Christmas is a special time, a time when one politician can spend tax money sending special holiday greetings, and another politician can complain about it.
Mayor Andrew Young sent jumbo Christmas cards this year to 1,500 area reporters, ministers, supporters and public officials, including Lt. Gov. Zell Miller--who just happens to be a candidate for governor next year, just like the mayor.
The 9 by 14 cards, featuring a montage of Atlanta accomplishments, Young's smiling face and the legend "Municipal Leader of The Year 1989," cost the city a little more than a dollar each to print, and 65 cents to mail.
"I think it is inappropriate to spend $1 apiece to send a Christmas card out at the city's expense," Miller said. "If the man is elected governor, what will he send out in 1991--a billboard?"
The response from the Young camp? "What a Scrooge," said press secretary Lee Echols.