The spirit reels at the immensity of 32 college students and professors randomly shot to death in their classrooms on a bucolic campus, and at the pain that will diminish but never go away for some families - at the unfathomableness of it all.
In my darker dreams, I picture being handcuffed and stuffed into the back of a police car, while yelling, "It wasn't me. It was the one-armed man!
By now, just about everyone in Georgia has heard about the disaster that was this year's General Assembly session.
Walthourville water problems
Editor's note: This is the second part of Williams' column that was published in Sunday's Courier highlighting legislation approved by the House of Representatives during the final week of the session.
Like so many of the soldiers I lead, I miss family and friends at home in the Coastal Empire and beyond. There is not a second that goes by that I don't think about the families and the community we left behind. Our reunion will be sweet for sure, but for now we do our duty and focus on the mission at hand.
This has been an extremely long session, but I am honored and grateful to represent the people of House District 165. Although the General Assembly adjourned our 2007 session at midnight April 20, all indications are that Gov. Perdue will call lawmakers back for a special session in the near future.
Wake up! Read this! Georgia needs a strict code of government ethics. Don't roll over and go back to sleep. Listen! This is serious.
Spinach might not seem to have anything to do with military operations. But there it is, in an emergency supplemental bill to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: $25 million for California-spinach growers, whose vigorous, martial-like spinach-growing had heretofore not been seen as part of the war effort.
During the past year or so, I have noticed many of my fellow Americans are hopping aboard the Bluetooth bandwagon.
Iran wants to quit the international community, but the international community won't let it. No act of warfare against the civilized world, no defiance of the United Nations, no violation of international norms, no brazen lie is ever enough to mark Iran as unworthy of outreach, dialogue and the art of sweet persuasion.
With the aftershock of the Virginia Tech shootings rocking the minds of many, it is quite difficult to collect the logic of the killer amidst the bullet casings and the carnage.
Did the most powerful and vindictive pressure group in Georgia politics finally get its comeuppance in the Georgia Legislature?
The House of Representatives adopted a $20.2 billion state budget for fiscal year 2008 that begins July 1, 2007. The budget represents a 5.7 percent increase in spending over last year's budget and dedicates $792 million to the state's revenue shortfall reserve fund.
The 3rd Infantry Division headquarters, based at Fort Stewart, recently deployed thousands of soldiers to Iraq as part of a new strategy to bring security to Baghdad. Today, I lead a task force that is responsible for a large sector in and around Baghdad.
I'm not sure how many wilderness survival shows there are on television right now, but it appears there is some kind of obsession going on with this type of programming. And they are running the gamut from being naked in the wild to being fat in the wild. That's right, there's a show now titled "Fat Guys in The Woods." Fortunately, they keep their britches on.
• President Ronald Reagan, Jan. 30, 1984: "Exports create and sustain jobs for millions of American workers and contribute to the growth and strength of the United States economy. The Export-Import Bank contributes in a significant way to our nation's export sales."
Editor, The following is an open letter on sequestration to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, from retired U.S. Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, head of the Association of the United States Army:
Some of my favorite Norman Rockwell prints all have something to do with eating, but not for the reasons you might think.
Remember the story of "The Little Engine That Could"? That could well describe the city of Dalton, a town of some 34,000 nestled in the corner of northwest Georgia, not far from the Tennessee line.
In an article that appeared in the Feb. 20, 2013 edition of the Coastal Courier, the Liberty County commissioners blamed Midway for delaying the fire plan, but never addressed or discussed why the city opted out of the county fire plan.
Lately, I've been thinking about the treasure trove that can be found in life's challenging times - the wisdom, the victories, the emotional muscle built and, of course, the stories. As those who know me well often say with a smile, "It's always about the story with her."
This weekend, Keep Liberty Beautiful will host two Native Plant Awareness Giveaway Days to encourage the use of native plants and other great growers in our community.
I realize, perhaps better than anyone, that it's not polite to ask others about their reproductive plans. I've long ranted about how much it annoyed me when friends, family members and even perfect strangers would inquire about a possible plunge into parenthood. Even now, as most of my readers know, I get aggravated when people ask whether my 2-year-old daughter, Reese, will ever be a sister.
Can it be? Is it September already? One of my favorite tunes, "September Song," was written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson for a Broadway musical in 1938 called "Knickerbocker Holiday." The lyrics could apply today to the current political season in Georgia: "For it's a long, long time from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September."
History is fickle with heroic humans, even when they loom over their generation in service to humanity. Even presidents suffer the fickle hand of history, especially when events in their administrations overshadow them. It happened to Herbert Hoover.
Editor, Recently, I've spotted some news headlines - around the region, state and country - that I never thought I'd see. It really makes me wonder, "Whatever were they thinking?"
As many of our readers know, over the past few weeks the Courier received numerous comments and requests to look into recent policies and decisions made by leaders and administrators of the Liberty County School System.
Editor, The Hinesville Fire Department responds to several residential fires each year. Often, the structure involved in the fire is rented property. In several incidents that I have responded to in my 21 years with the department, residents have lost all of their belongings and did not have renter's insurance. This is a reminder from our department for renters to get renter's insurance today.
National Planting Day, sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, is a special way for us to celebrate the value and power of native species for local landscapes.