"No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!"
The nation's economy looks bumpy for 2008, and Georgia may not be able to avoid the rough ride. A national housing crisis and soaring energy prices combine with a regional drought to signal dread ahead.
This past Friday, Evel Knieval finally could cheat death no more, as passed away at his home in Clearwater, Fla. He was 69.
The "sideshow" has become the main event. For years, we've been told that only stem-cell research that destroys human embryos is worth pursuing. Everything else is a diversion, driven by fanatical religious opposition to the progress of science.
Hugo Chavez continues to keep pushing Latin America into the pits of resentful Third-Worldism.
During the past several months, we've learned exactly how Georgia's elected officials perceive their mandate from the voters. Our leaders' view of where we want them to go is changed considerably from where we wanted to go in Georgia during the second half of the 20th century.
One gets the feeling that even the White House realizes the mess it's made of Iraq.
In these times of combined threat from climate change, peak oil, pollution and toxic waste, green home building not only makes sense, it is imperative.
Given the misguided energy bills under consideration in our nation's capital, Congress should actually embrace the label "Do Nothing" as a badge of honor and statesmanship if current energy legislation fails.
Like love and marriage, tax and spending go together like the proverbial horse and carriage. Absent spending controls, any major "reform" proposal in Georgia's tax code - particularly a shift in revenues among different levels of government - becomes a masquerade that would increase the size of government.
November is not my favorite month. So many times in November my husband, Joe, and I had to put on our badge of courage and faith to make it through difficult situation.
In the early 1990s, few right-wing bugaboos loomed as large as Hillary Clinton's secret health-care task force. Conservatives who still routinely invoke the task force can seem obsessed with rehashing the greatest anti-Clinton hits of yore. But look who's talking about the task force now.
The rise of the Internet and the massive expansion of telecommunications networks have allowed individuals access to goods, services, and one another on an unprecedented level.
When the (3rd Infantry) Division arrived in Iraq in March, an area due west of Baghdad was a hotbed of Shia extremists. Nahrawan was so overrun by Shia criminals and militias that we could not attack it without the proper combat power.
Being involved in a child's education is not a part-time job. Parental involvement stretches from the classroom to the living room and every place in between. It is a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week pursuit that lasts throughout the year.
National Planting Day, sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, is a wonderful way to celebrate the value and power of native species.
Editor, Through your paper, I would like to reiterate the necessity of providing substance-abuse tests to all the welfare recipients in every state of our county.
Rats! As if creating this profound and pithy prose each week wasn't hard enough, now I have discovered a legislator with a sense of humor. The apocalypse is upon us.
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.