A child living in Georgia is twice as likely to die before age 14 as a child living in Nebraska or Iowa, or at least eight other states. An expectant mother in Georgia is twice as likely to receive inadequate prenatal care as a mother in Wisconsin or Vermont.
"What's for supper?" Dolly, the Sheep! Hello? Is anyone out there concerned the FDA recently released a notice stating unequivocally cloned animals are safe to eat and will soon be entering our food supply?
Are we living in a fantasy? Maybe it was just the time and place where I grew up, but I don't remember hearing our national leaders belittled as they are today.
The first month of the new year has been a rough one. Not only has Liberty County lost two of its young people to violent acts, but two others were killed in a car crash.
Ethics reform begins right here
Georgia lost a legend last weekend. Tom Watson Brown, a rich man and a soft touch for politicians of nearly all stripes, died at age 73 of complications from diabetes.
Liberty County and its municipalities are experiencing tremendous growth. Residential and commercial developments are popping up everywhere, and local roads and highways are being widened.
The "do-nothing Congress" is dead. Long live the "do-nothing Congress." Such should be the proclamation with the ascension of Democrats to control of Congress.
King Day time to note failures and progress
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!