In the context of a state budget, even a depressed and depleted one like Georgia's, $30-$40 million isn't really all that much. In contexts that involve real people and real money (as opposed to the Monopoly money politicians sometimes act as though they're tossing around), it's huge.
If "compromise" means an agreement that doesn't satisfy anybody, then last week's Washington budget deal should be part of the dictionary definition.
I usually try to run the big decisions by you before I take action, but I know you have been distracted over the past weeks watching our selfless public servants in Washington put our interests and those of our nation above petty, partisan political sniping in the debt ceiling debate and marveling at how our crackerjack president, Mr. Swivelhead, makes Jimmy Carter's woebegone administration look like a cross between the Garden of Eden (pre-apple tasting) and Brigadoon.
Editor's note: this op-ed column is a response to a guest editorial from the Athens Banner-Herald that ran July 30.
Severe storms, extreme heat, a crippling freeze, deadly tornadoes, terrible wildfires - Mother Nature has managed to throw almost everything in the book at us within six short months. With just half a year under our belt, the state of Georgia and metro Atlanta already have experienced their share of severe weather, and we obviously don't know what's in store for the second half of 2011.
The Georgia General Assembly will reconvene less than two weeks from now in a special session to take on the constitutionally mandated legislative task of redistricting. Like the U.S. Census, and as a result of it, this process occurs every 10 years when states redraw their congressional and legislative maps to reflect population and other demographic changes.
This column is in response to Future of Freedom Foundation senior fellow Sheldon Richman's column, "It is time to bring the troops home," which was published in July.
There are places we go where we expect to learn something. We expect to learn something when we're sitting at a desk in a classroom or in a pew at church on Sunday morning.
Editor, This is a safety warning for anyone traveling east of Interstate 95 to Sunbury. Trucks destined for Target Distribution Center, Tire Rack and Firth Rixson in Tradeport East Industrial Park utilize GPS systems for navigation and they are erroneously directed into the Sunbury residential area, where there is no turn-around for tractor trailers.
So, what's on the baby boomer's mind these days?
An article posted on the Ogeechee Riverkeeper website and repeated below is more proof that the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is regularly failing to do its job.
It is very obvious that the job market is stagnant to the point that many people are giving up their searches for employment. Why are we in this predicament? Just look to Washington.
Members of the U.S. Congress insist that the government get a handle on costs. They say billions must be trimmed from the federal budget, else the nation will go belly up.
The 15th anniversary of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games has come and gone with barely a whimper. Looking back, the Olympic Games were not Atlanta's finest hours - or days. The city was given a unique gift and didn't know what to do with it.
Have we gone totally, completely insane? It is not bad enough that the specter of Islamic terrorism hangs over us like a toxic cloud. Now ...
Editor, Has the Liberty County Jail turned into Andersonville Prison?
The despair in their eyes haunts me still. The dullness of emotion, the deadness of spirit shall remain forever embedded in my memory.
Editor, We've been hearing bits and pieces lately about Moose Hill School formerly located in or near Midway.
Nothing is more satisfying than a cold glass of water when it is hot, like it has been in recent days. But what if you ...
Editor, I urge you to support Senate Bill 2712, the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016, introduced by Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., and co-sponsored ...
In 1937, Albert E. Brumley wrote a catchy gospel tune titled "Turn Your Radio On," which was eventually recorded by dozens of artists and groups ...
In November, voters will decide whether the Georgia Constitution should be amended to allow Gov. Nathan Deal to create the Opportunity School District, or OSD ...
More than four decades have passed since the Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade decision, which made abortions legal, but the pro-life movement is ...
With the news surrounding Sarah Hyden-Smith, first female pastor in Lennox Valley, and Raymond Cooper's conversion at the Lutheran church, one might think the ...