April Fools' weekend may not be an ideal time to play the percentages on what's just around the bend in state and national politics, but here goes anyway.
After hearing and seeing decades of philosophizing about the need to protect the traditional public school system's funds and institutional prerogatives, and looking past the expressed concerns about a Jeffersonian separation of church and state, it is clear the real issue in America is not choice - it is who has it! Those of us with money already have parental choice and have no intention of relinquishing it. If schools fail to properly educate our children, we have at least two choices: We can move to communities where public schools do work or we enroll our children in private schools ...
As I crept into the lion's den among the public officials, they collectively eyed me down, while I cautiously stepped toward them.
The impending showdown between the Georgia House and the state Senate over the 2007 supplemental budget is far more than just the usual political skirmish over who gets to take home how much.
Behold, the self-styled friends of American labor. They are now trying to relieve the American worker of what they consider the unreasonable burden of the secret ballot, which is only one of the cardinal principles of free and fair elections.
While I am appreciative of the emotional response that the anti-war protesters are expressing with their dissatisfaction of the Iraq war quagmire, I could not stand idly by while watching a news broadcast on Fox News on March 26, depicting Americans swathed in garments covering their faces - a cowardly act in an of itself - burn an American flag to express their hostility toward our commander-in-chief's misguided efforts in Baghdad.
I am honored to be working with Senate President Pro-tem Eric Johnson (R-Savannah), in true bipartisan spirit, to introduce a resolution calling for the state to apologize for its complicity in supporting the institution of slavery, legalizing segregation and forcing Native Americans off their historic lands.
Newt Gingrich told a Vanderbilt University audience last week that the personal lives of presidential candidates should not become an issue in the 2008 campaigns.
Rudy Giuliani might have been an inspiration in the days after 9/11, but what relevance does that have now? He might have cleaned up New York City, but why should most Americans care whether, say, Bryant Park is a drug-dealer-infested nightmare or a pleasant place for office workers on a lunch break? The power of Giuliani's presidential candidacy is in neither of these things per se, but in the allure of executive prowess.
Around the time Congress convened this year, a Republican member of the House reflected to a newspaper reporter that there was a silver lining to the party's new minority status.
Removing the Dixie flag from the South Carolina Capitol grounds did not change history nor erase it from our minds.
It is impossible to use up water. When it is used, it doesn't disappear. There is as much water on this planet today as there was thousands of years ago. When it rains, the water evaporates or it runs to streams or underground reservoirs. It's hard to make it do anything else, except temporarily. Likewise, when water from a stream is used, it returns to a stream or evaporates.
Time is now for legislators to be vigilant
An article in the Coastal Courier about Liberty County being left out of a statewide tornado alarm and disaster drill (Exercise in disaster, Feb. 25) has proven to be very ironic.
The governor is flapping around like a headless chicken begging the feds for money to keep alive Georgia's health insurance program for children in need. The transportation nightmare in metro Atlanta could not get worse. Water polluters and land despoilers are pushing enough legislation to fill two freight cars. Loan sharks with fresh ideas for predation are circling the Statehouse. The tax code, the criminal defense system and flagging economic development require immediate attention.
The talking heads and politicians love to use the term, "boots on the ground." It sounds macho.
Editor, Perhaps Liberty County Commissioners Lovette, Stevens, Frasier and Gilliard need to pause and reflect some before they cast any future votes. I'm referring, of course, to their recent votes to open the polls on Sunday.
I have asked the two major gubernatorial candidates to talk to Georgia public-school teachers about their respective education platforms. This week, the floor belongs to Jason Carter, the Democratic challenger. Next week, it will be Republican Gov. Nathan Deal's turn.
A friend of mine, long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations, called one day to announce happily that she was learning to let things roll right off her back.
You drink it. You clean with it. You shower in it. You swim in it. You fish in it. You have fun in it.
Letting a child watch too much TV may be as bad for parents as it is for little ones. In fact, depending on which shows a child is allowed to watch, it may be worse for parents.
On Dec. 16, 1773, a group of demonstrators boarded ships in Boston Harbor. They threw chests of tea overboard to protest the British parliament's unfair tax on tea. It's time for the citizens of Midway and Liberty County to borrow a page from Boston's history book.
Last week, the Georgia Ports Authority approved allocating up to $3 million for maintenance of the shipping channel to the Port of Brunswick, marking the second-straight year the GPA has had to supplement federal funds for this project.
Over the next three years, as many as 60,000 military members are expected to return to Georgia. Already, 770,000 veterans call Georgia home. In fact, the Peach State is home to the fourth-largest population of veterans nationwide. In addition to those returning to Georgia, more than 10,000 service members will be transitioning from the state's Army installations - 4,000 from Fort Stewart alone.
If I die anytime soon - and I have no plans to do so at the moment - please see that the first paragraph of my obituary reads, "He was past president of the University of Georgia National Alumni Association." You can save for later paragraphs the part about my being often mistaken for Brad Pitt and my uncanny ability to put commas where they don't belong.
"It's a funny thing." That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make sense. Otherwise, I'll ponder, figure, study and try to decipher that funny thing until it's somewhat sensible.
Are you ready to make a difference this fall? Then consider volunteering this month for our ninth annual Rivers Alive in Liberty County.
I imagine, from time to time, you all get tired of reading about my adventures in toddler town and would like to hear from other parents. So, as you can imagine, I was thrilled when Hinesville Public Relations Manager Krystal Britton Hart took me up on my offer to guest write this week's column. Krystal has two daughters herself, one of whom is the same age as my daughter, Reese. I enjoy comparing notes and talking with her, and I'm sure our readers will be as interested in hearing what she has to say as I am. Enjoy!
President Barack Obama's recent move to allow seismic exploration of oil and gas reserves off the shores of Georgia and the Atlantic Coast has left many hopeful that the offshore drilling moratorium currently in place may soon be lifted. A new study by University of Wyoming energy economist Dr. Tim Considine indicates the degree to which such a move would benefit Georgians and our Mid-Atlantic counterparts.
Last Saturday, while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers that should not have been as hard as our scholar-athletes made it, former head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley's first team at UGA was recognized on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. As nice as that was, more - much more - needs to be done to honor the legendary Hall of Fame coach.