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.
There is a complicated mathematical symbol practically unknown to the House Appropriations Committee. It's called the minus sign.
For the second time in a little more than a year, University of Georgia fans once again are mourning the passing of the latest in the line of the school's bulldog mascots. And, lest we forget, the Seiler family of Savannah, which has provided the Ugas for half a century, has lost family pets.
Editor, We had a wonderful time at the centennial birthday celebration for Ronald Reagan, which was sponsored by the Southwest Georgia Republican Women. It truly was an honor to meet Reagan's son, Michael, and share some of my stories of respect and admiration for his father. At the state funeral of our late President Ronald Wilson Reagan, I was one of two American citizens selected to make a global tribute, which was televised around the world. See the video on YouTube titled "Flagman Reagan State Funeral."
Editor, The Community Action network, made up of 1,000 community action Agencies nationwide, is deeply saddened at the recent passing of R. Sargent Shriver. Mr. Shriver was a distinguished public servant and visionary leader. Along with his wife, the late Eunice Shriver, he was the founding director of the Peace Corps, the Office of Economic Opportunity and the Special Olympics.
The Georgia Department of Transportation has struck the perfect balance between sensitivity and safety with the introduction earlier this month of a formal plan for memorializing those who die on state and federal roadways.
State Rep. Rich Golick, R-Smyrna, is one of the more able members of the Georgia General Assembly and a serious young man not given to hyperbole. When he gets upset, it is noteworthy. Golick went ballistic last week when the Mexican Ambassador to the United States, Arturo Sarukhan, came to Atlanta specifically to criticize a couple of pieces of proposed legislation regarding the estimated 425,000 illegal (a key word) immigrants in the state of Georgia. Golick is chairman of the House Judiciary (non-civil) Committee, in which one of the bills is being deliberated.
I've heard it said that no one understands the sacrifices of the military lifestyle more intimately than the children of a soldier. I tend to agree.
Editor, At Snelson-Golden Middle School, some administrators seem to have their priorities a bit confused.
There are varying opinions about the origin of St. Valentine's Day. Some say it was named after a priest in the times of the Roman Empire named Valentine.
On Oct. 12, 1870, Gen. Robert E. Lee died from complications of pneumonia after having a stroke a few days earlier. He died as a man without a country. Just after Lee surrendered in April 1865, he applied to President Andrew Johnson for amnesty and the restoration of his citizenship. For some reason, Lee did not get the oath-of-allegiance paper fixed at that time.
We love trees - especially at this time of the year! Georgia Arbor Day, which is celebrated annually on the third Friday of February, is this Friday. In honor of Arbor Day, we will give out more than 230 trees to be planted in our community this year.
Day 7 (Jan. 31): In my seven years of serving in the state legislature, this session has started off slower than any other. Compared to other sessions, very few bills have been introduced and, with most of our focus on the budget and saving HOPE, many issues have been put on hold.
The Georgia General Assembly is sprinting to complete the work that is essential to our state within the 40-day legislative session, as required by our Constitution.
In 2011, after years of debate and after the resignation of a Georgia House speaker, members of the state General Assembly still don't know how to say "no" to gifts from the companies and special interest groups they regulate on behalf of all Georgians. They are still accepting gifts, and they're accepting them by the bucketful.
I love summer, but something's really been bugging me - bugs.
It often amazes me how many words of kindness and encouragement I receive for the stories I tell. Often, a reader will write, "You don't know me, but I feel that we are friends."
In many Georgia counties, the lack of - or gaps in - many public records is blamed on the Union Army's monthlong march through Georgia in the winter of 1864 when, in fact, the real reasons are a century and a half of complacency on the part of some officials entrusted to protect and preserve such records, lack of proper recordkeeping techniques, shoddy and inept recordkeeping practices, corruption, fraud, intentional alteration or destruction of records, and the lack of appropriations required to properly store and preserve such records.
Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Obama administration to allow Obamacare subsidies to flow through HealthCare.gov. This is a disappointment for the rule of law and for the states that have fought to keep some of Obamacare's flawed policies out of their states.
Editor, The board of directors of Seven Ministries Inc. would like to thank the community for its support of our annual fundraiser, The Jackie Gilliard-Henderson Memorial Scholarship Walk-A-Thon. We had a record turnout and raised enough funds to award scholarships as well as help support our other programs.
Dr. Michael Adams, former president of the University of Georgia, has announced he is returning to Pepperdine University, located in the wilds of Malibu, California, to become chancellor effective Aug. 1. He had once been that institution's vice president of university affairs.
Editor, On the afternoon of June 20, my quiet neighborhood of Sharon, Lesa and Elaine streets bordering the usually serene Irene B. Thomas Park was basically "occupied" by a large, loud motorcycle group. I called the Hinesville Police Department and was informed by the HPD that about four or five people called about this incident. The motorcycle group involved about 30-40 motorcycles and had two individuals on private property on Sharon Street near the park entrance videotaping their entrance. Thankfully, the Hinesville police responded in force, and the "occupying force" quieted down and left in an orderly manner.
You won't often see so many history-making events crammed into such a small period of time, but that was the case last week with three huge stories breaking in a little less than 30 hours - a bonanza for those of us who work in the news industry.
O.C.G.A. § 15-6-51 makes the unauthorized practice of law illegal. Specifically, it bars any person other than a duly licensed attorney at law of this state from rendering or furnishing legal services "of any kind in any actions or proceedings of any nature."
A friend of mine - long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations - called one day to announce happily that she was learning to "let things roll right off my back."
One of the most challenging elements that businesses have to grapple with in maintaining attractive venues is the cigarette litter that people dispose of in parking areas and sidewalks.
Editor, I'm coming to our community to say thanks for all of your help and assistance. So many of you have given in the past years to MaMa Irene's Outreach. Through all of you, I was able to help a countless number of families who were in need with clothes, furniture, appliances, Christmas toys, Easter baskets and school supplies.
On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court again upheld a key component of the Affordable Care Act against a politically driven effort to dismantle the law through the court system. The King v. Burwell ruling protects tax credits in states such as Georgia that chose to use the federal healthcare.gov marketplace rather than create their own state-based health-insurance exchange.
Editor, The Board of Directors of Liberty County Manna House would like to acknowledge and thank: Hinesville Rotary Club, GeoVista Credit Union, Coldwell Banker Holtzman Realtors, City of Hinesville and Liberty Regional Medical Center for their efforts in collecting and donating more than 500 jars of peanut butter and jelly. A special thanks to the Rev. Doug Harn, who graciously allowed us to use his truck to move all this food.
Five young men, ages 18-23. Two college graduates. Two currently attending college. The youngest headed that way this fall. All good students. All excellent athletes. All standing resolutely before a large assemblage to pay tribute to their grandfather, Rob Neely, who passed away recently after a courageous battle with cancer. And what a tribute it was.