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.
There is a complicated mathematical symbol practically unknown to the House Appropriations Committee. It's called the minus sign.
For the second time in a little more than a year, University of Georgia fans once again are mourning the passing of the latest in the line of the school's bulldog mascots. And, lest we forget, the Seiler family of Savannah, which has provided the Ugas for half a century, has lost family pets.
Editor, We had a wonderful time at the centennial birthday celebration for Ronald Reagan, which was sponsored by the Southwest Georgia Republican Women. It truly was an honor to meet Reagan's son, Michael, and share some of my stories of respect and admiration for his father. At the state funeral of our late President Ronald Wilson Reagan, I was one of two American citizens selected to make a global tribute, which was televised around the world. See the video on YouTube titled "Flagman Reagan State Funeral."
Editor, The Community Action network, made up of 1,000 community action Agencies nationwide, is deeply saddened at the recent passing of R. Sargent Shriver. Mr. Shriver was a distinguished public servant and visionary leader. Along with his wife, the late Eunice Shriver, he was the founding director of the Peace Corps, the Office of Economic Opportunity and the Special Olympics.
The Georgia Department of Transportation has struck the perfect balance between sensitivity and safety with the introduction earlier this month of a formal plan for memorializing those who die on state and federal roadways.
State Rep. Rich Golick, R-Smyrna, is one of the more able members of the Georgia General Assembly and a serious young man not given to hyperbole. When he gets upset, it is noteworthy. Golick went ballistic last week when the Mexican Ambassador to the United States, Arturo Sarukhan, came to Atlanta specifically to criticize a couple of pieces of proposed legislation regarding the estimated 425,000 illegal (a key word) immigrants in the state of Georgia. Golick is chairman of the House Judiciary (non-civil) Committee, in which one of the bills is being deliberated.
I've heard it said that no one understands the sacrifices of the military lifestyle more intimately than the children of a soldier. I tend to agree.
I read an opinion piece recently that said Republicans couldn't be Christians because they are too hard and uncompassionate. The piece said that, pretty much, the Democratic Party was the party of Christianity.
The public's outcry in opposition to the Palmetto Pipeline has been clear. Voters don't want it and don't think it is needed. And the public doesn't trust the company that wants to build it.
Editor, Recently, in letters to the editor, some have questioned U.S. Congressman Buddy Carter's loyalty with respect to eminent domain and the Palmetto Pipeline.
Dear public-school teachers in Georgia: Congratulations on surviving another year in the classroom.
It was at lunch after a morning revival service last summer that a few of us sat around, munching on Southern casseroles and talking about one of the most memorable mothers any of us had ever known.
There are organizations that estimate the value of the average volunteer, like www.independentsector.org, which currently values their time at $22.55 an hour.
Editor, State Rep. Valencia Stovall, D-Lake City, was "right on" concerning the need for the Opportunity School District legislation (Coastal Courier op-ed, Wednesday, May 6). If you look who is objecting to this legislation, I am sure you will find the self-serving teachers' union. They object to anything that will improve our children's education if it means they will not control the schools and add to their coffers.
Working moms are the bedrock of so many Georgia families. Between raising kids, contributing to their communities and holding down one or more jobs, moms put in a lot more than a full day's work.
Editor, National Small Business Week was May 4-9, but the must-attend event for small business entrepreneurs this month is the Mayor's Small Business Conference on May 20.