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State lawmakers were productive

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The 2010 Georgia General Assembly session has come to a close and it was one of the most productive sessions in years.

With major priorities such as water, transportation, taxes and ethics addressed during this year’s session, many are crediting a “change of tone” during the session under new House Speaker David Ralston’s leadership as the reason for the session’s success.

According to Ralston, there was no big secret. It was about toning things down and having a positive dialogue. They focused on issues instead of personalities. He sought to bring stability to a chamber which had often been at odds with the Senate.

After Ralston gaveled the legislative session to a close, he reportedly strolled to a side chamber and embraced a long line of lawmakers – from both parties — as he patiently waited to talk to the media. How refreshing!

You mean if people talk things over, in spite of differences, things might actually be accomplished?

Even though the final touches are now up to the governor and other state leaders and there are some issues that still need to be addressed — among these is the question of whether or not citizens of Albany and Dougherty County are open to consolidation — we commend our representatives for the work they’ve done and for a spirit of cooperation.

Area volunteers assist with oil cleanup, rescue

Oil continues to spew into the Gulf of Mexico from a crippled deep=water rig.  President Obama says the growing oil slick could create an unprecedented environmental disaster as tens of thousands of animals in fragile areas of the Gulf Coast could get caught up in that muck. But generous south Georgians are coming to their rescue.

A team of animal experts from our area, including former Reed Bingham State Park manager Chet Powell and Flint RiverQuarium bird specialist Amanda Barber, is on standby to go to the Gulf. They know they’ll be in for physically and mentally demanding work, but they’re volunteering to take on the challenge. And they’re getting help from plenty of people like you.

When we announced that all Harvey’s Supermarket locations were collecting donations of towels and animal crates and other items to help with animal rescues and rehabilitations, many of you responded quickly.

Jim Wilcox1Written by Jim Wilcox, general manager of WALB.

Things on the coast are only going to get worse. But as we watch this difficult story unfold, we can be proud of the south Georgians who are donating their time or expertise or money to try to help the innocent victims of this disaster.

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