Wake up! Read this! Georgia needs a strict code of government ethics. Don't roll over and go back to sleep. Listen! This is serious.
Spinach might not seem to have anything to do with military operations. But there it is, in an emergency supplemental bill to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: $25 million for California-spinach growers, whose vigorous, martial-like spinach-growing had heretofore not been seen as part of the war effort.
During the past year or so, I have noticed many of my fellow Americans are hopping aboard the Bluetooth bandwagon.
Iran wants to quit the international community, but the international community won't let it. No act of warfare against the civilized world, no defiance of the United Nations, no violation of international norms, no brazen lie is ever enough to mark Iran as unworthy of outreach, dialogue and the art of sweet persuasion.
With the aftershock of the Virginia Tech shootings rocking the minds of many, it is quite difficult to collect the logic of the killer amidst the bullet casings and the carnage.
Did the most powerful and vindictive pressure group in Georgia politics finally get its comeuppance in the Georgia Legislature?
The House of Representatives adopted a $20.2 billion state budget for fiscal year 2008 that begins July 1, 2007. The budget represents a 5.7 percent increase in spending over last year's budget and dedicates $792 million to the state's revenue shortfall reserve fund.
The 3rd Infantry Division headquarters, based at Fort Stewart, recently deployed thousands of soldiers to Iraq as part of a new strategy to bring security to Baghdad. Today, I lead a task force that is responsible for a large sector in and around Baghdad.
When the liberal former New York mayor shows up in Montgomery, Ala., to take the Rebel side in the debate over the Confederate flag, you begin to understand a couple of things about next year's presidential election:
It is easy for me, as an immigrant, to say that every American should welcome the Hernandezes of the world with open arms.
A long list of Southern writers has celebrated the South's exceptional beauty and special sense of place. Today an increasing number of southern writers continue this tradition but are also highlighting the serious environmental challenges facing this region, including explosive, unprecedented growth that is predicted over the next 20 years. Writers are using their talents to give voice to the hundreds of special southern places that are endangered, from the mountains to the coast.
When President Bush announced a surge of troops into Baghdad in January, Democrats pounded him for the folly of putting U.S. troops in the "middle of a civil war."
When the dust settles on the presidential nominating process, Mitt Romney may need Sonny Perdue as his vice presidential nominee.
Unfortunately, the supplemental budget proposal adopted by the House of Representatives did not include the needed state funding to continue the Diversity Health Centers program in anticipation of federal funding that has been promised, and it is unlikely the Senate will appropriate those funds in its version of the mid-year adjustment for fiscal year 2007.
Political spin replacing science
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.