Topic: Patronizing local establishmentsThis is a word to those people brave enough to own their own business in Liberty County. I live and work in Liberty County, and I try to always give my little bit of business to those who have risked much to be their own boss (been there, done that). Just because you own a business in Liberty County does not mean that people need to give you their business. You have ...
Wherever I go these days, people want to talk about how much trouble we have talking reasonably to one another about current public policy challenges. The quality of the public dialogue, they say - our ability to reason with one another and to sort through issues - is lamentable.Al Gore's new book, "The Assault on Reason," decries the decline of public discourse. In my view, he's hit a nerve. And for good reason.Our political system ...
On July 1, 1776, delegates of the Second Continental Congress entered what John Adams called, "the greatest debate of all." Even after over a year's worth of conflict against the mightiest military force on earth, declared independence from Great Britain was far from a forgone conclusion. Just weeks earlier, the majority of the men in the Congress were hoping some formula for peace could be found with Great Britain.In "The Light and the Glory" by ...
The 3rd Infantry Division has been all over the news as your soldiers are aggressively taking the fight to the enemy in Operation Marne Torch. They are expelling al Qaida from a safe haven, and they are capturing insurgents to make the population secure. But the fight is not just theirs; it is shared with the Iraqis. Everywhere Task Force Marne operates, the Iraqi soldiers are strong and their leaders are stronger.Every time I meet ...
I owe Atlanta's Grady Hospital a debt I can never repay. More than 55 years ago, when I was a student at Emory, the Atlanta Journal dispatched me to Grady as a part-time reporter to cover the emergency room on Saturday nights. I would never again witness such bloody chaos and medical heroism as I did during those nights long ago. I learned lessons and saw life-and-death events that have served me throughout my career. ...
Hillary Clinton has identified a grievous flaw in the contemporary American economy: It leaves "it all up to the individual."
All of the Democratic presidential candidates said they would speak at the nation's largest gathering of Hispanic elected officials at the end of June. All of the GOP candidates said no.
If financial support translates into power and influence, the Territory of Guam would likely have more clout than Georgia in a White House occupied by President Hillary Clinton.
Don't like the drought-related watering restrictions in your community? Outraged enough to rat out neighbors who violate watering rules? The state's water "wars" could get worse: Watch out for the initial draft of the Statewide Water Management Plan, scheduled to be unveiled June 28.
Racists have targeted Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts since he published a column that explores the news reporting of black on white crime and vice versa.
You'd have to be a masochist, a journalist or a CIA analyst to sit through more than 30 seconds of the latest Fidel Castro video appearance.
Is all that ails the U.S. health-care system is that it's not run by a communist dictatorship? That has long been a premise of apologists for Fidel Castro who extol the virtues of medical care on his totalitarian island nation.
Georgia public schools have a long and sorry tradition of high dropout rates, low graduation rates and an education establishment dedicated to masking the truth.
I've spent the past week in New York City, watching a nephew's Brooklyn apartment and dog, touring and learning more about City College of New York where R2 will be attending classes starting in August, and hunting for an apartment for him and a couple friends. It's been an education.
Hugo Chavez may be a thug, but he's no dummy. He knows that with a packed Supreme Court, a rump Congress, a divided opposition and - tragically true - a good deal of support from The People, Venezuela's free press is one of the few remaining institutions strong enough to keep him from realizing his dream of grabbing absolute power.
The Ogeechee River is in southern Georgia, just south of Savannah, where it expands majestically into the ocean near Fort McAllister.
Have you ever tried to figure out a maze? You travel down a path and find yourself at a dead end, forcing you to backtrack to find another way out. Well, Midway is in that maze right now - it's called the city charter.
Mama was stubborn. "Set in her ways," is what country folks call it and boy, was she. When she made up her mind, nothing stopped her. Especially when she set her jaw and punctuated her declaration with a firm nod of her head. If she also threw that crooked forefinger in your direction, you knew that it was set in stone. Destined to be.
Columbus lost a huge one in court this week, and it wasn't even close. The Georgia Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that a 2012 Muscogee County Superior Court decision protecting trees along Georgia rights-of-way is invalid.
Congratulations to Hinesville for placing among the top-10 cities in its category for the 2013 National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation sponsored by the Wyland Foundation.
Editor, Saturday, May 11, was the birthday of well-known Hinesville entrepreneur and philanthropist Gary W. Dodd. I'd like to thank my dear friend and Kirk Healing Center for the Homeless co-founder for all he has done for Hinesville and, especially, for the homeless men and women we serve.
Although you, my devoted readers and fans, likely are reading this on Mother's Day, it was written several days ahead of time, so I have no idea what kinds of surprises this special day will hold for me.
Editor: I see that Liberty County is still trying to take away Midway's fire department by using fear tactics. If Liberty County wants full-time firefighters in Midway, all the county has to do is send some of Midway's property taxes back to the city so that the city can hire the full-time firefighters.