"Government has an obligation to protect its citizenry," Sen. Carl Kruger boldly declares with his recent introduction of legislation in New York, "to ban the use of gadgets such as Blackberry devices and video games while crossing the street" (Reuters 02/07/2007).
America is suffering from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) on a national scale. Maybe it is due to the fact that most Americans today have grown up with television and their attention span runs only a short time due to commercial breaks. Americans expect instant gratification within a very short span of time.
U. S. troops are tasked with a very difficult and vital job, and it is up to us - the American people - to let them know how much we appreciate their sacrifices and efforts on our behalf.
Only when we design education around the individual needs of children will we achieve excellence. I have visited several schools throughout the state this session to share details of two of my priorities, which revolve around the fundamental belief that no two children learn at the same pace or in the same way.
Vision is one of those 20th-century words you don't hear much now, at least not in these parts. So when the v-word popped back into the headlines last week, some of us old-timers switched off the Weather Channel and took notice.
Once again some members of the Georgia General Assembly are trying to create another hoop for Georgians to jump through to get information that by rights belongs to them.
Republican Congressman Charlie Norwood dies at 65
A funny thing happened to convention-defying political courage, at least in the case of Sen. John McCain.
How can you declare a plant that occurs naturally on this planet that is provided by our creator for some divine purpose illegal?
When Alexander the Great was 20, he started his campaign to conquer the known world. Joan of Arc was 17 when she led a victorious French army at Orléans. Cleopatra became queen of Egypt when she was 18. Tutankhamun was 18 when he died as pharaoh of Egypt. By this age, he sired two children and ruled for 9 years. Hong Tiangui was the last king of the Heavenly Kingdom of Taiping (China) at the age of 16. History is full of young important leaders.
"Made in America." Where are our labels in the market place? Have you noticed they are nearing extinction in our department stores.
What happened? Just four months ago, Georgia was on top of the world. The Peach State had $500 million more than it needed to fund services. Plans had been carefully laid to take care of Medicaid, PeachCare (poor kids' medical needs) and state employees' pension funds.
With the destruction (or "murder," as trees are living organisms) of the 100-plus-year-old live oaks in Liberty County, we have made a choice with our voice or lack thereof to exercise it not to save these magnificent living statutes of our proud Southern heritage.
If House Bill 283 is enacted into law by the Georgia General Assembly, elected officials and staff of state and local government offices should reject the power it could give them to make the public take unnecessary steps to get public records.
For the past few months, the Coastal Courier family has been working on several projects - a new look for the newspaper, photo contests, a fundraiser and the creation of a youth advisory board to name a few.
A month ago, a friend of mine told me she went to work out at a local gym one morning in early January, but it was so crowded, she couldn't find a machine to use.
As I recently reported, one of the most important requirements of the Legislature is to set a budget for the state each year.
I started Feb. 24 with a meeting with my Senate budget analyst to review the public safety fiscal year 2015 budget proposal. After welcoming the anesthesiology assistants who were visiting the Capitol, I went to our caucus meeting before going into session.
As predicted in this space a few weeks ago, there is compromise legislation pending in the General Assembly regarding the Common Core curriculum, the controversial program which seeks to establish consistent education standards across the country.
This month, we will accept nominations for attractive local businesses in Liberty County.
This time next year, we will say goodbye to the 2nd Brigade on Fort Stewart.
Editor, Speakers are elected by House members to lead and serve them. Speakers tend to shape the majority agenda and protect their party's interests.
Any self-respecting Southern woman has a list of casserole recipes a mile long ready to bake at a moment's notice. You got a sickness or a death in your family? We've got just the casserole for you.
When it comes to parenting, there's a fine line between active participation and overinvolvement. That said, I am of the believe that moms and dads should take an interest in what their children are doing, from infancy into adulthood.
Editor, As an integral part of the business community in Liberty County, the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce has taken an official position in favor of two key pieces of legislation. During the last board meeting, the chamber's board of directors considered the legislation for the Georgia Full Accountability in Collection Taxes (FACT) Act of 2014 and the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013. The board voted to support both bills.
Editor, As a resident of Georgia's 1st Congressional District, I am an ardent supporter of term limits. I don't believe our nation's founders would like the idea of a man elected to represent the people making a career out of that trust.
Editor, In the recent editions of the Courier, I have read, with some remorse, articles about the proposed Hinesville bypass, tax dollars going to the MidCoast Regional Airport, a new SPLOST and renewed world-wide travel.
A majority of House members voted Feb. 18 in favor of legislation to expand the number of places where licensed persons can legally carry firearms. HB 875 includes the following provisions:
The return of spring-like weather allowed Georgia's legislators to reconvene at our state's capitol last week and attend to much pertinent business.
Day 22 (Feb. 17): Today we celebrate President's Day. While we would normally be off in order to observe the holiday, we are in session today to make up for some of the time that last week's inclement weather caused us to miss.