When Georgians think about the best ways to fight poverty and help more families climb the economic ladder, tax credits probably aren't the first things that come to mind. But new data released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau confirm that the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, and Child Tax Credit, or CTC, are among the strongest anti-poverty tools in the nation's toolbox. And the data arrive at an opportune time, as Georgia lawmakers face several opportunities to strengthen the credits at both the federal level and the state Capitol.
Every child deserves a safe, permanent home. Unfortunately, an estimated 9,000 children in Georgia are removed annually from their family homes because of abuse and neglect and are placed in foster homes on a temporary basis, separating them from their families and requiring them to adjust to new surroundings, friends and circumstances.
It is a blessing of a life to know common-man philosophers - those people, though not formally educated, who are plenty smart when it comes to sizing up life.
Mark Gintert might just have the best job in America. An avid outdoorsman and a successful businessman, Gintert is the national youth director of The Bass Federation, which means he gets to work with young people across the land to introduce them to the joys of fishing through high-school fishing clubs.
It was one of those pleasant September afternoons when you can feel the heat of summer giving way as the seasons change.
It is, I believe, a distinct and unique trait of the South the way we carry on long conversations with people we are passing in the loaf-bread section of the grocery store or in the checkout line.
Editor, Veterans Day, Nov. 11, falls on a Wednesday this year. As with the last three years, the Veterans Day Parade will line up in the Bradwell Institute parking lot beginning at 2 p.m. and will promptly step off at 4 p.m. This is done to accommodate the members of the 3rd Infantry Division and their band sufficient time to return from the morning parade in Savannah.
Late on a Friday afternoon in 1989, Judge James E. Findley (now deceased), one of the three superior-court judges of the Atlantic Judicial Circuit, which includes the superior court of Liberty County, was conducting a hearing for parties involved in a dispute over child support and alimony. The plaintiff, the former wife of a retired soldier, alleged that her ex-husband, the defendant, owed her substantial unpaid amounts for both forms of postdivorce support.
Businesses are part of the heart of our community here in Liberty County. We are fortunate that we have so many business owners who work hard to make the appearance of their businesses as positive as the services and products that they sell.
Editor, It appears the city of Hinesville and the Police Department have reversed the decision to short the car plan to provide a static post inside the hospital. Instead, it will be offered to officers as a voluntary overtime job.
This world is full of surprises. I just got a call from Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter Skates Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Greater Metropolitan Pooler. That alone is rare. Skeeter doesn't call me much because he doesn't particularly care for those of us in the media. He thinks we add little value to society. That doesn't make him unique. According to my mail, quite a few others share his opinion.
A couple of months ago, the Congressional Budget Office issued a sobering report on the U.S. economy's long-term prospects. Not to put too fine a point on it: We're headed for the fiscal rocks.
If you've been watching TV, you surely have seen the controversy in Kentucky, where a court clerk has been in and out of jail for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses on the grounds that it violates her religious beliefs.
Not long ago, I watched a couple of documentaries on ESPN about the Southeastern Conference called "SEC: Storied."
When the 10th annual Earth Day Celebration takes place on Friday, everyone who attends has the chance to learn easy ways to change our world ...
The other morning, I called one of my best friends. I had a bit of news as well as a piece of advice I wanted ...
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Without a doubt, this is a troubling time in America. Mass shootings have been happening with seemingly greater regularity. House Bill 859, the "campus carry ...
Before you get your shorts in a wad, the following observations in no way indicate my preference for or opposition to the recent "religious freedom ...
Even the most casual reader of this space knows that I am bullish on public education. But there is one school system in Georgia that ...