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.
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 @?*#.
Life is so hectic, and it seems to go by so fast the older I get.
Despite the rants of publicity-seeking bigots, the blather of Twitter twits and a national news media more interested in scooping the competition than in accurate reporting, the fact is that our American system of justice presumes one is innocent until proven guilty.
The American people are rejecting Obamacare by wide margins. Recent polls in Georgia suggest that more than 57 percent of respondents have an unfavorable view of Obamacare and only 31 percent have a favorable view.
Voters and federal workers are by now getting tired of all these cat-and-mouse games the two political parties in Congress are playing with their livelihoods and with the nation's economy. That includes the government shutdown because of the failure of Republicans and Democrats in the two chambers to find a compromise. Each has an objective and neither minds inflicting suffering on others to try to get its way.
Washington is beginning to debate the proper extent of government eavesdropping powers in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA. It's hardly as robust a discussion as it should be, but it's a desperately needed start.
I don't understand the mindset of someone who litters. What are they thinking?
I recently made the mistake of trying to handle a "two-man job" by myself. I won't do that again.
Editor, The U.S. government, the Department of Defense, the Department of the Army and the BRAC committee need to be thinking about closing down Fort Stewart.
One day during lunch, my new-to-the-South-but-thoroughly-loving-it husband commented on the singing of our church's choir, which is led by my brother-in-law, Rodney.
In our lives, there are places and things we remember. I remember one event as if it were yesterday.
Sept. 30 is the end date for those in Congress to reach an agreement on the budget and spending. The threat of a possible government shutdown looms. What does that mean for those of us outside of the political power circle?
The Sept. 30 end of the federal fiscal year always entails a messy political battle of some kind in Congress.
Editor, I've been reading the recent back-and-forth debate between Liberty County Commissioner Gary Gilliard and Mr. Bruce A. McCartney. I have some comments.
It looks like our legislators are about to lose one of their most cherished perks: free football tickets. Bless their hearts.