We certainly have a quarrelsome Congress. In recent weeks its members have been arguing about funding children's health insurance, whether to assert that the Turks committed World War I-era genocide against the Armenians, and what sort of energy policy should guide the nation.
It happened again at a school in Cleveland. And a repeat of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting was just prevented in Philadelphia. Horrible, insane, what is this world coming to? But overlooked in the media stories were why this is happening and who is responsible.
Is this it? That's the question that hangs over the Republican presidential field, and the answer is, "Yes, this is it - no shining conservative on a white horse, no new Ronald Reagan, is arriving to re-make this race."
Voting is an individual right that defines our nation and our democratic principles. Voting is our opportunity to voice our views to policy makers at all levels of government.
It feels like an almost weekly occurrence now. Something happens on Capitol Hill - the debate over our way out of Iraq, for instance - and before you know it, commentators are wrinkling their noses about politicians.
Late last spring, Congress came close to legalizing the importation of prescription drugs from abroad. Although the legislation failed, lawmakers are expected to consider a similar measure soon.
A federal judge has ruled that a Guantanamo detainee may not be sent to his home country because he might be tortured there.
Of all the crises endured by our state during the last century, none were more predictable than running out of water.
You'd think that when a country emerges from decades of dictatorship, its government would sympathize with countries still under dictatorship.
BAGHDAD - A war has probably never been so debated and so little understood as the one in Iraq.
Fall ushers in football season, and with football comes one of the biggest high school events of the year - homecoming, and often the decision whether to drink alcohol. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 110 youth ages 15-20 were killed as a result of underage drinking and driving during homecoming weekends in 2005.
Preparedness is a common goal of many teachers. Whether they are teaching kindergarteners the basics of shapes, colors, and the alphabet or teaching high schoolers trigonometry, they prepare our children to advance to the next level of learning. Preparation is important because it puts our students in a position to succeed. Too often though, our schools are not prepared for the thing that can end all of our efforts: school-age violence.
Georgia's rain shortfall and dire drought predictions have led to restrictions across the state on outdoor water use even though, as one county water conservation official admitted, "It's like driving on the interstate. You know that speeding is illegal, and you might slow down when you see a police officer on the side of the road, but once you pass him you go back to speeding."
There is much talk about the number of Georgians who would like to purchase health insurance but cannot afford it. There is less talk about Georgians who can afford health insurance but are "uninsurable" due to a pre-existing condition. A high-risk pool has been proposed to solve this problem in nearly every legislative session in the past 10 years. Unfortunately, the bill fails each year because of the cost concerns and questions about who should pay for it. There is a better solution. A new approach is now possible to establish consumer-driven health insurance plans as the basis for providing ...
This week we witnessed, yet again, the triumph of political skill and spin over substance from Georgia's statewide news media.
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.
The woman looked over the selection of books, picked up four and smiled.