I am a pretty positive kind of person. At times in my life, I have been called a "Pollyanna" - and I know I date myself a lot mentioning this.
Why not shut the federal government down? Congress has been shut down for decades now, accomplishing nothing of any real significance in Washington for a very long time, so what would be the big deal? Would anyone really notice?
I understand babies are adorable, and it's hard to overcome the compulsion to pinch their chubby, pink cheeks and grab their tiny fingers. But for the sake of germ-fearing parents everywhere, I certainly wish people would learn to keep their hands to themselves.
A pile of automatic spending cuts, commonly known as the sequester, kicked in Friday, and while the impact of the $85 billion in cuts slated for this year won't immediately be felt, the potential for damage to our fragile economy has been done.
Editor, It does no good for the Georgia Department of Driver Services to have a person who is applying for a license or ID card bring in a birth certificate, other identification, address verification and proof of who they are to prevent identify theft, fraud or stolen IDs.
Editor, Regarding Sunday's sequestration column - well said, Mr. Mayor.
The Georgia General Assembly saw the completion of the 22nd day of the 2013 legislative session, officially crossing through the mid-way point.
My recent observations on the lack of respect given public-school teachers in Georgia engendered a lot of responses, but none better than this story sent to me by my friend, David Egan, co-director of the Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island and a former educator himself.
A few years ago, I read "Team of Rivals," which documents Abraham Lincoln's road to the White House and how he ultimately chose campaign rivals to serve in his presidential cabinet. He made friends with his political enemies, which is a rare trait much needed in today's political arena.
Tuesday, Feb. 19: After a long weekend at home, we're back in business this morning and our first action is to pass the 2013 amended budget out of the Appropriations Committee. The state's budget runs on a fiscal year from July 1-June 30 and has to be amended midyear primarily to account for revenue adjustments and K-12 student population growth.
Despite the fact that other Republican governors in Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio and, most recently, Florida have agreed to expand the Medicaid program in their states under the federal Affordable Care Act, Gov. Nathan Deal is still holding firm on his refusal to do so in Georgia.
Having a baby is costly in ways I did not foresee. Of course, I knew there would be added expenses in medical bills, childcare, diapers, formula and clothing. But I'm surprised at the amount of money my family wastes on things that don't seem to be to my baby's liking.
Volunteers are the essential ingredients for the Great American Cleanup events this spring in Liberty County.
An intriguing piece of legislation dropped into the hopper in Atlanta this week has, so far, exactly one signature on it - that of its sponsor, Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus). It deserves at least a close look. The essence of the bill, S.B. 175, is that state legislators who run for federal office must either vacate their legislative seats within 30 days after officially declaring their candidacy, or officially end that bid for higher office by notice to the Federal Election Commission before that 30-day period ends.
Earlier this year, it seemed there might be some hope for Capitol Hill when Congress dealt easily with raising the debt ceiling. But don't let that single episode fool you. As President Obama and House Republicans circle each other over the forthcoming budget cuts known as the "sequester," it's a reminder that Congress and the White House have a complicated legislative agenda ahead - and that none of the items on it will come easily.
I apparently did not learn my lesson two weeks ago with the debacle in involving an explosion of Gerber puffed-wheat snacks in church.
Recently, I was in a bookstore with a friend. We stopped at a table near the front of the store and it was loaded with different books that had such obscene titles that many of the words were expressed as @?*#.
Life is so hectic, and it seems to go by so fast the older I get.
Despite the rants of publicity-seeking bigots, the blather of Twitter twits and a national news media more interested in scooping the competition than in accurate reporting, the fact is that our American system of justice presumes one is innocent until proven guilty.
The American people are rejecting Obamacare by wide margins. Recent polls in Georgia suggest that more than 57 percent of respondents have an unfavorable view of Obamacare and only 31 percent have a favorable view.
Voters and federal workers are by now getting tired of all these cat-and-mouse games the two political parties in Congress are playing with their livelihoods and with the nation's economy. That includes the government shutdown because of the failure of Republicans and Democrats in the two chambers to find a compromise. Each has an objective and neither minds inflicting suffering on others to try to get its way.
Washington is beginning to debate the proper extent of government eavesdropping powers in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA. It's hardly as robust a discussion as it should be, but it's a desperately needed start.
I don't understand the mindset of someone who litters. What are they thinking?
I recently made the mistake of trying to handle a "two-man job" by myself. I won't do that again.
Editor, The U.S. government, the Department of Defense, the Department of the Army and the BRAC committee need to be thinking about closing down Fort Stewart.
One day during lunch, my new-to-the-South-but-thoroughly-loving-it husband commented on the singing of our church's choir, which is led by my brother-in-law, Rodney.
In our lives, there are places and things we remember. I remember one event as if it were yesterday.
Sept. 30 is the end date for those in Congress to reach an agreement on the budget and spending. The threat of a possible government shutdown looms. What does that mean for those of us outside of the political power circle?
The Sept. 30 end of the federal fiscal year always entails a messy political battle of some kind in Congress.
Editor, I've been reading the recent back-and-forth debate between Liberty County Commissioner Gary Gilliard and Mr. Bruce A. McCartney. I have some comments.