Editor, Last month, the House passed a bill (H.R. 3016) that included a 50 percent cut in the monthly Basic Allowance for Housing provided to children who will have their parent's earned Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit transferred to them. Now, similar legislation is being considered in the Senate (S. 425) that would put the hard-fought benefits of 2.8 million post-9/11 veterans at even greater risk.
Small-town newspapers are a bit different from their counterparts in New York or Los Angeles. That's true today, and it was true in 1998, when I was growing up in Lennox Valley.
The end of the school year is fast approaching, and we have already begun celebrating our many 2015-16 successes. The following are just a few of them:
It's never a good time for a politician to get arrested for driving under the influence, but it's especially bad when the next election is less than six weeks away.
When the 10th annual Earth Day Celebration takes place on Friday, everyone who attends has the chance to learn easy ways to change our world. Little lifestyle changes at home and at work or school can make big changes in our environment.
The other morning, I called one of my best friends. I had a bit of news as well as a piece of advice I wanted to share.
"Renderings with Raymond" was normally a labor of love for Raymond Cooper. After all, it was his "baby." Started in 1997 as a camouflaged attempt to bolster his clandestine mayoral candidacy, the talk show drew close to half of Lennox Valley's residents each weekday from noon until 3.
Without a doubt, this is a troubling time in America. Mass shootings have been happening with seemingly greater regularity. House Bill 859, the "campus carry" bill, sponsored by Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, would permit 21-year-old, licensed concealed-carry permit holders to carry concealed weapons on Georgia's publicly funded college campuses, but not in dorms or at athletic events. The following is my publicly stated position on this very difficult issue.
Before you get your shorts in a wad, the following observations in no way indicate my preference for or opposition to the recent "religious freedom" bill vetoed by Gov. Nathan Deal. My personal opinions are irrelevant to this discussion. Rather, this is a refresher course in Politics 101.
Even the most casual reader of this space knows that I am bullish on public education. But there is one school system in Georgia that I haven't talked about much even though it is near and dear to my heart. It is the Georgia Preparatory Academy, the state's 181st school district and a part of the Department of Juvenile Justice, on whose board I have had the pleasure to serve for the past several years.
Editor's note: This column,which was completed Sunday, was revised to indicate that Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 323 into law Monday.
This year's General Assembly session could be described as the one where legislators started to declare their independence from Gov. Nathan Deal.
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I spoke recently to the Peace Officers' Association of Georgia at their annual conference in Savannah and was privileged to witness a group of dedicated ...
It's a long-established political truism that a presidential race doesn't really start until after Labor Day.
The threat from the misuse of anonymous shell companies is real, and routine. Criminals use them to scam consumers, defraud the government, and launder money.
There is a troubling, but not surprising, report out, "State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America," by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that ...
Undoubtedly, the two chief forms of entertainment in my hometown in 1998 were politics and church, in no particular order. If we wanted to bowl ...
It was with remarkable bravery that Daddy plunked down $1,000 of hard earned, long saved money in 1956 to buy a few acres of ...