With the job losses and Georgia's unemployment rate hovering at 7.5 percent, a 25-year high, it is difficult to be positive. But we should not lose sight of the positives that exist and the underpinnings of our state and nation that will help us out of the current economic condition.
When Franklin Roosevelt was pounding on the evils of business at the height of the New Deal, the great economist John Maynard Keynes tried to pull him back: "It is a mistake to think businessmen are more immoral than politicians."
Unless you were under a rock, flying on a space shuttle or in a coma, you witnessed last week the bombshell that exploded across the nation's political landscape. FBI agents arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich at his home Tuesday morning, having heard him via wiretaps and listening devices allegedly engaging in a conspiracy to sell his appointment to fill President-elect Barack Obama's seat in the U.S. Senate. With the White House press corps decamped to Chicago to cover the Obama transition, they have given breathless coverage of the scandal.
I cannot tell you how many times I have seen a small business open up in my community and say to myself, "Oh, that's great, I'll have to get in there," and then drive by months later and realize that I have yet to make that first stop to see what this new venture is all about.
The three most prominent Democrats in national politics during the past two years - Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton - are all ascending from the U.S. Senate to the executive branch, creating open Senate seats for Democratic governors to fill.
Here's an idea to ponder. How does even our death affect the environment?
Barack Obama has succeeded where Hillary Clinton failed. She hoped to win a third Clinton term, but it is her vanquisher who is reconstituting the Clinton administration.
If you accept the predictions that huge growth is on its way to the eastern part of Liberty County the plan to build a sewage plant in the Tradeport East Business Center should be welcomed.
Georgia reporters, pundits, bloggers and political junkies are all trying to assess the meaning of the result of Tuesday's U.S. Senate runoff, which Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss won by an unexpectedly large margin. Chambliss, who fell just short of 50 percent on Nov. 4, bested Democrat Jim Martin by 14 points.
My friend Cody Laird is so passionate about longleaf pine forests that his wife sometimes wishes she were a longleaf pine.
I'm as interested as the next person in how Washington will work with Barack Obama in the White House, but there's an important question that's been missing. It has to do not so much with the new president as with the new Congress, and it should be high on every citizen's list of concerns: Will Congress live up to its responsibility to exercise robust oversight over the new administration?
Barack Obama promised the end of the era of lobbying as we know it during the campaign, but the National Marine Manufacturers Association didn't get the message. Nor did the National Automobile Dealers Association. Nor did anyone else who can make a case for getting any precious drops of the bailout money sloshing around Washington.
"I hope you have a lonely Thanksgiving," Ken no-last-name e-mailed me last week. He said he was a supporter of Sen. Saxby Chambliss. He was really mad at me for suggesting that old Sax might not be another Daniel Webster or Sam Nunn. I suppose Ken didn't read that I am betting a wad ($50) on his guy Saxby to win the runoff election against Democratic iron man "Boss Jim" Martin.
It was not Webvan or Pets.com this time. It was Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, AIG and Wachovia. Gone or sold for pennies on the dollar. It was $700 billion - taxpayer dollars - rushed through Congress to avert the "greatest crisis of our time." What actually happened, and what can we learn from it?
December 1 is a special day on my calendar. It's the birthday of one of my heroes, a man I've admired since we met exactly a decade ago. He's a champion of rivers, conqueror of polluters and destroyers, defender of wild things, campaigner for justice.
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.
If you still are not convinced about the benefits of recycling, let me share these facts provided by the Georgia Recycling Coalition.
As a general rule, I don't care much for TV commercials, except as an excuse to grab a snack or run to the bathroom.
Editor, The board of directors of Seven Ministries of Liberty County Inc. would like to thank the community for coming out in support of our back-to-school rally. The event was held Saturday, Aug. 2, at Rebecca's Place on Rebecca Street in Hinesville, and a crowd of more than 300 showed up. School supplies were given out, and food and fun were the orders of the day.
Last week, the second of two Americans infected with the Ebola virus arrived at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
I just learned of a book called, "Say Goodbye to Your Southern Accent."
It's time to talk trash for a few minutes.
This is the end, my friends. After writing this column for more than three years, it is time for me to move on. I also write for three magazines and the commitment to the magazines is starting to demand a lot of my time. I have enjoyed bringing you the latest information on Midway and hope that you will attend the monthly meetings to keep the mayor and city-council members on their toes.
It has become somewhat of an art for me, that of studying Southern culture and deciphering what makes us different from others, as well as downright peculiar among ourselves.
I recently enjoyed a week in my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, with my family. Usually, when I visit the best city in the country (my own personal opinion there), I only have a few days in which to squeeze in trips to my favorite restaurants, a little rest and relaxation, outings with relatives and an evening or two with old friends. So it was wonderful to have a little more time.
MOULTRIE - The first item in my emails today was: "How to get thin quickly."
Our veterans shouldn't need an act of Congress and a presidential signature to get the Veterans Affairs healthcare system up to speed. But that's just what it took.
Whistleblowers, often revered and feared by the Obama administration, have received a special place since the 2011 initiation of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a global transparency campaign. Their prominence is justified. The OGP will become a magnet for cynicism unless there is safe cover for those who will make it work or fail - whistleblowers on the front lines of fraud, waste and abuse currently sustained through secrecy and enforced by repression.