Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Picking Up the Pieces

Macon is gradually getting its legs back. Some schools will reopen tomorrow, and it looks like the Patterson et. al. worked out a creative solution to allow seniors at Southwest and Westside to take mandantory end of course tests. They'll be sharing other schools, on a rotating basis.

Thousands are still without power, and Mayor Reichert said that it will be years before some return to "baseline." But, you can feel the community beginning to step forward. In general, local leaders have done an excellent job. From my perspective, special kudos go to:

1) Mayor Robert Reichert: He passed the leadership-in-crisis test with flying colors. He was calm, serious and reassuring when he went on air Sunday. I was relieved to hear from him, as many were.

2) Johnny Wingers: He was absolutely on top of this, and his quick, ready response may well have saved the lives of those at Arrowhead Park.

3) Sheriff Modena: Again, a calm, confident, effective leader.

There are no doubt others, and no doubt will be others in the weeks and months to come.

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