In what may well be the single most significant report made to the General Assembly this session, a panel charged with reviewing the state's tax code and making recommendations regarding it will present its findings to legislators and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle on Monday.
I've gained 12 pounds since my husband's return. Twelve pounds. That means that all of the hard work I put into diet and exercise to impress him lasted for all of that one welcome home night before the effects started to quickly disappear.
Many people are welcoming 2011 with hope and optimism by taking on New Year's resolutions to improve the quality of their lives. Our society has put a lot of emphasis on New Year's - new beginnings and starts, makeovers, new relationships, new cars, habits, weight loss, optimism, achievement and other initiatives for self-improvement. Between 40 and 45 percent of all Americans set New Year's resolutions, but statistically only 8 percent succeed. Maybe that's because people overlook the best resolutions, which focus on improving the quality of our existing relationships.
Oh great. Now, the Obama administration is getting involved in public education in Georgia. That's all we need. The deft touch of an inept federal government.
I love the first of the year. It is fresh. It is a really good time to throw out the old and bring in the new. Phone books are a good place to start. The new ones should be here in a few days and the old ones must look pretty raggedy by now. It is time to give that old book the boot and make room for a new book in your life. But don't just toss them in the trash. Turn your phone books in so they can be recycled.
On Jan. 10, Nathan Deal will be sworn in as the 82nd governor of Georgia.
The text of ObamaCare is dry and legalistic, except when it summons the majesty of the King James Bible to intone imperiously, "the secretary shall ..."
Good grief! I haven't gotten used to writing 2010 yet and 2011 is here.
Gov.-elect Nathan Deal has surveyed the state government's bleak financial outlook and declared that layoffs of state employees will be part of the answer to closing a nearly $2 billion hole in next year's budget.
"Do you have your pot of 'hoppin' john' cooking?"
Do you have room to add one more New Year's Resolution to your list? I have a really good one for you. Set a goal this year to volunteer! There are many good reasons to do so. You can help others and make our community a better place. However, you may not realize how good volunteering is for you, too!
Now that 2011 is almost here, you may want to make some New Year's resolutions. Planning to volunteer? Go to the gym more often? Learn a new language? All worthy ambitions, of course, but this year, why not add some financial resolutions as well?
In 1981, Francois Mitterrand swept to power in France in a watershed election. He united the left and fired the imagination of the country's youth, who danced in the streets on election night in a frenzy of revolutionary anticipation.
Once on "The Andy Griffith Show," Ernest T. Bass tried to join the Army. Several times, Barney says comically, "He's a nut!"
Someone asked the question, "Is Buddy Carter beholden to oil?" Would approximately $400,000 from a super PAC in Texas that represents big-oil interests mean anything? After all, the folks in Texas want Georgia to have good representation in Washington.
April certainly was the month for showers this year.
What if you were told that 95 percent of Georgians are using a product that may not always be the best value for money?
A college education in Georgia just got less affordable. Tuition is rising again in the wake of cuts in state funds for the university system. The HOPE Scholarship covers far less than it used to, and many students do not receive it. A college degree is more important than ever, yet it may be priced out of reach for many students.
Editor, I, along with many other Americans, breathed a sigh of relief at the news that the six officers involved in the Freddie Gray case in Baltimore will face multiple charges. The death has been ruled a homicide. This is a great day for the cause of justice in our country.
Georgia lawmakers left town earlier this month after producing a 2016 state spending plan that invests no more money overall for health care than last year. Georgia ranks near the bottom of all states for health-care investment, and the consequences include hundreds of thousands of uninsured Georgians and hospitals that struggle to stay afloat.
Editor, When 1st Congressional District U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter spoke before Richmond Hill High School students on the issues surrounding Kinder Morgan's Palmetto Pipeline, he stated, "I suspect many of you drive, and gas is expensive. … Having a pipeline could help that. … So sometimes, we have to make tough decisions" (coastalcourier.com, April 17, reported by Jeff Whitten).
What time is it, boys and girls? It's time for Answer Man! Time to dip into the ol' mailbag and see what is on your mind and show you how little is on ours. While we can't guarantee total and complete accuracy in our answers, it is Answer Man's opinion that this won't matter because if you knew the answer, you probably wouldn't have asked the question in the first place.
Editor, I canceled my reservations for the State of the City luncheon. Don't need to go. I see by the two recent boondoggles to Washington, D.C., and St. Simons Island that the city of Hinesville is in "rock solid" shape financially.
Editor, This will be my only commentary on the Hinesville City Council meeting of April 16.
Editor, Why would representatives of Liberty County have to go to St. Simons to hold a meeting when there are many places in Liberty County and Fort Stewart? As usual, they don't care how they spend our tax dollars - travel, hotel and food. And what did they talk about? How to take more of our money and waste it on SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax).
It is that time again!
In theory and by law, businesses in Liberty County are supposed to charge customers only 6 percent sales tax. That has been the case since April 1, when the county's Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax expired because a majority of voters chose not to renew it during the November election.
Fifteen months ago, a local reporter asked me if there was any interest within the General Assembly in taking on the medical marijuana issue for the 2014 legislative session, and I told him, emphatically, that there was none and that I did not foresee that issue coming up anytime soon in Georgia. Then, a week later, I met a little 4-year-old girl named Haleigh and her courageous mom and dad, and was I proved ever so wrong.