On Jan. 7, the Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness submitted its much-anticipated report to the lieutenant governor and speaker of the house.
It would seem state officials' educational cuts are steering Georgia's university system into a rather perilous conundrum.
The past week you would have thought we were living in two different states. North of the Gnat Line, it seemed like Siberia. Even possums and yard dogs were hugging each other trying to stay warm. South of the line, folks assumed that God was punishing North Georgia for having taken most of the political power in the last election.
Editor, Stop the presses - hold the headlines! I see Chinese President Hu Jintao and an entourage of 100 Chinese business men are visiting the United States and will announce many new U.S. business ventures.
Editor, A few days ago, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley made an accurate remark for which he will be criticized. In his Jan. 11 address he said, "Those who have not accepted Jesus as their savior are not my brothers and sisters ..."
I'll go ahead and admit to what everyone else is already thinking: We're missing the extra deployment money. It's not that we blew all of the additional pay and didn't save anything. We saved, but we were definitely living a little more comfortably, too. Now, with all of that saved money off limits, hundreds less per paycheck, and the increased expense of feeding a full grown man, we just don't have quite as much fun money as we once did.
When we were young, most everything was good. We made it out of high school and many of us went on to college, trade school, the military, the work force or maybe even hitchhiked across the country. Some of us married our sweethearts and settled down to buy homes and raise families. Others moved far away and some chose to stay nearby or in our hometowns, close to family.
It is more of a blessing to give than to receive. We all probably were told this when we were kids. The interesting thing is that our parents and Sunday school teachers were right! A host of scientific studies conducted have shown that altruism actually does wonders for your health and soul. A now-famous Harvard University study conducted in the 1980s proved that people who simply watched an altruistic act - in the study's case, a short film of Mother Teresa tending to orphans in Calcutta - got a boost in their immune systems. We think the benefits of volunteering are ...
If you are a veteran or the widow(er) of a veteran, you may be entitled to collect $1,000 to $2,000 tax-free per month that you earned through service to our country. Many Liberty County residents, like most veterans nationwide, are still unaware of the aid and attendance benefit available through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Designed to help pay for health-care, this benefit can be a lifesaver if you are facing the challenge of paying spiraling costs while maintaining your quality of life.
Editor's note: State Sen. Buddy Carter, R- Pooler, will periodically provide written updates during the legislative session, which began Jan. 10 and is expected to last until the latter days of March.
Almost instantaneously the horrific shooting in Tucson, Ariz., became the occasion for partisan hatred.
We remain skeptical that the courts will step in to save Yucca Mountain - and, by extension, the Central Savannah River Area.
Among the great things about the deep South is that we have grits, the best college football in the land and very little snow.
Sometimes the most important lessons learned at school don't come from a classroom.
The activity surrounding each legislative session is always a combination of fast action with periods of slow-moving, tedious meetings as legislation is researched, deliberated and reconciled before the actual vote. This session was no different, and each day was used to the fullest as we set our sights on tackling some tough issues for the betterment of our state. The following is a summary of some of the major accomplishments and most-significant legislation passed this session.
On Wednesday, Liberty County residents will join millions of people around the world in celebrating the Earth on Earth Day.
There will be a public hearing Tuesday in Richmond Hill held by the Georgia Department of Transportation in reference to the proposed pipeline Kinder Morgan wants to install along the entire coast of Georgia. It is important that Coastal Georgia residents attend.
Lawmakers passed a nearly $22 billion spending plan that includes about $900 million in new revenues, consumed for the most part by school-enrollment growth, increasing retirement benefit-plan expenses for state employees and about $288 million to reduce an austerity cut for public schools. The 2016 budget also increases the local school-district cost of insurance for bus drivers and other non-certified school workers by more than $100 million, so it remains to be seen how much of the $288 million is used for teacher raises and undoing recession-era cuts.
Sometimes we forget that there are a lot of good people on this Earth doing good things. I was reminded of that by my friend, Jack Cookston, who recently had some medical issues that required him to cart around an oxygen tank wherever he went. (Happily, his health has improved and the oxygen tank is history.)
As expected, transportation funding and the governor's proposal to address persistently failing public schools dominated Georgia's legislative session. The measures passed, yet several opportunities to address critical economic issues were missed.
Carrie called the other day, and I grabbed the phone just as I was coming in from the garage. I dropped my purse at the foot of the stairs and sat down on a step to talk. No conversation with Carrie is ever short. Even her voicemails run three to four minutes.
I would love a good, old-fashioned rain - or, as we used to call it, gully washer - this week.
I just finished reading an article written by Valerie Tarico on Yahoo. The story was titled "Right-wing Christianity teaches bigotry: The ugly roots of Indiana's new anti-gay law."