Looking around for something appropriate to say as our nation celebrates its 223rd birthday, I happened to run across an old clipping in my files from Eugene Methvin, one of the finest journalists ever from the state of Georgia.
Every year after the legislative session ends, I send a newsletter to constituents in my district recapping our work. In an attempt to gain input on certain issues, I also include a few questions and ask them to respond.
In a new Gallup Poll asking who is the national leader of the Republican Party, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels didn't even rate an asterisk. That's unsurprising. The governor of the country's 16th most populous state won't normally garner much national attention, especially when he's an unassuming, old-school budget cutter.
A friend of mine, once a top official in state government, recently tried to get AT&T service to his farm in Middle Georgia. After talking to robots and not getting his calls returned by a human being, he decided he had no choice but to call the Public Service Commission and complain. The PSC never returned his call either. The "new" AT&T's indifferent customer service doesn't surprise me. Now it looks like the regulators have caught the disease as well. …
The best thing about Independence Day is it's a reason fill up the cooler and head to somewhere cooler than Pooler.
Where does Newt Gingrich go to get his apology? He proposed slowing the rate of growth of Medicare and Medicaid in the mid-1990s and was clobbered by Democrats and the press for waging war on the elderly and the indigent.
Hard to believe, but some people actually get their knickers in a wad over observations that emanate from this space. After a careful analysis of critical comments (insert joke here), I have decided that the vast number of complainants suffer from a serious case of humor deficiency. This is not unlike being deficient in your intake of omega-3 whatevers, except that eating fish doesn't improve the situation. It just makes your breath smell bad.
Four years ago, the Democratic minority on the Rules Committee of the U.S. House - the body that oversees legislative process for that side of the Capitol - issued a lengthy report excoriating the Republican majority for abandoning "procedural fairness" and "democratic accountability." The House leadership of the time, it charged, had essentially shut down debate and boxed the minority out of any meaningful participation in congressional life.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner wasn't playing for yucks when he visited China recently. But when he told students at a Chinese university that China's assets in the U.S. are "very safe," the audience burst out in laughter.
Whoa! Whoa! Hold on a second. Yes, I know former Gov. Roy Barnes has announced that he is running again in 2010, but before all the political pundits, pollsters and press folk give him the job, there is the little matter of getting elected first.
Last week, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced that Georgia's revenue figures for May were down 14.4 percent from last year. With one month remaining in the current '09 fiscal year, collections are now well below 10 percent of last year's levels.
It was a historic day when President Barack Obama announced his nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. No president had ever nominated a Hispanic woman. Nor had a recent president - or his nominee - expressed less genuine interest in the traditional craft of judging.
Last week's decision by the Department of Defense to not locate a fifth brigade at Fort Stewart is deeply disappointing to our community, another lesson that decisions made in Washington, D.C. are not written in stone.
This is an open letter to Georgia's public school teachers.
Technology pundits may be debating whether we are in Web 2.0 or 3.0, but all too often, government is stuck in Web 1.0. Many governments are starting to pay lip service to "transparency" and some are reluctantly publicizing spending information on searchable government Web sites. Frequently, however, the data are more than 6 months to a year old, not interactive and difficult to analyze.
Editor, "Greater Good" is a point or ideology that has been defined, perceived and twisted. So what does this mean? I wonder if it's even fair to apply this concept because, at the end of the day, the definition is construed. Man is still making that determination.
In 1976 in the rainforest, a virus was transmitted to people from wild animals, and it spread through the population via human-to-human contact.
Editor, I just spoke with Liberty County Chief Registrar/Elections Supervisor Ella Golden. She reported Sunday voting results as:
I called Junior E. Lee and asked when he would have some post-election analysis to share with you. Junior, as you know, is general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, in Greater Garfield, Georgia, home of Round-or-Square Polls, whose motto is "You supply the dough and we will cook the results."
This month, more than 500 local volunteers have made a positive difference for our local waterways by participating in the Statewide Rivers Alive waterway cleanups in Georgia. Over 50 locations in Liberty County have been cleaned up so far by these amazing helpers, who ranged in ages from 2 (yes, they had a little help from their parents) to 80. Several more groups have cleanups scheduled in the next three weeks. Rivers Alive is a statewide effort to preserve and protect our waterways in Georgia. Rivers Alive events also are part of the international efforts of The Ocean Conservancy.
That apple tree. Oh my goodness. Something told me it wouldn't turn out well.
I dislike talking on the phone. For a number of reasons, I've never really been fond of telephone calls or conversations.
Editor, I just read Liberty County Administrator Joey Brown's column. Maybe, if government wasn't so secretive, Liberty County citizens would be able to get all of the proper information that Mr. Brown has at his fingertips. I know firsthand how difficult it is to get the government to make records public.
Liberty County voters once again will have the option Tuesday to vote to extend the current Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for an additional six years. SPLOST has been around awhile and enables local governments to finance specific capital projects, such as courthouses, roads, bridges, libraries and highways. SPLOST is a 1 percent sales tax that is paid on purchases made in Liberty County.