In 2011, after years of debate and after the resignation of a Georgia House speaker, members of the state General Assembly still don't know how to say "no" to gifts from the companies and special interest groups they regulate on behalf of all Georgians. They are still accepting gifts, and they're accepting them by the bucketful.
Every revolution against autocracy is initially stirring. Who wouldn't have cheered when Louis XVI was forced to convene the Estates General, or when a liberal provisional government took over from Czar Nicholas, or when the rank and file of the Shah's army refused to fire on protesters in the streets?
People seldom approve of increases. Increases in the cost of gas, increases in the number of passengers squeezed into a plane, increases in pant size – all of these things are typically frowned upon.
Sunday is what would have been President Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday. This milestone will be observed by many, especially the Young Republicans of Richmond Hill High School. But why do millions see Reagan as such a great president? What made him so successful, and why is this occasion worth celebrating?
One thousand, seven hundred and forty-four. That's roughly the population of the lovely town of Darien on Georgia's coast; or of Richland in Stewart County – home of the annual Pig Fest Barbecue Festival.
Robert E. Lee, general of all the Confederate forces during the Civil War, was born Jan. 19, 1807. I have been researching Lee's history and have found many fascinating bits of information about him. I shared some of my findings in my column last week and I will do the same now. I have read many articles, books and some letters that Lee and his family wrote to each other. One tiny book - perhaps it should be called a pamphlet - was written by the Rev. William Mack Lee, who served as Gen. Lee's slave, bodyguard and cook during ...
The Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness took a swing at fixing Georgia's outdated tax system and hit a triple.
It detains almost 200 people at Guantanamo Bay, the facility that Amnesty International calls "a global symbol for injustice and abuse."
Dear Editor: This letter is in response to the op-ed column written by Jennifer Jeffers in the Saturday, Jan. 29, issue.
House Majority Whip Ed Lindsey, R-Atlanta, and I decided to quit lobbing mortars at each other and do what we should have done earlier – talk about his proposed legislation to evaluate teachers.
The 2011 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly has officially begun. Although we were forced to take a couple of days off for the snow and ice storm that many across the state experienced, we began session Jan. 10.
Day 3 (Jan. 24): According to our state's constitution, we start our legislative session on the second Monday of every January. The governor gives his State of the State address during the first week and at that time presents his budget proposal to the full legislature.
Be careful what you ask for, because you may get it. That old saying has likely been on the minds, if not the lips, of many members of the Georgia General Assembly since the special tax reform council delivered its recommendations Jan. 7.
How many times have we sat down to watch old movies, and what does this do for us?
Hope for wiser heads and wiser policies springs eternal in Georgia, and one of the few recent encouraging signs has been hearing top state elected leaders sounding like adults when they speak.
Have you noticed how "nostalgia" sells? This hit me like an antique butter churn the other day as I was watching television, and so many of the commercials have incorporated "old rock" music into their marketing spiels. And we can say, "Yes I remember that one!" We might even say, "Hey, that was our song!"
Bryan County has one of the most generous homestead exemptions for senior citizens in the state, knocking $50,000 off the value of a home for both county and school taxes for residents over age 65.
Nostalgia is popular these days: Retro fashions, disco and '80s pop, "Throwback Thursdays" on social media. What's old is new again, what used to be hip turned square and then back to cool.
For many environmental organizations in Georgia, Earth Day will never be the same.
It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa this is one with a quick cure.
As an unusually mild, rainy summer was melting away - or rather, frosting its way into autumn - I took to noticing signs that our mountain people always have used to judge the forthcoming severity of winter.
Football season is upon us. I'm sure some of you are thrilled about its arrival. I am not.
People don't remember what you say. And they won't always remember exactly what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel. Feelings are real for people, even when the facts might not support their emotions.
I've heard it said a couple of times. You might get run over by someone on 144, but things like Wednesday's shooting just don't happen in Richmond Hill.
We are constantly reminded that the world is a very deadly place - not just for our military personnel - but also for members of the Fourth Estate. Some journalists working in dangerous regions in a globe full of conflict will not return home. The latest: 40-year-old James Foley. His gruesome death at the hands of ISIS has been available for all to see.
Editor, I would like to preface my comments with the statement that Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield is a vital and virtually irreplaceable national strategic asset. If it is significantly reduced or closed, the loss would be a loss to the nation as a whole. There are very few places in the country like Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield, where the transportation and training assets readily are available for immediate deployment to virtually anywhere in the world.
The regional transportation sales-tax referendum failed two years ago across most of Georgia. So it's encouraging to see movement again, in the form of a joint study committee on transportation funding that met Aug. 5 for the first of seven meetings around the state before the legislative session.
Many people in the United States might not be aware that a hot political topic in the land of my birth (other than whether Princess Catherine is pregnant again, of course) is that of Scottish independence.
August is National Breastfeeding Month and it's a good time to remember that breast milk is "the gold standard" for babies and their moms. In fact, there's nothing like breastfeeding to put babies on the path to good health. And research shows that moms benefit as well.
As the clock approached midnight on March 20, the final night of the 2014 Georgia legislative session, it became apparent that a final vote to send a medical cannabis oil bill to the Governor's desk for his signature was not going to happen this year.