Stop. Before you read this editorial, please read Chuck Williams’ column.
OK, you’re back. Chuck seems to think the reason Little League landed in Warner Robins was due to home cooking by former Gov. Sonny Perdue. We can’t say whether the governor had a hand in where the Southeastern Regional Headquarters of Little League would locate. Frankly, he should have convinced the Columbus Chamber of Commerce to embrace “Go Fish.”
Chuck points out the various incentives citizens of Houston County were willing to give to sweeten the pot that created the winning bid. That’s fair.
But we must take due umbrage when Chuck calls Warner Robins’ Museum of Aviation a “little museum.” Yep, we guess it’s little -- if you consider the 80-plus aircraft sitting on the museum’s more than 40 acres little. But the whiz-bang nature of airplanes has to be considered. “Off we go into the wild blue yonder, climbing high into the sun” beats “Over hill over dale we will hit the dusty trail as the caissons go rolling along,” anytime.
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That is not to denigrate the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning. It is an impressive facility with IMAX theater and combat simulators, but for families on a budget, like those visiting Warner Robins this week, the Museum of Aviation makes perfect sense because admission is free. Pat on the back to Columbus for creating a whitewater experience, but that experience can cost as much as $76.50 a day.
While Columbus may have offered two stadiums -- and the facilities there were good enough for the 1996 Summer Olympics, 17 years ago -- the Warner Robins facility is second to none. Access is easy. Directions are clear.
To create a winning team -- and both cities are Little League World Series Champions -- community support is a must. Warner Robins, however, takes community involvement and pride to a different level.
We believe either community would have made a fine home for Little League, but there is a difference between being at the center of something than being on the edge. Having the 355-mile-long (in the state of Georgia) Interstate 75 running through your community rather than the 50-mile-long Interstate 185, that’s not really an interstate, is a plus.
The headquarters for Southeastern Little League is right where it belongs -- and if there are sore losers -- all we can say is, “Stop whining and play ball.”