In session for three days this week, the General Assembly finished its sixteenth legislative day on Thursday. The legislation heard on the House floor continues to increase and much of our time is consumed with committee meetings and preparing for the bills awaiting our vote in the House. Things are moving along as we are already more than a third through with the 2011 legislative session.
Day 14 (Feb. 15): The Capitol was abuzz today with the disappointing news that the president's budget did not include funding for the deepening of the Savannah Harbor.
Professional athletes are not heroes. Some, depending on the way they live their lives, could perhaps be considered role models, but idolatry should go no further than that.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels did not get the memo about CPAC, the annual gathering of conservatives in Washington. The etiquette is that presidential wannabes should hew to a narrow band of harsh and harsher denunciations of liberalism, or anything suspected of having a liberal taint.
Radio has an abundance - an overabundance, some say - of big mouths, fire-breathers, ego-trippers and chest-pounders.
There's was this guy on television walking around on stage giving advice to his audience. And since I'm often told that I need advice, I decided to listen.
It actually felt like spring last week, which means the annual Great American Cleanup is almost here. The GAC is an annual event that Keep America Beautiful started in 1999. Each year, millions of Georgians and residents in other states across the nation come out to improve their communities by picking up litter in parks, waterways and roadways. They plant trees and flowers to beautify public spaces, paint over graffiti, repair buildings and hold recycling drives and environmental education events.
Gauge Smith is a pretty normal 13-year-old guy, who somehow managed to answer all of my questions without pausing the Xbox game he played with his friends.
Things are in a mess under the Gold Dome and I may be responsible.
Editor, I am a concerned taxpayer who lives on Rye Patch Road across the street from Rye Patch Kennels. In my opinion, I believe we live on the most neglected road in Long County. It is embarrassing to tell anyone I live on Rye Patch Road because of the amount of trash along the sides of the road. The amount of trash is awful, and I have requested in the past through, I believe it was Bobby Walker, to possibly have the prisoners pick up trash. I don't know all the specifics, but it seems like it's free ...
Editor, Excluding Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga. 1, I am deeply disappointed in the House Republicans. I am aware of how the Patriot Act was passed following Sept. 11, 2001. Most Americans - including myself - did not examine the bill closely because it was an emotional time. I was overseas at the time and allowed myself to be somewhat out of touch.
Editor, We read the article regarding Chandra Brown, the Ogeechee Riverkeeper, with great interest and appreciation. This article recognized an individual who deserves our thanks and highlighted a few of the many contributions that Ms. Brown has made to this county, nearby coastal counties and the state of Georgia. She will indeed be difficult to replace.
On Thursday, the Georgia General Assembly completed its 13th legislative session day. The highlight of the week was the House passage of the FY2011 amended budget. In addition to the amended budget, several bills were debated by lawmakers. Legislation is picking up and more bills are making it through the committee process and onto the House floor for consideration.
Day 11 (Feb. 7): As we began last week, we welcomed the Leadership Liberty County group to the Capitol. After pictures with the governor and a tour of the House chambers led by Rep. Al Williams, I had the privilege of leading the group on a tour of the Senate chambers.
Cumberland Island was struck head-on by a major hurricane 117 years ago. The Category 3 storm pounded the Georgia coast with winds of 135 mph and massive waves, causing a 16-foot storm surge in Brunswick that left much of the city underwater.
I have been trying to figure out what to do with my free time now that I have decided not to run for president of the United States (or what's left of it).
Getting math right for the students and teachers of Georgia has been a priority of mine since day one. One of my first actions as your state school superintendent was working with the State Board of Education to provide a needed choice between integrated mathematics and traditional discrete mathematics (with assessments to match each option) for our schools.
Here, I'll announce something I've never admitted publicly: I love going barefooted. It's how I was raised.
May is a very hard time for me.
May is Building Safety Month. Although the Hinesville Department of Inspections focuses on building safety all year long, we want to take the time to highlight some building-safety concerns locally. If an individual, organization or a business is trying to find a location within the Hinesville city limits, there are a few things they should know before signing on the dotted line to buy or lease.
Premium increases for Georgia's insurance-exchange health plans beat regional and national rates, according to a recent study by the Urban Institute, cited by Georgia Health News.
I read an opinion piece recently that said Republicans couldn't be Christians because they are too hard and uncompassionate. The piece said that, pretty much, the Democratic Party was the party of Christianity.
The public's outcry in opposition to the Palmetto Pipeline has been clear. Voters don't want it and don't think it is needed. And the public doesn't trust the company that wants to build it.
Editor, Recently, in letters to the editor, some have questioned U.S. Congressman Buddy Carter's loyalty with respect to eminent domain and the Palmetto Pipeline.
Dear public-school teachers in Georgia: Congratulations on surviving another year in the classroom.
It was at lunch after a morning revival service last summer that a few of us sat around, munching on Southern casseroles and talking about one of the most memorable mothers any of us had ever known.
There are organizations that estimate the value of the average volunteer, like www.independentsector.org, which currently values their time at $22.55 an hour.
Editor, State Rep. Valencia Stovall, D-Lake City, was "right on" concerning the need for the Opportunity School District legislation (Coastal Courier op-ed, Wednesday, May 6). If you look who is objecting to this legislation, I am sure you will find the self-serving teachers' union. They object to anything that will improve our children's education if it means they will not control the schools and add to their coffers.
Working moms are the bedrock of so many Georgia families. Between raising kids, contributing to their communities and holding down one or more jobs, moms put in a lot more than a full day's work.