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New twists

Good speech writers seem to have a knack for taking a fresh look at an old subject. Here is an opening in which the speaker first mentioned the topic to be discussed, then put a new twist on a couple of hoary clichés:

This afternoon I want to share with you some observations about what's happening in world trade, and in the process I'll try to bring you up to date on what's happening with Georgia's seaports, which handle at least 95 percent of the state's international trade.

Someone recently described our ports in Savannah and Brunswick as Georgia's "best-kept secret." In this regard, it occurs to me that there were only seven wonders of the ancient world, but today there must be a million things that have been called "the eighth wonder of the world."

And there never seems to be a whole lot going on in the here and now. Everything is "just around the corner." By the same token, Georgia must have a million best-kept secrets—from the wild beauty of north Georgia's Chattooga River to the unbeatable taste of Ogeechee River shad.

So, I'm not going to say the ports are Georgia's bestkept secret. There's just too much competition in that category. I'll just say they're the second-best secret.

Even if our ports are merely number two in the secret category, they've been a secret too long. It's time we let the rest of the people of Georgia in on it.


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