Gov. Roy Barnes was voted out of office as a result of designing and implementing an unacceptable flag that was to represent all the citizens of Georgia. Gov. Sonny Perdue was elected to office because of his election promise to the citizens that we would have a non-binding election to select a flag that would represent all the citizens of Georgia. He said that we could keep the current flag, vote on the pre-1956 flag, or vote on the post-1956 flag. What kind of politics is that? Is it not these very same flags that got the citizens of our state upset in the first place?
A flag is nothing more than a piece of cloth. It is the symbols attached to that piece of cloth that represent the insignia of a community or state, an armed force or an office of an individual - period. It is the overall consensus of the people as to what these symbols mean. It is quite apparent that the current state flag or the proposed (previous) flags do not represent all the people of Georgia.
Several years ago, I wrote The Chronicle and proposed an alternative to the post-1956 flag. I would like to again offer this proposal:
First, allow the citizens/constituents the opportunity to submit proposals to their elected officials. The state now has 12 U.S. congressional districts. Allow these 12 representatives to select a flag designed in their districts. Forward the winning flag from their respective districts to the governor's office.
The governor should select a committee of seven made up of the mayors of Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon and Savannah to select the best four of the nominated flags. The governor would only have a tiebreaking vote.
Once this process has been completed, have all the 12 flag nominees go to the state Capitol to receive the honor and recognition for their efforts that they justly deserve. Have the media cover these ceremonies and provide a copy to the media of the four winning flag nominations. These four flags would be the flags that the citizens of the state of Georgia would vote on in next year's presidential election, not the current or pre-1956 or post-1956 flags.
Input from all the citizens of the state, and not just a select few, should once and for all eliminate the cancer of racism and division that has kept Georgia from being the best that it can be.
David G. Edmiston Sr., Grovetown, Ga.
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