"I was to the point in life where I could enjoy some things," Barnes, 62, out of office since 2003, says. "But I just couldn't take it. I declare, it just wore on me more and more about where we were and where we are."
Barnes' disquiet over education, transportation and other intractable issues intruded on his morning ritual: coffee and the newspapers in the study of his newly constructed Victorian-style home a mile from his law office near the Marietta Square.
"I can't believe they're doing this," he would grumble as he read about the latest machinations in the Capitol. His wife, Marie, finally had heard enough.
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