Newark, N.J., is not easily rattled. But it has been grieving since August, when four kids heading off to college and a promising future - a rarity in this town of hard streets and bad public schools - were forced to kneel against a wall in a schoolyard and were shot in the back of the head.
Karl Rove loomed so large in our politics that no one could see him clearly. He was both underestimated and overestimated, and he leaves the White House with both significant political achievements and frustrated ambitions.
This summer we have watched Gov. Sonny Perdue and other Georgia political leaders fight about health care and the state tax code, as well as engage in personality conflicts that come from stuffing too many oversized egos in one building, even if the building is as big as the state Capitol. One thing we have not heard anyone address in any meaningful way, however, is our growing transportation problem.
All over the country, political candidates, consultants, reporters, campaign volunteers and politically active citizens are pondering a single question: What do voters want in a candidate? Will voters be motivated in next year's elections by issues, personalities or some intangible mix of qualities in the candidates they're considering?
I think I may have hit a truth nerve. I criticized Gov. Sonny Perdue for his massive public relations campaign on SAT scores. I also called on the people to become more engaged in deciphering the truth from this spin regarding education. In a press release Wednesday, the governor wrote: "For more than 130 years, Democrats like DuBose Porter and his pessimistic friends presided over an educational system that was failing our students." You all ...
By Nathan Tabor Special to the Coastal Courier (Hinesville, GA) It's like Christmas for political pundits nationwide who are trying to make hay out of the Iowa Straw Poll results. Political observers may be dissecting the results until the first Presidential primaries roll around in 2008. Having studied the results, I come to a single conclusion: conservatism remains in style. It should hardly be surprising that Mitt Romney claimed the top prize; after all, he ...
The bruising battle over immigration reform didn't result in immigration reform. But the tons of ink spilled to cover it - yours truly's included - ended up reinforcing the image of the newly arrived immigrant who cuts the lawn for a handful of dollars.
This is an important week for Liberty County's municipalities. Qualifying for the Nov. 6 city elections began Monday. Residents of Allenhurst, Gum Branch, Hinesville, Riceboro and Walthourville, who want to serve in public office, have until Friday afternoon to file official notices of candidacy with the Liberty County Registrar's Office. Flemington and Midway are the only municipalities in Liberty County that are not having elections this year. So that's why it's important to the candidates. ...
In September 1898, an outnumbered British-led army battled the forces of a Muslim fanatic in Omdurman, Sudan.
BAGHDAD - After five months, we are seeing the benefits of the surge. Our Division Headquarters, our Second Brigade Combat Team, our Third Brigade Combat Team and our Combat Aviation Brigade were all brought to Iraq for that purpose. The last of the units arrived in May, and, as the summer winds down, we see the tremendous success these soldiers are contributing to securing Iraq.
We appear to live in a republic. But look closely; it's clearer every day we live in a de facto autocracy. President Bush has managed to amass an astounding amount of power simply by scaring the American people and Congress into thinking our continued existence as a society depends on giving him carte blanche.
Georgia's political leadership is at the low ebb of our modern era. Not since the days of the corrupt Talmadge dynasty have we seen a group in charge that is more focused on taking care of themselves and their friends while ignoring the problems that hold Georgia back and threaten our children's future.
Counterfeit Colgate toothpaste containing diethylene glycol, a poisonous chemical used in antifreeze, recently turned up in discount grocery stores all over the East Coast.
Little did they know it, but terrorist suspects living in Pakistan recently had their rights to privacy enhanced. It happened through the magic of adventurous judicial interpretation of an outdated U.S. law.
Sean Penn spent a week playing journalist in Venezuela. He was in the company of Hugo Chavez, a man with such abiding respect for journalism that he tries to shut down any news operation critical of his move toward tyranny.
Every phase of "babyhood" has its merits, and I've loved them all so far. In fact, every time my daughter Reese enters a new stage of development, I swear that it's the best one yet. I honestly can't pick my favorite.
Editor, A former coach at Bradwell Institute said after Jim Walsh was let go that it didn't matter who got the job, because not even Nick Saban could turn the Tigers' football program around. Since coach Saban already has a pretty good job, we were lucky enough to get Adam Carter.
Some say the adage about pigs flying originated with Washington politicians who have an uncanny ability to get nothing accomplished. If they did accomplish something - the politicians we mean - then said swine would take to the air. The horror.
I have some good news and some bad news. I read in the paper recently about a proposed venture to send people to Mars. The good news is that it will be a one-way trip. The bad news is that the launch isn't scheduled until 2022, meaning anybody dumb enough to consider the idea of going to Mars and staying there will be hanging around for another nine years on our planet and lowering the collective IQ for the rest of us. Bummer.
Editor, Allow me to express my concerns over the proposed annexation by the city of Hinesville of parts of the western end of Liberty County.
Finally, just when we thought it would never happen again, it does - we get some good news out of Washington, D.C.
The government is open once again, and all furloughed employees have been sent back to work.
"Hello, Gov. Deal's office. May I help you? One moment, please. Governor, you have a call on line one."
Editor, This is to the Sound off caller in Sunday's Coastal Courier who referenced a supervisor who apparently marks the time card of a county employee as worked, even though she does not show up for work.
Trash travels. That is why Keep Liberty Beautiful is running our local Rivers Alive campaign for 2013.
One of the more amazing spectacles in the days after the government shutdown ended was the obsession in Washington with who won and who lost in the showdown. Yes, the capital is focused on next year's elections, but honestly! There was only one real loser, and that was the American people.
Editor, Citizens of Hinesville beware. There is a company that goes by the name Registered Disbursement Division, and it is sending out letters stating that you have already won large sums of money and all you must do is send them $20 or $25 to process the check.
I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in greater Garfield to see what kind of reactions he was getting from the public to the recent shutdown of the federal government.
Editor, Why is the country in this continuing resolution/debt-limit mess?
Editor, There are no words to express my sincere gratitude for the outpouring of love, care and concern after the loss of my daughter, Allyson Burrill, in June. My family was honored and humbled by the overwhelming level of support from the Hinesville community, Air Force Detachment 607, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and many others who provided prayers; words of comfort; served as pallbearers or honorary pallbearers; sent food, flowers or cards; ...