By now just about everyone who follows Georgia politics has heard about new Congressman Paul Broun's amazing victory over former State Sen. Jim Whitehead in the July runoff to fill the unexpired term of the late Charlie Norwood.
Good Samaritan: Many thanks to Jane Sweetin of Midway who recently rescued a Mississippi kite, a small relative of the swallow-tailed kite. She said he let her pick him up and take him inside, where she fed him raw meat that he readily ate. I called Nan at The Sanctuary on the Sapelo and Nan came immediately and picked up the bird. Jane said the bird actually would let her hold him and hand feed ...
I often hear people say they wish we had more local events for families to enjoy. I honestly am a little surprised when I hear that, because I think for a small community there are quite a number of events during the year.
The issue of immigration was, no surprise, the runaway winner in number of reader comments. I try to respond personally whenever I can; recently my reply to a number of messages was, "The mail I get from readers, and what I hear from some people I have interviewed, leave zero doubt there is widespread unreasonable fear of immigrants out there, masquerading as legit concern over immigration law enforcement." Which brought this shout: "SIR, YOU HAVE ...
Mr. Hickey, Having read your blog, it appears as though you want me to answer for someone else's quotes, which clearly I cannot do. The story was not meant to be an expose of the problems with juveniles in the county; it was coverage of a community event in which people discussed their personal displeasure with the current state of the county's youth population and what is/is not being done to cure the problem. The ...
WASHINGTON - This is the center of the storm in the debate over the Iraq War, George W. Bush's White House. The president is meeting in the Roosevelt Room with nine conservative journalists to discuss the war, and, as with a hurricane, the eye of the storm is unbelievably calm.
To characterize our community leaders as apathetic is unfair. Perhaps the accuracy in your statement lies in the inability to generate support. You were correct in your quote that "there is no reason that the room should not have been packed." That is where the TRUE apathy exists: there are too many parents that don't care. Unfortunately, for every group of parents that show no interest in their children, a small group of helpless ones ...
If you pay attention to the news or watch C-SPAN, you've no doubt got a pretty good idea of what members of Congress do. They work as legislators, serve on committees, negotiate policy with the White House, keep tabs on executive-branch agencies, argue for local concerns in Washington and help constituents caught in the federal bureaucracy.
You could have heard a pin drop in the normally noisy American Legion barroom in Marietta. Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank was about to appear on TV to reveal what he intended to do about star quarterback Michael Vick, accused torturer and serial killer of man's best friend. After about a minute of Blank on the tube, the geezer-bar crowd returned to their normal topics of conversation - playing golf and comparing doctors' visits. Blank ...
Any elected official who proposes raising gas taxes or fees to fund transportation infrastructure needs in Georgia is probably not planning on re-election. Yet every policy-maker knows the state needs an innovative approach and deep pockets to plan for a future without mind-boggling traffic congestion.
Greetings from Baghdad. It's reaching temperatures of 115 degrees here now and it would be easy to let it get to me down were it not for all the magnificent soldiers who surround me. No kidding, day after day I see our soldiers going after their tasks with the sort of enthusiasm that is uncommon to any other profession and it's inspiring. In the past few weeks, I have been telling you about what I ...
Johnson is identified by Viet Nam, Nixon by Watergate, Carter by a lousy economy, Reagan by ending the Cold War, H. Bush by Desert Storm, and Clinton by Monica Lewinsky. So by what will George W. be identified?
"America good! Al-Qaida bad!" - A trader in the Qatana bazaar, Ramadi, Iraq This is a sentiment the Iraqi trader felt safe to utter as a visiting U.S. general passed by, according to John Burns of The New York Times, only after a furtive glance "up and down the narrow refuse-strewn street to check who might be listening." In a microcosm, this is why we are finally making progress against al-Qaida in Iraq. The protection ...
When it comes to race in America, the instinct of left and right is to be clear-cut - binary, even. On or off, up or down, yes or no. Black or white, so to speak.
I have emailed Jack Kingston two times now. I feel that I have been pushed to the side or "swept under the carpet.
Democrats and Republicans in Congress finally compromised Wednesday to end the shutdown of the federal government and to prevent the nation from being pushed into default.
For nearly 30 years, I have held elective office in Georgia and been involved, at one level or another, in shaping and implementing public policy.
Question: Which of these three natural risks is the most costly and prevalent in the United States?
Editor, The U.S. government has cut back troop strength to World War I levels, which means there should be enough on-post housing for all 3rd Infantry Division troops to live on Fort Stewart. Commanders need to make it mandatory for all their troops to live on post when on-post housing is available.
Bummer. I just learned that I did not win the Nobel Peace Prize again this year. This is getting old. I was so confident this time that I had my tuxedo pressed and new laces put in my Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star high-top sneakers.
If you love playing in the dirt, I have a treat for you.
As it turns out, all my worrying last week about how my toddler would deal with a flight from Georgia to Missouri definitely was not for nothing. In fact, probably the only thing that would have made the journey worse would've been a plane crash. And, sadly, it was my own meticulous planning that did me in.
When Peggy Sue went away, just fell off the face of the Earth with no warning or even a holler, we all wondered where she had gone.
The American public has lost patience with Washington. The question is, now what?
A letter to Georgia's citizens: An estimated 26,000 visitors participated in dozens of events and service projects at Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites on Saturday, Sept. 28. The occasion was "Your State Parks Day," a celebration of National Public Lands Day hosted by Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. Our Friends organization sponsored service projects with approximately 3,000 volunteers and underwrote the cost of parking at state parks and admission to state ...
After more than 53 years in the newspaper business. I have learned that there are three guaranteed ways to avoid criticism. First, you can say nothing. Second, you can do nothing. And third, you can be nothing.
Editor, What's wrong with our education system, our educators?
After a friend told me she recently waited three and a half hours to get her Georgia driver's license renewed and then had to deal with a clerk who could have passed for a robot - and an unhelpful one, at that - I thought this to be a typical example of a bunch of government bureaucrats who don't care because they don't have to.
I apparently did not learn my lesson two weeks ago with the debacle in involving an explosion of Gerber puffed-wheat snacks in church.
Recently, I was in a bookstore with a friend. We stopped at a table near the front of the store and it was loaded with different books that had such obscene titles that many of the words were expressed as @?*#.