Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - (Page 5)

www.georgiamagazine.org (800) 544-4362, in Georgia; (770) 270-6500 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 notfor-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 www.georgiaemc.com. EDITOR Ann Orowski, CCC ManagIng EDITOR Jennifer Hewett, CCC assOcIaTE EDITOR Victoria Scharf DeCastro PRODucTIOn cOORDInaTOR Steve Jacobs assIsTanT EDITOR Kevin Braun assIsTanT EDITOR Jim Jess EDITORIaL InTERn Joey Hane cOnTRIbuTIng WRITERs Bryce L. Bennett, Matt Bolch, Connie Cottingham, Lynn Coulter, Jane F. Garvey, Pamela A. Keene, Mandy Love, Terri Statham, Heather Teilhet cOnTRIbuTIng PhOTOgRaPhERs Freedom won is not freedom assured F By Paul Wood President/CEO, Georgia Electric Membership Corporation Stuart Baesel, Travis Bussey, Randy Hill, Carol Hogan, Sherri King, Ryan Meyers, Jeff Moore, Jean Mullis, Angela Redfern, Toafa Tuionuu Jr., Phillip Vullo aDvERTIsIng REPREsEnTaTIvEs Laurel George, (404) 541-0628; Laine Kirby Wood, (770) 289-5700 Country Market, (800) 626-1181 National naTIOnaL aDvERTIsIng REPREsEnTaTIvE DEsIgnERs Trudie Thibodeaux, Kerstin Weis Mary Wellman, (770) 270-6981 subscRIPTIOns 2011 aDvIsORy bOaRD Amanda Busby, Erin Cook, Lynn Coulter, Romanous Dotson, Jeff Ferguson, Chuck Grace, Robert Herman, Jamie Hulsey, Jennie Lacey, Ophelia McCain, Ted McMillan, Lynn Price, Neal Shepard, Heather Teilhet, Jere Thorne, Tony Tucker gEORgIa EMc OffIcERs chaIRMan Neal Talton, Flint Energies vIcE chaIRMan Alice Mallory, Coweta-Fayette EMC 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. reedom is breaking out in the Arab world. Young people are leading the way in shedding the shackles that have bound their countries to dictators, autocrats and monarchs. Even as a general euphoria sweeps up the people in affected countries, they would do well to remember: Freedom won is not freedom assured. Despots exist everywhere and await only an opportunity. Their hunger for power and money is never sated. Combine these two obsessions with old-fashioned hate for those who do not think, talk or pray as they do, and you have an irresistible cocktail for those seeking only an opportunity to drain the glass of freedom so recently won. For the revolutionaries who have successfully lighted the spark of freedom, I remind them that freedom is fragile—not just at the beginning when you are willing to sacrifice everything to win it, but every day. Freedom requires your undivided, laser-focused attention. If you are not ready to give it the level of attention it demands, you are not likely to keep it. Freedom has a way of slipping away—one neglected step at a time. Idealistic Arab youth protesting in the streets of their native countries are seeking good jobs, decent pay, an opportunity for a quality education and the freedom to choose their own destiny. In this country, Americans seek the same things, but we have the Constitution, which guarantees our basic rights and provides a legal structure, a foundation if you will, upon which we can pursue our national and personal goals. Here are my recommendations: More online at www.georgiamagazine.org first, commemorate your beliefs in a constitution that makes clear to the world your belief in the rule of law; second, make sure elections are held soon and conducted in a manner that encourages all citizens to participate without intimidation and with assurance their vote will be counted; and third, recognize that you will not form a perfect democracy. Powerful interests will always support the candidate or government that makes the firmest commitment to meet their needs. That’s not democracy; that’s retail sales. If this is starting to sound like work, that’s because it is. Hard work. In some Arab nations, the difficulty of the task is compounded by internal strife fomented by ages-old tribal disagreements, competing military interests or those who simply prefer another dictator to any form of democracy. What good will come from replacing one dictator with another just as corrupt but hiding behind a fake version of democracy? So, make your celebrations short, and don’t become distracted by your desire to mete out justice to the former leader. Instead, begin now to commit to paper the basic tenets of freedom—freedom of speech, assembly, religion and human rights. Many like-minded souls in your country have already given their blood to secure these rights, and they deserve nothing less. If you neglect these early steps, you will find it more challenging to convey your hard-won freedoms to the next generation with any confidence they will not be weakened. 5 August 2011 http://www.georgiamagazine.org http://www.georgiaemc.com http://www.georgiamagazine.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - August 2011

Georgia Magazine - August 2011
Table of Contents
Viewpoint
Mailbox
Picture This?
Georgia News
Calendar
Currents
Georgia's Energy Outlook
Southern speedsters
From humble to highfalutin
Second helping: Barbecue
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Snapshot
Snapshot Submissions
Meet legendary NASCAR driver Rex White
The history of Lake Lanier
Gardens plant of the month; Liberty notes
Energy-efficiency tips

Georgia Magazine - August 2011

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Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Georgia Magazine - August 2011 (Page 3)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Table of Contents (Page 4)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Viewpoint (Page 5)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Mailbox (Page 6)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Picture This? (Page 7)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Georgia News (Page 8)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Georgia News (Page 9)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Georgia News (Page 10)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Georgia News (Page 11)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Calendar (Page 12)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Calendar (Page 13)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Calendar (Page 14)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Calendar (Page 15)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Currents (Page 16)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Currents (Page 17)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Georgia's Energy Outlook (Page 18)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Southern speedsters (Page 19)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Southern speedsters (Page 20)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Southern speedsters (Page 21)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - From humble to highfalutin (Page 22)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - From humble to highfalutin (Page 23)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - From humble to highfalutin (Page 24)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - From humble to highfalutin (Page 25)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - From humble to highfalutin (Page 26)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Second helping: Barbecue (Page 26A)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Second helping: Barbecue (Page 26B)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Second helping: Barbecue (Page 26C)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Second helping: Barbecue (Page 26D)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Second helping: Barbecue (Page 26E)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Second helping: Barbecue (Page 26F)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Second helping: Barbecue (Page 26G)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Second helping: Barbecue (Page 26H)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Around Georgia (Page 27)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Around Georgia (Page 28)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Around Georgia (Page 29)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Around Georgia (Page 30)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - My Georgia (Page 31)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - My Georgia (Page 32)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - My Georgia (Page 33)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Snapshot Submissions (Page 34)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Snapshot Submissions (Page 34A)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - The history of Lake Lanier (Page 34B)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Gardens plant of the month; Liberty notes (Page 34C)
Georgia Magazine - August 2011 - Energy-efficiency tips (Page 34D)
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