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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.

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