It has taken a while, but I have come to know that writers are shaped dramatically by the places from which we come. Those places - the ones we call home - are the underlining, unsung melody to our words. That melody enlivens the compositions we create.
Editor's note: The following is taken from the written remarks of testimony given to the Georgia Senate Insurance and Labor Committee in support of a higher state minimum wage given Feb. 11 by Wesley Tharpe of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute:
With all the craziness surrounding Raymond Cooper's candidacy for mayor and the appointment of Sarah Hyden-Smith at the Methodist Church, it would be easy to get the idea that life was never normal in my hometown. Let me make something clear: I'm sure there were normal days during my teen years. It's just that I don't remember any of them.
An alert to Georgia public school teachers: Keep a close watch on these two legislators. First, House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, R-Milton, evidently isn't buying a report from State School Superintendent Richard Wood and the Georgia Department of Education that shows 44 percent of new teachers leave the profession within five years and that 2 of 3 teachers surveyed said they were unlikely or very unlikely to recommend teaching as a profession. Jones said teachers leaving the classroom is simply a "natural post-recession workforce adjustment." This is the same Jan Jones who opined a few years back that ...
The evening news confronts us with the plight of Georgia's most vulnerable people almost nightly, the fragile children, older adults and people living in poverty. The crafting of the state budget is one of few opportunities during the year for lawmakers to spell out concrete steps to protect and assist these Georgians.
It had been almost three months since the members of Lennox Valley Methodist Church learned their pastor, the Rev. Glynn Vickers, was being moved in June of 1998. And it had been four weeks since that fateful moment on May 4 when Diane Curtis, chair of the Methodist Church Pastor/Parish Committee, received the call from the Springfield district superintendent to inform her that Sarah Hyden-Smith was being appointed as the new minister in Lennox Valley.
A speaking engagement in the Chattanooga area landed us within a few minutes of Chickamauga, the site of one of the Civil War's bloodiest battles, so I insisted that we take a side trip to the historic battlefield. Since we lost the war, I have to celebrate our victorious battles.
Currently, Georgia lags behind several of its Southern neighbors, including South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and Alabama, regarding fulfilling the Department of Defense's 10 key metrics for creating the best environment for military families. Far too many military families and veterans go without adequate access to health care, struggle to find employment in our state or worry about the impact of transient military life on their children's education. Georgia can and must do more to ensure that these families have access to the opportunities they work so hard to protect - a good education, quality health care, a well-paying ...
Whatever happened to faith, hope and love?
Son of a gun. Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, is at it again. Georgia's version of Wyatt Earp was the chief gunslinger in getting a bill passed in 2014 that was intended to let us lock and load most anywhere we want - libraries, churches, bars, airports - but he and his posse couldn't talk the Board of Regents into letting students at our colleges and universities pack heat. ("Good Lord, Purvis! That running back is gonna take that ball all the way for a touchdown on us. Waste that sucker!")
Two years ago, Secretary of State Brian Kemp began his push to set up an "SEC Primary" for a simple reason: He wanted the world to pay more attention to Georgia and the South in an important presidential election year.
The Affordable Care Act passed with the promise of decreasing the high costs of health care and increasing access to care by making health-care insurance more affordable. Almost six years later, it appears that this experiment to remake American health care has been a failure.
A much-appreciated kindness was given to me a few months ago. Someone recognized my need for help and made a big effort to give it to me.
We are all about trees this month. Georgia Arbor Day is each third Friday of February.
In recent columns, we have discussed two of the four constitutional amendments that voters will see on their ballots Nov. 8.
There are several lists available across the web that help you prepare for a hurricane.
It was the Great Depression that shaped my parents and would, in the years to come, shape my life as well. Because they saw first-hand ...
On any given day in Georgia, hundreds of working families walk through the doors of nonprofit food banks in our communities. A young mom earning ...
In the past decade, cigarette smoking in America has decreased 28 percent, yet cigarette butts still remain the most littered item in the U.S ...