In all fairness, Gov. Nathan Deal – and, in fact, any new Georgia governor – faces a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" conundrum in connection with marking their inauguration as the state's chief executive, and the issue of whether public or private resources are used to fund any festivities associated with their taking the oath of office.
Rats. I thought I could get out of writing a column this week.
It looks like Porsche has no problems with the new Georgia law that mandates that all companies with more than 10 employees use the free, federal E-Verify system to determine whether those people are in the country legally.
The 2011 General Assembly marked my seventh year as a legislator. Every year, I learn something new or am reminded of something along the way. This year certainly was no different. Here are a few things I either learned or was reminded of:
We invaded Afghanistan because the Taliban was harboring Al-Qaeda members and allowing them to train fighters who were willing to kill Americans. Now, 10 years later, we are still there but I don't think Al-Qaeda is. We now are fighting the Taliban, which, I admit, is a bad group, but not the correct target. We appear to be fighting the Taliban because the Afghans are unable to put together a sufficiently trained army to defend themselves. It is time for us to leave.
Gov. Nathan Deal recently signed into law SB 36, the Patient Safety Act of 2011, making Georgia one of the last states in the nation to implement a prescription drug monitoring program to combat the growing problem of prescription drug abuse.
Almost all military spouses can be divided up into two categories: passive and active. Recently I've experienced some confusion about which category I belong in. I've always considered myself rather passive when it comes to my position as the soldier's other half. I'm not much into Family Readiness Group meetings - although I probably should be - and I rarely find myself worrying about my husband's upcoming promotions.
For many of us, the observance of the fourth Monday in May has taken on special significance during our lifetimes. The long-term conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, in particular, have affected so many families and individuals right here in our community. Memorial Day also rekindles memories of our past, not only the aftermath of more dated conflicts, but also of customs observed during our childhood and beyond.
All over Liberty County - and most of the country, for that matter - folks are striking up grills for backyard barbecues, hitting stores for holiday sales and reveling in the fact that they don't have to go to work Monday.
Editor, Members of the junior class of Bradwell Institute would like to extend their thanks to businesses and members of the community who donated resources to help make this year's Georgia High School Graduation Test picnic possible.
Editor, On behalf of Georgia Coastal Youth Inc. (CEO Chris Stacy) and Seven Ministries (President Gary Gilliard), we would like to thank the community for its support of our efforts to raise funds for The Jackie Gilliard-Henderson Memorial Scholarship.
I may be prejudiced, but I think that Keep Liberty Beautiful has the best volunteers in the county - maybe even in the world.
• One of the greatest singing voices I ever heard and one of the most talented people I ever knew died last week and, yes, he was a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket through and through. Josh Powell lost his battle with multiple myeloma at the age of 70. He was an outstanding basketball player - a part of Tech's first NCAA tournament team in 1960 and captain in 1962. He was an Emory law graduate who spurned the profession to work with kids through the Josh Powell Summer Day Camp, which he began in 1972 and still is in operation today ...
I checked my pocket this morning and the only change that I could count on was two dimes and three pennies. Forget looking in my wallet. All that I have there are two $1 bills and family photos.
Editor, I read with great interest Len Calderone's article in the Wednesday, May 18, edition of the Coastal Courier titled, "Stand proudly as an 'unhyphenated American.'" I pretty much agreed with everything he said until he ruined it all by blaming liberals for the creation of ethnic "hyphenism" (his word, not mine).
It's true there are no silver bullets in education - no single change that will set every student on the path toward success. What's ...
It's generally considered impolite to take pleasure in other people's misfortunes, but sometimes you have to make an exception.
Lawyers, like kids, can say the darnedest things. That was proven during a recent hearing in Atlanta regarding an appeal by environmental groups of a ...
When we decided to visit the few remaining members of Tink's family who live in Connecticut and New York, we chose to drive.
Editor, Delet -Merge UpYes. Donald Trump is a horrendous human being and is unfit to be President. But, Trump is NOT a complete buffoon. Proof ...
When I was given the opportunity to write a piece for the City of Hinesville about something I am passionate about, I was drawn to ...
Editor, All those people who voted for Donald Trump must figure if he gets elected as our president he will pay off the national debt ...
When you walk by your kitchen garbage can, do you ever hear a tiny voice, crying "Help me! I want to be recycled!"
Now that Sarah Hyden-Smith and Iris Long had carved out a platform for Juliet's last-minute mayoral campaign, it was time to talk strategy.
If you write about legislative races in Georgia, the last few elections have been downright boring in their predictability.
Dear Public School Teachers:
Class, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder. In my long years on this planet, I never met a man with more class ...
Recently, I was privileged to lead a forum on race relations and policing at the River Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Columbus with ...