On the road from Thomasville to Tallahassee, a car ahead of ours hit a three-foot alligator. We were in a knot of traffic, traveling fast and because we were in the outer lane, we luckily missed the gator. We turned around quickly and went back.
Americans hold nearly $1 trillion in credit-card debt, according to data just released by the Federal Reserve. Now Congress wants to make that burden even heavier. Some misguided lawmakers are pushing legislation that would saddle consumers with fees that retailers don't want to pay.
This year we have a new slate of line officers aboard, ready to serve.
As Georgia continues to grow and thrive, it needs power generation capable of sustaining that growth. But the options seem to be shrinking among the body politic for varying environmental, economic and aesthetic reasons.
We are at a profoundly unsettled time in our nation's history, with more than two-thirds of Americans professing in surveys that they believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. They are partly reflecting concerns of the moment - the Iraq war, high gas prices, our economic travails - but polling also shows a more deep-seated dismay at the track our political system has taken.
Since its creation in 2003, the Commission for a New Georgia has brought fresh eyes and ideas to ways government can manage assets and operations to increase efficiency, reduce and avoid costs and improve service. Its recommendations have saved millions of dollars on a wide range of government functions, including facility, real estate and construction management.
Could Vernon Jones be the next Mack Mattingly?
When Governor Sonny Perdue signed Georgia's $21.1 billion budget for fiscal 2009, it contained $6 million for Local Assistance Grants (LAG), funds appropriated and allocated to a specific recipient or local government for a specific purpose. Lawmakers try to use the fact that these handouts are a relatively small part of the state budget - about 0.03 percent the '09 budget - to defend the spending.
When I start to bake a cake, I no longer ignore the recipes that call for half a dozen eggs. Eggs are a dime a dozen in our household, because we have - joy of joys - our own chickens.
It is a fact: Students in Georgia and the nation do not measure up to their peers in other countries known to provide a world-class education. While the debate continues over who's to blame and policy-makers pay lip service to preparing students for the 21st century - here for almost a decade already - the U.S. education system muddles on as a 19th-century model.
This may be an answer to Georgia's woes. The University of Georgia has decided to spend a relatively paltry $1.44 million to buy a full-fledged commercial TV station and set it up in Athens.
This week I visited a family so concerned about the environment that it lives a radically different life than most Americans.
I've been covering local, regional and national news in this area for about eight years now and I am often asked by friends how I cope with reporting on stories that sometimes end tragically - vehicle accidents, domestic violence cases, even murders. My response is pretty standard by now: I focus on the story and don't dwell on the circumstances.
There is a common saying about government and politicians that government never acts until after there is a crisis. Unfortunately, you don't have to look hard to find examples of this. Just look at the prices at our gas pumps. Gas prices did not climb above $4 a gallon over night. For the past several years, Republicans in Congress have submitted an energy plan that focuses not only on developing new renewable energy sources, but also would allow for us to maximize the resources we already have. Leaders in the U.S. Senate have continuously blocked these efforts. We ...
Rebranding is the latest buzzword in political campaigns. Everywhere you look, some politician or politician's spouse is gearing up to play the rebranding game. They try to change who they are and reinvent what they've said. They're hoping voters have forgotten the old brand and will only remember the new trademark on Election Day.
A month ago, a friend of mine told me she went to work out at a local gym one morning in early January, but it was so crowded, she couldn't find a machine to use.
As I recently reported, one of the most important requirements of the Legislature is to set a budget for the state each year.
I started Feb. 24 with a meeting with my Senate budget analyst to review the public safety fiscal year 2015 budget proposal. After welcoming the anesthesiology assistants who were visiting the Capitol, I went to our caucus meeting before going into session.
As predicted in this space a few weeks ago, there is compromise legislation pending in the General Assembly regarding the Common Core curriculum, the controversial program which seeks to establish consistent education standards across the country.
This month, we will accept nominations for attractive local businesses in Liberty County.
This time next year, we will say goodbye to the 2nd Brigade on Fort Stewart.
Editor, Speakers are elected by House members to lead and serve them. Speakers tend to shape the majority agenda and protect their party's interests.
Any self-respecting Southern woman has a list of casserole recipes a mile long ready to bake at a moment's notice. You got a sickness or a death in your family? We've got just the casserole for you.
When it comes to parenting, there's a fine line between active participation and overinvolvement. That said, I am of the believe that moms and dads should take an interest in what their children are doing, from infancy into adulthood.
Editor, As an integral part of the business community in Liberty County, the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce has taken an official position in favor of two key pieces of legislation. During the last board meeting, the chamber's board of directors considered the legislation for the Georgia Full Accountability in Collection Taxes (FACT) Act of 2014 and the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013. The board voted to support both bills.
Editor, As a resident of Georgia's 1st Congressional District, I am an ardent supporter of term limits. I don't believe our nation's founders would like the idea of a man elected to represent the people making a career out of that trust.
Editor, In the recent editions of the Courier, I have read, with some remorse, articles about the proposed Hinesville bypass, tax dollars going to the MidCoast Regional Airport, a new SPLOST and renewed world-wide travel.
A majority of House members voted Feb. 18 in favor of legislation to expand the number of places where licensed persons can legally carry firearms. HB 875 includes the following provisions:
The return of spring-like weather allowed Georgia's legislators to reconvene at our state's capitol last week and attend to much pertinent business.
Day 22 (Feb. 17): Today we celebrate President's Day. While we would normally be off in order to observe the holiday, we are in session today to make up for some of the time that last week's inclement weather caused us to miss.