It's hard to be vision impaired. People who aren't just don't have a clue how difficult it makes life in so many ways.
These are extraordinary political and economic times, and even from a distance you can sense the animation on Capitol Hill as Congress watches President Obama distribute the stimulus package, weighs his executive-branch appointments and responds to his various initiatives.
The Governator: What a sad artifact of a bygone era that moniker is. Arnold Schwarzenegger circa the 2003 "total recall" election was going to sweep all before him as California governor, bringing the same elan and toughness he had on the big screen to fighting special interests and restoring his beloved state to competitiveness.
As the sixth week (24th legislative day) of Georgia's legislative session wraps up, many necessary items on the agenda were accomplished. The House passed out the mid-year budget this week, which is a relief for some. Overall, the bills that were passed covered a wide variety of issues.
If I were advising the national Republican Party on how to regain its footing, I would begin with a simple statement: "Take the money."
On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of hosting Army Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, commanding officer of the 3rd Infantry Division and Fort Stewart, in a formal visit to the Georgia House.
There's nothing like the feeling of independence that comes with getting one's first set of wheels. I got mine when I was 6 years old. Santa brought me a shiny red 20" Murray bike that Christmas, and I was so excited.
Computer hackers managed to hijack a digital road sign in Austin, Texas, a few weeks ago and change its message to "Zombies Ahead."
As the fifth week of Georgia's legislative session ended, numerous pieces of legislation were discussed. Activity has picked up as the budget requirements were made clearer with the addition of $465 million in federal funding for Medicaid. This additional funding has taken some of the pressure off the Medicaid funding parts of the budget which have federally-mandated requirements.
Last week, the House of Representatives approved HB 326, which I co-sponsored as a member of the House Game, Fish & Parks Committee.
What a waste! Johnny Isakson has announced for a second term in the U.S. Senate. He should be re-elected without much trouble. Instead of going for the Senate again, however, he ought to run for governor.
At its halfway mark, the legislature this week took steps in the areas of homeowner tax relief, job creation, economic development and food safety.
I've always been of the mind that new stuff is cool, and it never seems to bother me that the new stuff isn't always better.
Regarding the cash infusions that Congress approved last fall to shore up the U.S. banking industry, one thing is important to remember. That is that it will take time for those cash infusions to work their way through the lending system and get "into the streets."
The House of Representatives voted Thursday on two pieces of legislation that would take revenue decisions out of the hands of local government by freezing or limiting annual property assessment valuations.
Editor, The Long County Blue Tide Band is in great need of help from the surrounding communities.
Our Constitution makes the President the commander in chief, yet gives Congress the ability to declare war. By giving a role to each branch, it clearly considers the use of force to be a shared decision.
Last Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 124, a continuing resolution for fiscal year 2015 that will fund the federal government until Dec. 11.
Editor, I am tired of politicians using scare tactics to get voters to buy what they are selling. Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas said we need SPLOST to draw businesses because new businesses don't want to locate next to a shack. My question is, why do the shacks exist anyway? How many "shacks" will he replace if SPLOST goes through?
I have one of the most interesting jobs in the world.
Many local businesses work every day to make our shopping and business experiences pleasures by creating and maintaining attractive locations.
A few days ago I saw a television commercial where Bo and Luke Duke were brought back from the "Dukes of Hazzard" to promote some product. Once again they were in "The General" outrunning the law. I don't even recall the product they were hawking, but it made me stop and think about that old programming and just how juvenile it really was - just short of "Scooby Doo."
You know how attics are. They're filled with junk, Christmas stuff and memories that you can't toss away. As I was digging through boxes the other day, bound and determined to find a dress pattern from 15 years ago, I found a scrapbook from my high school FHA years.
Those who read my column know I give props to dads every June, when Father's Day rolls around. But I've been thinking lately that maybe my husband doesn't get enough credit for everything he does the rest of the year.
Editor, Veterans, did you know that when Congress passed legislation to provide caregiver assistance to our nation's most severely disabled warriors, they instituted willful discrimination the likes of which hasn't been seen since the oppressive days of Jim Crow laws?
I'm a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it's a tougher road today.
Not long ago, the national philosophy behind criminal-justice policy was to lock offenders away and teach them a lesson. This was popular with politicians who found that it played well before crowds, and it was popular in communities where prisons and jails created jobs. Some folks even seemed to celebrate the idea that prisons were real hellholes.
Seven or eight years ago, as our nest became empty, my wife and I began taking short road trips to destinations as far as three hours from home.
Editor, In the recent Courier article announcing Sen. Isakson's visit to Hinesville on Sept. 5, Isakson was quotes as saying, "As you may know, it takes the VA an average 478 days to make a determination on a VA claim. That's more than a year. Although there are signs of improvement, it's still taking too long."
The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. "Surely, you can find some positive things to write about," she said, "and temporarily take people's minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that."