March 2, 2004 |
Elijah Coleman climbed out of the car in the dark, carrying a hammer, nails and poster displaying the rebel cross. Printed beneath the symbol of the Confederacy were two words: Sonny lied. As 18-wheelers rushed by, the 62-year-old used car salesman nailed his message to a highway sign -- as he has done hundreds of times in the last week during midnight rides across western Georgia.
January 30, 2004
Re "Hunter Kills Cougar After Sheep Is Mauled," Jan. 28: It appears that cougar baiting is alive and well in Trabuco Canyon. Just what is the motive of these people who keep free-roaming and unnecessary livestock in what is known cougar country? Is it their wish for the extermination of this wild cat? Perhaps in the near future, when shopping centers, mega-auto dealerships, roads, freeways, subdivisions and apartment complexes completely surround Cleveland National Forest and the last cougar has been killed, we'll see fit to add an image of the cougar to go alongside the grizzly on the state flag.
May 10, 2003 |
It took months of political wrangling to produce Georgia's spanking-new state flag -- its third in two years -- but those efforts left George Mounger unimpressed. "It quite honestly doesn't amount to a hill of beans," said Mounger, who lives in suburban Atlanta and was stopping at a Wendy's restaurant in Cumming. Mounger was not alone. Many Georgians were greeting their new state flag with a battle-weary sigh, rather than a salute.
May 9, 2003 |
A new state flag without the Confederate emblem was raised over the Capitol on Thursday after a redesign aimed at laying to rest a dispute that inflamed race relations and roiled Georgia politics. As the old flag came down, drivers slowed their cars to watch and there were scattered cheers and boos from a crowd on the Capitol lawn.
April 26, 2003 |
The Georgia Legislature voted Friday to change the state flag to a version that echoes the Confederate battle emblem, but without the familiar Dixie cross that had led civil rights leaders to threaten an economic boycott. Lawmakers also agreed to quash any possibility of a referendum on reviving the Confederate battle emblem, which black lawmakers called a symbol of oppression. If the measure is signed by Gov.
April 5, 2003 |
Hoping to skirt a racially charged debate over the Confederate flag symbol, Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue and Democrats agreed Friday to a proposed design for the Georgia flag that would eliminate the Dixie emblem. The compromise flag -- approved by a key legislative committee -- adopts elements of a lesser-known banner of the Confederate government and drops the familiar battlefield emblem, a blue cross of St. Andrew on a red field.