No fan of Holt

The Covington News - - Opinion -

Dear Edi­tor: Rep. Doug Holt is back as a Cov­ing­ton News “guest colum­nist,” al­though he’s been us­ing the news­pa­per’s space for free ad­ver­tis­ing in ev­ery leg­isla­tive ses­sion since me­mory run­neth not. At least you no longer have that other “guest colum­nist.” John Dou­glas. He over­reached with a bid for the Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion and found him­self out of the state Se­nate and a job as well.

Our Doug can be counted on for such non-newsies as the re-elec­tion of Hill­billy Dave Ral­ston as “our Speaker” of the House. The rep didn’t men­tion, as the press did, that Dave and fam­ily just got back from a lob­by­ist-fi­nanced trip to see fast pas­sen­ger trains in the Nether­lands.

Com­ing from the hill coun­try, Dave might not know that Cov­ing­ton and Cony­ers once had pas­sen­ger ser­vice on the old Ge­or­gia Rail Road. Wasn’t as speedy as the bul­let trains that crisscross Europe but it sure beat the CSX lo­cal freight. We never got the bul­lets be­cause leg­is­la­tors de­cided Big As­phalt and its leg­isla­tive gen­eros­ity was the way to go for trans­port.

Doug ne­glected to tell us about his own tan­gle with print negativity. That came af­ter a neigh­bor rat­ted on him for re­ceiv­ing county la­bor and equip­ment to clear that win­try mix from his drive­way. You’ve got to ad­mire the speed with which he not only ’fessed up but paid up.

Our colum­nist did of­fer some tid­bits from his seat un­der the Gold Dome. He’s reach­ing the con­clu­sion, he says, that poor class­room dis­ci­pline and low parental in­volve­ment ac­count for the prob­lems in the pub­lic schools. “We’ve lav­ished at­ten­tion and money on ev­ery­thing else for decades,” he says. Well, hardly.

Lack of money, thanks to the Leg­is­la­ture’s switch­ing from mere stingi­ness to whole­sale butch­ery of the ed­u­ca­tion bud­get last year and this, rep­re­sents the worst of­fense. The other is the ab­sence of re­spect and sup­port for teach­ers in the Leg­is­la­ture and among the pub­lic. Ex­perts say these two ac­count for too many low aca­demic achievers choos­ing the teach­ing pro­fes­sion. Claude Sit­ton,


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