Georgia Magazine - October 2011 - (Page 5) (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 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 Lynn Coulter, Jane D. 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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. ur Founders believed that compromise is essential to democracy. However, when the right and left wings of the political spectrum only scream at each other, there is little room for compromise. Government suffers, and the people suffer. If compromise becomes defined as something evil, a democratic society is endangered, and the groundwork is laid for an autocratic regime. No one has spoken more clearly about the necessity of compromise than Heather Teilhet, Georgia EMC’s government relations representative, who was invited to address her church on the first Sunday of July this year, one day before Independence Day. For those who don’t know, Heather is a Republican, married to a Democrat. She knows something of the need for a nonpartisan approach to solving problems. She talked about the need for bridge builders in our society, people who are willing to work to discuss the differences that divide us. She acknowledged there will always be differences in point of view: “If God had wanted us all to be conservatives or liberals, our all-powerful Creator certainly could have accomplished that. Instead, he gave us a brain, and free will, and the ability to blossom in our differences. Surely we should not dishonor His gift with withering criticism of anyone whose opinions are different from our own.” Heather pointed out that this is not the first time our nation has experienced extreme polarization. The Civil War tested our republic, shook it to its foundation, and we survived the test, thanks to the leadership of President Abraham Lincoln who, Heather said, warned in his first inauMore online at By Paul Wood President/CEO, Georgia Electric Membership Corporation gural speech, “Though passion may have strained … it must not break our bonds of affection.” Whatever our personal differences today, Heather said, “We are Christians first and patriots second. … Party affiliation … comes somewhere down the line after that.” She closed with these words: “I lean to the right. My husband leans to the left. I work for the power company. He runs an environmental nonprofit. To the naked eye, we’re completely different. But on almost everything that really matters, we’re the same.” We can’t move forward as a nation unless we practice the art of compromise. Benjamin Franklin did not approve of some provisions in the U.S. Constitution as it was drafted. Indeed, he thought the instrument was flawed in many ways, and told his fellow delegates, “… there are several parts of this constitution which I do not at present approve, but I am not sure I shall ever approve them: For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged by better information, or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise.” Franklin understood that each of us, despite errors of opinion, prejudices and self interests, are all the same in our pursuit of a “more perfect Union.” We are all patriots, not just on Independence Day, but every day of the year. Our own Heather Teilhet concluded, “All that’s left to do is repair the breach and build the bridges.” 5 October 2011

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

Georgia Magazine - October 2011
Picture This?
Georgia News
Calendar of Events
Georgia's Energy Outlook
Naturally Florida
Florida Destinations
2011 Reader's Choice Awards
Other Top Picks in Our Readers’ Choice Contest
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Georgia Gardens
Georgia Cooks
More Snapshot Submissions
Gardens Plant of the Month; Liberty Notes
More on Georgia’s Energy Outlook
Energy-Efficiency Tips
More Great Recipes

Georgia Magazine - October 2011