One of the most widely debated topics today is health care. Between physicians and patients, the dialogue is markedly louder. In an ideal world, physicians successfully could manage their patients' individual health, based on years of medical training using prescribed treatments determined by examinations, appropriate tests, diagnoses and patient histories.
The Georgia General Assembly was not officially in session last week; however, work still took place on behalf of the people. With only three days remaining of the 2011 legislative session, several items still are on the agenda. The No. 1 priority is the passage of the upcoming budget for Fiscal Year 2012. In addition to the budget, numerous other highly publicized and debated issues have yet to pass this session, including tax-reform legislation, the local option for Sunday sales of packaged adult beverages and immigration legislation.
This week I got several e-mails from various associations encouraging me to become a vegetarian ... to swear off meat. I didn't read too far into any of them because it ain't gonna happen. And besides, I was taught not to swear.
The glaring exception in Georgia's lobbyist disclosure requirements is not the kind of thing for which any state should want to be singled out. Yet Peggy Kerns, director of the Center for Ethics in Government at the National Conference of State Legislatures, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution she knows of no other state where that exception applies.
Much has happened since the Georgia Board of Education unanimously adopted the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Both a new governor and new state school superintendent have come on board, and we will receive a $400 million Race to the Top grant to help improve our public schools.
Buried beneath all of the political ploys and nearly 14 trillion dollars of debt are members of the United States military and their families, all deeply concerned for their futures.
A couple years ago, officials in Georgia thwarted an alleged plot by a group of third-grade special-education students to kill their teacher. According to the story, various versions of which were published by news outlets and websites across the state, administrators at Waycross' Center Elementary School learned of the plan when a student told authorities about it.
Just hearing the words "dependent exemption," "itemized deductions" and "tax credit phase out" makes most of us want to run screaming to our friendly CPA for help. As policy collides with politics in the tax debate, these concepts have moved to center stage.
Editor, I am so tired of the dirty looks we get when we park in the handicapped parking and get out of our vehicles. We have D.V. tags on our vehicles. My husband is a D.V. - disabled veteran.
Editor, We are grateful to our many friends who have been so kind and thoughtful during the passing of our loved one, Dea Clinton Richardson. Your prayers, visits, calls, cards, flowers, food and all other acts of kindness have given us strength and inspiration.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel through a storm drain? Well, on Earth Day, which is April 22, attendees will have the opportunity to find out for themselves. Normally, the only things that travel through our storm drains are rain water and, unfortunately, litter and debris that accumulate in areas around the drains.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as ObamaCare, was signed into law March 23, 2010. More than one year later, the law remains unpopular with the public and a core fiscal concern for many voters, while many are learning just how intrusive the government mandates are.
Let's dip into the mailbag today, boys and girls, and see what is on the minds of discerning readers.
The 2011 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly is close to the finish line, with only three days of session remaining.
Day 34 (March 28): This morning I found myself right back where I left off the week before, in front of the House Judiciary Committee where I was presenting S.B. 36, the prescription drug monitoring bill. This is one of the toughest committees in the legislature and, while they have made major revisions to my bill, I am glad that it passes out and will now be in the House Rules Committee.
Hooray! The state of Georgia, CSX Transportation, Murray County and the Georgia Ports Authority have announced construction of the Appalachian Regional Port to be built ...
Another school year is underway in our state, which means that it's time to start complaining about the Georgia High School Association.
Editor, I really love to watch the "good ol' boy" politicians in Liberty County inveigle money from the taxpayers. If their sneakiness wasn't so ...
And he said, 'The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield ...
Are you a summer water waster?
As a government agency grows, there is a tendency for the agency to become a bureaucracy. I am not fond of bureaucracy and as clerk ...
My people, as I have long said, were raised in hard times in the Appalachian foothills. I don't know that I had a grandparent ...
Editor, The Board of Directors of Seven Ministries of Liberty County Inc. would like to thank the community for supporting our annual Back to School ...
The most-important function Congress serves is to debate and pass the federal budget. I know - it also levies taxes, imposes or relaxes regulations and, once ...