The 2012 General Assembly just completed its 14th legislative day this week. We began the week by passing SB 223, also known as the Georgia Government and Accountability Act. If enacted, this legislation would create a joint legislative sunset advisory committee to oversee the effectiveness of government operations and maximize every taxpayer dollar. The passage of this legislation provides a clear solution in addressing how efficient government should operate.
It started out as a tiny thought buried deep in my subconscious just over three years ago. Over time it evolved into a dream, then a deep-seeded desire.
You might think that DUIs would be on the downswing in Georgia, thanks to harsher penalties, increased public enlightenment and the efforts of groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Students Against Destructive Decisions.
I usually pick on the federal government for doing stupid things, but stupidity can be found in all forms of government, including international. It is hard to believe that intelligent people do such stupid things, but it keeps happening. Here are some examples - besides last summer's Midway lemon stand debacle.
The 2012 legislative session continues to move forward as legislation and committee meetings increase.
In his State of the State address, Gov. Nathan Deal looked to the heavens and the travels of legendary explorers to describe Georgia's voyage through the darkness of the Great Recession and toward brighter days ahead.
Editor, On Dec. 2, our friend, Regina Keys, was diagnosed with a condition that, according to her doctor, required immediate surgery. Having no insurance, Regina had to apply for financial aid before she could undergo the surgery to remove life-threatening tumors from her body. At this point, the only thing she thought she had to battle was the medical condition. Little did she know that what was about to unfold would baffle an entire community.
Whew! That was close! I almost became a Baptist the other day. Not just any Baptist, but a (gulp!) Southern Baptist.
It is estimated that on Super Bowl game day, Americans will consume 1.25 billion chicken wings. In other words, 625 million chickens will have contributed to the culinary delights of that day.
You may never have met or heard of Conrad Fink, but you've no doubt seen his handiwork - albeit through the hands of others.
Trees are essential to life. Most trees and shrubs in cities or communities are planted to provide beauty or shade.
Editor, Each year for the past 35 years, the flu has peaked in February. There is no evidence that this season will be any different.
While I was back in Iowa over the holidays, a friend of mine told me about a tradition she and her husband had developed for bonding after each child's birth. Once the new baby had reached around 3 months of age, they would leave the baby, along with their other children, with her parents and go for a couple's weekend to regroup in their marriage. At the time, and even still, the idea of leaving my baby behind for a weekend seemed outrageous.
Day 6 (Monday, Jan. 23): After a long weekend, we're back in session today. We got right to work debating two bills. HB46, the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act, will streamline discovery in cases involving out-of-state decisions by allowing depositions and discovery taken in other states to be admissible in Georgia courts. While HB46 passes easily, SB203, a bill that was passed by the Senate last year but had changes made by the House, didn't make it through the Senate. The bill now will go back to the House, where members will either accept the bill as-is ...
The Supreme Court just put a price tag on some formerly free speech.
Editor: Thank you to Mrs. Patricia Fleming of the Kingdom Church of Christ, formerly the Jr. Church of Christ, for successful free Christmas dinners to ...
Happy New Year! 2017 offers tremendous promise and opportunities whatever resolutions you have made for this year.
After Raymond Cooper received the first seven votes of the ballot count, Iris Long wondered if she was the only voter who cast her ballot ...
I met Amy Swann at The Coastal Courier. She and I quickly became comfortable with each other and I will forever cherish her memory.
At year's end, it's always interesting to look back at all that happened and realize that so little of it was anticipated while ...
The Democrats have a simple explanation for Hillary Clinton's loss - the Russians did it.