Not everyone was home on Christmas Eve, snug in their beds with visions of sugarplums dancing through their heads. And while many families enjoy traditional holiday activities, get-togethers, religious services and leisurely breakfasts the morning after Santa visits their homes, others won't have that luxury.
Editor's note: This editorial, originally by Francis P. Church, first appeared in the New York Sun in 1897.
According to a recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution story on travel and expense claims from state lawmakers for times this year when the Legislature was not in session, legislators billed the state's taxpayers for more than $1.3 million from Jan. 1 to Dec. 8.
Editor's note: Parts of the following column were taken from and inspired by Clement Clarke Moore's original poem, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."
Last week, we learned that farm income in 2011 is forecast to reach an all-time high, up 28 percent over 2010, signaling that American agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation's economy.
Christmas is just days away, and the tree that you so carefully picked out for the holiday is standing tall and proud in your home, beautifully decorated with ornaments and lights. But just because the tree is trimmed doesn't mean it's no longer in need of recurring attention - have you been watering your grand Christmas display?
In the race between a fast-spreading and potentially hazardous technology and government attempts to regulate it, the regulators come in a distant second.
I am pleased to announce that beginning Jan. 1, Junior E. Lee - general manager of Round or Square Polls, a division of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Greater Garfield - will offer exclusive analysis of the upcoming presidential election that can be seen only in this space.
I have been blessed. During the holiday season, I am reminded constantly of the blessings I have - a loving husband and family, dear friends, great coworkers, a job I love and the involvement of thousands of local volunteers each year who are a blessing in themselves.
Conceding that it's a little disconcerting that the National Transportation Safety Board would use a worst-case scenario to recommend a total ban on texting, emailing or talking on a cellphone - even hands-free devices - while driving, that's not necessarily sufficient reason to reject the recommendation outright.
Sometimes irony can be deafening. That's how it seemed to me recently as I listened to a fellow pooh-pooh science.
Editor, Why are so many people out of work in Hinesville and Liberty County? I see a lot of open Hinesville jobs posted on the Internet and the Courier also provides help wanted ads. I also see a lot of jobs that businesses won't pay to have done, but that need to be done. Look at all these slum areas in Liberty County and Hinesville. Local governments don't pave roads or put in sidewalks where they are needed.
Last week, the United States marked the end of a foreign conflict that claimed the lives of nearly 4,500 American troops and 100,000 Iraqis, wounded thousands more and cost the nation more than $800 billion. The war in Iraq lasted nearly nine bitterly conflicted years, but the flag-retiring ceremony that brought the battle to a close lasted only 45 minutes.
There's no escaping it now. With Christmas less than a week away, it's time to face the inevitable.
I met Amy Swann at The Coastal Courier. She and I quickly became comfortable with each other and I will forever cherish her memory.
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