I want to thank my hosts, the 1st Brigade, for inviting me to experience the National Training Center for three full and busy days last week. I learned much from the experience and hopefully I will be more "in tune" when I cover the military beat because of that brief experience in the Mojave Desert.
Well, I managed to e-mail one story to my editor about the 1st Brigade's medical company, Charlie Company, by last Wednesday evening. Being computer challenged, I had help from several patient young soldiers.
A buzz-generating "Saturday Night Live" skit mocked President Barack Obama for not yet having accomplished anything. Not fair. Obama has been on a roll.
When Public Affairs Officer Maj. Vince Porter invited me to be the 1st Brigade's "guest" at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., last month, I jumped at the chance.
I am having an identity crisis. Identity crises are much more serious than mid-life crises. For the latter, you can buy a toupee or a convertible or visit a tanning salon. If you have an identity crisis, you tend to talk to yourself and people assume you are nuts.
We have a debate swirling through our neighborhood. No it's not whether the recent health-care reform bill will bankrupt America or improve our lives. And it's not whether Iran really has an underground nuclear facility designed to develop weapons.
The revelation of an Iranian uranium-enrichment facility buried in a mountain at an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps base near the religious city of Qom might seem ominous. If, that is, the Iranians were determined to develop a nuclear weapon.
A central aspect of the art of politics in Washington is getting information to the people. Determining what the White House, Congress and the people will focus on - and, just as important, what the content of debate will be - preoccupies politicians at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, and legions of lobbyists, pundits, strategists and consultants.
The East Liberty County American Legion Post 321 and the Liberty County Veterans Council have announced plans for a Veterans Day Parade through downtown Hinesville.
A young man asked recently if I would write a letter on his behalf, recommending him to the University of Georgia. That was an easy request. The lad is as bright as a newly-minted penny and I have no doubts that if UGA remains his first choice, he will excel there as he has done in one of the more academically demanding, private schools in our state.
Two weeks ago, President Obama presented his health-care proposal to the nation in a joint session of Congress. In the past 50 years, joint sessions of Congress have been called only 15 times.
If diplomatic pusillanimity was the aim, President Barack Obama's decision to abandon our current missile-defense plans in Eastern Europe must be regarded as a masterstroke.
One of the biggest and most important issues for Americans right now is the health care reform being debated in Congress. This issue touches every single one of us and I am glad to see so many Georgians and so many Americans engaged on this issue.
Sen. Eric Johnson, the Republican lawmaker who has represented most of Liberty County in the Georgia Senate for the past decade, has gotten quite a bit of praise for his decision to give up his seat to concentrate on his campaign for governor.
I don't know how Jimmy Carter can look himself in the mirror. He has made hypocrisy an art form.
Nostalgia is popular these days: Retro fashions, disco and '80s pop, "Throwback Thursdays" on social media. What's old is new again, what used to be hip turned square and then back to cool.
For many environmental organizations in Georgia, Earth Day will never be the same.
Editor, My hat goes off to the Tri County RC Flyers for their recent airshow and the thousands of dollars they raised for wounded veterans. Unfortunately, the Courier's story contained a description of the Wounded Warrior Project organization that was misleading and is inaccurate. It read "… which helps veterans wounded in conflict…"
Editor, My wife went grocery shopping the morning of Aug. 21 with our 2-year-old son. While shopping, she bumped into another shopper along the way several times and made small talk. My son started to get bored and upset, so my wife cut her trip short and headed to the checkout.
It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa this is one with a quick cure.
I am fascinated by how other countries approach recycling. I recently visited a website called Recycle More from Ireland. Their approach, like so many European countries, is detailed. They expect their citizens to make the effort to recycle as many items as possible. And they certainly don't limit their recycling to plastic bottles and aluminum cans. There is no one-stop drop-off for many items. If you are Irish, you take electronics back to electronic shops, batteries to shops that sell them, etc.
As an unusually mild, rainy summer was melting away - or rather, frosting its way into autumn - I took to noticing signs that our mountain people always have used to judge the forthcoming severity of winter.
Football season is upon us. I'm sure some of you are thrilled about its arrival. I am not.
We are constantly reminded that the world is a very deadly place - not just for our military personnel - but also for members of the Fourth Estate. Some journalists working in dangerous regions in a globe full of conflict will not return home. The latest: 40-year-old James Foley. His gruesome death at the hands of ISIS has been available for all to see.
The regional transportation sales-tax referendum failed two years ago across most of Georgia. So it's encouraging to see movement again, in the form of a joint study committee on transportation funding that met Aug. 5 for the first of seven meetings around the state before the legislative session.
Editor, I would like to respond to the Long County audit for the year ending June 30, 2013, which is - needless to say - a joke.
Rap! Rap! Rap: "The special called meeting of the Loyal Order of Liberals will come to order. Let's begin the meeting as we always do - with the Liberal Pledge of Allegiance:
Editor, I lost a friend last week. I lost a longtime coworker. I lost an Army comrade, though we never served together nor did we share "war stories." And Liberty County lost someone who was a loyal, extremely dedicated and tireless worker until his "untriumphant" retirement last year.
A while back, a messy problem loomed ahead. I don't like confrontation. If that makes me less than a person then consider me to be itty bitty. Life, I figure, is too short for squabbling. My motto is "whenever possible, step out of the way."
My 2-year-old daughter, Reese, adores the Disney movie, "Frozen." I admit, it's a cute flick with plenty of catchy tunes and even a few good one-liners. There's one part, however, that I'm having trouble explaining to Reese, and I fear I'll have even more difficulty with it as she gets older.