Roy Giles beat me to it.
When I saw Rob Pavey’s story about the new outfit that took over Little River Marina, I nearly gagged when I saw the name they’d chosen for the facility: “Thurmond Marina.”
Who’s advising Classic City Marinas of Athens, I wondered? Ricardo Azziz? They really aren’t from around here, are they?
Someone who is from around here is Roy Giles, a Lincoln County resident I’ve known for quite a few years. He penned a letter to the editor on the topic that The Chronicle printed this past weekend, and it captured my sentiments perfectly. He pointed out that locals just aren’t fans of the renaming of our lake.
It’s been Clarks Hill Lake since it was dammed up more than 50 years ago, and the Georgia state Legislature agreed when it passed a resolution requiring all official Georgia references to call the lake Clarks Hill after the feds tried to shove the Lake Thurmond name down our throats.
For us, it’s still Clarks Hill. For the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it’s Lake Thurmond – but that’s because they’re a federal agency.
Congress might have decreed that they want the lake named after a maid-impregnating segregationist. But we don’t have to agree to use the name, any more than we have to call Augusta State University and the Medical College of Georgia “GRU.”
Classic City Marinas hasn’t so much as turned a shovel-full of dirt on their project to replace Little River Marina, which now has been closed for nearly a year. Before they settle on a name that automatically alienates a bunch of the locals, someone needs to give them a clue.
Name it whatever you want, fellas. Just not “Thurmond.”
Speaking of feds, 12th District U.S. Rep. John Barrow’s folks have called me to set up a meeting during their upcoming recess.
I’m looking forward to it. He’s a Democrat whose district covers most of Columbia County, which makes him only slightly less popular than the name “Lake Thurmond.”
I asked on Facebook for questions friends would like to hear Barrow answer, and naturally I received only serious, thoughtful replies. (Yes, I am being sarcastic.)
What would you like to hear from Barrow? Whether you voted for him or not – and most of you didn’t, as I’m sure he’s aware – if you live in the 12th District he’s your congressman for at least the next 21 or so months. A lot can happen in that time, so it might not hurt to hear where he’s planning to take the district.
So, if you have a question you’d like me to ask, or a topic you want to hear explored, send me a note. I’ll see what we can fit in.
Please try to be serious. I’m not going to ask him, “Why won’t you resign?” Facebook is so helpful.
(Barry L. Paschal is publisher of The Columbia County News-Times. Email barry.paschal@newstimes online.com, or call 706-868-1222, ext. 106. Follow at www.twitter.com/