In session for three days this week, the General Assembly finished its sixteenth legislative day on Thursday. The legislation heard on the House floor continues to increase and much of our time is consumed with committee meetings and preparing for the bills awaiting our vote in the House. Things are moving along as we are already more than a third through with the 2011 legislative session.
Day 14 (Feb. 15): The Capitol was abuzz today with the disappointing news that the president's budget did not include funding for the deepening of the Savannah Harbor.
Professional athletes are not heroes. Some, depending on the way they live their lives, could perhaps be considered role models, but idolatry should go no further than that.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels did not get the memo about CPAC, the annual gathering of conservatives in Washington. The etiquette is that presidential wannabes should hew to a narrow band of harsh and harsher denunciations of liberalism, or anything suspected of having a liberal taint.
Radio has an abundance - an overabundance, some say - of big mouths, fire-breathers, ego-trippers and chest-pounders.
There's was this guy on television walking around on stage giving advice to his audience. And since I'm often told that I need advice, I decided to listen.
It actually felt like spring last week, which means the annual Great American Cleanup is almost here. The GAC is an annual event that Keep America Beautiful started in 1999. Each year, millions of Georgians and residents in other states across the nation come out to improve their communities by picking up litter in parks, waterways and roadways. They plant trees and flowers to beautify public spaces, paint over graffiti, repair buildings and hold recycling drives and environmental education events.
Gauge Smith is a pretty normal 13-year-old guy, who somehow managed to answer all of my questions without pausing the Xbox game he played with his friends.
Things are in a mess under the Gold Dome and I may be responsible.
Editor, I am a concerned taxpayer who lives on Rye Patch Road across the street from Rye Patch Kennels. In my opinion, I believe we live on the most neglected road in Long County. It is embarrassing to tell anyone I live on Rye Patch Road because of the amount of trash along the sides of the road. The amount of trash is awful, and I have requested in the past through, I believe it was Bobby Walker, to possibly have the prisoners pick up trash. I don't know all the specifics, but it seems like it's free ...
Editor, Excluding Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga. 1, I am deeply disappointed in the House Republicans. I am aware of how the Patriot Act was passed following Sept. 11, 2001. Most Americans - including myself - did not examine the bill closely because it was an emotional time. I was overseas at the time and allowed myself to be somewhat out of touch.
Editor, We read the article regarding Chandra Brown, the Ogeechee Riverkeeper, with great interest and appreciation. This article recognized an individual who deserves our thanks and highlighted a few of the many contributions that Ms. Brown has made to this county, nearby coastal counties and the state of Georgia. She will indeed be difficult to replace.
On Thursday, the Georgia General Assembly completed its 13th legislative session day. The highlight of the week was the House passage of the FY2011 amended budget. In addition to the amended budget, several bills were debated by lawmakers. Legislation is picking up and more bills are making it through the committee process and onto the House floor for consideration.
Day 11 (Feb. 7): As we began last week, we welcomed the Leadership Liberty County group to the Capitol. After pictures with the governor and a tour of the House chambers led by Rep. Al Williams, I had the privilege of leading the group on a tour of the Senate chambers.
You are going to have to give me a little scat room today. I am having an attack of the nostalgias. Going down someone else's Memory Lane can be as boring as a lecture on the life cycle of guppies, but this has been a reflective few weeks for me. My beloved Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Georgia and the campus chapter of my college fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, both celebrated their 100th anniversaries this past month in Athens.
On May 22, my youngest child will graduate from high school, and I am ecstatic to see her turn that tassel and move on to her next chapter in life.
Once on "The Andy Griffith Show," Ernest T. Bass tried to join the Army. Several times, Barney says comically, "He's a nut!"
Someone asked the question, "Is Buddy Carter beholden to oil?" Would approximately $400,000 from a super PAC in Texas that represents big-oil interests mean anything? After all, the folks in Texas want Georgia to have good representation in Washington.
April certainly was the month for showers this year.
What if you were told that 95 percent of Georgians are using a product that may not always be the best value for money?
A college education in Georgia just got less affordable. Tuition is rising again in the wake of cuts in state funds for the university system. The HOPE Scholarship covers far less than it used to, and many students do not receive it. A college degree is more important than ever, yet it may be priced out of reach for many students.
Editor, I, along with many other Americans, breathed a sigh of relief at the news that the six officers involved in the Freddie Gray case in Baltimore will face multiple charges. The death has been ruled a homicide. This is a great day for the cause of justice in our country.