I remember one Sunday when my son Silas was about six years old. He and I spent the entire day in the woods.
Our state's lingering drought has Georgia lawmakers coming up with some creative solutions this session.
The 2008 session wore on this week and Crossover Day is now upon us. Crossover Day comes on the 30th legislative day, and it is when bills must cross over to the other legislative body for passage during this session. As I write, we have completed Day 26 and Senate committees are working hard deliberating bills that will have a great impact on the citizens of Georgia.
You might not have noticed, given the media's fascination with the presidential campaign, but there are 435 U.S. House contests and 35 U.S. Senate races taking place this year.
The House Ways and Means Committee has favorably reported Speaker Glenn Richardson's tax plan, and the legislation is due for a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.
We have officially completed the 20th legislative day of the 2008 Georgia General Assembly session, which signals we have passed the half-way point of the constitutionally mandated "no-more-than" forty-day legislative session.
This week a friend said to me, "I thought when the children went off to college that our lives would slow down. Instead, they seem to be speeding up."
Every four years, our nation's presidency is up for grabs. That means far right wingers, far left wingers, backwoods folks, city-slickers and everyone in between get mobilized behind their preferred candidate.
This week we reached the halfway point of this year's legislative session. The speed of business is rapidly increasing and there is a strong push in the legislature to pass as many bills as possible by the 30th legislative day, also known as "Crossover Day," the final day a piece of legislation can cross from one Chamber to the next. We have a lot more work ahead of us and have taken a considerable step ...
The 2008 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly has been a busy one so far. The first four weeks have set the stage for what is sure to be an exciting second half of the session.
Every once in a while, a crisis comes along that tells you everything you need to know about the character and courage of our elected leaders. When circumstances collide to create a situation where only tough trade-offs and compromises offer the chance for a real solution to a problem, that's when you can see if the people we have entrusted with elected office are up to the task.
Standing beside West Point Lake in the spring of 2004, Gov. Perdue signed House Bill 237, establishing the State Water Council and requiring it to present to the Georgia General Assembly a statewide water management plan for its approval in the 2008 Session.
Hold on children. Help is on the way! About 53,000 children in a single County in Georgia are on the verge of having their future threatened by the inappropriate actions of their board of education. If the Clayton County schools lose their accreditation, there will be no Pre-K funds or HOPE Scholarships available for the children. Transcripts will be invalid. College applications will be thrown in the trash. This is a disaster. The Georgia Constitution ...
As we approach the midpoint of this session of the Georgia General Assembly, the Senate is still hard at work addressing pressing issues facing Georgia residents.
Proponents of a strong two-party state government ought to be jubilant at the outcome of Georgia's Feb. 5 presidential primary.
This is a story about heroes - good people doing good things. The cast of characters in this performance shares one thing in common: They are strangers to one another. They will meet for the first time via this column. That is what makes this such a good story.
Georgia has its place on more than its share of "Top 10" lists - everything from World's Busiest Airport to among the world's top producers of peanuts and peaches. It also is on the country's "Top 5 List" for a distinction that few realize, especially those who live in our part of the state. That is, Savannah is the country's fourth-busiest port, and second only to the Port of New York (including NYC and New ...
School is out, vacations have started and visitors from across the country are driving to Jekyll Island, one of the state's great coastal attractions.
Editor, The Liberty County Adoptive and Foster Parent Association would like to thank the families in our county that open their homes and hearts to help provide safe and nurturing environments for Georgia's abused and neglected children.
There's a woman I'm looking for. Perhaps you know where she is. If you do, please help me find her again.
Editor,, I would like to take this opportunity to discuss something important.
I've noticed a recurring question as I talk to people about Congress. What can be done, they wonder, to get Congress back on track? Is our national legislature capable of serious policy making?
Since she started day care six weeks ago, my little girl hasn't had an easy go of it. Having stayed at home with one parent or another the entire first year of her life, Reese's immune system hasn't built up much resistance, and she seems to pick up every bug, virus, flu and cold within a 5-mile radius.
Good neighbors come in many shapes, sizes and forms. However, they are similar in these ways: they care about their community and their neighbors, and they take pride in their home and yards and in their neighborhoods and in their community.
For some, July 8, 2010, was a momentous day in the state of Georgia - but not for a good reason.
Editor, Webster's defines success as the satisfactory completion of something. The board of directors of Seven Ministries of Liberty County Inc. defines that successful something as the community coming together to support the third annual Jackie Gilliard-Henderson Memorial Scholarship Walk-a-Thon - and what a success it was.
Sixty-nine years ago last Thursday, Allied forces stormed the heavily fortified beaches of Normandy. Through their courage and sacrifice, they cut a foothold in Northern France and began a march that culminated in victory.
I have said it before, but let me repeat: I have no problem with charter schools. I did have a big problem with the ham-handed way last November's charter-school referendum was rammed through by proponents.
Identity theft continues to be a real problem in the United States - and our senior population is at extreme risk.
Boy, some politicians are thin-skinned. If a politician does not want to be held to a high standard, he or she shouldn't run for office. Mayor Pro-Tem Curtes Roberts and Councilman Levern Clancey Jr. got their feathers all ruffled because I took them to task for walking out of a city council meeting rather than doing their duty. Oh well, I guess they wrote their letters to the editor to make a good impression with ...