Nealry three years ago when I had an editorial published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution (Economy & environment form a team, Dec 20, 2004), little did I know how topical those remarks would become by 2007.
EDITORS: The word "and" in "believe and support" in graf 10 and the second "flip" in "flip-flop-flip" in graf 13 are italicized.
Congress and President Bush often do not see eye to eye, but does Washington need to be paralyzed as a result? Two recent dramas - a face-off over appropriations measures and Congress' failure to override the President's veto of children's health insurance legislation - bring that question into prominence.
Democratic presidential candidates are tripping over the driver's-licenses-for-illegal-aliens issue like a bunch of old slapstick vaudevillians.
New federal legislation shows the Bush administration has begun systematically putting in place authorization for the president to federalize the National Guard and use the U.S. military in domestic emergency situations.
Thanksgiving is much more than a big meal with family and friends. It's a time to reflect on and be thankful for all of the good things you have.
As Thanksgiving approaches, we should find a way to show our appreciation to House Speaker Glenn "Romeo" Richardson and his loyal House members.
Renewed public discourse about the advisability of lowering the legal drinking age, largely fueled by former Middlebury College President John M. McCardell Jr., has opened a different front in the war on substance use and abuse among young people.
None of us who lived it will ever forget the fourth of July in Georgia in 1994. It started overcast and we were told there was a "chance of rain." The Peachtree Road Race went off without a hitch, with most runners rejoicing for the cooler temperatures and a few touches of misty rain. But, by the time the Braves were ready to take the field for their game that night at the old Fulton County Stadium, the mist had turned to a torrent.
Among other things, the holidays are a time of giving and receiving gifts. The question most often asked of people is, "What did you get?" Much less frequently asked is, "What did you give?"
Are terrorists working in our factories?
Rudy Giuliani's downfall in the Republican primary fight has been much predicted, but little in evidence.
When it comes to self-reflection, Barack Obama is an overachiever. At age 46, he has already written two memoirs when most people in public life - sometime at the end of their career - will be lucky to write one.
The voters of Utah said no to school vouchers on Tuesday. More than 60 percent of voters refused to ratify a bill passed earlier by the state legislature. It would have provided taxpayer-funded vouchers for each government-school student, ranging from $500 to $3,000, depending on family income. Students currently in private schools, unless they came from low-income families, would have been ineligible.
If you don't know whether to laugh or cry about the absurdities of anti-immigrant hysterics, the recent antics of anti-immigrant hysteric Tom Tancredo will have you doing both.
My fellow Georgians, in order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is a requirement that I annually submit to you a State of the Column message. This I do today. (Yea! Clap! Clap! Clap!)
Southeast Georgia recently escaped the worst of a winter ice storm that ravaged other parts of the South, particularly Georgia's capital, Atlanta. The utility companies that serve our region had personnel on standby and monitored the storm closely enough to at least be prepared for the worst. Thankfully, the severe ice and snow that accompanies such storms did not come our way and, for that, we should be thankful.
Editor, I have been an dedicated subscriber and reader of the Coastal Courier for some 30 years. Never have I seen an article begin:
Are you HomeProud? At Keep Liberty Beautiful, we hope so.
The Second Amendment. Made in the USA. Jobs for Georgia. These are three of my favorite things.
"Someday," Daddy used to say often as I was growing up, "I'm going to the Holy Land. I want to walk where Jesus walked."
The next big milestone on my parenting horizon isn't really something that's fun to talk about, let alone figure out how to handle. It's not a dinner-table conversation topic, but it certainly is a necessity - potty training.
As spouses and mothers, we far too easily let the needs of our family come first. As members of the military community, we give and give, tirelessly supporting those alongside us. While the challenges often faced by our community aren't dwindling anytime soon, instead of letting our lives and goals and intentions pass us by, let's go out and make big things happen.
Last Friday, the Georgia House of Representatives voted to approve a $320 million addition to the state budget for the remainder of fiscal year 2014, which ends June 30. The midyear adjustment would increase this year's total budget amount from $19.9 billion to $20.2 billion.
American humorist Will Rogers once said, "I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts." Ol' Will would have loved the Georgia Legislature. They are the gift that keeps on giving.
After taking a day off to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we continued our session Jan. 21. Traditionally, the shortened week is set aside for budget hearings, so only members of the Appropriations Committee would need to be in attendance. However, with the fast pace that we have started out with this year, budget hearings were held the week of Jan. 13 in order to save time.
Back years ago, when Mama was widowed, it became suddenly and shockingly clear that she wasn't completely capable of being on her own. This was news to us because she had always stepped up and did whatever it took to look after our family. She was quite ingenious and hard-working.
Awhile back, I worked with a woman who was vocal about her belief that potential parents should have to pass a strict screening before welcoming children into the world. Although, from a purely scientific standpoint, there was no way to enforce my coworker's slightly far-fetched proposal, she maintained all human beings should be stripped of their fertility at birth and should have their ability to procreate returned to them in their mid-to-late 20s only if they meet certain criteria.
Editor, I was very pleased to read that Coastal Electric Cooperative recently has been named the best electric co-op in Georgia and also received the 2013 Georgia Electric Membership Corporation "Community Service and Volunteerism Award."
Now that Congress has its immense, $1.1 trillion bipartisan funding bill in hand, Capitol Hill is breathing easier.