Since the country needs to cut its spending, a good place to start is the Department of Energy, which, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget, has a budget of $29 billion a year that I believe it wastes on failed projects, some of which are listed in this column. The DOE was started by President Jimmy Carter to make the U.S. energy dependent. Now we are more dependent than ever on foreign oil.
KNOCK! KNOCK! KNOCK!
"How can we take a bite out of high school truancy, and maybe improve graduation rates in the process?" Hit the hooky players where it hurts.
I'm going to miss Andy Rooney. I never met the guy, but it's like we had coffee together on a regular basis. He was a great talent – a Will Rogers sort-of-guy without the horse and lariat.
Much has been asserted about the economic benefit of deepening Savannah's harbor – some of it highly speculative and contradicting official analysis by the U.S. Corps of Engineers.
The city of Hinesville recently observed Homeless and Hunger Awareness Week, which consisted of a town hall meeting, canned food drive and other events designed to shed light on the community's prevention programs and assist members of the population who are in need. Kudos to Homeless Prevention Program coordinator Daisy Jones, who works in the city's Community Development Department, for coordinating the observance, and to the city for supporting it.
Whether it is the federal government, state, county or city, the government is owned by the people. That's why the U.S. Constitution starts out, "We the People." Often, elected officials perform acts that do not benefit the taxpayers or make commitments that the people cannot afford or do not want to spend money on. After all, the money that government wastes is the taxpayers' money.
Editor: As our country celebrates Veterans Day, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all the men and women in our community who have honorably served their country.
Alan Brown's frustration with the way the state has handled a fund that's supposed to support driver education for the state's young people - a fund established under a law carrying the name of his dead son, who hydroplaned on a wet road eight years ago and hit a tree - certainly is understandable.
After nearly three years as a military spouse, I've grown accustomed to life without family around. I came from a very close-knit family - you know, the kind where grandma phones over when she sees a car she doesn't recognize in the driveway from across the highway. That means it took me a while to get used to this more independent way of living.
Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day. Keep Liberty Beautiful is inviting you to take the pledge.
Some people tend to get Veterans Day and Memorial Day mixed up.
In 1887, historian Lord Acton said, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
The United States military has been in the news a lot lately, from the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" to the Dec. 31 deadline for all troops to return home from the war in Iraq. Such politically charged topics can bring strong opinions to the forefront. But Friday will be the one day when everyone should put their opinions aside to honor the nation's veterans and active-duty service members and give them the respect that they deserve.
In the past decade, cigarette smoking in America has decreased 28 percent, yet cigarette butts still remain the most littered item in the U.S ...
Editor's note: Local historian Margie Love wrote this column in 2004 on the "Old Jail." It includes lengthy references to former Liberty County Sheriff ...
Election Day finally arrived. Thursday, Aug. 20, 1998, was perhaps the most awaited date in Lennox Valley history.