On Winning and Losing Wars
Americans are feeling pain at the gas pumps. This fact is not lost on lawmakers at any level. We are seeing some of the highest prices on gasoline and crude oil that we've ever seen in this country and no one is happy about it. American families are suffering from these high prices. But what is truly disappointing about the current discussion on energy is that our leaders in Washington, DC, have chosen to point fingers rather than seek solutions; they've flirted with policies that will only cause more pain at the pump and drive energy prices even ...
On the road from Thomasville to Tallahassee, a car ahead of ours hit a three-foot alligator. We were in a knot of traffic, traveling fast and because we were in the outer lane, we luckily missed the gator. We turned around quickly and went back.
Americans hold nearly $1 trillion in credit-card debt, according to data just released by the Federal Reserve. Now Congress wants to make that burden even heavier. Some misguided lawmakers are pushing legislation that would saddle consumers with fees that retailers don't want to pay.
This year we have a new slate of line officers aboard, ready to serve.
As Georgia continues to grow and thrive, it needs power generation capable of sustaining that growth. But the options seem to be shrinking among the body politic for varying environmental, economic and aesthetic reasons.
We are at a profoundly unsettled time in our nation's history, with more than two-thirds of Americans professing in surveys that they believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. They are partly reflecting concerns of the moment - the Iraq war, high gas prices, our economic travails - but polling also shows a more deep-seated dismay at the track our political system has taken.
Since its creation in 2003, the Commission for a New Georgia has brought fresh eyes and ideas to ways government can manage assets and operations to increase efficiency, reduce and avoid costs and improve service. Its recommendations have saved millions of dollars on a wide range of government functions, including facility, real estate and construction management.
Could Vernon Jones be the next Mack Mattingly?
When Governor Sonny Perdue signed Georgia's $21.1 billion budget for fiscal 2009, it contained $6 million for Local Assistance Grants (LAG), funds appropriated and allocated to a specific recipient or local government for a specific purpose. Lawmakers try to use the fact that these handouts are a relatively small part of the state budget - about 0.03 percent the '09 budget - to defend the spending.
When I start to bake a cake, I no longer ignore the recipes that call for half a dozen eggs. Eggs are a dime a dozen in our household, because we have - joy of joys - our own chickens.
It is a fact: Students in Georgia and the nation do not measure up to their peers in other countries known to provide a world-class education. While the debate continues over who's to blame and policy-makers pay lip service to preparing students for the 21st century - here for almost a decade already - the U.S. education system muddles on as a 19th-century model.
This may be an answer to Georgia's woes. The University of Georgia has decided to spend a relatively paltry $1.44 million to buy a full-fledged commercial TV station and set it up in Athens.
This week I visited a family so concerned about the environment that it lives a radically different life than most Americans.
I've been covering local, regional and national news in this area for about eight years now and I am often asked by friends how I cope with reporting on stories that sometimes end tragically - vehicle accidents, domestic violence cases, even murders. My response is pretty standard by now: I focus on the story and don't dwell on the circumstances.
Editor, This is an open letter to the commander of the 3rd Infantry Division and Fort Stewart:
Last week, I was at the sausage-making plant better known as the Georgia General Assembly. I was there for a good cause.
For our great nation, the symbol of our hard-fought freedom is our flag. I believe our flag should be flown with respect for our forefathers, the veterans and current servicemen and women who protect our freedom, and as a reminder of what we stand for as a nation.
March 10 - We headed into the home stretch and, as always, things started to get hectic at the Capitol.
How our community looks, from our gateways to our business districts and our neighborhoods, defines what our community is all about.
Editor, I believe our country is at a crossroads that will determine the course of our future. As we stand at this fork in the road, I find myself frightened because I do not trust that those who are choosing our path as a nation will fight for myself and other vet-
At a public gathering the other day, someone asked me how I'd sum up my views on Congress.
Most husbands, if they carry a photo of their wives, like for it to be one of glamour and beauty. That would not be my husband.
My husband and I are about to make our first big purchase since Reese joined our family. Don't get me wrong - with the amount of clothes, food and miscellaneous supplies a baby needs, a trip to the local big-box discount store does, on occasion, makes me feel like I've been taken to the cleaners. Technically, though, I think our seemingly imminent acquisition of a new vehicle would count as our family's first major expenditure, post-child.
Editor, This letter is in response to state Rep. Al Williams' column in Wednesday's paper. I believe he missed the point with the two House bills that he opposes concerning the Affordable Care Act, i.e. Obamacare. The issue is not that the state should or should not support such a law for partisan reasons, but that Georgia is an independent sovereign state and should not be forced to do the will of any federal president or Congress without the state's approval.
Editor, Having been a Liberty County resident off and on since 1975, I find it totally amusing that we still are discussing how to keep track of and collect taxes. Having never seen so many trailers until I got here, you would think we would have figured out how to tax them by now.
Ross Perot once said, "The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, the public debt should be reduced and the arrogance of public officials should be controlled." On the surface, the Midway revenue appears to balance with the expenditures. But in my opinion, the expenditures have been inflated to equal the revenue.
The scene: I-16 near Dublin.
March 3: While serving on the Appropriations Committee is a great honor, it is also a big responsibility. While most legislators went home last Thursday and Friday, me and other members of the Appropriations Committee remained in Atlanta working on the 2015 budget.
March 3 was the 30th legislative day of the 2014 session of the Georgia General Assembly, the final day for legislation to pass either the House of Representatives or the Senate in time to be considered by the other chamber this year.