To celebrate Earth Day one year, my husband dressed as a raven and I as an eagle, and we entered the wildlife parade in Sitka, Alaska.
In coffee shops, diners and community meetings, much has been debated about the 2008 Georgia General Assembly session that concluded two week ago. Some have criticized, some have ballyhooed, some jumped for joy, while others registered indifference.
A Statement by the High School Completion Task Force of the University of Georgia College of Education Policy and Evaluation Center
You cannot step into an American community today without finding a lively conversation about educating our children. How to boost math and science learning, whether our children are reading and writing enough, what constitutes a "quality" education. All of this figures in the national schooling debate and its thousands of local echoes.
Since last fall, Georgians have been treated to a spectacle from our state Department of Transportation. The rancor in the poisonous relationship between Gov. Sonny Perdue and House Speaker Glenn Richardson, R-Hiram, has never been higher than when the two were fighting over the replacement for former Commissioner Harold Linnenkohl.
The Georgia General Assembly concluded the business of the state at midnight on Friday, April 4.
When I lived in a city, I liked to take walks, and on recycling day, I was prone to glance at what my neighbors had consumed during the week, as I walked past.
Those who watched this year's legislative session as they would a hockey game - waiting for the fight - were not disappointed. Going in, the focus was a "WETT" session: water, education, taxes and transportation. But beneath the political theater, the final score indicates a victory for good public policy.
Let's hear a thunderous round of applause followed by an ear-splitting rebel yell for House Speaker Glenn Richardson. He is clearly the winner of the 2008 legislative wars.
The end of session has finally come and gone. Legislators have returned to their families, homes and communities.
At a lecture in Athens more than five years ago I was introduced to a beautiful woman with whom I had in common a river. Susan Majette Murphy was born in Jesup, just down the road from my home in Baxley, and had also grown up swimming, skiing and otherwise loving the Altamaha River.
As families struggle with a weak economy due to the high cost of gas, low real estate prices, plus a regional drought, the legislature wanted to do all that we could to help weather the storm.
What did I tell you, Sonny? "Don't go to China." And what did you do, Sonny? You went to China. OK, so you made history too.
If I can be so bold as to name a time of full glory for Georgia, spring is it. Here, azaleas are loud with fuchsia, pink, magenta and flame. Sweet shrub, coral honeysuckle and dooryard quince are wildly extravagant in their blooming. Phlox turns patches of ground lavender. Wild cherries and sassafras are blooming, one wide open, one timid. The beauty is like a drug. You want to quit working. You want to sleep and ...
Dr. Drew Westen of Emory University may be peddling just the kind of medicine the Democratic Party of Georgia needs, but it's a bit expensive.
It's true what they tell new parents - you can buy your child the fanciest, most expensive toys on the market, but in the end, the kid is probably going to prefer to play with the box the toy came in. So, why shell out all that cash when simple is almost always better than complicated? What parents may not know is that this logic also applies to baby gear.
I have been around for a long time, but I have never seen so much drama in a city as small as Midway. The city council was scheduled to take up several important issues at the August monthly meeting, among them are the city charter (dormant for 3½ years), the animal-control ordinance and the transient merchant, peddlers and solicitors ordinance (unfinished for two years).
This fall, Keep Liberty Beautiful will ask you to "go native with native plants!"
Editor, I am writing to clarify the Georgia Department of Transportation's policy on safety and turn lanes, specifically as it relates to commercial development such as that pending on U.S. Highway 84 near its interchange with Interstate 95 in Midway.
Before I say this, just know that I am not bragging. I am sure that this is not anything to brag about. But you and I are friends and I always endeavor to be honest with you so you should know the truth.
The federal government is running out of money again, and Congress needs to pass legislation to fund fiscal 2014, which starts Oct. 1. Thus, Congress and the president will soon be debating whether to raise the limit on the nation's credit card.
Though I fall short so often, I have never denied my belief in Jesus Christ or the fact that I am a Christian. Fortunately for me, my wife has been the spiritual leader in our home for much of our marriage.
You may have read that the United States Supreme Court is going to hear a case about whether or not prayer can be uttered in town councils across America. Last year, a federal appeals court ruled that such a nefarious deed violated the First Amendment's ban on an "establishment of religion."
There is a misconception among some in Washington that the success of our poverty-assistance programs should be measured by how much we spend on them and how many people receive benefits.
Whenever we do a program on Keep Liberty Beautiful or an orientation for a new volunteer, someone often says, "I never realized that Keep Liberty Beautiful had this many programs."
On July 29, in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens requested an emergency extension to the deadline for approving rates in the upcoming insurance exchange to be implemented in Georgia.
It's not exactly a secret that new parents get little sleep. I'm OK with that. It comes with the territory. But no one tells expectant moms and dads that their little ones eventually will tease them by occasionally sleeping through the night, sometimes for a week or two at a time, but then will regress back to waking up once or twice - sometimes even three times - per night.
It is of paramount importance that I teach my husband how to be a Southerner, at least a half-decent one, if not one of regal bearing.