MOULTRIE - I'm for real. I can prove it. I finally have a genuine birth certificate.
In the tiny country church where I spent most of the first 22 years of my life - where I found the Lord at the age of 11; where, without fail, I had the lead role in every Christmas pageant; and where my daddy laid down the law in more ways than one - we sang hymns from a brown songbook and a green one that were filled with the haunting melodies that have penetrated the Appalachians for many decades.
There are good things and bad to be said about finally having a school-aged child. Although my husband and I still have a few more years to go before our 2-year-old daughter, Reese, starts elementary school, we often think and talk about how much easier it'll make life for our family.
On May 10, 2010, Councilman Lavern Clancy Jr. expressed his desire to hear from Terrell Chipp Sr., Midway's utility manager and fire chief, on the issue of a water controversy with the county. Mayor Dr. Clemontine Washington cut him off and stated that the council would not consult with Chipp because he is not a member of the council. He is just an employee, and the council does not consult with employees.
I wrote recently about the concerns of environmental groups regarding a proposal by the owners of Sea Island to develop 7.2 acres on the south end of the island. They say that the land is too fragile for the proposed development.
Much has been said in response to recent news from Washington about a bill supposedly giving the go-ahead on Savannah's harbor deepening project. Misleading statements about the project, both before this news and afterwards, need to be clarified and corrected.
We had an annual celebration last Thursday to thank our Keep Liberty Beautiful volunteers.
Editor, In recent weeks, Congress has passed legislation to provide hundreds of millions of dollars for American landowners who agree to certain conservation measures for their land. Each county in Georgia has land that may be eligible for these programs. In many years, money appropriated by Congress goes unused because landowners are unaware that their land qualifies.
Not long ago, a friend of mine was huffing, puffing and carrying on something awful about an injustice she had recently suffered. She had dealt with someone rather devious and the result was, well, rather devious.
For months on end in 2013, my daughter had a chronic, rough-sounding cough, severe chest congestion and back-to-back bouts with viruses and infections. To rule out serious illnesses and conditions such as pneumonia, childhood asthma and cystic fibrosis, we saw multiple doctors and specialists, one of whom - a pediatric pulmonologist - sent my then-20-month old toddler for a chest X-ray. Thankfully, it was clear.
Editor, The board of directors of Seven Ministries of Liberty County Inc. would like to thank the community for supporting the 2014 Jackie Gilliard-Henderson Memorial Scholarship Walk-a-Thon fundraiser. The weather was a little chilly for our fourth annual event, but the crowd was one of the largest we've had and, again, we say thanks.
Editor, The time to act is now. All Americans must stop and take a close look at the symbol of our great nation, which they might have flying over their residence, place of business, on their vehicles or even on their clothes. Is that great symbol of your freedom, the American flag, unserviceable? By that, I mean is it worn, torn, dirty or just plain ragged? If so, now is the time to replace it with a brand-new American flag.
Editor, In the Friday, May 9 Courier, I saw that the Liberty County Board of Commissioners has finalized the list of SPLOST projects. I noticed that the east end of Liberty County, as usual, was granted just a small portion of the projected $54 million. The two items that I see listed is the Midway City Hall ($317,384) and an east-end medical clinic ($362,725). These two projects are about 0.013 percent of the total revenue expected from SPLOST.
Editor: The city of Hinesville is hosting the fourth annual Project Homeless Connect on June 14, in the Bradwell Institute gymnasium. Each year, at least 100 families in this community experience homelessness. These families most often include young children, victims of domestic violence, people with disabilities, veterans and senior citizens. Regardless of whether their experience is for one night or longer, it is our endeavor to minimize this traumatic experience and prevent homelessness.
MOULTRIE - The first item in my emails today was: "How to get thin quickly."
Our veterans shouldn't need an act of Congress and a presidential signature to get the Veterans Affairs healthcare system up to speed. But that's just what it took.
Whistleblowers, often revered and feared by the Obama administration, have received a special place since the 2011 initiation of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a global transparency campaign. Their prominence is justified. The OGP will become a magnet for cynicism unless there is safe cover for those who will make it work or fail - whistleblowers on the front lines of fraud, waste and abuse currently sustained through secrecy and enforced by repression.
According to the Federal Register, on Dec. 7, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency "found" that current and projected concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations. Unfortunately, this finding and the EPA's subsequent action threaten the health and welfare of current and future generations of Georgians far more than greenhouse gases do.
Just when you thought Washington couldn't get any messier, our elected officials in the nation's capital prove it can.
Dear Georgia public-school teachers, It is new school year but, alas, the same old impediments: an out-of-touch federal bureaucracy, ideological state legislators who choose not to send their kids to public schools but intend to tell you how and what to teach, and a society that values reality television more than quality education. Sometimes, I wonder how you manage.
This week, school bells will ring and the 2014-15 academic year will begin. Some children welcome it, others don't. Parents also likely have mixed feelings about the start of another term.
How do you create positive community change? That is a good question. It is one that the national organization, Keep America Beautiful, has been fine-tuning a solution since the 1950s.
Some missing something or the other required me to prowl through closets at Mama's house. That's when I found it. I pulled it out and smiled broadly, warmed by the memories it evoked.
Editor, According to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, our water source is slowly being polluted with saltwater, and the coastal area of Georgia will have to reduce the amount of water that it pulls from the Floridan aquifer by 17 million gallons a day.
It's depressing to read poll after poll highlighting Americans' utter disdain for Congress. But it's my encounters with ordinary citizens at public meetings or in casual conversation that really bring me up short.