Originally created 02/23/01

Old flags should be recycled



Every path serves a purpose.

- Gene Oliver

If letters to the editor are any indication, the old Georgia state flag remains a popular and beloved banner.

A new flag design is coming, however, and eventually all the old flags will be replaced at every courthouse in Georgia.

But courthouses aren't the only public buildings that fly the state flag. So do police stations, fire houses and public schools - and there are lots of public schools.

That has people thinking.

When the time comes, it would be a shame for those old flags that have flown above so many buildings to be destroyed or quietly consigned to a principal's closet. And they don't have to be.

One of the best ideas I've heard comes from an old friend in Atlanta.

He suggests that public schools sell their old flags as a fund-raiser, perhaps putting them up for auction. That way, the school gets money and the flag gets to go home with someone who treasures it.

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WHO ARE YOU? Speaking of powerful politicians, I've noticed in a couple of newspaper photos that Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes has a huge engraved nameplate on his desk at the Capitol.

It looks like a small gravestone.

I remember that his predecessor, Zell Miller, had a similar desk nameplate, probably made out of north Georgia marble.

Last week, I noticed another photograph that showed Alabama's governor also had a big engraved nameplate on his desk.

I keep asking myself, why?

It's not like anyone walking into the governor's office doesn't know who he is.

You're not getting past a secretary or two without an appointment.

And it's unlikely that some Capitol tourist wandering about looking for the men's room will stick his head into the governor's office and say, "Hey, buddy ... uhh ... Roy. Where's the bathroom?"

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WHAT'S IT MEAN? I came across this bumper sticker Do you know what it means?

"When cryptography is outlawed, bayl bhgynjf jvyy unir cevinpl."

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CRIB NOTES: A reader shares these Toddler Property Laws.

1. If I like it, it's mine.

2. If it's in my hand, it's mine.

3. If I can take it from you, it's mine.

4. If I had it a little while ago, it's mine.

5. If it looks just like mine, it's mine.

6. If I think it's mine, it's mine.

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TODAY'S JOKE: Closing out my account with the local credit union, the teller tells the customer to sign some forms and then hands her a check for my balance.

"Well," the customer says, handing back the check, "I would like to cash this immediately."

"Sorry," the teller says, "but you don't have an account here."

Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 868-1222, Ext. 107.