To Brian and Thomas Yarbrough and Nicholas Wansley:
Georgia is blessed with all of the elements to become a leader in 21st-century job creation and economic development. Schools in its University System and other colleges and universities within the state are among the finest in the country. Dynamic pockets of entrepreneurial activity exist throughout the state. Entrepreneurial activity is at an all-time high. But Georgia has a problem.
As we start of a new year and another legislative session, it is time for us as legislators to focus on setting our agenda for the 2010 session. The budget will be our priority during the session. Other areas we will focus on include transportation funding, water concerns, and ethics reform.
Not long ago, I was speaking to a group of high-school students when one raised his hand, declared he wanted to run for Congress, and asked what he should study to prepare. I suspect my answer surprised him. I told him to study English.
Janet Napolitano is impressed with Janet Napolitano's work. In an instantly notorious statement on CNN, the Homeland Security secretary said "the system worked" when a man boarded a Christmas Day flight from Amsterdam to Detroit with explosives in his underwear that he couldn't quite manage to ignite.
Lead-footed drivers may finally be forced to start slowing down. Georgia's new Super Speeder law took effect Friday, imposing an additional $200 fine on anyone convicted of driving faster than 75 on a two-lane road or 85 on a four-lane road anywhere in the state.
Here is a list of 10 reasons to be optimistic for 2010.
I am a rich man, a man of incalculable wealth.
In less than two weeks, the 2010 Georgia State Legislature will be in session.
You can stick a fork in 2009. It is done. I can't say I am sad to see it go except that it puts me one year closer to the ultimate conversation with my Maker, who can't wait to hear my excuses for a life not lived as well as He and I would have liked.
Despite the undisputed effects of a crushing recession, many Georgia banks big and small are making loans and helping customers every day. Businesses and families are being funded, jobs are being created and mortgages are being modified.
Barack Obama's vibe used to be a cross between JFK and Beatlemania. Now it's fading into "Oh, him again?"
In the news, we all hear about the gravity of the state budget situation, a brief review of the basic budget math illustrates why budget writers are so concerned.
I wish I had been there, in Bethlehem. I wish I had witnessed the birth of the baby Jesus in that humble setting in a lowly manger. Was it really as cold that night as it is sometimes depicted on our Christmas cards or was it a cool and comfortable evening as it was predicted to be this year in Bethlehem?
I recently watched the classic film, "It's a Wonderful Life," and thought of my good friend Irene Myers. The part that hit me most was when Clarence, the guardian angel, told George Bailey, "Every time you hear a bell ring, an angel gets his wings."
President Barack Obama's recent move to allow seismic exploration of oil and gas reserves off the shores of Georgia and the Atlantic Coast has left many hopeful that the offshore drilling moratorium currently in place may soon be lifted. A new study by University of Wyoming energy economist Dr. Tim Considine indicates the degree to which such a move would benefit Georgians and our Mid-Atlantic counterparts.
Last Saturday, while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers that should not have been as hard as our scholar-athletes made it, former head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley's first team at UGA was recognized on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. As nice as that was, more - much more - needs to be done to honor the legendary Hall of Fame coach.
Cultivating a vibrant, productive community is a lot like growing a garden.
When Miss Ondia Mae died at 75, those of us who knew her marveled that she had managed to make it to the end of her life without winding up in the poorhouse.
Two pretty newsworthy events concerning children made headlines last week in Liberty County.
Editor, The Long County Blue Tide Band is in great need of help from the surrounding communities.
Our Constitution makes the President the commander in chief, yet gives Congress the ability to declare war. By giving a role to each branch, it clearly considers the use of force to be a shared decision.
Last Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 124, a continuing resolution for fiscal year 2015 that will fund the federal government until Dec. 11.
Editor, I am tired of politicians using scare tactics to get voters to buy what they are selling. Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas said we need SPLOST to draw businesses because new businesses don't want to locate next to a shack. My question is, why do the shacks exist anyway? How many "shacks" will he replace if SPLOST goes through?
I've seen people get into heated debates over a wide range of topics, running the gamut from the rules for hopscotch to whether we should abandon the electoral college concept.
I have one of the most interesting jobs in the world.
Many local businesses work every day to make our shopping and business experiences pleasures by creating and maintaining attractive locations.
A few days ago I saw a television commercial where Bo and Luke Duke were brought back from the "Dukes of Hazzard" to promote some product. Once again they were in "The General" outrunning the law. I don't even recall the product they were hawking, but it made me stop and think about that old programming and just how juvenile it really was - just short of "Scooby Doo."
You know how attics are. They're filled with junk, Christmas stuff and memories that you can't toss away. As I was digging through boxes the other day, bound and determined to find a dress pattern from 15 years ago, I found a scrapbook from my high school FHA years.
Those who read my column know I give props to dads every June, when Father's Day rolls around. But I've been thinking lately that maybe my husband doesn't get enough credit for everything he does the rest of the year.