When Public Affairs Officer Maj. Vince Porter invited me to be the 1st Brigade's "guest" at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., last month, I jumped at the chance.
I am having an identity crisis. Identity crises are much more serious than mid-life crises. For the latter, you can buy a toupee or a convertible or visit a tanning salon. If you have an identity crisis, you tend to talk to yourself and people assume you are nuts.
We have a debate swirling through our neighborhood. No it's not whether the recent health-care reform bill will bankrupt America or improve our lives. And it's not whether Iran really has an underground nuclear facility designed to develop weapons.
The revelation of an Iranian uranium-enrichment facility buried in a mountain at an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps base near the religious city of Qom might seem ominous. If, that is, the Iranians were determined to develop a nuclear weapon.
A central aspect of the art of politics in Washington is getting information to the people. Determining what the White House, Congress and the people will focus on - and, just as important, what the content of debate will be - preoccupies politicians at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, and legions of lobbyists, pundits, strategists and consultants.
The East Liberty County American Legion Post 321 and the Liberty County Veterans Council have announced plans for a Veterans Day Parade through downtown Hinesville.
A young man asked recently if I would write a letter on his behalf, recommending him to the University of Georgia. That was an easy request. The lad is as bright as a newly-minted penny and I have no doubts that if UGA remains his first choice, he will excel there as he has done in one of the more academically demanding, private schools in our state.
Two weeks ago, President Obama presented his health-care proposal to the nation in a joint session of Congress. In the past 50 years, joint sessions of Congress have been called only 15 times.
If diplomatic pusillanimity was the aim, President Barack Obama's decision to abandon our current missile-defense plans in Eastern Europe must be regarded as a masterstroke.
One of the biggest and most important issues for Americans right now is the health care reform being debated in Congress. This issue touches every single one of us and I am glad to see so many Georgians and so many Americans engaged on this issue.
Sen. Eric Johnson, the Republican lawmaker who has represented most of Liberty County in the Georgia Senate for the past decade, has gotten quite a bit of praise for his decision to give up his seat to concentrate on his campaign for governor.
I don't know how Jimmy Carter can look himself in the mirror. He has made hypocrisy an art form.
Gov. Sonny Perdue's announcement that Mitsubishi is going to build a manufacturing facility in Pooler is welcome news on the economic front for neighboring Chatham County - and indeed, the region.
Former President Jimmy Carter was a student at Georgia Tech, a graduate of the US Naval Academy, and was trained to be an engineer on a nuclear submarine; just goes to show that all the book-smarts in the world, don't make you the brightest bulb in the pack.
The radical activist group ACORN is the E.F. Hutton of prostitution. It stands ready to provide discreet advice on setting up a brothel and engaging in other, associated acts of criminality. When ACORN talks, pimps and hookers listen.
Editor, Veterans, did you know that when Congress passed legislation to provide caregiver assistance to our nation's most severely disabled warriors, they instituted willful discrimination the likes of which hasn't been seen since the oppressive days of Jim Crow laws?
I'm a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it's a tougher road today.
Not long ago, the national philosophy behind criminal-justice policy was to lock offenders away and teach them a lesson. This was popular with politicians who found that it played well before crowds, and it was popular in communities where prisons and jails created jobs. Some folks even seemed to celebrate the idea that prisons were real hellholes.
Seven or eight years ago, as our nest became empty, my wife and I began taking short road trips to destinations as far as three hours from home.
Editor, In the recent Courier article announcing Sen. Isakson's visit to Hinesville on Sept. 5, Isakson was quotes as saying, "As you may know, it takes the VA an average 478 days to make a determination on a VA claim. That's more than a year. Although there are signs of improvement, it's still taking too long."
The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. "Surely, you can find some positive things to write about," she said, "and temporarily take people's minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that."
I've always been one of those persons who won't hire someone to do something for me if I can do it myself, such as painting my house, building a deck, building a utility barn, caring for my own lawn, installing new flooring, etc. It was just the way I was raised. And it stuck.
When I think back on the days of my youth, that time when I had the privilege of traveling on the NASCAR circuit, it would be hard to pick a lesson learned that was more important than another.
Most mornings, I spend about five minutes pulling my freshly washed hair into a ponytail. It's easy, it's efficient, and, I like to tell myself, it's even chic. When I know I'll be meeting important people or attending special events, however (like, say, the United Way annual campaign kick-off party or a chamber of commerce breakfast), I break out the products and utensils and spend an extra 20 minutes or so coaxing my locks into what I hope is a more professional-looking style.
I am superficial. I know that looks matter - when it comes to our community's appearance, that is.
Editor, I'm appalled - to say the least - at the extravagant salary paid to Liberty County School System Superintendent Dr. Valya Lee.
I'm not sure how many wilderness survival shows there are on television right now, but it appears there is some kind of obsession going on with this type of programming. And they are running the gamut from being naked in the wild to being fat in the wild. That's right, there's a show now titled "Fat Guys in The Woods." Fortunately, they keep their britches on.
• President Ronald Reagan, Jan. 30, 1984: "Exports create and sustain jobs for millions of American workers and contribute to the growth and strength of the United States economy. The Export-Import Bank contributes in a significant way to our nation's export sales."
Editor, The following is an open letter on sequestration to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, from retired U.S. Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, head of the Association of the United States Army:
Some of my favorite Norman Rockwell prints all have something to do with eating, but not for the reasons you might think.