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.
I consider myself a pretty eco-conscious mom. Not only do I want to do what's best for our planet, I want to set a good example for my daughter, Reese.
Editor, Having grown up just south of the Mason-Dixon line, my childhood life experiences were fully integrated. Upon reaching the age of majority, I was off to experience the world starting with the civil-rights movement, then several years of war and the associated inhumanity of mankind against their brethren and the pain and poverty it creates. This was followed by many years in different states and countries observing life.
A good many members of Congress seem to be perfectly content to just sit back and watch the nation's defenses, both domestic and abroad, walk a netless, high-wire tightrope. There is no other way to explain why they continue to let something called "sequestration" continue to blindly whack away at defense programs, military personnel and other vitally important costs. …
The present terms for the Midway mayor and city-council members are coming to an end. On Nov. 5, the citizens of Midway will decide who they want to manage the city for the next four years.
It seems too many loved ones recently have said good-bye to this vale of grief and sorrow and said hello to sweet eternity. Heaven is blessed, but I am distressed.
With the use of terms like sequestration, BRAC and budget cuts, it is easy to see and feel the concern in today's Army.
Monday's news that a shooting rampage left 12 dead at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., was jarring and also left us asking the one question that matters most and yet is hardest to answer.
In our lives, there are places and things we remember. I remember one event as if it were yesterday.
Editor, I'm not much with back-and-forths, but I never shy away from a good debate, either, so as a rebuttal of sorts, I will address the comments made in Bruce A. McCartney's letter to the editor:
Dear Syrian rebels: I thought I'd take a minute to correspond with you as you resume your efforts to overthrow Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.
In the past several years, I have had as much luck visiting the historically preserved home of iconic Southern writer Eudora Welty as I would have had when she was alive. The front door always is shut to me.
If this were the world it should be, the front-page, above-the-fold headline on this and other newspapers Friday would have been the Thursday announcement that Voyager 1, a NASA spacecraft launched 36 years ago, had crossed the boundaries of our solar system, becoming mankind's first emissary to the stars.
In typical scatter-brained-mom fashion, I set out last Saturday morning to assemble what was supposed to be an easy dinner in the Crock-Pot, only to realize I forgot one key ingredient.
As Washington swirls with proposals, counter-proposals and political brinksmanship in response to diplomatic efforts on Syria, the situation has a lot of people scratching their heads. Couldn't President Obama and Congress have handled this differently?
The Win-dex Awards give you a chance to pick a business that deserves a pat on the back for looking good.