Originally created 12/19/06

It's story time with Marion Williams



You can always tell Christmas time is drawing nigh, because it is a season for the recitation of fairy tales, such as the fabled stories about Santa Claus, his reindeer, sleigh and the elves in his workshop, usually told before wide-eyed children.

Now Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams is upstaging the jolly fat man with the snow-white beard, with a tale of his own that would make Ebenezer Scrooge proud.

Williams, according to a report in your Dec. 17 paper, claims he never discussed with his son-in-law the son-in-law's purchase of a half-acre of land within a stone's throw of where Williams is pushing to get a drag strip, all at taxpayers' expense.

The property, which boasts a house that has become a bat-and-hoot-owl rookery, is strategically located to serve those who are likely to patronize a drag strip, if it is ever built.

Clement Clark Moore and the Brothers Grimm, who have entertained generations of children with their fairy tales, are not likely to welcome Williams into their club, mainly because their accounts of elves, fairies, trolls and other things sound more plausible - and are a lot more entertaining - than Williams' steadfast denial of chatting about land purchase agreements with his son-in-law.

Ho ho ho to that one!

Carl Langley, Aiken, S.C.