Is this it? That's the question that hangs over the Republican presidential field, and the answer is, "Yes, this is it - no shining conservative on a white horse, no new Ronald Reagan, is arriving to re-make this race."
Voting is an individual right that defines our nation and our democratic principles. Voting is our opportunity to voice our views to policy makers at all levels of government.
It feels like an almost weekly occurrence now. Something happens on Capitol Hill - the debate over our way out of Iraq, for instance - and before you know it, commentators are wrinkling their noses about politicians.
Late last spring, Congress came close to legalizing the importation of prescription drugs from abroad. Although the legislation failed, lawmakers are expected to consider a similar measure soon.
A federal judge has ruled that a Guantanamo detainee may not be sent to his home country because he might be tortured there.
Of all the crises endured by our state during the last century, none were more predictable than running out of water.
You'd think that when a country emerges from decades of dictatorship, its government would sympathize with countries still under dictatorship.
BAGHDAD - A war has probably never been so debated and so little understood as the one in Iraq.
Fall ushers in football season, and with football comes one of the biggest high school events of the year - homecoming, and often the decision whether to drink alcohol. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 110 youth ages 15-20 were killed as a result of underage drinking and driving during homecoming weekends in 2005.
Preparedness is a common goal of many teachers. Whether they are teaching kindergarteners the basics of shapes, colors, and the alphabet or teaching high schoolers trigonometry, they prepare our children to advance to the next level of learning. Preparation is important because it puts our students in a position to succeed. Too often though, our schools are not prepared for the thing that can end all of our efforts: school-age violence.
Georgia's rain shortfall and dire drought predictions have led to restrictions across the state on outdoor water use even though, as one county water conservation official admitted, "It's like driving on the interstate. You know that speeding is illegal, and you might slow down when you see a police officer on the side of the road, but once you pass him you go back to speeding."
There is much talk about the number of Georgians who would like to purchase health insurance but cannot afford it. There is less talk about Georgians who can afford health insurance but are "uninsurable" due to a pre-existing condition. A high-risk pool has been proposed to solve this problem in nearly every legislative session in the past 10 years. Unfortunately, the bill fails each year because of the cost concerns and questions about who should pay for it. There is a better solution. A new approach is now possible to establish consumer-driven health insurance plans as the basis for providing ...
This week we witnessed, yet again, the triumph of political skill and spin over substance from Georgia's statewide news media.
* A teenage girl who ran away from home to escape years of sexual abuse is picked up by police and locked up for weeks because she refuses to go home.
Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque couldn't take President Bush's speech at the U.N. General Assembly, so he walked out.
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!