The devastation of good men with good intentions is what happens when you are on the wrong end of a one-issue policy - a policy that means far more than money to a large majority of Georgians...
Just ask former Gov. Roy Barnes. It wasn't about a few "flaggers"; it was about a massive, organized effort backed up by many, many groups supported ultimately by the people of Georgia.
Your editorial recently commented that "our flag" damaged the economic health of Georgia. It's comments like these that do far more to damage the economic health of Georgia than our flag ever did.
Removing our flag, over the opposition of the people of Georgia, was a terrible mistake. That is painfully obvious now.
Jack Connell was a good man and a good politician. He has done many things for this community and the name of River Watch Parkway is being changed to "Connell Parkway" to remember his service, but his name will be inextricably linked to the removal of our flag.
Sen. Zell Miller, D-Ga., was the only politician to come back from his attempt to remove our flag, and he did it with an apology. He said to a group in Atlanta, "That was the worst mistake I ever made!" We've forgiven Mr. Miller, but he had the strength of character and the decency to admit his mistake and apologize. Will those other individuals who voted to change our flag also have the integrity to admit they made a mistake and correct it? Let's hope so.
Milton Gresham, Evans, Ga.
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