When I first went to Congress in the 1960s, dialogue between members of Congress and their constituents was straightforward - you'd go on radio or television, send a newsletter home, and talk to constituents by telephone or at meetings back in the district.
The run-up to the election for governor next year is beginning to feel like a replay of 1998.
Americans are saving for the first time in decades.
Recently, Newsweek looked at Federal Election Commission records and discovered the political action committees of five major recipients of federal bank bailout money, it found, made some $85,000 in campaign contributions in January and February, mostly to members of Congress sitting on the committees that oversee their industry.
One would think Barack Obama would have learned something about the limits of his personal charm at the G-20 summit in London. Even with the hated George W. Bush back in Texas, the anarchists still rage in the streets, the French and Germans still hate "Anglo-Saxon-style" capitalism, and the nations of the world still won't take dictation - on the need for a coordinated, global stimulus - from Washington.
Unless the Easter bunny leaves Georgia's government a bushel of golden eggs, the Peach State is in a heck of a mess.
The 2009 Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly officially adjourned sine die on April 3.
PITTSBURGH - Does the name Byran Uyesugi ring a bell? Odds are not. What about Robert A. Hawkins? Or Mark Barton? Terry Ratzmann? Robert Stewart?
The 2009 Legislative Session has come to an end and was one of the toughest yet. State revenues declined, unemployment rose and the danger of increased foreclosures loomed as the Legislature worked toward stimulating the economy and balancing the state budget.
When first elected, George W. Bush aspired to be the "CEO president." The label referred only to his (overhyped) business sensibility. President Barack Obama has become the CEO president in fact, responsible for a swath of American industry and finance.
Thurbert Baker is not exactly a clone of Barack Obama, but neither is he another Vernon Jones.
Wrapping up the final legislative day 40 on Friday, we had a full week. Due to the Georgia Constitution, the session must end on day 40.
At this time of year, when the skies are blue, the weather warm and the bugs not too bad, I love to hike trails. There are a lot of places to hike in the area - state parks, national parks private nature preserves, etc.
Now, that's cost efficiency. It took a mere $165 million to discredit the entire $11.6 trillion edifice of bailouts, capital infusions and guarantees that have accompanied the financial meltdown.
I arrived in Congress in 1965, as President Lyndon Johnson's transformation of government was getting under way. It was an extraordinary time, as LBJ sent to Capitol Hill proposals for Medicare, Medicaid, aid to education, the Voting Rights Act and a host of other bills that reshaped the nation's life. The United States was a different country by the time Congress finished.
Not long ago, the national philosophy behind criminal-justice policy was to lock offenders away and teach them a lesson. This was popular with politicians who found that it played well before crowds, and it was popular in communities where prisons and jails created jobs. Some folks even seemed to celebrate the idea that prisons were real hellholes.
Seven or eight years ago, as our nest became empty, my wife and I began taking short road trips to destinations as far as three hours from home.
Editor, In the recent Courier article announcing Sen. Isakson's visit to Hinesville on Sept. 5, Isakson was quotes as saying, "As you may know, it takes the VA an average 478 days to make a determination on a VA claim. That's more than a year. Although there are signs of improvement, it's still taking too long."
The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. "Surely, you can find some positive things to write about," she said, "and temporarily take people's minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that."
I've always been one of those persons who won't hire someone to do something for me if I can do it myself, such as painting my house, building a deck, building a utility barn, caring for my own lawn, installing new flooring, etc. It was just the way I was raised. And it stuck.
When I think back on the days of my youth, that time when I had the privilege of traveling on the NASCAR circuit, it would be hard to pick a lesson learned that was more important than another.
Most mornings, I spend about five minutes pulling my freshly washed hair into a ponytail. It's easy, it's efficient, and, I like to tell myself, it's even chic. When I know I'll be meeting important people or attending special events, however (like, say, the United Way annual campaign kick-off party or a chamber of commerce breakfast), I break out the products and utensils and spend an extra 20 minutes or so coaxing my locks into what I hope is a more professional-looking style.
I am superficial. I know that looks matter - when it comes to our community's appearance, that is.
Editor, I'm appalled - to say the least - at the extravagant salary paid to Liberty County School System Superintendent Dr. Valya Lee.
I'm not sure how many wilderness survival shows there are on television right now, but it appears there is some kind of obsession going on with this type of programming. And they are running the gamut from being naked in the wild to being fat in the wild. That's right, there's a show now titled "Fat Guys in The Woods." Fortunately, they keep their britches on.
• President Ronald Reagan, Jan. 30, 1984: "Exports create and sustain jobs for millions of American workers and contribute to the growth and strength of the United States economy. The Export-Import Bank contributes in a significant way to our nation's export sales."
Editor, The following is an open letter on sequestration to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, from retired U.S. Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, head of the Association of the United States Army:
Some of my favorite Norman Rockwell prints all have something to do with eating, but not for the reasons you might think.
Remember the story of "The Little Engine That Could"? That could well describe the city of Dalton, a town of some 34,000 nestled in the corner of northwest Georgia, not far from the Tennessee line.