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Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan speaks to local Vietnam veterans
Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan
Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan speaks to members of the Cumming Chapter of Vietnam Veterans during the group’s Aug. 6 meeting.

Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan recently spoke to local Vietnam veterans about what state government has been doing.

Addressing the Cumming Chapter 1030 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, the man who serves as president of the State Senate, declared health care to be a “broken system,” because it’s too expensive and hard-to-get access. 

Duncan said Georgia is working to improve it through a system called Tele-health, where people can access basic medical care via their cell phone. He said this would markedly improve care in rural Georgia where access to care is most problematic.

Turning to education, Duncan said: “The greatest gift we can give a child is a quality K-12 education.” 

He said we have great schools in Forsyth County, but as he travels around the state many children do not have the same opportunity for a good education. 

“It’s amazing to me how the school system is failing so many kids across our state,” Duncan said. 

“I want to remind parents that education is meant to be a true partnership with parents, it’s not meant to be a drop-off and pick-up program,” he said.

He said what is done in the classroom must be reinforced at home.

Duncan also told the audience that he has centered his economic development goals on making Georgia the technology capital of the east coast. He said in his view, history will point back to this period’s rapid development of technology will be as impactful as the invention of the wheel. Georgians, he said, “can be proud that our best days are ahead of us.”

“If there’s one takeaway from all that I’ve said tonight it’s that I am grateful to be your lieutenant governor and even more grateful for your service,” he said.