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Chuck and Tom have one on Bob
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Randy's Corner
About North Georgia's publisher Randy Golden contributes a look into life in north Georgia, the Web, or anything that's on his mind.

State Senator Robert Lamutt (not mutt but moot) must be very proud of his accomplishments in the Georgia legislature. He is running ads on "all major networks" that tell us how to pronounce his name, that he is for everything you and I are for and against all the stuff we are against. The only problem is that state senator Lamutt spammed me! He is not the only one. In the race for the U. S. Senate, Herman Cain spammed me as well.

Now if you ask their campaigns, someone might try to redefine spam along the lines of "political messages can't be spam." (Which is exactly what Lamutt's campaign told me.) The problem is that politicians did not create the word, and they cannot redefine it. Spam is simply unwanted email and believe me, email from politicians is unwanted in my household.

I understand it is very difficult for a politician to get his platform out to the people, and email offers a cheap, effective means to achieve that goal. The problem is that this next session of Congress will be called upon to make dramatic changes in the way email is handled legally so that you and I can use the tool without suffering the abuse of spam. How can we expect somebody who uses spam to vote against it when they make it to the U. S. House of Representatives or the Senate?

As the presidential election looms nearer I am noticing a lot more of President Bush and a lot less of John Kerry. Bush at Sea Island (Georgia), Bush in Normandy, Bush looking very presidential at the White House. Kerry, who seemed to be a shoe-in following a Democratic primary campaign that was almost storybook in nature, has disappeared from the face of the earth (or at least, the face of Georgia). I look forward to a good campaign, for I think there may be significant differences between Georgia W. Bush and John Kerry. Campaigns are a lot more fun when the candidates don't agree on that much.

Right now it looks as if Georgia and most other states are strongly pro-Bush. Kerry is strong in New York, California, Illinois, New Jersey, and Massachusetts (of course) while the major "toss-up" states appear to be Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Missouri. After the conventions, we should see the candidates take off their gloves and do a little bashing. Kerry will have an uphill fight to get his message across.

I'm not going to bore you with my political leanings, but one thing is for sure. If John Kerry or George W. Bush send me spam email, I'll vote for the other guy, just as I will vote for Chuck Clay or Tom Price to put an end to Lamutt's spam.

Randy Golden, Publisher


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