Looking at ways to make Congress a stronger, more effective institution, it's easy for reformers to get dispirited by the sheer complexity of the task. How do you even begin to fix the budget process, or reduce the hold of campaign money on members' attention, or change the lopsided power equation between Congress and the White House? Yet there is one small improvement that Congress could put into effect that would go a long way toward making it a more successful body: extend the congressional work week.
Al Williams, Liberty County's only member of the Georgia General Assembly, has a gift for oration but the Midway Democrat also has a financial problem that is staining his reputation and adding to statewide image problems for the county.
If Dick Cheney had a fantasy scenario for how the Bush administration interrogation program worked, it might go like this: A top-level al-Qaida operative is captured, but resists traditional interrogation. He is then waterboarded, after which he becomes an invaluable resource. Eventually, the terrorist conducts tutorials on al-Qaida doctrine and operations for the benefit of American intelligence officers.
It has been eight years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington killed some 3,000 innocent people. How soon we forget.
Perhaps you've heard about President Barack Obama's planned speech to the nation's schoolchildren on Tuesday. If so, you probably also heard that it has created controversy, which comes as no surprise.
Some of my fondest memories growing up are of vacations my family and I spent at a Georgia State Park, camping at Elijah Clark State Park near Lincolnton.
The Obama team is saddled with a foundering health-care strategy. But it has a fallback plan - relying on the sheer dimwitted gullibility of the American public. How stupid do they think we are?
When I was at UGA, many years ago, I took a biology class as part of the required curriculum. One day, the professor asked the 300 of us in the class what we thought was the most important organ in the human body.
Sometimes you just can't help but feel sorry for Malfunction Junction, aka, the city of Atlanta.
Learning to live with bipolar disorder has been a long and difficult struggle. It took three hospitalizations and several different diagnoses to get the proper diagnosis of dipolar disorder type 2.
August is quickly coming to a close and families across Georgia are transitioning back into the normal school-year routine of homework, carpools and school buses, report cards and box lunches.
One of the few strictly accurate things that President Barack Obama routinely says about his health-care reform is that it's much bigger than just the so-called public option. Yet when his administration signaled that the public option could be dropped, the left threw a collective tantrum.
I was discussing with my son, Ken, the free-for-alls taking place in town hall meetings around the country as angry people confront members of Congress over the Obama Administration's current health-care reform proposals. It isn't all that surprising, he said, and it's not just about health care.
Right now, parents in the Coastal Health District are preparing for, or have already started, a new school year and are finding out who their children's teachers are and seeing the doctor to make sure their kids are healthy and ready to learn.
This week, the House Transportation committee had confirmation hearings for Georgia's first transportation planning director.
Last week, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter shared via this column his vision for public education in Georgia.
Yes, I know that I am, occasionally, prone to embellishment. But trust me when I say this is the law and the gospel: I have a longtime friend who only calls me when someone dies. Most times, I know the person, but sometimes I don't have a clue the person ever existed.
This month, we are making a positive difference for our local waterways by participating in the statewide Rivers Alive waterway cleanups.
Go get a flu shot. Also, make sure you're children get flu shots. It's a plain and simple set of instructions, but following them could save a life. Please, go do it.
The talking heads and politicians love to use the term, "boots on the ground." It sounds macho.
Editor, Perhaps Liberty County Commissioners Lovette, Stevens, Frasier and Gilliard need to pause and reflect some before they cast any future votes. I'm referring, of course, to their recent votes to open the polls on Sunday.
I have asked the two major gubernatorial candidates to talk to Georgia public-school teachers about their respective education platforms. This week, the floor belongs to Jason Carter, the Democratic challenger. Next week, it will be Republican Gov. Nathan Deal's turn.
A friend of mine, long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations, called one day to announce happily that she was learning to let things roll right off her back.
You drink it. You clean with it. You shower in it. You swim in it. You fish in it. You have fun in it.
Letting a child watch too much TV may be as bad for parents as it is for little ones. In fact, depending on which shows a child is allowed to watch, it may be worse for parents.
On Dec. 16, 1773, a group of demonstrators boarded ships in Boston Harbor. They threw chests of tea overboard to protest the British parliament's unfair tax on tea. It's time for the citizens of Midway and Liberty County to borrow a page from Boston's history book.
Last week, the Georgia Ports Authority approved allocating up to $3 million for maintenance of the shipping channel to the Port of Brunswick, marking the second-straight year the GPA has had to supplement federal funds for this project.
Over the next three years, as many as 60,000 military members are expected to return to Georgia. Already, 770,000 veterans call Georgia home. In fact, the Peach State is home to the fourth-largest population of veterans nationwide. In addition to those returning to Georgia, more than 10,000 service members will be transitioning from the state's Army installations - 4,000 from Fort Stewart alone.
If I die anytime soon - and I have no plans to do so at the moment - please see that the first paragraph of my obituary reads, "He was past president of the University of Georgia National Alumni Association." You can save for later paragraphs the part about my being often mistaken for Brad Pitt and my uncanny ability to put commas where they don't belong.
"It's a funny thing." That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make sense. Otherwise, I'll ponder, figure, study and try to decipher that funny thing until it's somewhat sensible.