We had an annual celebration last Thursday to thank our Keep Liberty Beautiful volunteers.
Editor, In recent weeks, Congress has passed legislation to provide hundreds of millions of dollars for American landowners who agree to certain conservation measures for their land. Each county in Georgia has land that may be eligible for these programs. In many years, money appropriated by Congress goes unused because landowners are unaware that their land qualifies.
Not long ago, a friend of mine was huffing, puffing and carrying on something awful about an injustice she had recently suffered. She had dealt with someone rather devious and the result was, well, rather devious.
For months on end in 2013, my daughter had a chronic, rough-sounding cough, severe chest congestion and back-to-back bouts with viruses and infections. To rule out serious illnesses and conditions such as pneumonia, childhood asthma and cystic fibrosis, we saw multiple doctors and specialists, one of whom - a pediatric pulmonologist - sent my then-20-month old toddler for a chest X-ray. Thankfully, it was clear.
Editor, The board of directors of Seven Ministries of Liberty County Inc. would like to thank the community for supporting the 2014 Jackie Gilliard-Henderson Memorial Scholarship Walk-a-Thon fundraiser. The weather was a little chilly for our fourth annual event, but the crowd was one of the largest we've had and, again, we say thanks.
Editor, The time to act is now. All Americans must stop and take a close look at the symbol of our great nation, which they might have flying over their residence, place of business, on their vehicles or even on their clothes. Is that great symbol of your freedom, the American flag, unserviceable? By that, I mean is it worn, torn, dirty or just plain ragged? If so, now is the time to replace it with a brand-new American flag.
Editor, In the Friday, May 9 Courier, I saw that the Liberty County Board of Commissioners has finalized the list of SPLOST projects. I noticed that the east end of Liberty County, as usual, was granted just a small portion of the projected $54 million. The two items that I see listed is the Midway City Hall ($317,384) and an east-end medical clinic ($362,725). These two projects are about 0.013 percent of the total revenue expected from SPLOST.
Editor: The city of Hinesville is hosting the fourth annual Project Homeless Connect on June 14, in the Bradwell Institute gymnasium. Each year, at least 100 families in this community experience homelessness. These families most often include young children, victims of domestic violence, people with disabilities, veterans and senior citizens. Regardless of whether their experience is for one night or longer, it is our endeavor to minimize this traumatic experience and prevent homelessness.
To David Perdue, Jack Kingston and Michelle Nunn: Congratulations on making it this far in your quests to become our newest U.S. senator. As you prepare for the next phases of your campaigns, I thought I would pass along to you some unsolicited advice for your consideration.
No matter how old I get, I still need my mom - and my mother-in-law. That's especially true now that I have my own family, house, career and other obligations. This precarious juggling act necessitates a need for motherly help like never before.
I recall a visit I once had with Mama. It was a couple of years before she just up and died without warning and when we least expected it.
Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You may vote in elections, but when you volunteer, you vote about the kind of community you want to live in. - source unknown
Can you believe school already is out for the summer? It seems like it was just yesterday that we began day one of the 2013-14 school year in Liberty County and "set sail" on a course of excellence toward developing the 21st century learner. It's been a busy year of change; but overall, a great year with numerous successes and accomplishments. I am so very proud of our bright and talented students as well as our dedicated faculty and staff in the Liberty County School System. The process has been labor-intensive, but all to the benefit of our students.
Editor, On behalf of the Liberty County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Association, I want to personally thank our community for its incredible support. We have reached a milestone in our philanthropic work, as this year marks a total of $100,000 awarded in scholarships to high-school seniors.
How's this for a conflict? Recently, I had to choose between going to New York and attending the prestigious Peabody Award ceremonies, sponsored by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Georgia, or an opportunity to participate in the 14th annual Washpot Festival in Garfield.
Nostalgia is popular these days: Retro fashions, disco and '80s pop, "Throwback Thursdays" on social media. What's old is new again, what used to be hip turned square and then back to cool.
For many environmental organizations in Georgia, Earth Day will never be the same.
Editor, My hat goes off to the Tri County RC Flyers for their recent airshow and the thousands of dollars they raised for wounded veterans. Unfortunately, the Courier's story contained a description of the Wounded Warrior Project organization that was misleading and is inaccurate. It read "… which helps veterans wounded in conflict…"
Editor, My wife went grocery shopping the morning of Aug. 21 with our 2-year-old son. While shopping, she bumped into another shopper along the way several times and made small talk. My son started to get bored and upset, so my wife cut her trip short and headed to the checkout.
It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa this is one with a quick cure.
I am fascinated by how other countries approach recycling. I recently visited a website called Recycle More from Ireland. Their approach, like so many European countries, is detailed. They expect their citizens to make the effort to recycle as many items as possible. And they certainly don't limit their recycling to plastic bottles and aluminum cans. There is no one-stop drop-off for many items. If you are Irish, you take electronics back to electronic shops, batteries to shops that sell them, etc.
As an unusually mild, rainy summer was melting away - or rather, frosting its way into autumn - I took to noticing signs that our mountain people always have used to judge the forthcoming severity of winter.
Football season is upon us. I'm sure some of you are thrilled about its arrival. I am not.
We are constantly reminded that the world is a very deadly place - not just for our military personnel - but also for members of the Fourth Estate. Some journalists working in dangerous regions in a globe full of conflict will not return home. The latest: 40-year-old James Foley. His gruesome death at the hands of ISIS has been available for all to see.
The regional transportation sales-tax referendum failed two years ago across most of Georgia. So it's encouraging to see movement again, in the form of a joint study committee on transportation funding that met Aug. 5 for the first of seven meetings around the state before the legislative session.
Editor, I would like to respond to the Long County audit for the year ending June 30, 2013, which is - needless to say - a joke.
Rap! Rap! Rap: "The special called meeting of the Loyal Order of Liberals will come to order. Let's begin the meeting as we always do - with the Liberal Pledge of Allegiance:
Editor, I lost a friend last week. I lost a longtime coworker. I lost an Army comrade, though we never served together nor did we share "war stories." And Liberty County lost someone who was a loyal, extremely dedicated and tireless worker until his "untriumphant" retirement last year.
A while back, a messy problem loomed ahead. I don't like confrontation. If that makes me less than a person then consider me to be itty bitty. Life, I figure, is too short for squabbling. My motto is "whenever possible, step out of the way."
My 2-year-old daughter, Reese, adores the Disney movie, "Frozen." I admit, it's a cute flick with plenty of catchy tunes and even a few good one-liners. There's one part, however, that I'm having trouble explaining to Reese, and I fear I'll have even more difficulty with it as she gets older.