No fan of Holt
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,