Opinion

June 2, 2013

Mark Millican : Thank you, Sean Adams — and Gov. Deal

Though told he didn’t have to stand up, Sean Adams did anyway. Don’t tell a Marine — even if he lost his legs to an explosion in Afghanistan — that he’s not to rise when given a special gift and told how much a grateful crowd of North Georgia citizens appreciates his service and sacrifice. He accepted a time-period Georgia license plate for his 1970 Chevelle from the Marine Corps League.

Adams didn’t utter a word publicly at the Memorial Day observance in Ellijay, but he didn’t have to. His presence spoke volumes on a day when millions across our nation paused to give him — and those who didn’t make it when fighting in combat or training for it — the grateful accolades of a free nation.

Thanks, Sean, for going over there. And for being with us for a few moments when no one said you had to come.

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Gov. Nathan Deal has distinguished himself as a leader with his stand against political correctness apparatchiks with two recent decisions. Last week, our state’s top official gave a firm “No” to an intrusive Centers for Disease Control survey that would have asked our schoolchildren as young as the seventh-grade level about their “sex lives,” even though it will cost the state $2 million in funding, according to reports.

“Georgia has the right to not ask 12-year-olds if they’ve had more than six sexual partners,” Deal spokesman Brian Robinson told Channel 2 News. “We don’t think a 12-year-old should be asked, ‘When did you start your sexual activity?’ I think Georgians are going to stand with Gov. Deal in this decision.”

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the CDC survey includes seven questions about sexual behavior, in addition to questions about suicide, tobacco and drug habits. Questions include, “How old were you when you first had sexual intercourse?”

I mean, come on. Is saturation of sex on billboards, in magazines, on TV and in the movies not enough? Give it a break — and keep your $2 million in bribe money, CDC.

A couple of weeks ago, Deal reinstituted the placement of Bibles in state park lodges and cabins. Evidently one or two people out of thousands upon thousands who have used these facilities took offense to a book that has saved the lives of many people who checked into a room intending to commit suicide. As for me and my wife, when we find a Bible in our hotel room or state park cottage, we tell the proprietors how much we appreciate it.

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