State Senator Fran Millar was removed from his position as Chair of Education committee. He is now Chair of Retirement committee. That won't help Dunwoody much, not that his position as Education Chair did much for DeKalb/Dunwoody either. He did do a nice job saving some school district money a few years ago that Lewis and Company failed to apply for in a timely manner. But of course that money was most likely embezzled, spent inappropriately, or allocated to some ineffective jobs program. Don't expect much change in education as long as Barge is around, unless Jan Jones decides we need change. The Education committee, over the past few years, was successful in keeping a few decent ideas coming to the light of day. Senator Millar was just one voice and no matter how dedicated he was to the cause, the committee did not put forth any thing the last couple of years that impacted education in Georgia. That committee cannot take credit for any artificial bumps in rating among other states.
One of the senator's last official duties was to meet with Governor Deal regarding the removal of the school board. Mary Margaret Oliver was in the meeting, as well as one other person representing DeKalb (another Democrat). For whatever reason our well-respected State Representative Tom Taylor was not included in the meeting. Too bad. We'll never know what happened in that meeting, but I think we needed a different lineup in that game. The governor is a Republican. Why is Mary Margaret Oliver, a liberal Democrat, the big-shot DeKalb rep meeting with the governor on the issue? Hey Nathan, next time get at least one conservative in the room!
Are you on Twitter?
Here's a cheery tweet from the Talkmaster, Neal Boortz, tweeted January 20:
Clayton County now? That's DeKalb County in five to ten years.
And let's finish this blog post off with a cheerful link to the AJC.
Image troubles? Yes, the image of DeKalb is bad and continues to worsen. This is not news, but the AJC is like the late Junior Seau and former Falcon K Brooking, pile jumpers. According to the AJC, at least one $1 million home is still on the market, and many homes in Dunwoody will stay on the market longer due to this 'image' problem.
By Bill Torpy