The sun was shining brightly March 10 to usher in Sunshine Week in Georgia. As citizens become more involved in local government, show up at public meetings, comment during the allotted times, circulate petitions, protest actions they believe usurp their rights, file open-records requests and hold elected officials accountable, the more the sun will shine on local government. The darkness of executive sessions and back-room deals casts a cloud over local government and those elected ...
The House of Representatives voted March 12 to approve a $19.8 billion state budget for fiscal year 2014, which begins July 1. HB 106 reflects an increase of $512 million over the current year's budget.
Day 31 (Monday, March 11, 2013): Every morning before session the Republican members of the Senate meet as a caucus to discuss bills on the agenda that day as well as bills that are working their way through the process. Today we discuss HB 512, a bill addressing the rights of gun owners that has passed the House and will be considered by the Senate in the near future. Many members, including myself, are staunch ...
Editor, We all have troubles. But we are truly blessed - blessed to live in this country, even with all the faults we think it has. Comparatively, the rest of the world really has it tough. We're blessed to live in a great state, and particularly this wonderful county of Liberty. When folks here are sometimes having a rough go of it, blessings abound from the gracious folks we know as friends and neighbors.
Let's face it: Judges can be pretty scary folks to We the Unwashed. About the only time we ever see them is when we are called for jury duty or when - heaven forbid - we are plaintiffs, defendants or witnesses, wishing we could be anywhere but in the courtroom.
For weeks, President Obama and his deputies traveled the country sounding the alarm about sequestration. They used people as props to claim that public safety would be put at risk, meat would go uninspected and the economy would tank.
Editor, While sequestration is serious with far-reaching impacts, the core mission of Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield and the 3rd Infantry Division remains unchanged, even in the face of mandated funding cuts and Army civilian furloughs.
Editor, Why are so many people in Hinesville, Liberty County and elsewhere homeless? We have a lot of empty rental housing in the area. Those people who can't afford to pay for a place to live should explore the barter system. This system is for people who have no money to pay rent for housing. They can provide a service or goods to the landlord in place of cash.
The state Environmental Protection Division, according to the law, is required to hold public meetings in certain circumstances. The severe pollution of the Ogeechee was one of those circumstances.
Day 28 (Monday, March 4, 2013): Today is one of my favorite days at the Capitol as I proudly wear my green sports coat in anticipation of the St. Patrick's Day Parade committee visit. Although some people at the Capitol ask if I won my green jacket at a golf tournament in Augusta, those who have played golf with me before don't bother to ask. The morning starts off early as we have a Health ...
Have you ever had someone stare at you as if you have two heads? Try casually dropping into conversation the fact that you only plan to have one child. When people who don't know me learn that my husband and I are content to keep our family small, they look at me dumbfounded, confused and - sometimes - a bit horrified.
Spring is such a busy time. At Keep Liberty Beautiful, we have a number of activities going on that we need you involved in.
A majority of the House of Representatives voted March 7 to approve legislation that would allow gun owners to carry weapons in many areas where they are now prohibited.
Only in our nation's capital could you cut less than one-half of 1 percent of the annual federal budget (the so-called "sequester"), and then head home and call it a day while the nation sits in bewilderment. The "principals" in this matter still have not gathered at any real table to discuss this serious financial situation in recent weeks.
Editor, Liberty County's move to place full-time firefighters in the Midway fire station is nothing more than a power grab by the county. If Midway was to go along with the county's plan, the city would have to give up control of its fire department.
"Extra! Extra! Newspapers aren't dead!" This is quoted from a recent headline in USA Today. The article, by Rem Rieder, reports a new business model has taken shape that makes newspapers a mature industry and, at the same time, an emerging industry.
This column almost didn't happen. I didn't think I'd have time to write it.
On Monday, NBA center Jason Collins publicly announced that he is gay. He is the first athlete in one of the four "big sports" - NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB - in the United States to come out of the closet.
When you toss those items in the recycling bin, do you ever wonder how much difference that water bottle or aluminum can will make?
His name is Charles Almerin Tinker, and he was the great-great-grandfather of my beloved.
U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., has a tough road ahead of him, make no mistake about it. Getting elected to any statewide office requires everything an individual has to offer, plus some. Just ask those who have committed to running on the ballot in Georgia's 159 counties.