To what do we owe our 20-pound Butterball turkeys, our high-definition TVs, our spacious and warm homes this Thanksgiving? Something that won't be high on anyone's list of things to be grateful for, but undergirds our way of life - a centuries-old economic revolution that changed the very terms of human existence.
People are often flabbergasted when they learn slaves outnumbered free whites 3-1 in the 1860 U.S. Census of Liberty County. But when you consider the labor needed to clear virgin timber for crop cultivation, to build the dikes to manage available water, and for planting, maintaining and harvesting rice and other crops, it's no longer a wonder. Add to that the craftsmen needed to sustain the plantations and the domestic help pressed into service, plus the fact that a person was a "slave" before they were weaned from their mother's breast and long after they could swing ...
Just as the fat lady prepared to sing to bring down the curtain on the 2008 election, Georgia became a battleground state - not for the presidency but for unchallenged control of the U.S. Senate.
Every time I go to the woods, I expect amazement; a crashing black bear, a glimpse of a panther; and last week's kayak trip on Cathead Creek was no exception.
When simple minded people cannot think of a valid criticism, they often resort of name-calling.
The gloating didn't last long. This fall, German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck proclaimed "Anglo-Saxon capitalism" is "finished." Steinbrueck stuck it to the hated Anglo-Saxon capitalists just in time - before he got too distracted by the exigencies of managing a $681 billion program to re-finance distressed German banks.
Another election season is coming to an end, and Georgia Democrats and Republicans alike are beginning to size up what's going to be and what could have been. Recent polls by various groups have shown much closer than expected contests for the Peach State's presidential electoral votes and for Republican Saxby Chambliss' Senate seat. You have to go back to 1996 to find Georgia contests this tight, when President Bill Clinton barely lost Georgia to Republican nominee Bob Dole, but Max Cleland won the Senate seat now held by Chambliss, in part because of a strong Democratic turnout ...
Evelyn Zarati is in trouble and she needs your help.
This has been a difficult year for all of us, as we have watched the stock markets sputter, housing values plummet, and banks crash. Too many Americans are struggling to make their mortgage payment, and wonder how they will ever be able to afford to retire. Many people are wondering if regular citizens are ever going to be able to stop bailing out big companies.
America as we know it might not exist without the battles of Saratoga and Yorktown, without Gettysburg and Antietam. The world the United States shaped so decisively in the 20th century might have looked different if it weren't for Normandy and Midway.
Former Sen. Sam Nunn is leading a group of big hitters in the Atlanta business community in a campaign to recruit support and raise cash for Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. They're asking for contributions of $5,000 to $30,000 from each for the Obama Victory Fund.
One fall morning I was running on the road when nine wild turkeys crossed in front of me. Uncle Bill and the other farmers were pulling corn nearby, and the turkeys must have been gathering spillage. While I was gaping at them, anticipating their flight, a sharp-shinned hawk rushed from the woods and flew directly over me.
As Congress struggled to stave off financial meltdown recently, it was hard to imagine that it could ever face a more serious issue. Yet from time to time it does: When it ponders whether or not to send young Americans to war.
The Bush years will be remembered for the cruel triumph of realism over illusion.
The belt-tightening called for by Gov. Sonny Perdue is being accomplished with some astonishingly commonsense measures in Georgia government. The Georgia Building Authority followed the example of ordinary Georgians, who often must implement simple cost-cutting measures to make ends.
Editor, "Greater Good" is a point or ideology that has been defined, perceived and twisted. So what does this mean? I wonder if it's even fair to apply this concept because, at the end of the day, the definition is construed. Man is still making that determination.
In 1976 in the rainforest, a virus was transmitted to people from wild animals, and it spread through the population via human-to-human contact.
Editor, I just spoke with Liberty County Chief Registrar/Elections Supervisor Ella Golden. She reported Sunday voting results as:
I called Junior E. Lee and asked when he would have some post-election analysis to share with you. Junior, as you know, is general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, in Greater Garfield, Georgia, home of Round-or-Square Polls, whose motto is "You supply the dough and we will cook the results."
This month, more than 500 local volunteers have made a positive difference for our local waterways by participating in the Statewide Rivers Alive waterway cleanups in Georgia. Over 50 locations in Liberty County have been cleaned up so far by these amazing helpers, who ranged in ages from 2 (yes, they had a little help from their parents) to 80. Several more groups have cleanups scheduled in the next three weeks. Rivers Alive is a statewide effort to preserve and protect our waterways in Georgia. Rivers Alive events also are part of the international efforts of The Ocean Conservancy.
That apple tree. Oh my goodness. Something told me it wouldn't turn out well.
I dislike talking on the phone. For a number of reasons, I've never really been fond of telephone calls or conversations.
Editor, I just read Liberty County Administrator Joey Brown's column. Maybe, if government wasn't so secretive, Liberty County citizens would be able to get all of the proper information that Mr. Brown has at his fingertips. I know firsthand how difficult it is to get the government to make records public.
Liberty County voters once again will have the option Tuesday to vote to extend the current Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for an additional six years. SPLOST has been around awhile and enables local governments to finance specific capital projects, such as courthouses, roads, bridges, libraries and highways. SPLOST is a 1 percent sales tax that is paid on purchases made in Liberty County.
A wise man once said that our only reason for occupying space on this earth is to leave things better than we found them. Unfortunately, not enough of us will. Len Pagano is an exception.