In the context of a state budget, even a depressed and depleted one like Georgia's, $30-$40 million isn't really all that much. In contexts that involve real people and real money (as opposed to the Monopoly money politicians sometimes act as though they're tossing around), it's huge.
If "compromise" means an agreement that doesn't satisfy anybody, then last week's Washington budget deal should be part of the dictionary definition.
I usually try to run the big decisions by you before I take action, but I know you have been distracted over the past weeks watching our selfless public servants in Washington put our interests and those of our nation above petty, partisan political sniping in the debt ceiling debate and marveling at how our crackerjack president, Mr. Swivelhead, makes Jimmy Carter's woebegone administration look like a cross between the Garden of Eden (pre-apple tasting) and Brigadoon.
Editor's note: this op-ed column is a response to a guest editorial from the Athens Banner-Herald that ran July 30.
Severe storms, extreme heat, a crippling freeze, deadly tornadoes, terrible wildfires - Mother Nature has managed to throw almost everything in the book at us within six short months. With just half a year under our belt, the state of Georgia and metro Atlanta already have experienced their share of severe weather, and we obviously don't know what's in store for the second half of 2011.
The Georgia General Assembly will reconvene less than two weeks from now in a special session to take on the constitutionally mandated legislative task of redistricting. Like the U.S. Census, and as a result of it, this process occurs every 10 years when states redraw their congressional and legislative maps to reflect population and other demographic changes.
This column is in response to Future of Freedom Foundation senior fellow Sheldon Richman's column, "It is time to bring the troops home," which was published in July.
There are places we go where we expect to learn something. We expect to learn something when we're sitting at a desk in a classroom or in a pew at church on Sunday morning.
Editor, This is a safety warning for anyone traveling east of Interstate 95 to Sunbury. Trucks destined for Target Distribution Center, Tire Rack and Firth Rixson in Tradeport East Industrial Park utilize GPS systems for navigation and they are erroneously directed into the Sunbury residential area, where there is no turn-around for tractor trailers.
So, what's on the baby boomer's mind these days?
An article posted on the Ogeechee Riverkeeper website and repeated below is more proof that the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is regularly failing to do its job.
It is very obvious that the job market is stagnant to the point that many people are giving up their searches for employment. Why are we in this predicament? Just look to Washington.
Members of the U.S. Congress insist that the government get a handle on costs. They say billions must be trimmed from the federal budget, else the nation will go belly up.
The 15th anniversary of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games has come and gone with barely a whimper. Looking back, the Olympic Games were not Atlanta's finest hours - or days. The city was given a unique gift and didn't know what to do with it.
The other morning, I called one of my best friends. I had a bit of news as well as a piece of advice I wanted ...
"Renderings with Raymond" was normally a labor of love for Raymond Cooper. After all, it was his "baby." Started in 1997 as a camouflaged attempt ...
Without a doubt, this is a troubling time in America. Mass shootings have been happening with seemingly greater regularity. House Bill 859, the "campus carry ...
Before you get your shorts in a wad, the following observations in no way indicate my preference for or opposition to the recent "religious freedom ...
Even the most casual reader of this space knows that I am bullish on public education. But there is one school system in Georgia that ...
Editor's note: This column,which was completed Sunday, was revised to indicate that Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 323 into law Monday.
This year's General Assembly session could be described as the one where legislators started to declare their independence from Gov. Nathan Deal.
Editor's note: This op-ed originally appeared in the Washington Examiner.
A couple of weeks ago, I was highly critical of the efforts of proponents of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and particularly of state Sen ...