After hearing and seeing decades of philosophizing about the need to protect the traditional public school system's funds and institutional prerogatives, and looking past the expressed concerns about a Jeffersonian separation of church and state, it is clear the real issue in America is not choice - it is who has it! Those of us with money already have parental choice and have no intention of relinquishing it. If schools fail to properly educate our children, we have at least two choices: We can move to communities where public schools do work or we enroll our children in private schools ...
As I crept into the lion's den among the public officials, they collectively eyed me down, while I cautiously stepped toward them.
The impending showdown between the Georgia House and the state Senate over the 2007 supplemental budget is far more than just the usual political skirmish over who gets to take home how much.
Behold, the self-styled friends of American labor. They are now trying to relieve the American worker of what they consider the unreasonable burden of the secret ballot, which is only one of the cardinal principles of free and fair elections.
While I am appreciative of the emotional response that the anti-war protesters are expressing with their dissatisfaction of the Iraq war quagmire, I could not stand idly by while watching a news broadcast on Fox News on March 26, depicting Americans swathed in garments covering their faces - a cowardly act in an of itself - burn an American flag to express their hostility toward our commander-in-chief's misguided efforts in Baghdad.
I am honored to be working with Senate President Pro-tem Eric Johnson (R-Savannah), in true bipartisan spirit, to introduce a resolution calling for the state to apologize for its complicity in supporting the institution of slavery, legalizing segregation and forcing Native Americans off their historic lands.
Newt Gingrich told a Vanderbilt University audience last week that the personal lives of presidential candidates should not become an issue in the 2008 campaigns.
Rudy Giuliani might have been an inspiration in the days after 9/11, but what relevance does that have now? He might have cleaned up New York City, but why should most Americans care whether, say, Bryant Park is a drug-dealer-infested nightmare or a pleasant place for office workers on a lunch break? The power of Giuliani's presidential candidacy is in neither of these things per se, but in the allure of executive prowess.
Around the time Congress convened this year, a Republican member of the House reflected to a newspaper reporter that there was a silver lining to the party's new minority status.
Removing the Dixie flag from the South Carolina Capitol grounds did not change history nor erase it from our minds.
It is impossible to use up water. When it is used, it doesn't disappear. There is as much water on this planet today as there was thousands of years ago. When it rains, the water evaporates or it runs to streams or underground reservoirs. It's hard to make it do anything else, except temporarily. Likewise, when water from a stream is used, it returns to a stream or evaporates.
Time is now for legislators to be vigilant
An article in the Coastal Courier about Liberty County being left out of a statewide tornado alarm and disaster drill (Exercise in disaster, Feb. 25) has proven to be very ironic.
The governor is flapping around like a headless chicken begging the feds for money to keep alive Georgia's health insurance program for children in need. The transportation nightmare in metro Atlanta could not get worse. Water polluters and land despoilers are pushing enough legislation to fill two freight cars. Loan sharks with fresh ideas for predation are circling the Statehouse. The tax code, the criminal defense system and flagging economic development require immediate attention.
Once upon a time, there was trouble if you married outside of your ethnic group. It wasn't until 1967 that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional, and not everybody loved Lucy and Ricky.
Our veterans shouldn't need an act of Congress and a presidential signature to get the Veterans Affairs healthcare system up to speed. But that's just what it took.
Whistleblowers, often revered and feared by the Obama administration, have received a special place since the 2011 initiation of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a global transparency campaign. Their prominence is justified. The OGP will become a magnet for cynicism unless there is safe cover for those who will make it work or fail - whistleblowers on the front lines of fraud, waste and abuse currently sustained through secrecy and enforced by repression.
According to the Federal Register, on Dec. 7, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency "found" that current and projected concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations. Unfortunately, this finding and the EPA's subsequent action threaten the health and welfare of current and future generations of Georgians far more than greenhouse gases do.
Just when you thought Washington couldn't get any messier, our elected officials in the nation's capital prove it can.
Dear Georgia public-school teachers, It is new school year but, alas, the same old impediments: an out-of-touch federal bureaucracy, ideological state legislators who choose not to send their kids to public schools but intend to tell you how and what to teach, and a society that values reality television more than quality education. Sometimes, I wonder how you manage.
This week, school bells will ring and the 2014-15 academic year will begin. Some children welcome it, others don't. Parents also likely have mixed feelings about the start of another term.
How do you create positive community change? That is a good question. It is one that the national organization, Keep America Beautiful, has been fine-tuning a solution since the 1950s.
Some missing something or the other required me to prowl through closets at Mama's house. That's when I found it. I pulled it out and smiled broadly, warmed by the memories it evoked.
Editor, According to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, our water source is slowly being polluted with saltwater, and the coastal area of Georgia will have to reduce the amount of water that it pulls from the Floridan aquifer by 17 million gallons a day.
It's depressing to read poll after poll highlighting Americans' utter disdain for Congress. But it's my encounters with ordinary citizens at public meetings or in casual conversation that really bring me up short.
Area schools start classes back this week and next. For both students and educators, the new year brings many challenges.
Editor, I would like to personally thank Fort Stewart EFMP, Reaching Milestones and all the wonderful military and civilian volunteers who came out to support our annual Special Olympics Spring Games. The competition would not have been successful without such tremendous support from the Hinesville and Fort Stewart community.