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7L }t( ,(,:XS\\; ILI..E HoME NEWS -TitURSDAY, FEB. 21, 2002 PAGE 5-A [&apos;here's Hero00,,s Among Us [ sa00vationArmy ] !R EDITOR: [\\;Vatitctj ti iii lij t:iii ",H'OC -; ii:'  .H tl{ t '.iillehi ,d of )OUI" W}f] A;;ilil " ()i i" X'iJCJ }'c[3i'lldi"  2!t{i2 >Iu I S iliformcd h. ilald J cb.liafi.  (allaca, 3iidd]c uud |  1[1 School dri', er, about smoke coming frolii lhe rear of 1 ljpus. Mr. lxckhart decided to lake the prudent llleasure ,,,J evacuated the studeltts from his bus. tie found the som'ce of tile prob]enl, iJ h:alel' IIIO[OF and Icare of it. ill dogs alkleanwhile, t<.o\\;ai.kl PatterSOll'S ntolitel, Gtenda [edge had allowed the students to come into her home to 0ut of the cold. On such a cold day, I know the ,qudents kL A R have realt}, appreciated her kindne,s, HIS WI IOME NE [ Reader I Again, I wanted to let you know just two of the positive acts that occurred, quiet and appropriate action of a bus driv- er and a great sense of community by Kowalski Patterson and his family. MARK V. LINDSTROM LaGrange fIZDIIEJ Iq'THESELE( [" Z",ll,.11 of Funding an 'Outrage' ITER OF d) BELON IlCA BU'I Y BELOI' OF GEOR E WROT fHERE A 1 IOM N'E1 LLE IS NAI !. THE L USEUM ! [N MOREI WRITING J S BEING MEMOR1 UNIVEI LGRIZZA PES ARES FOR BAD 1] ,ND BEC i am omraged! HDELY it )n Thursday we xoted on SUpplemental budget is the eighth tinac  I've it, plus I have voted for yearly budgets. If you read my we,klv irons you recognize that "t not been happ uith the ess, but why tile outrage )time? " the best I can deterinile tat it was a confluence of nts that started b3 going mgh the 74 page Sll)pie Ital budget line by line lnesday night in prepare- for the vote. In doing so \\;iced that once again West ,rgia Technical College n't in the list of technical eges getting much need ;, P.O. money for capital l'a, GA 3, rovement. BOOK_. By coincidence I ran into NATION fficial of the Departmenl Adult & Technical lcation that oversees our rifical colleges, tte report- IL,(,lg me that once again, )ugh an objective evalua- t, SOme of t he capital needs Iifls,thlest Georgia Technical ndeh;2sge were at the top of the ly lost tlonetheles s projects r youngare not lfighly rated fu" mson. Id Yet are in district, cf hindalllerful legislators are ,>4el  like Ant_ ling fttllded slid \\;\ct ( ;corgis Technical ( ollegc is not. This >as followed by a unche{m righ! before the budget vote wilh people from tile Tr(mt) t larris-( oweta Regional l.ibrar,/. They reported that an expansion of the Cm eta facil ily was de>pore\\;el 3 needed as determined by an objec- tive evaluation done lhrough a department of the University of Georgia. ito\\;ever, lli ltle budget process this uas replaced b3 t\\;o projecls way dowli the list which happe|l it) be ill dis- trrcts of powerfu! legislators. At hmch I was talking, a> t have done through these columns, about the unfair- hess of the process. One board member asked a good question, "what can we do?" I said there are four things that can be done. ()ne, t can roll over and vote for the budget. As a matter of fact I did it one time when there was seven million dol- lars in it for the Coweta Continuing Education Center. However, when I do that I really violate my principles and validate a terrible process. Secondly, the voters ('n decide enough is enough ,nd ote rot a Republican Rep. Jeffrey Brown l,egislature and/or Republican Governor. Yes, tile Republicans may do some of this, but the present Rei)ublican Legislators are dedicated to a very different budgeting process. Certainly if Republicans are in control for decades, as Ires been going on with the Democrats for over 150 years, abuses may develop with us and if so we will need to be replaced. The third thing that can happen is that enough citi- zens of Georgia get excited about this, and demand that the present legislators and the Governor who control the budget change the process. I fully recognize that this is a process used by many states and Congress. Just because something is prevalent does not make it right. We have ways to objectively deter- mine needs for my above examples and hundreds of other similar decisions instead of the present system of powers vs fairness. Isn't it time to change to that? Remember the people in my district pay the same taxes that people in other districts pay yet are not getting the same consideration. Also, I was elected by the same mar- gin, if not a larger margin, than the power wielding leg- islators. Why should their dis- tricts get disproportionate monies? And finally, you could vote me out of office and get someone who over time will play the same game as he/she gains power I hope you will not do this. Three other points about the present budget process. The Governor and legislature look at less than 10% of the budget. In turn the legisla- ture only changes 7% of the Governor's budget so truly it is his budget Finally we now have bonded indebtedness of $6,073,000,000. Yes, that's bil- lion! This does not include over one billion dollars of bonds we just approved! Call me at (404) 0177 or e-mail me at jbrown@legis.state.ga.us. % - Andrew Holler, son of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Holler of LaGrange, Was the winner of the local 2001- Essay Contest sponsored by Optimist International. He is a 12th grade student attending Troup ve High School. Andrew read his winning essay entitled, "My Place in a Changing World" during the 4th meeting of the LaGrange Optimist Club, held at Taste of Lemon. Other guests attending this meeting f parents, Mr. and Mrs. James C. Holler, and his teacher, Mrs. Cathy Holler. Andrew was awarded a medal- a rained certificate. His essay will be forwarded for judging on the district level. Rodney Harmon is president Dptimist Club, and Mrs. Ida Jones is chairperson for the essay contest. NEED A RIDE? BRING YOUR W-2 llllb ('.,\\;t' F)R YOt_! " 1':\\; II)WN ,,\\;Nil Rll)k'. Autoland, Inc, 527 New Franklin Rd. 884-6048 LPN's and CPA's Put your caring ways to work in a world where your decisions count,your patients appreciate you, and you can use your leadership skills to advance your career. Competitive Wages Excellent 100% Company Paid Benefit Package Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Prescription Card, Retirement Plan, Scholarship  Opportunities. 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