State of the state
Gov. Nathan Deal gave his State of the State speech on Wednesday, promising to cut operating expenses, including the massive state workforce. This action will be applauded by most taxpayers. The governor also said that the HOPE scholarship program would have to be adjusted. Since 1993, HOPE has provided a college education for more than one million Georgians. The problem is that HOPE is funded by the lottery, which is producing insufficient revenue to sustain it. We don’t want to see HOPE diminished. We agree with Deal, that education is the top economic development tool we have. One solution may be to continue to look into paramutual betting. Facilities in Rockdale County could make this a winner for the state and our students, if profits are directed that way. We also agree with the governor’s push for additional reservoirs, which are needed to assure an adequate water supply to sustain future economic growth. Overall, Deal has proposed some tough belt-tightening measures to keep Georgia on an even keel. We hope that the representatives we recently elected have the courage to make the right decisions to help keep Georgia a peach of a state to live, work and play in.
Not mailing it in
It was certainly a terrible storm that we just experienced. Many folks couldn’t leave their homes for days, schools were closed and (the horror of it all!) no mail for two days. Not receiving mail is akin to having the cable go off in the middle of the Super Bowl. Many of us remember this quote: “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat nor gloom of night stays these courageous couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Truth is, mail folks are really human just like us, and when ice covers the road, the mail is not going to get out. The quote attributed to the postal service was apparently penned 2,500 years ago by the Greek historian Herodotus. Herodotus, who was reporting on the war between the Persians and the Greeks, was writing about the Persian mounted postal carriers, whom he deeply respected. The postal service has no such motto. Here at The Covington News we have no such motto either, but we are proud that our carriers braved the icy conditions and in most cases delivered Wednesday’s paper to our loyal customers even though it was later than usual. Like Herodotus who held the Persians in high esteem, we salute our carriers, and thank them for their dedication.