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.
This year, 483,605 Georgians have the same item on their Christmas wish list - they want a job.
Recently, 192 mostly socialist governments, led by Bolivia, asked the U.N. to create a treaty that would grant the same rights found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to "Mother Nature." The treaty supports a legal system to maintain a balance between human rights and what they perceive as the rights of other elements of the Earth's community - the plants, animals and terrain.
The last few weeks have been busy for Keep Liberty Beautiful volunteers.
Editor: Senators Isakson and Perdue have proposed a bill for turning control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) over to Congressional oversight rather than ...
Steve Bannon blew a dog whistle for constitutional conservatives when he spoke of "deconstructing the administrative state" at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
OK, OK, OK, you say. Enough already. We in the media have made our point. In fact, we have made it ad nauseum. We are ...
At my first paper some 20 years ago there was a middle-aged, bespectacled and be-permed teacher named Ginger something-or-the other who regularly wrote a column ...
As a spouse of a retired U.S. Army veteran, I have traveled the world and in my travels I have achieved many successes.
Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law. Last week, the ...
Editor: Either your reporting of the "BoE, superintendent to part ways June 30" had an error or this is another one of those "you gotta ...
The General Assembly session is more than two-thirds done and on track to adjournment.
The Georgia General Assembly ended the week on what is known as "Crossover Day." This is the 28th legislative day in which bills that passed ...
What if a million years ago a caveman finished off a soda and he tossed the glass bottle on the ground on the ground?
A recent opinion piece in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution asked, "Are vouchers a failure?" Any answer requires examining the best evidence on the topic and placing ...
My feelings are hurt. I'm not on President Donald Trump's list of "enemies of the American people." Here is his exact tweet:
As if on cue, riots broke out in a heavily immigrant suburb of Stockholm as soon as the media mocked President Donald Trump for a ...