December 30, 2010 Issue


Gordy points out history lesson to politicians

Dear Editor:

The story of the late U.S. Sen. Walter F. George (D-Ga.) and the late FDR should shout out an object lesson to current office-holders in high places or someone like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin who seeks to have their charisma rub off on a candidate of their choosing.

FDR, at his pinnacle of popularity as president, wanted to pack the U.S. Supreme Court by hiking the number of members so he could have a greater say with the Washington Judiciary.



Sen. George, the statesman that he was, drew a line in the sand and dared FDR to cross it by defying the U.S. Constitution and go ahead with his scheme to raise from nine the number of members on the court.

As fate would have it, George, a native of Vienna, Ga. in Dooly County, was up for re-election. FDR came to Georgia, his second home at Warm Springs, site of what is now called FDRís Little White House and campaigned against Sen. George.

Needless to say, despite FDRís efforts and despite his being one of the peach stateís favorite sons, because of his having swum in the soothing waters of Warm Springs even prior to his ascending to the highest office in the land, George won another six-year term in the U.S. Senate by a landslide.

Give it your best shot, Sarah, and all you Tea Party aficionados, but proceed with caution. Itís not everyone who has a law school named after them.

Check out the credentials of Mercer Universityís Walter F. George School of Law in Macon. Many believe itís the premier law school in Georgia.

By the way, even with FDRís great appeal, Georgia showed him a thing or two and backed George at the ballot box.

Closing with Mercerís Law School, two of the Walter F. Georgeís prominent grads are cable TVís Nancy Grace and Jimmy Carterís Attorney General, Griffin Bell.

Sen. George bowed out of politics when Georgia Gov. Herman Talmadge announced he was going to oppose him for another senate term in the early 1950s.


Bob Gordy

DíAntignac gives thanks and and holiday wishes

Dear Editor:

I would like to take this time to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the editor and staff of this newspaper. Also to those of you that Iíve agreed with and those I had disagreements with throughout the year, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all, too.

Thank you editor, for giving plain old folks like myself and others a place to rant and rave. My wife and I have a yearly subscription to your newspaper, plus I get to see it all on the web as well. Your newspaper has been a blessing to not only me out here in Texas, but Iím sure in other parts of the country and the world. 2010 has been good to me and mines, and I hope God will continue to bless you, your staff and your families. Merry Christmas to all of your readers.

Clyde DíAntignac
Future Resident of Wadley

Kick-off celebration for 2011 Relay for Life will be Jan. 10

Dear Editor:

Another Christmas has passed and we are anticipating the beginning of another New Year.

It seems like it has been such a short time since we were involved in activities for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Jefferson County. But it is that time again. Plans are underway for the annual event to be held April 29 and 30 at the walking track in Wrens.

Just as the effects of a challenging economy are felt by families in every community, cancer, too, has a far-reaching impact. No matter how the stock market is performing or what the current unemployment rate may be, there are still many people battling a cancer diagnosis and many others who are lending support alongside loved ones every day. These realities make the dollars donated and volunteer hours devoted critically important.

Now is a good time to consider forming a team or joining an existing team. The 2011 Relay for Life of Jefferson County kick-off celebration will be held on Monday, Jan. 10, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Wrens Community House.

Please come and join us and get involved. Please RSVP by calling (866) 227-0904 (toll free) if you plan to attend.

May you have a blessed New Year,

Dianne Rhodes
Publicity Chairman
American Cancer Society
Relay For Life
Jefferson County


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