Based on my annual Christmas Wish List last year, the man sometimes called Saint Nick filled only a few of my requests. Either Mr. Claus was feeling the economic pinch or saw that we’d been naughty boys and girls. We were limited to only a handful of gift offerings and then thrown a few chunks of coal.
The prodigious man fully clad in red and white managed to instruct his elves to complete the following tasks: Macon Mayor Robert Reichert and Chairman Sam Hart got together on a service delivery strategy; it wasn’t easy, but Reichert was elected to a second term; Erick Erickson landed a talk show gig at WSB Radio in Atlanta; Santa helped jostle a pay scale for city employees in their stockings; and motorists received sporadic relief from rising gas prices.
Now here are my petitions to the rather corpulent fellow from the North Pole for 2011. I’m hoping he’ll show immense generosity with my lighthearted suggestions.
To the Bibb legislative delegation headed to Atlanta on Jan. 9: Success in getting a consolidation plan completed that provides for smaller government and efficiency.
To Macon/Bibb County: Consolidation.
To local attorney Jeffrey Monroe: A spot on Bibb Superior Court.
To the Macon Chamber, MEDC and the Macon-Bibb Industrial Authority: Decision by Kumho Tire as to what they intend to do at Sofkee Industrial Park.
To North Bibb County residents: A fiscal conservative to serve on the Bibb County Commission.
To Warner Robins Air Logistics Center/Robins Air Force Base: No further cuts from Department of Defense.
To Macon City Council Public Safety Committee: An end to deep fissures regarding a plan to overcome growing gang, gun and youth violence.
To our friends in the European Euro Zone: Sanctions for EU members that fail to meet the 3 percent deficit rule and those that don’t adhere to budget-balancing rules.
To Bibb County public schools: A calendar that includes year-round school.
To UGA Bulldogs: Post-traumatic therapy on how to deal with being ripped apart by tigers.
To Georgia Tech: A playbook for Coach Johnson that contains more than 10 triple option plays.
To about 160 million American workers: Congress’ approval of another payroll tax extension.
To Warner Robins mayor and council (where Shaheen happens): An end to the intransigence, where men and women of goodwill live in peace again.
To Macon–Bibb County firefighters: DVD collection of America’s funniest home videos.
To Georgia gamblers: The much anticipated horse track in south Atlanta, plus casinos in Atlanta, East Macon, Savannah and Tybee Island.
To Westside High School Principal Laura Perkins: Completion of a new book, “Incompetency to Reinstatement in 30 days: A journey down the acerbic Dallemand Highway.”
To GOP faithful: A sturdy nominee that reminds voters this is now President Obama’s economy.
To readers of my column: A new twist on a seasonal classic tune:
Jolly Ol’ St. Nicholas, lean your ear Macon’s way! Don’t you tell the leadership what I’m going to say; Christmas Eve is coming soon, now, you dear old man -- would you consider helping us with the Kumho land?
When the clock is striking twelve, while most of Macon sleeps, down Cherry Street you’ll drive, with some late-night peeps. Most of the houses will be locked from east to west; even artist Mark Ballard will be getting rest.
Nikki wants to consolidate, Peake wants unison -- Cecil wants to investigate Beth Merkleson. Now I think I’ll leave to you what to give our readers, choose for me, dear Santa Claus; you know we need good leaders.
Kenny Burgamy serves as a marketing consultant and is co-host of the Kenny B. Charles E., TV, radio and Internet program.