"Government has an obligation to protect its citizenry," Sen. Carl Kruger boldly declares with his recent introduction of legislation in New York, "to ban the use of gadgets such as Blackberry devices and video games while crossing the street" (Reuters 02/07/2007).
America is suffering from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) on a national scale. Maybe it is due to the fact that most Americans today have grown up with television and their attention span runs only a short time due to commercial breaks. Americans expect instant gratification within a very short span of time.
U. S. troops are tasked with a very difficult and vital job, and it is up to us - the American people - to let them know how much we appreciate their sacrifices and efforts on our behalf.
Only when we design education around the individual needs of children will we achieve excellence. I have visited several schools throughout the state this session to share details of two of my priorities, which revolve around the fundamental belief that no two children learn at the same pace or in the same way.
Vision is one of those 20th-century words you don't hear much now, at least not in these parts. So when the v-word popped back into the headlines last week, some of us old-timers switched off the Weather Channel and took notice.
Once again some members of the Georgia General Assembly are trying to create another hoop for Georgians to jump through to get information that by rights belongs to them.
Republican Congressman Charlie Norwood dies at 65
A funny thing happened to convention-defying political courage, at least in the case of Sen. John McCain.
How can you declare a plant that occurs naturally on this planet that is provided by our creator for some divine purpose illegal?
When Alexander the Great was 20, he started his campaign to conquer the known world. Joan of Arc was 17 when she led a victorious French army at Orléans. Cleopatra became queen of Egypt when she was 18. Tutankhamun was 18 when he died as pharaoh of Egypt. By this age, he sired two children and ruled for 9 years. Hong Tiangui was the last king of the Heavenly Kingdom of Taiping (China) at the age of 16. History is full of young important leaders.
"Made in America." Where are our labels in the market place? Have you noticed they are nearing extinction in our department stores.
What happened? Just four months ago, Georgia was on top of the world. The Peach State had $500 million more than it needed to fund services. Plans had been carefully laid to take care of Medicaid, PeachCare (poor kids' medical needs) and state employees' pension funds.
With the destruction (or "murder," as trees are living organisms) of the 100-plus-year-old live oaks in Liberty County, we have made a choice with our voice or lack thereof to exercise it not to save these magnificent living statutes of our proud Southern heritage.
If House Bill 283 is enacted into law by the Georgia General Assembly, elected officials and staff of state and local government offices should reject the power it could give them to make the public take unnecessary steps to get public records.
For the past few months, the Coastal Courier family has been working on several projects - a new look for the newspaper, photo contests, a fundraiser and the creation of a youth advisory board to name a few.
Editor, On behalf of all 170 hospitals across Georgia, I want to express appreciation to Gov. Deal for his steadfast resolve and determination to ensure the safety and welfare of hospital patients and caregivers during last week's icy-road traffic jam.
As we all know, last week was an extremely unusual one in our state.
Editor, In light of the disaster of Obamacare and the needs of our troops in Georgia, I have decided to write this letter about a candidate, Dr. Bob Johnson, who I saw speak at a recent event. At this event, Dr. Johnson spoke articulately about how he plans to fix Obama-care and serve the best interests of this district using his experience as a cancer surgeon and Army Ranger.
The fast pace of the 2014 session of the Georgia General Assembly slowed down considerably last week when Tuesday's winter storm paralyzed metro Atlanta traffic systems.
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.