Have you ever had someone stare at you as if you have two heads? Try casually dropping into conversation the fact that you only plan to have one child. When people who don't know me learn that my husband and I are content to keep our family small, they look at me dumbfounded, confused and - sometimes - a bit horrified.
Spring is such a busy time. At Keep Liberty Beautiful, we have a number of activities going on that we need you involved in.
A majority of the House of Representatives voted March 7 to approve legislation that would allow gun owners to carry weapons in many areas where they are now prohibited.
Only in our nation's capital could you cut less than one-half of 1 percent of the annual federal budget (the so-called "sequester"), and then head home and call it a day while the nation sits in bewilderment. The "principals" in this matter still have not gathered at any real table to discuss this serious financial situation in recent weeks.
Editor, Liberty County's move to place full-time firefighters in the Midway fire station is nothing more than a power grab by the county. If Midway was to go along with the county's plan, the city would have to give up control of its fire department.
The Governor's Office of Student Achievement recently conducted an audit of the Liberty County School System after evidence surfaced indicating irregularities on some Waldo Pafford Elementary classes' CRCT scores. Though a high number of erased answers among tests of third- through fifth-grade classes triggered the investigation, the preliminary findings of the academic auditors' probe were ambiguous.
Editor, I have now seen in this newspaper the city map of Hinesville that has the police report of crimes by street for the week.
President Barack Obama has mastered a new kind of politics: Do nothing about a problem, refuse to meet with Congress, and then launch campaign rallies across the country to complain about nothing getting done. The latest example is his campaign against what he describes as the devastating cuts of sequestration. What he is forgetting to tell the American people is that it was his idea in the first place. He also forgets to mention that these "massive" cuts amount to less than 3 cents on the dollar over 10 years.
Monday, Feb. 25 - For the third year in a row, I presented a synthetic-marijuana bill to the Senate. House Bill 57, sponsored by Rep. Matt Ramsey, R- Peachtree City, already had passed the House and was on the fast tract so that the governor can sign the bill into law and it can become effective immediately. Manufacturers of synthetic marijuana continuously change the chemical make-up of the drug, requiring us to follow suit by adding their most recent formulas to the list of banned substances.
The Georgia House of Representatives has passed an ethics-reform bill and has sent it on its way to the state Senate for its consideration and action. But don't get out the confetti just yet.
The 2013 session of the General Assembly continued to push forward toward the finish line with the completion of the 27th day of session. The pace quickens, the days lengthen and pending legislation continues to grow.
Friday was the 27th legislative day of the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly.
With what could be an endless series of fiscal crises facing the federal government during the next few months, now is a good time to check where Congress stands in its deficit-reduction efforts. After two years, here's the scorecard: middle-class families and the military, $1.5 trillion in budget cuts and reduced public investments over 10 years; wealthy households, $620 billion in fairer taxes; corporate America, nothing.
Imagine a business that oversees massive construction projects but doesn't have to worry about completing them on time or within budget. Hard to believe a company like that could stay in business, right?
Friday, March 1, was the 27thlegislative day of the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly. As we close in on the 30th-day "cross-over" deadline for legislation to pass the House of Representatives in time to be considered by the Senate, or vice versa, this year, this has been a busy past week at the committee level. Three bills that I co-sponsored were favorably reported by their respective committees and now await action by the full House.
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.
Editor, There are four states that have counties named Liberty. After reading Liberty County Commissioner Gary Gilliard's recent letter to the editor, I'm not sure which Liberty County he was referring to. Surely not Georgia's Liberty County.
As with any job, you have to interview for the position. It should be no different for the candidates who desire to represent the 1st District of Georgia and the state in Washington.
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, along with the 3rd Infantry Division, saw another change of command last month.
Editor, A 16-hour fair-dismissal hearing? Where, exactly, are we? Salem?
It is flattering to have readers tell me I should run for public office.
Parents enter parenthood in countless ways. Sure, there's the traditional method - get married, have a baby and raise your family. And that's a wonderful way to go about it. But there are all kinds of families out there, and I know that I - for one - sometimes forget that moms and dads are made in more ways than one.
To be downright honest, I never expected to miss him this much. And if the deeper truth be told, perhaps what gets to me isn't just the loss of a singular man, though great and admirable he was.
There is a lot of debate in this state and across the rest of the nation over whether the U.S. should get involved in Syria's civil war. Some members of Congress want the country to proceed full speed ahead with sabers out, while others want to tread carefully in the affairs of another Arab nation.
Next weekend, Keep Liberty Beautiful volunteers will collect recycling and give out free native plants to green up our community.
Editor, Recently, I attended the march on Washington to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech.
On Aug. 23, police in Brunswick reported that eight people got violently ill after smoking an herbal incense called Crazy Clown.