Former President Jimmy Carter recently said the Bush administration was "the worst in history" in international relations. Well, I will give President Carter some credence in knowing about a presidential administration being the worst. We can honestly say his administration was clearly the worst one during the past 100 years.
By Benita M. Dodd Vice president, Georgia Public Policy Foundation There's an extraordinary disconnect among Americans between our wants and our needs; in understanding how the choices we make impact the outcomes we bemoan. The latest example is the perennial astonishment over rising fuel prices, which bleed into every aspect of the economy. As Transportation Secretary Mary Peters warned in her visit to Atlanta this week, gas prices will continue to go up, up and ...
Georgia is the nation's sixth fastest growing state on a percentage basis and the fourth fastest growing on a numeric basis. The Peach State population is spiraling upward at an annual rate of nearly 15 percent per year. Close to 40 counties - mostly in north Georgia - exceed the 15 percent growth rate.
Blogger: Allan McQuown Subject: Schools becoming the new battleground for violence On May 4, I dropped my daughter off at Liberty High and I was pleased to see several armed law officers in the parking lot and walking the campus. I was glad to see them and, of course, this is a response to recent incidents including one student bringing a weapon to school and several threats of violence. However, I had to wonder ...
Editor, I was in the post office in Hinesville on May 16, and there was a very lovely lady standing in line before me. The line was very long and she insisted I go in front of her. I said no and thanked her but she stepped behind me anyway. (I use a walker and am unable to walk without one).
With June 1 approaching, perhaps it would be prudent to pay attention to the hurricanes, which will be hustling our way.
The front-runners in the Democratic presidential race have discovered the power of an idea whose time has passed - socialism in women's wages. Its power is in pandering to feminist voters, and its time passed because it never made any sense even when it was a bright, shiny new bad idea some 30 years ago.
Throughout the years, I've met with a lot of high-school and college students, and there's one question they come up with time after time: What, they want to know, is politics really about?
Good news for immigration advocates: This year's May Day rallies were yawners. In last year's huge marches, the involvement of radical-left groups like Communist Party USA and the Korea Truth Commission derailed the sputtering moves Washington was taking toward comprehensive immigration reform. This year, the much-smaller marches are a nonissue. But Congress and the president are still figuring where to go. The bill labeled as the latest compromise has been dubbed STRIVE, for Security Through ...
There are many things I don't like about Pres. George W. Bush, actually there are many things I don't like about him and many other politicians - Republican and Democrat. But I read something the other day that for once made me shout, "You go, boy!"
If they gave politicians awards for swimming against the national tide, Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss would win a gold medal.
In "A Beautiful Mind," her bestselling biography of mathematician John Nash, Sylvia Nasar describes the process whereby he went mad. He spun coincidences and unrelated incidents into a pattern utterly detached from reality.
The spirit reels at the immensity of 32 college students and professors randomly shot to death in their classrooms on a bucolic campus, and at the pain that will diminish but never go away for some families - at the unfathomableness of it all.
In my darker dreams, I picture being handcuffed and stuffed into the back of a police car, while yelling, "It wasn't me. It was the one-armed man!
By now, just about everyone in Georgia has heard about the disaster that was this year's General Assembly session.
Want to know what's causing a lot of people in Washington to work long hours right now? Here's a hint: it's not immigration reform or gun control or, for that matter, any other legislation coming down the pike. Instead, it's a pair of 3-year-old laws.
I always have liked print newspapers. Partly what inspired me was an American Girl movie about a 9-year-old girl living in the 1930s during the Great Depression. Her name is Kit Kittredge.
Another member of the U.S. House of Representatives has introduced yet another bill in a futile attempt to limit how long members of Congress can stay in office. The measure, authored by Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., would limit House members to three terms, or six years, and senators to two terms, or 12 years.
Dear public-school teachers in Georgia:
Editor, I am writing to express my shock and dismay over an incident I witnessed on May 9 in the early afternoon as I was leaving a hardware store. A young mother - and I use that term loosely - was severely and literally beating a small boy with a strap that looked like it had been made from a radiator belt. The child was screaming in pain and terror, and I felt compelled to stop and say something to the woman.
Last weekend, my husband and I toured the 2013 HGTV Smart Home in Jacksonville Beach. I am kind of a house-and-garden junkie, and I avidly record shows on HGTV to watch when I have time.
I'm finding it hard not to compare my child to others her age. Reese is healthy, communicative, active and right where she needs to be developmentally. At her 1-year checkup, our pediatrician was pleased with her growth and progress. He assured me she is hitting all of her milestones right on target. That news was music to my ears because, just like every parent on the planet, all I want is for my little girl to live a long, healthy, happy life.
MOULTRIE - Most of us have seen the Chick-fil-A signs that urge us to "eat more chicken." So would you ever expect to see one that says, "eat more crickets?"
Editor, I would like to extend my heartfelt apologies to those citizens who had planned to conduct business before the Midway City Council, others who were in attendance and to the citizens of Midway for the unprofessional conduct of the mayor pro tem and another Midway councilman at the May 13 council meeting. These two elected officials left the meeting in protest over a legitimate request for an oral reading of previous council minutes as ...
Editor, Midway Councilman Levern Clancy Jr. and Mayor Pro Tem Curtis Roberts Sr. should resign immediately from the Midway City Council. I was at the monthly council meeting Monday when past council meeting minutes were due to be read, which is the procedure according to "Robert's Rules of Order" - the rules that govern Midway's meeting procedures.
Editor note: This is the second of a three-part series. It is not running three consecutive weeks but over a four-week period.
Editor, Parents should be able to send their children to school with the peace of mind that they will remain safe and healthy. Given that today's children face more chronic health illnesses - asthma, diabetes, food allergies, etc. - than ever before, I take my role as a licensed, professional school nurse very seriously. I am grateful for the teachers, administrators and professional support staff with whom I work each day. They help to create ...
State Sen. Buddy Carter (R-Pooler) deserves thanks for taking a stand against the issuance of another wastewater permit to King America Finishing, the Screven County manufacturer believed to be responsible for the largest fish kill in the Ogeechee River in memory.
Last week, the Environmental Protection Division held a public hearing to solicit comments on the draft wastewater permit for King American Finishing in Screven County. The hearing was held at Effingham County High School in Springfield and, although I was not there, I understand it was well-attended.
David Pennington, the mayor of Dalton, is making noises about challenging incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal in the 2014 Republican primary.