By now just about everyone who follows Georgia politics has heard about new Congressman Paul Broun's amazing victory over former State Sen. Jim Whitehead in the July runoff to fill the unexpired term of the late Charlie Norwood.
Good Samaritan: Many thanks to Jane Sweetin of Midway who recently rescued a Mississippi kite, a small relative of the swallow-tailed kite. She said he let her pick him up and take him inside, where she fed him raw meat that he readily ate. I called Nan at The Sanctuary on the Sapelo and Nan came immediately and picked up the bird. Jane said the bird actually would let her hold him and hand feed ...
I often hear people say they wish we had more local events for families to enjoy. I honestly am a little surprised when I hear that, because I think for a small community there are quite a number of events during the year.
The issue of immigration was, no surprise, the runaway winner in number of reader comments. I try to respond personally whenever I can; recently my reply to a number of messages was, "The mail I get from readers, and what I hear from some people I have interviewed, leave zero doubt there is widespread unreasonable fear of immigrants out there, masquerading as legit concern over immigration law enforcement." Which brought this shout: "SIR, YOU HAVE ...
Mr. Hickey, Having read your blog, it appears as though you want me to answer for someone else's quotes, which clearly I cannot do. The story was not meant to be an expose of the problems with juveniles in the county; it was coverage of a community event in which people discussed their personal displeasure with the current state of the county's youth population and what is/is not being done to cure the problem. The ...
WASHINGTON - This is the center of the storm in the debate over the Iraq War, George W. Bush's White House. The president is meeting in the Roosevelt Room with nine conservative journalists to discuss the war, and, as with a hurricane, the eye of the storm is unbelievably calm.
To characterize our community leaders as apathetic is unfair. Perhaps the accuracy in your statement lies in the inability to generate support. You were correct in your quote that "there is no reason that the room should not have been packed." That is where the TRUE apathy exists: there are too many parents that don't care. Unfortunately, for every group of parents that show no interest in their children, a small group of helpless ones ...
If you pay attention to the news or watch C-SPAN, you've no doubt got a pretty good idea of what members of Congress do. They work as legislators, serve on committees, negotiate policy with the White House, keep tabs on executive-branch agencies, argue for local concerns in Washington and help constituents caught in the federal bureaucracy.
You could have heard a pin drop in the normally noisy American Legion barroom in Marietta. Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank was about to appear on TV to reveal what he intended to do about star quarterback Michael Vick, accused torturer and serial killer of man's best friend. After about a minute of Blank on the tube, the geezer-bar crowd returned to their normal topics of conversation - playing golf and comparing doctors' visits. Blank ...
Any elected official who proposes raising gas taxes or fees to fund transportation infrastructure needs in Georgia is probably not planning on re-election. Yet every policy-maker knows the state needs an innovative approach and deep pockets to plan for a future without mind-boggling traffic congestion.
Greetings from Baghdad. It's reaching temperatures of 115 degrees here now and it would be easy to let it get to me down were it not for all the magnificent soldiers who surround me. No kidding, day after day I see our soldiers going after their tasks with the sort of enthusiasm that is uncommon to any other profession and it's inspiring. In the past few weeks, I have been telling you about what I ...
Johnson is identified by Viet Nam, Nixon by Watergate, Carter by a lousy economy, Reagan by ending the Cold War, H. Bush by Desert Storm, and Clinton by Monica Lewinsky. So by what will George W. be identified?
"America good! Al-Qaida bad!" - A trader in the Qatana bazaar, Ramadi, Iraq This is a sentiment the Iraqi trader felt safe to utter as a visiting U.S. general passed by, according to John Burns of The New York Times, only after a furtive glance "up and down the narrow refuse-strewn street to check who might be listening." In a microcosm, this is why we are finally making progress against al-Qaida in Iraq. The protection ...
When it comes to race in America, the instinct of left and right is to be clear-cut - binary, even. On or off, up or down, yes or no. Black or white, so to speak.
I have emailed Jack Kingston two times now. I feel that I have been pushed to the side or "swept under the carpet.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela has received much-deserved praise following his death
Since Midway's mayor and three city council members were re-elected, we can expect more of the incompetency that we have seen in the past four years. At last month's city-council meeting, the council voted to allow the mayor to sign a lease with the Liberty County Public Facilities Authority for a piece of what I consider to be worthless property. Councilman Terry Doyle, who opposed the lease, is leaving office at the end of the month.
Oh, the stories people tell. Not always good ones, mind you, but the kind that will make you fall down on your knees and thank the good Lord up above that you don't have a story like that.
Nothing is prettier than communities all dressed up for the Christmas holidays. Don't you just love all the lights, decorations and Christmas-tree lightings?
My daughter, Reese, started at a new day care two months ago. My husband and I had been pleased with her former day care until they went through several leadership changes, and the resulting policy alterations were disconcerting. The facility's lunch menu, which had been pretty healthy when we first enrolled Reese, took a turn for the worse - lots of processed, preservative-laden food; fruit drowning in sugary, heavy syrup; and snacks full of sodium ...
The holidays are a turning point in our lives every year.
If Congress and the federal government are really serious about holding down costs and lowering the deficit, then they will reject any idea by the State Department to build an all-new training facility for its personnel and staff in Blackstone, Va. It will instead turn all training functions and responsibilities over to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
Undersecretary of the Army Dr. Joseph Westphal stated that small businesses are critical to Army readiness.
It was as ugly as a warthog, but for the 11th time in the past 12 years, 38 of the past 50, and 65 out of 108, the University of Georgia -the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South -bested You-Know-Where Institute of Technology for the state football championship, 41-34.
Over lunch the other day with friends - all in the newspaper business - I mentioned that I occasionally speak at writers' conferences.
Let's start with the obvious: A democracy needs intelligence agencies. It needs to know what's happening in the world - and understand the plans of allies and enemies - to keep the nation prepared and secure.
My attempts at making more mom friends still are failing miserably. At this point, I'd probably try an online "matchmaking" site for women with children who are looking to befriend other women with children. Sort of like eHarmony, but with sippy cups and strollers. Actually, that sounds like a great idea because then I'd get to be very picky with my criteria, thus reducing the chances I'd get "matched up" with another mom I have ...
This is a wonderful time of the year! It is a great time to share your Christmas cheer with folks that you normally might take for granted.
The holiday season is suddenly upon us. Tree lots are full, Christmas candies are out in full force and the Black Friday sales are taunting us at every turn.
Editor, Mark your calendars, dress the young'uns, pack up the car and head east because Liberty County's east end is coming alive Saturday, Dec. 7.