I can't disagree with many of Jmac's points. But let's clarify one issue - the timeline of poverty in Athens Clarke County. I don't have an exact point of origin for school dropouts and unwed births in A-CC, but I am fairly certain the problem started before Sonny and his Right took over. I am also certain that many of the problems we have today were problems during Tom Murphy's days of bully-BS and good ol boy legislature. Correct me if I'm wrong.So while the blame for our public school woes do not rest at the feet of Rep Heard (D), Rep Kidd (D), and Sen Kemp (R), this Athens delegation certainly doesn't avoid inclusion based on Sonny and his band of merry men. We're one term into this elephant experiment - and while much could have gone better much could have gone worse. Besides, as the senior delegate, Rep Heard has done little aside from win several reelections. And I think he was under the gold dome during several majority terms. Correct me if I'm wrong.
I just want to know if Rep. Heard even lives here any more, and whether that makes any difference. I wish there were someone less complacent than he is to run against him, someone more liberal. Might as well in that environment, I guess. It's not like he really can get very much done.
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