A ton of Americans didn't see the payroll-tax increase coming. Others simply didn't want to believe it when they heard or read about it, upon the rare occasion that the media would report on it. It had to just be right-wing talking points.
We're in the midst of "birthday season." Last year, several friends and I all welcomed our babies into the world within a few months of each other. We didn't plan it that way, but around this time in 2012, it seemed like someone was always on her way to the hospital for the big event.
February is a busy month for us at Keep Liberty Beautiful.
My grandmother lived with our family while I grew up in Pennsylvania. She would spend several months with us each year. It was nice having her visit and being able to enjoy her storied memories, wisdom and humor.
Newspaper publishers across Georgia are dedicating a significant bit of time and ink explaining why community newspapers matter. I would like to add my thoughts on the subject.
So the lights went out during the Super Bowl for a few minutes. Big deal.
The city of Hinesville recently observed its first Homeless Persons' Memorial Day, which consisted of prayers, mini-sermons, testimonials, special music and video presentations. The Liberty County Homeless Coalition and the Hinesville Homeless Prevention Program also conducted an unofficial homeless count Jan. 29-Feb. 4, during which participants counted 235 homeless people in Liberty County.
Editor, Where did January go? On behalf of the Liberty County DFCS board and staff, we would like to express our appreciation for all the individuals, churches and groups that supported our foster children and families during the Christmas season. Your generosity and assistance is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
As many of you recall, I opposed the recent charter-school amendment, not because I oppose charter schools - I don't - but because I thought the wording of the amendment was duplicitous. I thought it grossly unfair that Gov. Nathan Deal could wax eloquently on the need for passage of the amendment, but School Superintendent John Barge was not allowed to talk about opposing it. It was like Goliath beating up David.
As one of his last acts as secretary of defense, Leon Panetta lifted the ban on women serving in combat roles. Considering that the hue and cry over that prospect - along with the false specter of unisex bathrooms - helped kill the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s, the initial public reaction was surprisingly muted.
Last week, I was honored to be appointed by the House Democratic Caucus as ranking member of the House Transportation Committee. As a senior Democratic member of the committee, this assignment involves serving as a liaison and advising the caucus leadership on key transportation-related legislation on a daily basis throughout the session.
Last week saw the completion of the first nine days of the 2013 legislative session in the Georgia General Assembly. Now that any new chairman and committee members have been announced and assigned, the committee process is full speed ahead with many pieces of legislation awaiting action.
Day 5: As outlined in our state's Constitution, we begin our legislative session on the second Monday of each January. As was the case last week, we are in recess during the third week of January in order for the House and Senate Appropriations committees to review the governor's proposed budgets. Each state department head presents their budget to the joint committee to explain the proposal and answer legislators' questions.
Super Bowl XLVII was Sunday, and you can bet there will be at least one major call by instant replay that will impact the game tremendously.
I was a "Little Tiger," a member of Fred Garis' Tiger Athletic Club for boys. When it rained we couldn't play football or softball at Daffin Park, so we'd go to the attic at Stubbs Hardware in downtown Savannah and take target practice, shooting .22 rifles at paper targets.
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.
It looks like our legislators are about to lose one of their most cherished perks: free football tickets. Bless their hearts.
We all like to have a clean car, don't we?