Two cir­cuses in town this week

The Covington News - - Opinion -

Right now, Ge­or­gia is en­gaged in a school­yard fight with Florida and Alabama over wa­ter. Gov. Sonny Per­due has stood his ground, or his wa­ter, as the case may be. Gov. Bob Ri­ley of Alabama doesn’t miss an op­por­tu­nity to take a shot at At­lanta. He seems to think we’re all up here with our faucets turned wide open.

The gov­er­nor of Florida, Char­lie Crist, is the new guy and has been a bit more quiet.

Things got heated up last year, and the pres­i­dent dis­patched the In­te­rior sec­re­tary, Dirk Kempthorne, to help work things out. So far, things are go­ing pretty well, so they tell us.

Now, a cou­ple of mem­bers of the leg­is­la­ture want to get us in an­other scrap. This time with Ten­nessee.

Sen. David Shafer, R- Du­luth, is dig­ging up an old bat­tle over the border with Ten­nessee. This is not a new story. For years, folks in Ge­or­gia have been con­tend­ing that the line was too far South.

Now comes Shafer want­ing to start the ball rolling on get­ting our land back and, by the way, the cor­rect border would put the shores of the Ten­nessee River in, you guessed it,

You would think that our leg­is­la­ture would be more con­cerned with ef­fi­cient gov­ern­ment, bet­ter ed­u­cat­ing our chil­dren, tak­ing care

of the el­derly and im­prov­ing our roads.

North Ge­or­gia.

If one tus­sle with two states isn’t enough, then let’s start an­other one with a third.

What’s re­ally fun about this is that if wa­ter isn’t the real ( wink- wink) rea­son, the Ten­nessee River is a part of the Ten­nessee- Tom­big­bee basin, which flows straight into Alabama ( See above ref­er­ence to Gov. Ri­ley).

You would think that our leg­is­la­ture would be more con­cerned with ef­fi­cient gov­ern­ment, bet­ter ed­u­cat­ing our chil­dren, tak­ing care of the el­derly and im­prov­ing our roads.

Last week, a dis­pute over tak­ing guns in your car to work be­came a bill to take your gun ev­ery­where, in­clud­ing church.

Je­sus, in one of the few times he got re­ally mad, was up­set when some peo­ple were ex­chang­ing money in the tem­ple. I’m not pur­port­ing to speak for Je­sus ( al­though there are sev­eral guys on TV who claim to), but if he doesn’t care for peo­ple ex­chang­ing money, I’m in­clined to be­lieve he wouldn’t par­tic­u­larly like folks ex­chang­ing gun­fire.

I talked to my preacher about this and he pretty much agrees with me that the Lord’s house is no place for guns.

I know some­body is go­ing to point out those in­ci­dents where folks were killed in churches last year. Yes, th­ese things hap­pened, but does that give us a rea­son to pack a lit­tle heat when we’re pack­ing a pew?

The up­shot of this is that if churches had armed ush­ers, some folks might be in­tim­i­dated and give a lit­tle more, but that gets us back into that money changer in the tem­ple thing. The Lord has weighed in clearly on that.

I usu­ally make it down to the capi­tol about one day a week, which is suf­fi­cient ex­po­sure to this process we have cre­ated. If you haven’t gone down and watched this law­mak­ing busi­ness, I en­cour­age you to go down and see for your­self. Ad­mis­sion is free — al­though park­ing will set you back at least $ 5.

If you go this week, please note that the capi­tol build­ing is the one with the gold dome. It is not to be con­fused with Philips Arena, which also has a dome of sorts and this week will host the an­nual visit of the Rin­gling Bros. Bar­num and Bai­ley Cir­cus.

The two are eas­ily con­fused.

Har­ris Black­wood

Colum­nist

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