How can I (a Georgia "flagger") not respond to News-Times Publisher Barry L. Paschal's Jan. 14 column? Now, I, too, know what it feels like to be "verbally abused."
Just kidding, we Southern heritage supporters have been suffering from political and media abuse for quite some time. Nevertheless, I wasn't expecting such a pen-lashing from Paschal.
Hey, everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion (including Paschal), and I perfectly understand those who find Gov. Sonny Perdue's banner an attractive substitute for the flag Roy Barnes stole from the people of Georgia. But listen, many of us Georgians aren't even close to surrendering on this battlefront.
Believe me, we flaggers know first-hand how tiresome all this can be. Still, we're in this wagon for the long haul. We're hanging in this fight because we've tolerated all we can of political shysters running rough-shod over the American voter.
Call us what you will; compare us to whatever you think you can get away with, but it's not going to work this time. We aren't about to rollover and play possum for Barnes-Perdue.
Not only will I not vote for Perdue's substitute flag, I will not be voting for his re-election either, even if I have to vote Democrat. I helped vote Sonny Perdue into office on the Georgia flag issue, and I'll certainly be more than eager to vote him out on it.
By persevering in this flag fight, we Georgians are doing what little we can to ensure that Georgia's future elected officials are trustworthy and dependable - and are held accountable by those they are elected to represent.
I also don't think Sonny can pull a Roy Barnes and buy the teachers vote with a 2 percent raise!
Carl T. Miller Sr.
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