It's time once again to talk a little politics.
One of the biggest upcoming races facing Georgians is who will be the next governor. There are two choices: Roy Barnes and Nathan Deal.
Mr. Barnes, who once served as the Peach State's top political figure, is a Democrat. Mr. Deal, meanwhile, a former U.S. representative, is a Republican.
While Mr. Barnes has campaigned a lot all over the state, including a visit to Thomson earlier this year, Mr. Deal has made many trips to bigger cities, but left out the smaller towns.
Mr. Barnes was well received during his visit to Thomson.
McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall was one of the first persons he requested to see when he ventured into Thomson with a good friend of mine, Frank Bates, who once worked for Mr. Barnes and is originally from Crawfordville.
As I traveled around with Mr. Barnes on his visit here, he talked about many issues confronting Georgians and just what he plans to do to change some things, if elected governor.
Some of the topics he addressed included: education and cutbacks, such as furloughs and the extra paperwork required of teachers; statewide law enforcement cutbacks and the importance of creating jobs across the state.
In my honest opinion, Mr. Barnes is the candidate with the better plan to get our state back on track after a torrid of time of things under current Gov. Sonny Perdue.
The current governor, by the way, didn't do a bad job during his first two years in office. Things have gone downhill ever since, though. So, it will be a welcomed relief to get him out of office.
As for the race between Mr. Barnes and Mr. Deal, it's abundantly clear that Mr. Barnes is the man of the job.
First off, Roy Barnes is real. He knows the immediate problems facing our state and he has some solutions -- workable ones and ones that he can implement by working with state senators and representatives on both sides of the political aisles.
Mr. Barnes clearly is the right choice for governor. Make no mistake about it. He's a man with vast knowledge about how to run this state in an efficient manner and to keep within a budget that won't overburden taxpayers anymore than we already are burdened.
Having known Mr. Barnes for several years, I know that he deeply cares and loves this state and its people.
He wants a state that can operate with a balanced budget and still progress in the areas of importance.
Before you, the voter, go to the polls to cast your ballot for one of these men, please weigh the pros and cons of both candidates. The majority of you, I believe, will come to the same conclusion that I reached long before now that Mr. Barnes is the right choice to take our state forward in the 21st century.