Mark your cal­en­dars. There are those in other parts of the land who claim to grow sweet onions. Pif­fle. Only in Ge­or­gia can you find the real thing. Eat your heart out, rest of the world. Vi­dalia onions are ours alone. How sweet it is ...

Per­haps it es­caped your no­tice, but Mr. Buck­et­head who gets paid over $11 mil­lion to play a kid’s game has changed his mind. He has an­nounced that he will no longer dis­re­spect the na­tional an­them. Be still, my beat­ing heart. As you may re­call, Mr. Buck­et­head has been the quar­ter­back of the San Fran­cisco 49ers, which went 1-14 this year. It ap­pears that he spent more time mak­ing sure we knew he was un­happy with us than he did com­plet­ing curl routes. I sus­pect he is toast there and will be seek­ing new em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and that his agent has told him to clean up his act or he might have to go find a real job. Look up “loser” in your Funk and Wag­nall and you will likely see Mr. Buck­et­head. He gives new mean­ing to that term ...

Maybe our state’s ver­sion of An­nie Oak­ley, Rep. Mandi Ballinger, R-Chero­kee County, can ex­plain to us that if it is so im­por­tant that col­lege kids be al­lowed to carry con­cealed weapons on cam­pus, why her bill does not al­low them to do so in dor­mi­to­ries or fra­ter­nity and soror­ity houses. Does she re­ally think that a de­ranged soul wouldn’t en­ter a fra­ter­nity or soror­ity house or a dorm and open fire? Why the ex­cep­tions if she is so (par­don the pun) all-fired to al­low stu­dents to de­fend them­selves? Ballinger says her pro­posal pro­vides the “ba­sic, es­sen­tial right of self-preser­va­tion.” Can dor­mi­tory res­i­dents call a time­out while they go fetch their guns and then in­vite a nut­case to meet them in, say, the park­ing lot where they can then ex­er­cise their ba­sic, es­sen­tial right of self-preser­va­tion? What a crock. Gov. Nathan Deal needs to shoot down this mi­s­aimed piece of leg­is­la­tion ...

In the re­ally good news cat­e­gory, Gov. Deal has ap­pointed for­mer state Rep. Joe Wilkin­son to the Jekyll Is­land Author­ity Board of Direc­tors. Wilkin­son served 16 years in the State House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and was an ef­fec­tive leg­is­la­tor as well as one of the best-liked. He was also one of the hard­est-work­ing. While in the Leg­is­la­ture, Wilkin­son never missed a sin­gle day of work even when un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy (which, thank­fully, was suc­cess­ful.) His leg­isla­tive ex­pe­ri­ence and his work ethic, as well as an open and easy-go­ing man­ner makes him a great ad­di­tion to the JIA board …

Fi­nally, the Wo­man Who Shares My Name got quite a sur­prise when she showed up for what she thought was go­ing to be a quiet Sun­day lunch with her fam­ily, only to find 75 friends, rel­a­tives and neigh­bors gath­ered to wish her a happy birth­day. This was a sur­prise party that had been months in the plan­ning, the de­tails of which, mirac­u­lously, didn’t leak out. The high­light of the event was a mag­nif­i­cent piece of orig­i­nal mu­sic, en­ti­tled “Ode to Jane,” com­posed and per­formed by Ken­ne­saw State Uni­ver­sity mu­sic pro­fes­sor Steve Dancz. In the lyrics, Dancz de­scribes her as “Lov­ing strong and car­ing deep. Mother, friend and wife.” Amen. Af­ter all these years, she fi­nally got the recog­ni­tion she de­serves.

You can reach Dick Yar­brough at yarb2400@bell­south.net; at P.O. Box 725373, At­lanta, Ge­or­gia 31139; on­line at dick­yarbrough.com or on Face­book at www. face­book.com/dick­yarb.

Philoso­pher & pun­dit

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