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Josh McKoon on Georgia 85, Georgia Legislature Coverage, Excessive Crime Reporting, and Gaza

January 7, 2009

  Josh McKoon, chair of the the Muscogee County Republican Party, sent the following email to me about recent  posts on this blog.  I decided to use it as a post rather than run it as a comment to one of the posts he addresses. 

Dear Dick,
As always I enjoy reading your blog posts and just wanted to share a few comments with you.
I am glad you reminded people they can travel on Georgia 85, it is much better than I-85 given the mess between Exit 41 and 47.  And as you mentioned, it is a more pleasant drive.
And I could not agree more with your January 3 post regarding news coverage of the Georgia Legislature.  I wonder if the various local media organizations could pool resources to send one reporter up for the session.  I get tired of having to read the Atlanta and Savannah papers to find out what our legislators are up to under the Gold Dome.  Lawmakers is an excellent resource, as is Dick Pettys web site, Peach, the AJC’s political insider on, the Georgia Gang (if you can get Atlanta television stations) and Insider Advantage online.  I am interested to see how Richard Hyatt and hopefully you, provide information to local citizens on the upcoming session.  But it is right to put a big spotlight on this issue as the lack of coverage the last few years is a dereliction of duty on the part of the press.
I also have to agree with you regarding the overemphasis on crime in the media.  If I want to hear about the police 24/7, I will buy a scanner.  If you really want to cover crime, how about an in depth story on the incredible success of the Muscogee County Juvenile Drug Court program, or the Junior Marshal program or the Truancy Intervention Project, or Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and the hundreds of volunteers that devote time to helping at-risk children from becoming another crime blotter story?
Finally I do have to take issue with you on your most recent entry regarding the conflict in Gaza.  I agree with you that any short take on the conflict is necessarily simplistic given the history.  However, take this most recent upsurge in violence and what I see is the Israeli government making significant territorial concessions (Sharon’s effort to abandon settlements in Gaza and leave it to the PA to control).  In return, terrorists take control of the government and now being even closer to Israeli population centers they fire rockets indiscriminately, killing men, women and children.  The Israelis suffer this for so long before finally saying, we cannot let the killing of our people continue unanswered and take military action to end the violence. 
To put this in perspective, let us say that Mexico wanted to reclaim portions of California and Texas and, that after lengthy negotiation, the U.S. agreed to territorial concessions.  Within a short period of time, militant Mexican nationalists start firing rockets into Los Angeles, Houston and New Orleans.  What would the U.S. do in response?  I highly doubt we would have negotiated for any period of that time and given the aggressors the opportunity to cease and desist.  I expect U.S. tanks would be rolling immediately into those areas and taking those responsible out of commission.
Unfortunately, the terrorists in Gaza not only target innocent Israeli civilians, when they are confronted with a counterattack they hide behind innocent people as well, and then when someone is killed in the ensuing fighting the terrorists seek to blame the Israelis for killing people they are using as human shields.
So it is unsurprising to me that Republicans and Democrats widely agree on the subject of supporting our ally Israel, the only totally functioning democracy in the whole of the Middle East, over the terrorists running Gaza.
Thanks for letting me share my thoughts with you and keep up the great work, it is always a delight to read your take on what is going on in our community and elsewhere.


When the Old Way is the Better Way

December 31, 2008


Georgia 85

Georgia 85

 Once again, I became totally frustrated driving to and from the Atlanta area on I-85. Remember when I told you about running into one of temporary concrete barriers when I drove back at night in the rain? That was the day after Thanksgiving.  Well, when I drove up weekend before last to Smyrna for my great-nephew’s wedding,  while driving through the construction area near Newnan, I ran off the road,  ending up with screeching tires as I turned back onto the road.  It was hairy.

  I decided, that’s it. When I drive back to Columbus, I am not going to use I-85. I’ll take the old slow way on Georgia 85. I did and I don’t think it took me much longer to get back, and it was a lot more pleasant.  I just about had the highway to myself most of the way, and it was nice to ride through the small towns like Gay and Manchester. They appear to be frozen in time.  Gay and Manchester both looked the same way they looked 40 years ago.

  So next time you head to Atlanta, let me suggest you go the old way. It’s a lot quieter and easier.  Admittedly it takes a little patience when you drive through the small Atlanta suburbs like Fayetteville and College Park because it seems like there are a hundred traffic lights to slow you down, but the peaceful drive that you get the rest of the way is worth it.