"The assassination of Benazir Bhutto was not an attack on this brave woman alone; it was an attack upon democracy, freedom and the United States." This statement by Asa Hutchinson, former undersecretary of homeland security, was typical of the reaction of the American political and media establishments.
When it comes to progressive climate change initiatives, Georgia's legislators distinguish themselves by leading the opposition. Our state's national reputation hit a new low last year on both environmental and economic development issues when Georgia legislators at the National Conference of State Legislatures refused to adopt or recommend federal measures to address climate change issues, including global warming. Such measures incorporate targets for reducing carbon emission, plus investing in renewable energy and energy conservation.
From small time to over the hill, the conservative punditocracy is worried, very worried, that Spanish is taking over. Pretty mad about it, too.
MEDELLIN, Colombia - In what was once the most dangerous neighborhood of this, the world's most notorious city, a Sunday afternoon is a bustling, joyful affair. The scampering children and people sitting at tiny sidewalk cafes on the narrow streets would be fit subjects for a Colombian Norman Rockwell.
We are winding down the holiday season, the time of year when we each celebrate our faith with family and friends. We pause in the busyness of preparations to remember the blessings of togetherness, belonging, and traditions. Yet, there are many children in our state who have not been blessed as so many of us have with those things that we would emphatically say mean the very most to us - the gifts of family, love, security and safety. I'm talking about the many children across our state who have been abused or neglected and now live in foster care.
New Year's is a time for reflection on where we've been, the lessons learned, and how we can better ourselves for the future. Unfortunately, many resolutions to help our children better succeed in school have been broken.
During the recent CNN-sponsored Youtube debate, Republican candidates gamely responded to questions from supporters of Bill Richardson, Log Cabin Republicans, and the ubiquitous audience plant from the Clinton camp.
The holidays offer a special time to remember our many blessings as Americans - perhaps chief among them are the dedicated soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who protect our nation. Since assuming this post a year ago, I have been awed and humbled by our men and women in uniform who are carving for themselves a noble place in American history.
Last week, Mike Huckabee's Christmas ad generated an extraordinary amount of buzz among the national news media when Huckabee wished voters a "Merry Christmas" and referenced the "season of Christ's birth."
The New Year is a time of resolutions. It's a time when people commit to making a change in their life. Losing weight, changing jobs, saving money, making money, a new relationship, getting in shape, going back to school, or giving up smoking, are just some of the goals people set for themselves on Jan. 1.
It was not without humor that in the recent Spanish-language presidential debate, all but one of the Republican candidates pretended they did not know the ongoing verbal assault on immigrants is driving Hispanics away from the GOP.
The National Intelligence Estimate arguing Iran gave up its nuclear-weapons program in 2003 went public last month, instantly lessening the urgency of the domestic debate over how to handle Iran.
Most of the time, it takes a crisis or a near crisis situation to concentrate our thinking. It's amazing what human beings are capable of when faced with big problems. All we know at the time is that we need answers. These answers may not be obvious, but, the industrious people that we are, we go right to work looking for them.
I recently received an email from Enterprise Rent-A-Car entirely in Spanish. This was followed by a second email (en inglés estavez), which apologized for the previous email and offered me a 15 percent discount on my next rental.
Mike Huckabee is not running a substance-free campaign based on biography and applause lines. No, the former Arkansas governor has the distinction of advocating the most radical - and politically unsalable and substantively daft - proposal of any major presidential candidate of either party.
Editor's note: U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Georgia, and other area elected officials will contribute periodic columns during the upcoming legislative sessions. This is a report about orientation that he went through last week.
I was on St. Simons Island last week, scarfing down massive amounts of corn-fried shrimp at the exquisite little Georgia Sea Grill, when someone came to the table to inquire if Junior E. Lee had finished his analysis of the recent election. That really puffed up Junior when I told him.
Editor, Why did SPLOST fail? Just take a look at the article in Sunday's Coastal Courier: "City council looks at property-tax increase."
One afternoon, I had a hankering, a primal-like craving, for a supper of pinto beans and cornbread with a tall glass of cold, rich buttermilk thrown in for good measure and extra filling.
Typically, I use this weekly column to address parenting issues, reflect on challenges faced by (fairly) new moms and provide what I hope are amusing anecdotes that stem from daily life encounters with a toddler. This Sunday, though, I'm going to explore a topic that's more indirectly related to - but still very much a part of - child-rearing.
I really do love the holidays - but I cringe as we also approach the trashiest season of the year.
Editor, Hinesville Military Affairs Committee's second Veterans Salute was Nov. 1 at Bryant Commons, 438 West Oglethorpe Highway. It was a cold and windy day, but that did not stop or hinder our spirit.
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Editor, The members of Hinesville Military Affairs Committee would like to thank everyone in the community who contributed to the silent auction held during the second annual Veterans Salute on Nov. 1.
This is a story I shared with some of you a couple of years ago, but given the well-deserved tributes this week to our veterans, it seems an appropriate time to share it with all of you. It is about a terrorist; an honest-to-God terrorist. Not only does he not deny the appellation, he's proud of it.
At the Department of Veterans Affairs, we have one of the most noble and inspiring missions in government. I accepted this job and joined this mission to better serve you - our veterans - and improve the delivery of the care and benefits you have earned. It is our privilege to serve you, and I have made clear that as we move forward as a department, we will judge the success of all our efforts against a single metric - the outcomes we provide for veterans.
Over the years, I've crossed paths with many who were extremely successful as well as some who were such miserable failures that, as Mama liked to say, they "ain't worth the breath they draw."
I recently saw a meme posted to a social-media site that said something along the lines of "Having children: Your way of showing the world you no longer intend to be on time - ever."
America Recycles Day is coming up this Saturday and is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products.
In September 2009, I wrote a letter to the editor that began like this: