"I wondered how much I had changed. I had gone to Washington a hero, described by many in the media as a 'genius.' I was returning to Georgia a loser. The green bird turned west toward Plains, lifted quickly into the dark sky, and was gone."
Everybody knows about the two speeches Barack Obama needed to get past, or at least try to get past, his pastor problem.
Raving against the shortcomings of government is as easy as eating ice cream. Governing itself is as painful as walking on hot nails.
Last Sunday morning my weather radio went crazy. It's supposed to warn me if the nuclear plant I live near melts down, so I pay close attention when it sounds its siren inside my house.
Liberty County's and other school systems across the state have not received results from this year's Criteria-Referenced Competency Tests yet. But they apparently are going to be bad news when they are released next month.
Over the last five years, I have visited more than 500 schools, including at least one in every Georgia school district. I've discovered that each of our schools is unique and has its own character and its own challenges.
In challenging and divided times, it is imperative to find consensus-builders. Americans want results from Washington on the important issues before the country. Making progress on these issues means hammering out solutions that command broad support, and we need the politicians who can do it.
COULD SAM HELP OBAMA?
In my 15 years of advocating for gun violence prevention, I have never witnessed such an intense public debate about firearms policy. It is a crucial conversation that impacts all Georgians.
Every time I see the Rev. Jeremiah P. Wright holding forth on TV, I think of Jimmy Carter and Zell Miller.
Sometimes it takes someone from the outside making noise to draw our attention to necessary changes. And that's just what a national child advocacy organization did last week when it issued a report critiquing all 50 states' laws on the release of information about deaths and serious injuries from child abuse.
My friend, Elizabeth Johnson, is a boat captain on Tybee Island. For a living she takes anglers 50 to 75 miles off the coast and tells them how to bait up and where to cast and how to reel in.
I can predict the winner of the presidential election even now; the government. In a one-party system, that's how things work.
With their promise of new energy on Capitol Hill, congressional elections are always a time for hope. This year's contests will be especially significant, for Congress is listing and the nation desperately needs it to right itself.
Bill Shipp column for April 27, 2008
The Cherokee County Republican Party has a blurb on its website about Rep. Sam Moore, who won the 22nd District House seat earlier this month following the death of veteran lawmaker Calvin Hill. Among other tidbits about Moore are his hobbies, including this: "Playing jokes … watch out. You have been warned!"
Editor, The Liberty County Sheriff's Office's Tag Reader System would be better used in Hinesville on Highway 196, or on Highway 17 or even Highway 84 - anywhere these highways cross Liberty County.
In his State of the Union speech to Congress last month, President Obama drew widespread attention for pledging to use his executive authority to advance his priorities.
Editor, I fear that military members and civilians may end up being their own primary-care doctors.
Mama had great stories. My favorite was the only one I asked often for her to repeat. It has become something of an anthem in my life.
My daughter takes after her father in nearly every respect, especially when it comes to the traits and characteristics my husband exhibited as a child. From her sandy blonde hair to her blue eyes and left-handedness, Reese and Noell are two peas in a pod. I'd even go so far as to say she gets her fiery temperament from her dad, although I'm sure he'd say it's from me.
There is one thing about Southerners that you can bet on: We know how to make just about anything fun!
Let me run some numbers by you:
State business was halted again last week due to winter storm Pax that barreled its way through the South and eventually the Northeast.
Monday, Feb. 10 marked the halfway point of our 40-day legislative session, and we are flying through it faster than any other session I have been involved with in the past 10 years.
Georgia's second winter storm of the year caused an interruption in the 2014 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday, Feb. 17, for the 22ndlegislative day.
We happened upon him in a small gift shop. The clerk recognized me, laughed and said, "What a coincidence! She just bought a copy of your book!" She gestured toward a small woman browsing through a group of men's sweaters.
My daughter got her first dose of culture last week when my family took advantage of Super Museum Sunday to expand our horizons and learn a bit about regional history.
Readers of the Coastal Courier already know Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield has a lot to offer soldiers and their families. We have great golf courses. We have fun bowling alleys. We have restaurants serving delicious food. We have hunting grounds boasting plentiful game. We have fishing ponds stocked with the finest catches. Yes, this military installation has a lot to offer soldiers and their families. And it offers those same recreational opportunities to golf, bowl, eat, hunt and fish to our neighbors here in Southeast Georgia.
On Feb. 5, our family was struck with a tragedy, during which we had to utilize the services of Liberty County EMS and Liberty Regional Medical Center. From the initial 911 call to the passing of our loved one, we could not have asked for better treatment and care.