Editor, I participate in line dancing classes at the Bryan County Recreation Center in Richmond Hill on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. People who want enjoyable exercise should try line dancing.
President Barack Obama delivered his third State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress last week. These are always inspiring events with the House and Senate united in welcoming the president, his cabinet, the justices of the Supreme Court and leaders of our nation's military.
The 2012 General Assembly just completed its 14th legislative day this week. We began the week by passing SB 223, also known as the Georgia Government and Accountability Act. If enacted, this legislation would create a joint legislative sunset advisory committee to oversee the effectiveness of government operations and maximize every taxpayer dollar. The passage of this legislation provides a clear solution in addressing how efficient government should operate.
It started out as a tiny thought buried deep in my subconscious just over three years ago. Over time it evolved into a dream, then a deep-seeded desire.
You might think that DUIs would be on the downswing in Georgia, thanks to harsher penalties, increased public enlightenment and the efforts of groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Students Against Destructive Decisions.
I usually pick on the federal government for doing stupid things, but stupidity can be found in all forms of government, including international. It is hard to believe that intelligent people do such stupid things, but it keeps happening. Here are some examples - besides last summer's Midway lemon stand debacle.
The 2012 legislative session continues to move forward as legislation and committee meetings increase.
In his State of the State address, Gov. Nathan Deal looked to the heavens and the travels of legendary explorers to describe Georgia's voyage through the darkness of the Great Recession and toward brighter days ahead.
Editor, On Dec. 2, our friend, Regina Keys, was diagnosed with a condition that, according to her doctor, required immediate surgery. Having no insurance, Regina had to apply for financial aid before she could undergo the surgery to remove life-threatening tumors from her body. At this point, the only thing she thought she had to battle was the medical condition. Little did she know that what was about to unfold would baffle an entire community.
Whew! That was close! I almost became a Baptist the other day. Not just any Baptist, but a (gulp!) Southern Baptist.
It is estimated that on Super Bowl game day, Americans will consume 1.25 billion chicken wings. In other words, 625 million chickens will have contributed to the culinary delights of that day.
You may never have met or heard of Conrad Fink, but you've no doubt seen his handiwork - albeit through the hands of others.
Trees are essential to life. Most trees and shrubs in cities or communities are planted to provide beauty or shade.
Editor, Each year for the past 35 years, the flu has peaked in February. There is no evidence that this season will be any different.
While I was back in Iowa over the holidays, a friend of mine told me about a tradition she and her husband had developed for bonding after each child's birth. Once the new baby had reached around 3 months of age, they would leave the baby, along with their other children, with her parents and go for a couple's weekend to regroup in their marriage. At the time, and even still, the idea of leaving my baby behind for a weekend seemed outrageous.
When Donald Trump was campaigning for president, he pledged he would "drain the swamp" in Washington and put an end to all the influence peddling ...
To Arms! To Arms! The Legislature is coming, the Legislature is coming!
The mayoral election seemed a million miles away on Friday night at the Spring County Fair. With "Silver Tongue" firmly entrenched in his role as ...
On Monday, the Georgia General Assembly began the 2017 session and I am honored that you place trust in me to represent you in the ...
Mike Riddle was a pretty good Long County correspondent for the Coastal Courier for a lot of years.
Editor: As the city turns. In our last episode, the suspense was high as the city council reprimanded two outstanding employees unjustly. The council also ...
If you are still having trouble firming up some New Year's resolutions that you can actually keep, consider recycling.
Editor: The use of Naloxone can save a life. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is an opioid antagonist used in opioid overdoses to counteract the ...
Henry Ford converted a 1937 For pickup truck into a fire truck to be used in Way's Station, now Richmond Hill.
The morning following "The Great Valley Runoff" was perhaps the oddest moment of my growing-up years. It was as if we were surrounded by fog ...
My loyal readers, both of them, possibly remember that I've long championed some outside-the-box ways to reduce the deficit before we're overwhelmed with ...
The year 2016 is over, but I want to start 2017 by looking back at some of the positive things from last year.
Donald Trump was supposed to take over the Republican Party, but the question going forward will be whether the Republican Party takes over him.
As we end 2016, we pause to consider how much have we emancipated?
Rick Downs needs your help now.