Editor, Wednesday morning, I experienced the excitement and absolute joy of welcoming students and parents back to a new school year at the Midway Elementary and Middle schools. It was an experience I will long remember and the most wonderful start to my day in many years.
I cannot think of a time in my life when newspapers were not present.
With the recent revelations coming out of the Internal Revenue Service - news that it colluded with the Federal Elections Commission to influence rulings - the last place the scandal-plagued agency belongs is in the most personal aspect of our lives: our health care.
Editor, It has come to the attention of myself and the Liberty County NAACP chapter that there has been unacceptable behavior from a Chinese-food restaurant in Hinesville toward certain residents of Liberty County.
Teachers, as you head back to the classroom for the new school year, I would like to tell you that things have changed for the better, but I would be fibbing.
Editor, Andy "Bubba" Young is a loving, compassionate daddy who gave up the comforts of home to serve and protect us as a loyal Long County deputy. He gave of himself. As a Christian, he prayed for our loved ones anytime we reached out to him.
Having a sick child is hard, there's no doubt about that. First and foremost, parents are faced with the sense of helplessness that comes with knowing your son or daughter feels poorly, and there's little that can be done to instantaneously restore their health.
Back in the summer, unwillingly, I would rise early and take a run to beat some of the oppressive heat and humidity that smothers the South when the sun inches higher in the sky. Many mornings, I encountered something that would stick with me for the rest of the run.
People who litter just blow my mind. I do not understand where anyone gets the idea that tossing your trash on the ground makes any sense.
This week, school bells will ring and the 2013-14 academic year will begin. Some kids welcome it, others don't. Parents also likely have mixed feelings about the start of another term.
If you want to know why passing congressional legislation has gotten so difficult, here are two numbers to remember: five and 532. They illustrate a great deal about Congress today.
Editor, News has been circulating around Midway that McDonald's and a convenience store will be opening next to Holton's Seafood Restaurant on East Oglethorpe Highway at I-95. The city of Midway and Liberty County have given their approvals. Now, for the bad news - the Georgia Department of Transportation has decided that there needs to be a new turn lane in that area, which will cost $175,000.
With 25 years in the pet industry and formally as a handler licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, I well understand that there is room for improvement in every aspect of animal husbandry. My comments here are superficial to the problems that exist.
I read recently in the Atlanta newspapers that our intrepid public servants just keep on going - on trips, that is.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generate more than 251 million tons of garbage each year. We are the trashiest country in the world.
A major New York publisher sent a review copy of a much-touted novel called "If Jack's In Love." Because I write about the South and because this book had won the Willie Morris Award for Southern fiction, the book's publicist followed up with an email.
Before my daughter Reese was born, I had another "baby." For several years, my golden retriever, Abbie, pretty much had it made. My husband and I welcomed her to our home when she was 12 weeks old in September 2007 and wasted no time showering her with affection, toys, treats and walks.
Editor, Dr. Sweat has looked after our animals for more than 40 years, and I just could not let his retirement from veterinary practice go unacknowledged.
If you had any doubt of the disastrous effects of Obamacare, two Georgia companies provided real world examples this week.
For those of us who think and write about democracy, few things are more appealing than a book about how to make it work better. My shelves are groaning with them.
Editor, The Liberty County Sheriff's Office is issuing an urgent plea to members of our community for any information regarding the murder of Ernie Walthour. I want to remind everyone that a $25,000 reward has been offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this senseless crime. Our investigation indicates that someone out there has the information that could solve this crime. For the sake of Ernie's family and in the interest of justice, I am appealing to anyone who could help.
Please indulge me a moment of introspection, and feel free to think along with me. Chances are, what I am going to write may apply to you as well.
Fifty years ago this week, a seminal moment in history was off many Americans' radar.
It has long been my belief that the dreams tucked into our hearts are the compass we're given to find our direction in life. Children know at an early age what they're called to do. Sadly, too few grow up to follow that calling because life's demands and sensibilities get in the way.
Primping is fun - at least I've always thought so. Most people enjoy looking their best, and before I was a mom, scarcely a day went by when my eyeliner and blow-dryer didn't see the light of day.
Get that "honey do" list started this weekend so you will be ready for the next Recycle It! Fair on Sept. 14.
Congress has perfected the art of doing nothing.
Deeply unpopular and flagrantly unproductive, Congress is on its August recess right now. It won't return until Sept. 9, after a five-week recess, leaving itself just a few days to settle issues like raising the debt ceiling and passing a federal budget.
Editor, This is in response to the letter to the editor from Ms. Karon Ivery, GDOT's District 5 engineer. Her last sentence said it all - "mandate a turn lane." GDOT was quick to mandate the turn lane for Midway's proposed McDonald's but did not supply the funds for the project.
Editor, I would like to thank the Hinesville police officer (unfortunately, I do not have his name) who found my Kindle reader that I forgot on the roof on my car at 1:30 a.m. on a recent night on Highway 84. Thank you so much!