Friday, February 6, 2009

Hollis Gillespie

Hollis Gillespie is one of Atlanta's best known literary personalities. She has published three books, and a fourth is on the way. Gillespie for years was a columnist for Creative Loafing. She now writes for the Georgia Online News Service and Atlanta magazine, giving readers her unorthodox and often-hilarious point of view on life in Georgia. She also runs a writing academy. Learn more at www.hollisgillespie.com.

Editor's note: Hello, Georgia. It's the end of another week that's seen temps plunge into the mid-teens overnight across Georgia to not even breaking freezing while the sun's up. Now we're heading into the weekend with darn-near balmy temperatures. While it's a welcome change from the past two days, I'm siding with the sage senior citizen I encountered at my local YMCA this morning who said: "Warming up is good, but these changes'll kill ya!"

If state Senator Eric Johnson gets his way, change will come to our schools by way of vouchers. In today's Green Sheet you will find his Soapbox column that outlines why he has introduced legislation to create vouchers that would allow parents more choice in choosing schools for their kids. His column is a direct refutation of the stand GONSO Editor John Sugg took recently and we're offering a link to Sugg's original column here for you to use as a counterpoint on your op-ed pages. Put 'em side by side and see for yourself.

GONSO's Wendy Parker spends signing day with new Georgia State football coach Bill Curry as he recruits his first class of players for the debut 2010 team.

The Senate could vote as early as Monday on Georgia Power's plan to start charging residential customers for a nuclear power plant that has yet to be built. GONSO's Maggie Lee has a powerful preview of our electrical future might be.

And GONSO's bon vivant columnist Hollis Gillespie made a visit to the capitol and came away thinking it takes all kinds to make the government work, from the suits to the criminals. Now, who's who, exactly?

As always, we'd like to hear from you. Send your comments and any story ideas to executive editor John Sugg at john.sugg@georgiaonlinenews.org. You can also call us at 800-891-3459.

Your input is crucial to what we do. Have a great, and warm, weekend.

-- Lee Landenberger, Managing Editor


Today's GONSO

Nuke Financing Passes Committee, Goes to Full Senate

by Maggie Lee
The Senate could vote as early as Monday on Georgia Power's plan to start charging residential customers for a nuclear power plant that has yet to be built. GONSO's Maggie Lee reports.
Full Story

Eight months in a cloud of dust and paperwork lead to GSU's very first football players

by Wendy Parker
For schools like Georgia and Florida, Signing Day is about landing football players who can take their team to the championship. For Georgia State, which will field its first NCAA football team in 2010, this year's Signing Day meant the birth of a team. GONSO's Wendy Parker follows Head Coach Bill Curry as the school signs, after an 8-month chase, its first players for the upcoming season.
Full Story

Capitol Debts to Pay

by Hollis Gillespie
Bon vivant columnist Hollis Gillespie made a visit to the state capitol's cafeteria and found that sometimes it's hard to tell who's a criminal and who's not. Then again, there's the guy wearing the Department of Corrections shirt who works in the cafeteria.
Full Story

SOAPBOX

Vouchers are the way schools can improve themselves

by Senator Eric Johnson
Competition is one of the keystones of American society. Without it, writes state Senator Eric Johnson of Savannah, schools won't improve. His legislation to create a voucher system would change the landscape for the state of Georgia, a landscape that, he writes, desperately needs improvement. He's at odds with GONSO Executive Editor John Sugg, who sees vouchers as exactly the wrong idea.
Full Story

Tomorrow's Budget
Legislators prep bills to tackle Georgia's sex trade 'underworld'
by K. Patrick Jensen
Set 'em up Joe for another round on Sunday alcohol sales
by K. Patrick Jensen
Peanut catastrophe shows Georgia must be aggressive in protecting consumers from food contamination
by J. Randolph Evans
Time for Georgians to get real about taxes
by Rep. Stacey Abrams

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