My daughter took her first steps last week. They were shaky, quick steps - only three of them - but they definitely were steps. It happened so unexpectedly. One moment, Reese was fiddling with a pile of unfolded, clean laundry I'd just dumped on the couch; the next moment, she'd turned around and was headed for the coffee table, where she'd left a toy. I was shocked, elated, proud and - as silly as this may sound - a little sad that she's growing up so quickly.
The 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly came to an end at midnight March 28, with the House of Representatives and the Senate reaching final agreement on a $19.9 billion state budget for fiscal year 2014. I am very pleased to report that the budget includes funding for the four-year program at the Liberty County campus of Armstrong Atlantic State University.
There can be no doubt that Fort Stewart/HAAF is the major economic engine in the region. At last calculation, the annual value of the base was placed at $5.4 billion.
I have a good idea what Daniel felt like when he was tossed into the lion's den way back when.
For weeks, President Barack Obama and his deputies traveled the country, sounding the alarm about sequestration. They used people as props to claim that public safety would be put at risk, meat would go uninspected and the economy would tank.
State Sen. Buddy Carter, R- Pooler, will be reporting each week during the legislative session. The session is expected to last until the latter days of March.
With the 2013 legislative session ending Thursday, the chance lawmakers will pass meaningful ethics reform to stop the practice of lobbyist gift-giving appears to be slim.
The 2013 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly is scheduled for final adjournment Thursday. Needless to say, the past few days have been busy.
The U.S. is facing a retirement crisis. The simple fact is that most workers are saving too little to retire, according to the Employee Benefits Research Institute, which tracks pension issues. And workers are acutely aware of this.
Editor, Would the person that came in my yard and stole my four-wheeler please bring it back? You see, I am an old woman and can't walk too far. The four-wheeler is the only way I can get fresh air. I can't walk; the only way I have to get around was with the four-wheeler.
The Earth and our environment are our big focus this month. If you care at all about the world around you - and I certainly hope you do - consider getting involved in the next several weeks with a Keep Liberty Beautiful project.
I'm sure glad I don't remember my teething days. Judging by what my baby is going through right now, they likely weren't pleasant.
Editor, Here we go again. The rich people of Liberty County are complaining about the Liberty bus line in the Sound off.
Wherever you stood on Sen. Rand Paul's 13-hour filibuster to delay John Brennan's confirmation as CIA director, or on the Senate's confirmation hearings for Brennan and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, they all serve as a reminder of just how feeble Congress has proven to be when it comes to foreign policy.
Editor, The subject of gay marriage brings many emotions to the table from both sides of this issue. To many traditional Christians, marriage was defined in the Bible in Mark 10 when Jesus said, "... a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh ..."
Editor, After all that has been said and done, I want to take a moment to reflect and thank the Hinesville Military Affairs Committee members and supporters for all their love and dedication to our first Veterans Salute event.
Editor, There is one day every year when my husband and I look forward to enjoying a free or reduced-price meal or treat in honor of our service to the United States of America. We also like to mingle with other veterans and current service members. Sadly, we were denied this opportunity Nov. 11 at Applebee's in Flemington.
While campaigning for his health care law - and in the years since its passage - President Obama repeatedly assured the American people that, "if you like your health-care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan."
Last week, family and friends gathered in the small town of Chattahoochee Hills, south of Atlanta, to celebrate a life well-lived.
Homecomings are the stuff of sweet dreams and dessert for breakfast - so perfect and delicious, but often followed by either a rude awakening or a few extra pounds. As a military family member who has experienced distances because of deployment and training, I can tell you it doesn't necessarily get any easier. The families who recently have or are welcoming home loved ones this week have a few battles ahead as they work together to find a new family life balance.
Where has this year gone?
Welcome to the first of many military life columns. Whether it is among civilian friends or military colleagues, military life presents its own unique challenges and opportunities. Your neighbors, children's friends and strangers in the grocery store all have been affected in different ways by the military. In our community especially, we live, work and play next to military families without realizing it.
Around the corner, out in the country where we live, is a hardware store owned by a guy I have known since the day I was born. Our bassinets were next to each other in the hospital nursery.
The Internet is bad for me. I'm an obsessive worrier, and I've only gotten worse since the advent of search engines. I often think that if someone got a hold of my web-search queries, I'd end up an international laughing stock. Among the best last week: "Can you become addicted to nasal spray?" "Affects of eating slightly brown guacamole," "Can Tums cause kidney stones?" and "My cat ate cellophane."
We did it for four years while I was a member of the planning and zoning board of the city of Pooler. We did it for 11 years while I was serving as either Pooler mayor pro tem or mayor. And we've done it for the past nine years while I've served in the state Legislature.
I congratulate Mayor Clemontine Washington, who was able to turn out her core constituents for a decisive victory in Midway's municipal election last week, but I am very embarrassed for the city of Midway.
Welcome to the first of many military-life columns. Whether it is among civilian friends or military colleagues, military life presents its own unique challenges and opportunities. Your neighbors, children's friends and strangers in the grocery store all have been affected in different ways by the military. In our community especially, we live, work and play next to military families without realizing it.
Each Nov. 11, America takes time to honor and remember those who have put their lives on the line in the defense of this great nation.
Dear Dr. Morehead:
As Congress moves forward on budget negotiations, the word out of Washington is to expect nothing major: no grand bargain, just more stopgap, short-term fixes.