Posts Tagged ‘governor’

Doing It Not Just To Be Nice, But Out Of Self-interest

September 1, 2014

It was very encouraging to see the members attending the Rotary Club of Columbus Wednesday luncheon give Jamie Vollmer a standing ovation after his talk about how vital it is for business leaders, as well as the rest of the community, to support public education.

Vollmer, a former lawyer and successful  businessman who led the franchise division of the Great Midwestern Ice Cream Company in Iowa,  now spends his time making talks and writing books supporting public education. He wrote the acclaimed Schools Cannot Do  It Alone.

It’s not a matter of being nice, he says. It’s a matter of doing what needs to be done for his and the country’s self-interst. For those who have no children in public schools and oppose paying taxes for them,  he said they should be thinking about the how important it is to have an educated work force, and how they have a responsibility to their communities.  He also pointed out that history is very clear about what happens when the gap between the “haves” and “have-nots” gets too wide.  The “have-nots” come for the “haves.”

He’s among those who believe that quality education for all children is what will make for a better life  for all members of a community. I tend to agree.



Can Roy Barnes Win Back the Governorship?

June 4, 2009

Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes is giving it another shot.  He lost his reelection bid to Republican Sonny Purdue in 2002,  which resulted in Republicans also gaining control of the Georgia legislature.

 Most political pundits agree that he lost because of two things, angry teachers and his decision to change the Georgia flag.  Maybe the flag issue is dead because Governor Perdue didn’t get the old flag ,which prominently featured the Confederate battle flag, reinstated.  But, can he win over the teachers this time?  They didn’t like it when he moved to end tenure for newly hired teachers, his centralized approach to education,  ending social promotions, and his emphasis on testing, which many said made teachers “teach to the test.”

Perhaps all he will have to do is ask, “Well, teachers, are you any better off with Sonny Perdue in the governor’s office? What has he done for education in Georgia?  What has he done to education in Georgia?”

Barnes will have to get past some other strong contenders for the Democratic Party nomination, people like House Minority Leader Porter DuBose (my second cousin by marriage),  Attorney General Thurbert Baker,  and former Secretary of State, Lt. General, and Georgia Adjutant General David Poythress .  With Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine and Secretary of State Karen Handel running for governor, a good primary race is shaping up on the Republican side, too.  Anyone have any idea who the insurance industry will support?