Taxes are nobody's favorite expense. Most people view them as simply a nuisance bill to pay or as an added cost on a major purchase. Average Georgians rarely give state tax policy a second thought, especially compared to critical challenges like education and health care. But few issues matter more to the pocketbooks of Georgia families, the bottom line of Georgia businesses and the ability of state and local governments to fund quality public services.
My recent open letter to Georgia's public school teachers produced as much response as I have received in a long time. Teachers from one end of the state to the other have weighed in, and the comments are still coming.
A friend said something the other day that has clung like mist to the crevices of my mind. She's soon to turn 70 and this is what she said:
Memorial Day weekend, as you've heard time and again, is that long weekend marking the unofficial start of the summer: beaches, boats and barbecue. Fun in the sun. With all the frolicking, many may overlook that Monday is, first and foremost, a special day set aside to remember those Americans who have died serving in our armed forces.
Editor, Whose great idea was it to let all the high-school students out at lunchtime with no bus service? This is a major issue for those of us who are working and have children.
Cumberland Island was struck head-on by a major hurricane 117 years ago. The Category 3 storm pounded the Georgia coast with winds of 135 mph and massive waves, causing a 16-foot storm surge in Brunswick that left much of the city underwater.
I have been trying to figure out what to do with my free time now that I have decided not to run for president of the United States (or what's left of it).
Getting math right for the students and teachers of Georgia has been a priority of mine since day one. One of my first actions as your state school superintendent was working with the State Board of Education to provide a needed choice between integrated mathematics and traditional discrete mathematics (with assessments to match each option) for our schools.
Here, I'll announce something I've never admitted publicly: I love going barefooted. It's how I was raised.
May is a very hard time for me.
May is Building Safety Month. Although the Hinesville Department of Inspections focuses on building safety all year long, we want to take the time to highlight some building-safety concerns locally. If an individual, organization or a business is trying to find a location within the Hinesville city limits, there are a few things they should know before signing on the dotted line to buy or lease.
Premium increases for Georgia's insurance-exchange health plans beat regional and national rates, according to a recent study by the Urban Institute, cited by Georgia Health News.
I read an opinion piece recently that said Republicans couldn't be Christians because they are too hard and uncompassionate. The piece said that, pretty much, the Democratic Party was the party of Christianity.
The public's outcry in opposition to the Palmetto Pipeline has been clear. Voters don't want it and don't think it is needed. And the public doesn't trust the company that wants to build it.
Dear public-school teachers in Georgia: Congratulations on surviving another year in the classroom.
In the midst of all the turmoil over recent Supreme Court decisions on Obamacare and gay marriage as well as the furor over the Confederate ...
Some wars are not fought on battlefields these days. They are fought on social networks with the weapons of Twitter feeds and Facebook memes.
Georgia recently released a 24-page report examining the costs of the State Health Benefit Plan, the health-insurance plan for state employees, including school-district employees.
To be honest, I was more than a mite worried. I was plenty worried. My husband, raised not in the South or in the country ...
An essential element of a vibrant, attractive community is clean, inviting, thriving neighborhoods.
Superior-court clerks in Georgia wear a lot of hats and perform numerous statutory duties.
Editor, I voted no on the 1-cent sales tax and thought it was over. Now, I hear they are going to have a vote on ...
Editor, Bring your gun to church. Bring your gun to the movie theater. Teachers, take your gun to school. Don't leave home without it.
It was supposed to be one and done, but it didn't work out that way.
This is what's happening in California as the state tries to cope with a record-breaking drought that is now in its fourth year.