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Masters Week, Career Week and a worthy tribute

I know it's not Christmas, but it's certainly one of the most wonderful times of the year.

At least it is in my world: Masters Week in Augusta.

I'll be heading to Atlanta on Thursday to visit the zoo and the aquarium, and then out to the course for the weekend.

In the meantime, please remember our community is filled with visitors this week. Treat them as your neighbor. After all, you never know when one of the folks you impress may be a head of corporate America, and his company may be your neighbor one day.

SPEAKING of corporate America, I spent part of a day last week speaking to Thomson Elementary School kindergarteners on Career Day.

And, boy, did I learn a lot.

First, never follow a firefighter. Ed Lewis and a group of McDuffie County firefighters were the other speakers last Tuesday, and the tools of my trade (a notebook and cool camera) were no match for a fire suit, hose and big red truck with sirens.

Second, if you open the floor to questions, it's probably a good idea to explain what a question is first.

I didn't in the first class and here's the first two responses I got:

"My daddy works on cars."

"My momma reads the newspaper."

So then I explained the whos, whats, whys, whens, wheres and hows of asking a question.

My favorite question, for the record, was: What do you eat?

Smart kid. He could recognize a food connoisseur when he saw one. With a keen eye of observation and a fixation on foods, he's probably got a future in the news business.

FRIDAY brought the retirement luncheon for Lisa Kitchens. It was nice to sit there and hear WTHO owner Mike Wall, Sheriff Logan Marshall, Warren County Commission Chairman John Graham and Thomson City Administrator Bob Flanders reminisce about Lisa. They all commended her integrity, her fairness and her commitment to her community.

Thomson and McDuffie County may have lost a reporter last week, but Lisa will remain a shining star in our community.

WHILE Lisa is shining, there's a political star that's dimming.

At least, I think Cynthia McKinney is dim.

She, of the out-of-control mouth and off-kilter opinion, has added assault on a police officer to her list of accomplishments. For those of you who missed it, the congresswoman from Georgia was stopped - physically, after she ignored verbal requests - at a security checkpoint. In return, Ms. Do-you-know-who-I-am?! struck the offending officer (in total self-defense, according to her attorneys.)

Now, her supporters say the officer should have let her skirt the checkpoint - like many other congress-folk are allowed to do. But she wasn't wearing her congressional pin, and was sporting a new hair-do. The officer didn't recognize her and got whacked for his trouble.

For the record, don't try this at home, kids. Imagine what would happen if you - the average Joe or Jane - struck an officer who was trying to stop you. You'd be charged immediately - after you were, uh, "brought into compliance."

Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of average Joes and Janes in Washington, D.C. Just ask Cynthia McKinney - if you can stop her.

But you may want to duck first.

Web posted on Wednesday, April 5, 2006

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