This has been a difficult year for all of us, as we have watched the stock markets sputter, housing values plummet, and banks crash. Too many Americans are struggling to make their mortgage payment, and wonder how they will ever be able to afford to retire. Many people are wondering if regular citizens are ever going to be able to stop bailing out big companies.
America as we know it might not exist without the battles of Saratoga and Yorktown, without Gettysburg and Antietam. The world the United States shaped so decisively in the 20th century might have looked different if it weren't for Normandy and Midway.
Former Sen. Sam Nunn is leading a group of big hitters in the Atlanta business community in a campaign to recruit support and raise cash for Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. They're asking for contributions of $5,000 to $30,000 from each for the Obama Victory Fund.
One fall morning I was running on the road when nine wild turkeys crossed in front of me. Uncle Bill and the other farmers were pulling corn nearby, and the turkeys must have been gathering spillage. While I was gaping at them, anticipating their flight, a sharp-shinned hawk rushed from the woods and flew directly over me.
As Congress struggled to stave off financial meltdown recently, it was hard to imagine that it could ever face a more serious issue. Yet from time to time it does: When it ponders whether or not to send young Americans to war.
The Bush years will be remembered for the cruel triumph of realism over illusion.
The belt-tightening called for by Gov. Sonny Perdue is being accomplished with some astonishingly commonsense measures in Georgia government. The Georgia Building Authority followed the example of ordinary Georgians, who often must implement simple cost-cutting measures to make ends.
Never pay a root doctor in another state with a rubber check for casting a voodoo curse on a political rival. If you do, the dark spell is liable to bounce back, just like the check.
Any day now, pregnant right whales will arrive in the shallow waters off the coast of southern Georgia and northern Florida, their calving grounds. Between 20 and 35 females and juveniles make the journey south each fall.
What it really comes down to is osmosis.
The latest efforts by consultants working for the Jekyll Island Authority are all too familiar in government programs when there is a basic disconnect between the mission of the agency and the motives of those in charge. The fallacies in this venture are perhaps best captured by the classic diagnosis, "The tail wagging the dog."
Congress has passed a bill that we're told was needed to save our economy. And it probably was, but taxpayers should still keep their eyes on several fundamental truths.
Both presidential candidates may be running on platforms of change. But the odds against change infecting Georgia's congressional delegation on Election Day are at least 100 to 1.
I have been very interested these past few months in the economic crisis that has come to roost in the financial palaces of America. This is because for years now I have possessed a fundamental disagreement with our economic system.
Congress will never regain the faith of ordinary Americans until its members win their trust. This appears to be a long way off.
Nostalgia is popular these days: Retro fashions, disco and '80s pop, "Throwback Thursdays" on social media. What's old is new again, what used to be hip turned square and then back to cool.
For many environmental organizations in Georgia, Earth Day will never be the same.
Editor, My hat goes off to the Tri County RC Flyers for their recent airshow and the thousands of dollars they raised for wounded veterans. Unfortunately, the Courier's story contained a description of the Wounded Warrior Project organization that was misleading and is inaccurate. It read "… which helps veterans wounded in conflict…"
Editor, My wife went grocery shopping the morning of Aug. 21 with our 2-year-old son. While shopping, she bumped into another shopper along the way several times and made small talk. My son started to get bored and upset, so my wife cut her trip short and headed to the checkout.
It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa this is one with a quick cure.
I am fascinated by how other countries approach recycling. I recently visited a website called Recycle More from Ireland. Their approach, like so many European countries, is detailed. They expect their citizens to make the effort to recycle as many items as possible. And they certainly don't limit their recycling to plastic bottles and aluminum cans. There is no one-stop drop-off for many items. If you are Irish, you take electronics back to electronic shops, batteries to shops that sell them, etc.
As an unusually mild, rainy summer was melting away - or rather, frosting its way into autumn - I took to noticing signs that our mountain people always have used to judge the forthcoming severity of winter.
Football season is upon us. I'm sure some of you are thrilled about its arrival. I am not.
We are constantly reminded that the world is a very deadly place - not just for our military personnel - but also for members of the Fourth Estate. Some journalists working in dangerous regions in a globe full of conflict will not return home. The latest: 40-year-old James Foley. His gruesome death at the hands of ISIS has been available for all to see.
The regional transportation sales-tax referendum failed two years ago across most of Georgia. So it's encouraging to see movement again, in the form of a joint study committee on transportation funding that met Aug. 5 for the first of seven meetings around the state before the legislative session.
Editor, I would like to respond to the Long County audit for the year ending June 30, 2013, which is - needless to say - a joke.
Rap! Rap! Rap: "The special called meeting of the Loyal Order of Liberals will come to order. Let's begin the meeting as we always do - with the Liberal Pledge of Allegiance:
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.