Editor, We read the article regarding Chandra Brown, the Ogeechee Riverkeeper, with great interest and appreciation. This article recognized an individual who deserves our thanks and highlighted a few of the many contributions that Ms. Brown has made to this county, nearby coastal counties and the state of Georgia. She will indeed be difficult to replace.
On Thursday, the Georgia General Assembly completed its 13th legislative session day. The highlight of the week was the House passage of the FY2011 amended budget. In addition to the amended budget, several bills were debated by lawmakers. Legislation is picking up and more bills are making it through the committee process and onto the House floor for consideration.
Day 11 (Feb. 7): As we began last week, we welcomed the Leadership Liberty County group to the Capitol. After pictures with the governor and a tour of the House chambers led by Rep. Al Williams, I had the privilege of leading the group on a tour of the Senate chambers.
There is a complicated mathematical symbol practically unknown to the House Appropriations Committee. It's called the minus sign.
For the second time in a little more than a year, University of Georgia fans once again are mourning the passing of the latest in the line of the school's bulldog mascots. And, lest we forget, the Seiler family of Savannah, which has provided the Ugas for half a century, has lost family pets.
Editor, We had a wonderful time at the centennial birthday celebration for Ronald Reagan, which was sponsored by the Southwest Georgia Republican Women. It truly was an honor to meet Reagan's son, Michael, and share some of my stories of respect and admiration for his father. At the state funeral of our late President Ronald Wilson Reagan, I was one of two American citizens selected to make a global tribute, which was televised around the world. See the video on YouTube titled "Flagman Reagan State Funeral."
Editor, The Community Action network, made up of 1,000 community action Agencies nationwide, is deeply saddened at the recent passing of R. Sargent Shriver. Mr. Shriver was a distinguished public servant and visionary leader. Along with his wife, the late Eunice Shriver, he was the founding director of the Peace Corps, the Office of Economic Opportunity and the Special Olympics.
The Georgia Department of Transportation has struck the perfect balance between sensitivity and safety with the introduction earlier this month of a formal plan for memorializing those who die on state and federal roadways.
State Rep. Rich Golick, R-Smyrna, is one of the more able members of the Georgia General Assembly and a serious young man not given to hyperbole. When he gets upset, it is noteworthy. Golick went ballistic last week when the Mexican Ambassador to the United States, Arturo Sarukhan, came to Atlanta specifically to criticize a couple of pieces of proposed legislation regarding the estimated 425,000 illegal (a key word) immigrants in the state of Georgia. Golick is chairman of the House Judiciary (non-civil) Committee, in which one of the bills is being deliberated.
I've heard it said that no one understands the sacrifices of the military lifestyle more intimately than the children of a soldier. I tend to agree.
Editor, At Snelson-Golden Middle School, some administrators seem to have their priorities a bit confused.
There are varying opinions about the origin of St. Valentine's Day. Some say it was named after a priest in the times of the Roman Empire named Valentine.
On Oct. 12, 1870, Gen. Robert E. Lee died from complications of pneumonia after having a stroke a few days earlier. He died as a man without a country. Just after Lee surrendered in April 1865, he applied to President Andrew Johnson for amnesty and the restoration of his citizenship. For some reason, Lee did not get the oath-of-allegiance paper fixed at that time.
We love trees - especially at this time of the year! Georgia Arbor Day, which is celebrated annually on the third Friday of February, is this Friday. In honor of Arbor Day, we will give out more than 230 trees to be planted in our community this year.
Day 7 (Jan. 31): In my seven years of serving in the state legislature, this session has started off slower than any other. Compared to other sessions, very few bills have been introduced and, with most of our focus on the budget and saving HOPE, many issues have been put on hold.
Many Republican leaders are leery about having their name attached to the GOP's replacement for Obamacare, a health care overhaul they have demonized since ...
March Madness is in full swing. Today begins "The Sweet Sixteen." That means that the final 16 teams in the NCAA basketball tournament are playing ...
I regret I won't have time this week to get into the details about how Barack Obama managed to wiretap Donald Trump's shoelaces ...
The Senate spent Days 32-35 of the 2017 legislative session considering bills that passed the House of Representatives.
We are continuing to participate in the 19th annual Great American Cleanup in Liberty County.
It's early in his presidency, but already Donald Trump has faced one controversy after another. None has been more perilous to him than the ...
Editor: News stories from all over the nation are now focused on the fact that President Trump's immigration enforcement is causing problems for illegal ...
After almost two decades of doing this, you think I would have figured out by now what pushes your hot button. For example, I wrote ...
At Middlebury College earlier this month, Charles Murray needed a safe space - literally.
March 12-18 is Sunshine Week. Launched in 2005, the initiative promotes open government and pushes back against "excessive official secrecy."
David Ralston is now being mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2018, which leads to an obvious question.
Editor: Just wondering if Dr. Lee gets $190,000 for three years of turmoil and discontent, then what does Mr. Carrier get for 33 years ...
The last few weeks have been busy for Keep Liberty Beautiful volunteers.
Editor: Senators Isakson and Perdue have proposed a bill for turning control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) over to Congressional oversight rather than ...
Steve Bannon blew a dog whistle for constitutional conservatives when he spoke of "deconstructing the administrative state" at the Conservative Political Action Conference.