Jan. 7 is the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming presidential primary. We urge all who haven't already done so to sign up.
"The assassination of Benazir Bhutto was not an attack on this brave woman alone; it was an attack upon democracy, freedom and the United States." This statement by Asa Hutchinson, former undersecretary of homeland security, was typical of the reaction of the American political and media establishments.
When it comes to progressive climate change initiatives, Georgia's legislators distinguish themselves by leading the opposition. Our state's national reputation hit a new low last year on both environmental and economic development issues when Georgia legislators at the National Conference of State Legislatures refused to adopt or recommend federal measures to address climate change issues, including global warming. Such measures incorporate targets for reducing carbon emission, plus investing in renewable energy and energy conservation.
From small time to over the hill, the conservative punditocracy is worried, very worried, that Spanish is taking over. Pretty mad about it, too.
MEDELLIN, Colombia - In what was once the most dangerous neighborhood of this, the world's most notorious city, a Sunday afternoon is a bustling, joyful affair. The scampering children and people sitting at tiny sidewalk cafes on the narrow streets would be fit subjects for a Colombian Norman Rockwell.
We are winding down the holiday season, the time of year when we each celebrate our faith with family and friends. We pause in the busyness of preparations to remember the blessings of togetherness, belonging, and traditions. Yet, there are many children in our state who have not been blessed as so many of us have with those things that we would emphatically say mean the very most to us - the gifts of family, love, security and safety. I'm talking about the many children across our state who have been abused or neglected and now live in foster care.
New Year's is a time for reflection on where we've been, the lessons learned, and how we can better ourselves for the future. Unfortunately, many resolutions to help our children better succeed in school have been broken.
During the recent CNN-sponsored Youtube debate, Republican candidates gamely responded to questions from supporters of Bill Richardson, Log Cabin Republicans, and the ubiquitous audience plant from the Clinton camp.
The holidays offer a special time to remember our many blessings as Americans - perhaps chief among them are the dedicated soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who protect our nation. Since assuming this post a year ago, I have been awed and humbled by our men and women in uniform who are carving for themselves a noble place in American history.
Last week, Mike Huckabee's Christmas ad generated an extraordinary amount of buzz among the national news media when Huckabee wished voters a "Merry Christmas" and referenced the "season of Christ's birth."
The New Year is a time of resolutions. It's a time when people commit to making a change in their life. Losing weight, changing jobs, saving money, making money, a new relationship, getting in shape, going back to school, or giving up smoking, are just some of the goals people set for themselves on Jan. 1.
It was not without humor that in the recent Spanish-language presidential debate, all but one of the Republican candidates pretended they did not know the ongoing verbal assault on immigrants is driving Hispanics away from the GOP.
The National Intelligence Estimate arguing Iran gave up its nuclear-weapons program in 2003 went public last month, instantly lessening the urgency of the domestic debate over how to handle Iran.
Most of the time, it takes a crisis or a near crisis situation to concentrate our thinking. It's amazing what human beings are capable of when faced with big problems. All we know at the time is that we need answers. These answers may not be obvious, but, the industrious people that we are, we go right to work looking for them.
I recently received an email from Enterprise Rent-A-Car entirely in Spanish. This was followed by a second email (en inglés estavez), which apologized for the previous email and offered me a 15 percent discount on my next rental.
One afternoon, I had a hankering - a primal-like craving - for a supper of pinto beans and cornbread with a tall glass of cold, rich buttermilk thrown in for good measure and extra filling.
I didn't cook Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. My husband, daughter and I went to a restaurant in Richmond Hill that offered all the traditional holiday fare at a reasonable price. It was the first time in my life I did not eat a home-cooked meal on Thanksgiving.
Editor, Supposedly, taxes are going up again because SPLOST was voted down. Don't you know that taxes are raised whether or not SPLOST is approved? Taxes also will be raised no matter how many concerned citizens attend the three public hearings on the proposed millage-rate hikes.
We believe that every day should be about recycling. It's one easy action that everyone can do to help our environment. But America Recycles Day, celebrated Nov. 15 this year, is designated to educate and motivate people on recycling.
Editor, To SPLOST or not to SPLOST - that was the question ... and SPLOST lost! The citizens of Liberty County finally got tired of unconstrained spending and spoke up the only way they could - through the ballot box.
Editor, An editorial cartoon by R. McKee serves as a modern take on the old Hans Christian Anderson tale about the emperor who was swindled by to weavers who promise to make him a suit of clothes that is invisible to people who are stupid and incompetent. When the emperor and his cabinet members cannot see the clothes, they pretend to be able to see them for fear of being deemed unfit for their positions. In reality, the swindlers only pretended to make the suit and clothe the emperor. He isn't wearing anything.
Editor, Today, I was nursing Gauge, my 2-month old son, at the Dunkin' Donuts in Hinesville. I have nursed in public like this numerous times. I sat in the corner and even had my friend stand in front of me to make sure nobody saw anything. As I was leaving and getting Gauge buckled into his car seat, an employee followed me to my car and told me that from now on when I nursed in the donut shop, I needed to cover up because customers complained.
Back in 1966, Bobby Fuller sang about, "Robbin' people with a six-gun, I fought the law and the law won." And rightfully so - robbery is a crime. But what happens when it's the law doing the robbing and the law wins?
On my "to-do" list last week was a reminder to call former Gov. Carl Sanders and see if he had any thoughts on how to get the field at Sanford Stadium named for UGA's former coach and athletic director Vince Dooley. I knew he would like the idea and perhaps could jerk a few chains I seem to have been unable to rattle thus far.
I love this time of year. All the lights and decorations really can make our community look pretty. It would be wonderful if we all made that kind of effort all year long.
It started accidentally. Some good ideas and memorable moments are like that. They aren't planned. They're born, bringing with them an ability to nudge a way naturally into our lives and become a tradition.
Moms want everything and nothing at all. We want to be everywhere at once and also nowhere to be found. We want to impress everyone, handle every chore imaginable and spend every waking second bonding with our children. We also want to totally escape from life. Failure to accomplish this leads to immense guilt and, occasionally, foul moods.
Editor, In my humble opinion, the failure of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax was not a criticism of the tax, but rather of the excessive - and perhaps arrogant - spending of our tax dollars by our elected officials. The threat of the new Transportation SPLOST, another tax, was maybe another factor.
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Editor's note: U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Georgia, and other area elected officials will contribute periodic columns during the upcoming legislative sessions. This is a report about orientation that he went through last week.