We certainly have a quarrelsome Congress. In recent weeks its members have been arguing about funding children's health insurance, whether to assert that the Turks committed World War I-era genocide against the Armenians, and what sort of energy policy should guide the nation.
It happened again at a school in Cleveland. And a repeat of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting was just prevented in Philadelphia. Horrible, insane, what is this world coming to? But overlooked in the media stories were why this is happening and who is responsible.
Is this it? That's the question that hangs over the Republican presidential field, and the answer is, "Yes, this is it - no shining conservative on a white horse, no new Ronald Reagan, is arriving to re-make this race."
Voting is an individual right that defines our nation and our democratic principles. Voting is our opportunity to voice our views to policy makers at all levels of government.
It feels like an almost weekly occurrence now. Something happens on Capitol Hill - the debate over our way out of Iraq, for instance - and before you know it, commentators are wrinkling their noses about politicians.
Late last spring, Congress came close to legalizing the importation of prescription drugs from abroad. Although the legislation failed, lawmakers are expected to consider a similar measure soon.
A federal judge has ruled that a Guantanamo detainee may not be sent to his home country because he might be tortured there.
Of all the crises endured by our state during the last century, none were more predictable than running out of water.
You'd think that when a country emerges from decades of dictatorship, its government would sympathize with countries still under dictatorship.
BAGHDAD - A war has probably never been so debated and so little understood as the one in Iraq.
Fall ushers in football season, and with football comes one of the biggest high school events of the year - homecoming, and often the decision whether to drink alcohol. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 110 youth ages 15-20 were killed as a result of underage drinking and driving during homecoming weekends in 2005.
Preparedness is a common goal of many teachers. Whether they are teaching kindergarteners the basics of shapes, colors, and the alphabet or teaching high schoolers trigonometry, they prepare our children to advance to the next level of learning. Preparation is important because it puts our students in a position to succeed. Too often though, our schools are not prepared for the thing that can end all of our efforts: school-age violence.
Georgia's rain shortfall and dire drought predictions have led to restrictions across the state on outdoor water use even though, as one county water conservation official admitted, "It's like driving on the interstate. You know that speeding is illegal, and you might slow down when you see a police officer on the side of the road, but once you pass him you go back to speeding."
There is much talk about the number of Georgians who would like to purchase health insurance but cannot afford it. There is less talk about Georgians who can afford health insurance but are "uninsurable" due to a pre-existing condition. A high-risk pool has been proposed to solve this problem in nearly every legislative session in the past 10 years. Unfortunately, the bill fails each year because of the cost concerns and questions about who should pay for it. There is a better solution. A new approach is now possible to establish consumer-driven health insurance plans as the basis for providing ...
This week we witnessed, yet again, the triumph of political skill and spin over substance from Georgia's statewide news media.
Editor, Have you ever received a gift that stands out in your mind more than others? Last year, 829 people in Georgia received gifts that will always have a great impact on their lives. It was the greatest gift of all - the gift of life. Will you help others receive this great gift?
It appears that Mayor Dr. Clemontine Washington really believes Midway is hers to rule. Midway's charter calls for a weak-mayor/strong-council system, which means the mayor should have no formal authority outside of the council.
For years, I blamed it on those royal-blue suede high-heel pumps. The ones with the ridiculously tall, spiked heel and absurdly pointed toe. I was 22 when I bought them, 36 when I donated them to the Salvation Army.
I don't believe in illness. OK, perhaps I should rephrase that - I don't believe in a minor illness' ability to keep me down. Unless I'm dragging a limb, hospitalized or totally unable to keep food down at all, I refuse to disrupt my ultra-busy daily routine to do silly things like "rest" or "recuperate."
I am not sure that I would make a good spy. I really like to be up-front about things, so I probably would blow my cover.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Georgia, as proclaimed by Gov. Nathan Deal. Child abuse is a subject I don't like to think about, let alone write about, and you probably would just as soon not read about. But it is there, and we need to acknowledge it and demand some solutions.
In the Georgia Legislature, even a relatively simple bill can turn into one of the most important pieces of legislation that is considered.
Just a wisp of time elapsed, and the almighty sand-gnat is back with a vengeance. Like a swallow returning to Capistrano or a martin to a gourd, the little varmints are back just in time for the Blessing of the Fleet. They just refuse to give up.
They all come with some kind of a price and all with a certain amount of disappointment, but still, Rodney keeps trying.
Call me an old-timer, but moms and dads just did things differently when I was a child. The overall approach to parenting seems to have changed so much. My parents fostered independence in my siblings and me. They wanted us to learn early on that we needed to be able to speak and do things for ourselves, and the sooner we understood that, the better off we'd be.
Editor, Hmm. I read in the Coastal Courier that Liberty County's government and various cities' political leaders have declared a war on blight. You know - yada, yada, yada.
In 1965, Wilbur Mills, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of the U.S. House.
Even by my impossibly high standards, this has been a good week. It began with a whack upside the head from a reader in South Georgia after I opined that those who want to change the way we teach our children in public schools ought to have their kids in public schools. I was referring to the efforts led by Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, to overturn the Common Core curriculum in the recent legislative session.
Having had time to reflect on the recently completed 2014 session of the Georgia General Assembly, it is with great regret that I have to say it was the most embarrassing performance by your state legislature that I can remember.