Editor, I'm writing to thank Hinesville residents for their generosity in helping thousands of suffering children worldwide this Christmas. Through their efforts, we were able to contribute to the 21,400 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes collected in the Savannah area. They were filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items.
Editor, I received an email today that inspired me to get more involved in political issues here in Georgia.
Day 15 (Feb. 3) - After a short weekend, we were back in session with three bills on the calendar, including Senate Bill 296, a bill that sets the acreage limit of developable land on Jekyll Island. This bill is the result of many hours of work by the Jekyll Island Authority members and other interested parties and is a great compromise that ensures this coastal gem will continue to be a treasure for many years to come.
It was good to get back to work at the state Capitol after the temporary closure due to recent inclement weather. With St. Patrick's Day about a month away, the House overwhelmingly passed House Bill 784, which I authored, allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sunday during St. Patrick's Day weekend.
Many of you have written to say you oppose House Bill 875, which would allow weapons in houses of worship and currently is making its way through the Legislature faster than a speeding bullet. I suggest you let the bill's author, Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, know, too. Call him at 404-656-0188 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A goal is an observable and measurable end result having one or more objectives to be achieved within a more-or-less fixed timeframe. There is no sense in developing goals if there is not a concerted effort to accomplish those goals within a set time. Midway rarely completes goal objectives, and those that are finally reached consistently miss the target date.
Every few days, we learn yet one more way in which government's expanded surveillance powers intrude upon our privacy and civil liberties.
She said it, of course, with a smirk. Those women who really don't understand the ways of Southern women seem to always speak about us in words that are vividly cloaked in disdain.
My 21-month-old daughter, Reese, is sweet, gentle and trusting. My husband and I have gone to great lengths to teach her not to express her emotions through toddler-like acts of violence - hitting, kicking and biting. As a result, she's mild-mannered and happy-go-lucky. So, it's easy to understand why I'd be particularly aggravated at the fact another child at Reese's day care seems to be working hard to undo all of our teachings.
Georgia's Arbor Day is the third Friday of February, because this time of the year actually is the better time of the year to plant trees successfully in our area. Georgia Arbor Day is sometimes a little confusing because there is a National Arbor Day in April on Earth Day, but most states have their own official Arbor Day because of varied planting periods around the country. Since trees are such valuable aspects of our landscape and lives, it is natural that we should celebrate them on a special day.
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!)
Please, thank you and excuse me are some of the first words a child should learn, and I've tried to put that belief into practice with my daughter - once she mastered "mama," of course.
Editor, The Hinesville City Council should be commended for its wish to improve the city's "curb appeal," but before enacting additional regulations (such as those concerning polycarts), they should enforce the regulations already on the books.
As the chairman of the House appropriations committee, I clearly recognize the financial challenges of bringing economic vitality to all parts of our state.
A month ago, a friend of mine told me she went to work out at a local gym one morning in early January, but it was so crowded, she couldn't find a machine to use.
As I recently reported, one of the most important requirements of the Legislature is to set a budget for the state each year.
I started Feb. 24 with a meeting with my Senate budget analyst to review the public safety fiscal year 2015 budget proposal. After welcoming the anesthesiology assistants who were visiting the Capitol, I went to our caucus meeting before going into session.
As predicted in this space a few weeks ago, there is compromise legislation pending in the General Assembly regarding the Common Core curriculum, the controversial program which seeks to establish consistent education standards across the country.
This month, we will accept nominations for attractive local businesses in Liberty County.
This time next year, we will say goodbye to the 2nd Brigade on Fort Stewart.
Editor, Speakers are elected by House members to lead and serve them. Speakers tend to shape the majority agenda and protect their party's interests.
Any self-respecting Southern woman has a list of casserole recipes a mile long ready to bake at a moment's notice. You got a sickness or a death in your family? We've got just the casserole for you.
When it comes to parenting, there's a fine line between active participation and overinvolvement. That said, I am of the believe that moms and dads should take an interest in what their children are doing, from infancy into adulthood.
Editor, As an integral part of the business community in Liberty County, the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce has taken an official position in favor of two key pieces of legislation. During the last board meeting, the chamber's board of directors considered the legislation for the Georgia Full Accountability in Collection Taxes (FACT) Act of 2014 and the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013. The board voted to support both bills.
Editor, As a resident of Georgia's 1st Congressional District, I am an ardent supporter of term limits. I don't believe our nation's founders would like the idea of a man elected to represent the people making a career out of that trust.
Editor, In the recent editions of the Courier, I have read, with some remorse, articles about the proposed Hinesville bypass, tax dollars going to the MidCoast Regional Airport, a new SPLOST and renewed world-wide travel.