Georgia Magazine - October 2009 - (Page 5)

GEMC ® M A G A Z I N E (800) 544-4362, in Georgia; (770) 270-6950 GEORGIA Magazine, the largest-circulation monthly magazine in the state, is published by Georgia Electric Membership Corp. (GEMC), the trade association for Georgia’s 42 consumer-owned electric utilities. On average, more than 500,000 members welcome the magazine into their homes each month. Georgia’s not-for-profit electric cooperatives provide reliable, safe and affordable electric service to more than 73 percent of the state’s land area serving 4.5 million residents. For more information, visit EDITOR Ann Orowski, CCC MANAGING EDITOR Jennifer Hewett, CCC ASSOCIATE EDITOR Victoria Scharf DeCastro ASSISTANT EDITOR Clay Narron PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Steve Jacobs STAFF ASSISTANT Sonya Devereaux EDITORIAL INTERN Andrew Widener CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Laura Berrios, Lauren Bizzell, Lynn Coulter, Pamela A. Keene, Jackie Kennedy, Sibongile B. Lynch CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Improving America every day BY PAUL WOOD President/CEO, Georgia Electric Membership Corporation “I Gale Cutler, Jennifer Hewett, Christopher Hornaday, Cathy Sheldon Laurel George, Laine Kirby Wood, ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE (404) 541-0628 ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE (770) 289-5700 DESIGNERS Trudie Thibodeaux, Kerstin Weis Mary Wellman, (770) 270-6981 SUBSCRIPTIONS 2009 ADVISORY BOARD Larry Chadwick, Ken Cook, Greg Crowder, Stacey Fields, Jane F. Garvey, Rick Gaston, Charlie Gatlin, Linda Harris, Emmett Harrod, Linda Jordan, Sandy McClurd, Jeff Murphy, Terri Statham, Jere Thorne, James White GEORGIA EMC OFFICERS CHAIRMAN Tim Garrett, Jefferson Energy VICE CHAIRMAN Neal Talton, Flint Energies SEC.-TREASURER Randy Crenshaw, Irwin EMC PRESIDENT/CEO, GEMC A. Paul Wood georgia Magazine (USPS-473120, ISSN 10615822) is published monthly by Georgia Electric Membership Corp., P.O. Box 1707, 2100 East Exchange Place, Tucker, GA 30085. Periodicals postage paid at Thomaston, GA, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to GEORGIA Magazine, P.O. Box 1707, Tucker, GA 30085. Printed in Georgia by Quad/Graphics. Acceptance of advertising by GEORGIA Magazine does not imply endorsement by the publisher or Georgia’s electric membership corporations of the product or services advertised. GEORGIA Magazine’s LIABILITY FOR ERRORS IN, OR OMISSIONS OF, ADVERTISEMENTS, WHETHER IN CONTRACT OR IN TORT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DAMAGES TO THE ADVERTISER’S BUSINESS, SHALL IN NO EVENT EXCEED THE AMOUNT OF CHARGES FOR THE ADVERTISEMENT THAT WAS OMITTED OR IN WHICH THE ERROR OCCURRED. wish America could return to the days of our founding fathers.” A colleague made that comment the other day, no doubt out of a frustrated desire to return to a time when everything important in life seemed settled, certain and not likely to change. The only problem is that his desire does not describe our founders’ ambitions. The men who defeated the English to win their independence had something else in mind: a clean break with the past and the freedom to set their own course. They wanted nothing of religious constriction, governmental tyranny or suffocating conventional wisdom in their fevered exploration of science, theology, art and politics. Their late 18th-century world was ripe for embracing change, and they focused like a laser beam on the future. Our founders were enthralled with the potential that exists in the human mind. They believed tomorrow was always likely to be a better day for the improvements it would bring. Those chaotic times were filled with the heat of continuous debate. New ideas were birthed almost daily for the improvement of a new nation struggling through uncharted waters. What do you think they would say about the so-called “improvements” of our time? Consider the Internet. It has changed the entire world through the dispersal of knowledge to potentially every square foot of this planet. Universal access to knowledge is something the founders would surely applaud, as well as the leap-frogging technology that stimulates scientific discovery all around us. Who knows what new innovations are likely to occur as a result of research in nanotechnology? What new fuels will be developed to power our cars and heat our homes? And what of the atom-smashing capabilities of the super collider recently built but untested in Europe. Surely, a marvelous world awaits our children and grandchildren. You may laugh at my speculation, but I have long ago ceased to laugh at the seemingly impossible. Too many of those “impossible” ideas are in my house today. When the colonists decided they didn’t want to send any more of their tax money to England, King George III must have longed for the comfort of “the good old days.” And surely there were citizens in Colonial America who would have been more comfortable with seeking an accommodation with the Crown—but, of course, it was not to be. The founders said we had the right to pursue happiness; they said nothing about being comfortable in its pursuit. They believed America could be improved if each succeeding generation could find the mettle to be worthy stewards of the government left to them. When the debates in our federal and state legislatures grow heated, I remind myself that our forefathers did not promise us a rose garden. Indeed, we should expect a little discomfort from time to time. In my view, a little discomfort is a minor thing to bear so long as we remain faithful to our individual and collective duty to improve this republic. October 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - October 2009

Georgia Magazine - October 2009
Picture This?
Festival Guide
Special Energy Report
Treasures in Tennessee
My Georgia
Georgia Gardens
Georgia Cooks
Cookbook of the Month

Georgia Magazine - October 2009