I want endless summer.
To what do we owe our 20-pound Butterball turkeys, our high-definition TVs, our spacious and warm homes this Thanksgiving? Something that won't be high on anyone's list of things to be grateful for, but undergirds our way of life - a centuries-old economic revolution that changed the very terms of human existence.
People are often flabbergasted when they learn slaves outnumbered free whites 3-1 in the 1860 U.S. Census of Liberty County. But when you consider the labor needed to clear virgin timber for crop cultivation, to build the dikes to manage available water, and for planting, maintaining and harvesting rice and other crops, it's no longer a wonder. Add to that the craftsmen needed to sustain the plantations and the domestic help pressed into service, plus the fact that a person was a "slave" before they were weaned from their mother's breast and long after they could swing ...
Just as the fat lady prepared to sing to bring down the curtain on the 2008 election, Georgia became a battleground state - not for the presidency but for unchallenged control of the U.S. Senate.
Every time I go to the woods, I expect amazement; a crashing black bear, a glimpse of a panther; and last week's kayak trip on Cathead Creek was no exception.
When simple minded people cannot think of a valid criticism, they often resort of name-calling.
The gloating didn't last long. This fall, German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck proclaimed "Anglo-Saxon capitalism" is "finished." Steinbrueck stuck it to the hated Anglo-Saxon capitalists just in time - before he got too distracted by the exigencies of managing a $681 billion program to re-finance distressed German banks.
Another election season is coming to an end, and Georgia Democrats and Republicans alike are beginning to size up what's going to be and what could have been. Recent polls by various groups have shown much closer than expected contests for the Peach State's presidential electoral votes and for Republican Saxby Chambliss' Senate seat. You have to go back to 1996 to find Georgia contests this tight, when President Bill Clinton barely lost Georgia to Republican nominee Bob Dole, but Max Cleland won the Senate seat now held by Chambliss, in part because of a strong Democratic turnout ...
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This has been a difficult year for all of us, as we have watched the stock markets sputter, housing values plummet, and banks crash. Too many Americans are struggling to make their mortgage payment, and wonder how they will ever be able to afford to retire. Many people are wondering if regular citizens are ever going to be able to stop bailing out big companies.
America as we know it might not exist without the battles of Saratoga and Yorktown, without Gettysburg and Antietam. The world the United States shaped so decisively in the 20th century might have looked different if it weren't for Normandy and Midway.
Former Sen. Sam Nunn is leading a group of big hitters in the Atlanta business community in a campaign to recruit support and raise cash for Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. They're asking for contributions of $5,000 to $30,000 from each for the Obama Victory Fund.
One fall morning I was running on the road when nine wild turkeys crossed in front of me. Uncle Bill and the other farmers were pulling corn nearby, and the turkeys must have been gathering spillage. While I was gaping at them, anticipating their flight, a sharp-shinned hawk rushed from the woods and flew directly over me.
As Congress struggled to stave off financial meltdown recently, it was hard to imagine that it could ever face a more serious issue. Yet from time to time it does: When it ponders whether or not to send young Americans to war.
The Bush years will be remembered for the cruel triumph of realism over illusion.
I realize, perhaps better than anyone, that it's not polite to ask others about their reproductive plans. I've long ranted about how much it annoyed me when friends, family members and even perfect strangers would inquire about a possible plunge into parenthood. Even now, as most of my readers know, I get aggravated when people ask whether my 2-year-old daughter, Reese, will ever be a sister.
Can it be? Is it September already? One of my favorite tunes, "September Song," was written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson for a Broadway musical in 1938 called "Knickerbocker Holiday." The lyrics could apply today to the current political season in Georgia: "For it's a long, long time from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September."
History is fickle with heroic humans, even when they loom over their generation in service to humanity. Even presidents suffer the fickle hand of history, especially when events in their administrations overshadow them. It happened to Herbert Hoover.
Editor, Recently, I've spotted some news headlines - around the region, state and country - that I never thought I'd see. It really makes me wonder, "Whatever were they thinking?"
As many of our readers know, over the past few weeks the Courier received numerous comments and requests to look into recent policies and decisions made by leaders and administrators of the Liberty County School System.
Editor, The Hinesville Fire Department responds to several residential fires each year. Often, the structure involved in the fire is rented property. In several incidents that I have responded to in my 21 years with the department, residents have lost all of their belongings and did not have renter's insurance. This is a reminder from our department for renters to get renter's insurance today.
National Planting Day, sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, is a special way for us to celebrate the value and power of native species for local landscapes.
Have you noticed how "nostalgia" sells? This hit me like an antique butter churn the other day as I was watching television, and so many of the commercials have incorporated "old rock" music into their marketing spiels. And we can say, "Yes I remember that one!" We might even say, "Hey, that was our song!"
When business called my husband, Tink, back to Los Angeles, he decided to take the opportunity to have his annual check-up. When it ended, he called home.
Last week, seemingly all the national news agencies reported on the American Academy of Pediatrics' new recommendation that middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. to help ensure older children get more sleep.
Editor, Two and a half years ago, Hinesville renovated its mosquito-control program to bring it in line with the American Mosquito Control Association's recommendations for an integrated mosquito control program.
Nostalgia is popular these days: Retro fashions, disco and '80s pop, "Throwback Thursdays" on social media. What's old is new again, what used to be hip turned square and then back to cool.
For many environmental organizations in Georgia, Earth Day will never be the same.
Editor, My hat goes off to the Tri County RC Flyers for their recent airshow and the thousands of dollars they raised for wounded veterans. Unfortunately, the Courier's story contained a description of the Wounded Warrior Project organization that was misleading and is inaccurate. It read "… which helps veterans wounded in conflict…"