It is not a beautiful day in Mr. Rogers' neighborhood.
In session for two days this week, the Georgia General Assembly completed the week on Wednesday, the 30th day of session. With 30 of 40 session days complete, legislators are closing in on the marathon and almost to the finish line of the 2011 session.
Day 29 (March 14): The Capitol was a sea of green today as we welcome the Grand Marshall and other members of the St. Patrick's Day committee from Savannah. At first glance it appeared that we were in for a long day with 23 bills on the calendar. However, one of the things that a legislator learns is that the number of bills does not necessarily dictate the length of a day as much as the subject of the bills.
In the same sense that good fences make for good neighbors, solid, comprehensive ethics and transparency rules help ensure good governance by our elected officials.
With the beginning of daylight-saving time earlier this month and the temperature warming up, I begin to get very excited about the coming of summer.
There is a parade field not far from here where military units pass and review. There is a walkway, about 4 feet wide, around this field. There are trees, at intervals of about 8 feet, on each side of this walkway. One can get chocked up as he walks along looking at the base of each of these trees where there is the name of a warrior who paid the ultimate price.
The military haircut just may be my arch nemesis. While there are things that bother me more about being an Army wife - let's not forget deployments and three-hour waits in a primary-care manager's office - the topic you'll find me grumbling about most often is my husband's hair.
One of the more fiscally irresponsible components of President Obama's budget proposal for fiscal year 2012 is the plan to increase surface "transportation" spending by more than 84 percent - from $58 billion to $107 billion - over FY 2010 spending levels.
In a remarkable resurrection, the bill that would allow alcohol sales on Sunday, passed the very body – the state Senate – that had vowed to let it languish in committee. And languish it did for a month before its recovery last week.
Dear Editor: The residents of Bryan County should be concerned about the behind-closed-door policies reminiscent of the city of Savannah policies. We all should be concerned about a landfill proposal on acreage which contains wetlands, streams and backs up to a major contributor "Black Creek" to the Ogeechee River.
Dear Editor: I received the following e-mail from our new Commissioner of Agriculture, Gary Black. If you have ever seen the Georgia Market Bulletin, you know there is no hyperbole in Commissioner Black's praise. This is a very useful resource for Georgia farmers. I do not see a viable substitute to replace the bulletin on the horizon. So I wanted to share the message he sent March 8 to University of Georgia Extension personnel:
There are many stereotypes associated with the Republican Party, one being that all Republicans are old men who wear suits and glasses. Also, women and minorities tend to be looped in the same category as Democrats, just because they appear to be more sympathetic.
There is a 127-page bill, House Bill 385, moving through the Georgia Legislature that would, if passed, shift the tax burden drastically on to the backs of consumers. In its opening paragraphs it states that the purpose of the bill is to "implement the recommendations of the 2010 Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians." ... At least one member of the committee said the bill doesn't look anything like what they recommended. ...
I called Junior E. Lee, vice president and general manager of Round or Square Polls Inc., a subsidiary of The Yarbrough Multinational Media and Pest Control Co., located over a pool hall in Greater Garfield, Ga., to see who he thinks might be running for president in 2012.
After four full days of session, the Georgia General Assembly finished its 28th legislative day Friday. With only 12 days of session left, the Capitol is full of activity as members of the legislature continue with our responsibility of completing the people's work.
A wise man once said that our only reason for occupying space on this earth is to leave things better than we found them. Unfortunately, not enough of us will. Len Pagano is an exception.
Tens of thousands of Georgians live with lifelong disabilities due to brain and spinal cord injury.
OK, I admit it - a few months ago, I suffered from a very short-lived bout of baby fever. I'm happy to announce, however, that I've fully recovered.
This happened years ago. Mama was alive then, so it's been seven or eight years. I hadn't thought about in almost that many years but when it came to mind the other day, I took to studying on it and how the circumstances and opportunities of life's journey can be so fascinating.
Editor, Why are we dumbing down our children? Our high schools send 90 percent of students out the door without the most basic skills high school is supposed to teach. High-tech businesses won't locate to Liberty County because of our inability to provide educated workers.
While most voters are familiar with the candidates on the Nov. 4 general-election ballot, many are unaware of the ballot's three referendum questions.
Editor, Our country is in a precarious position. Our government is intruding in our personal lives, and our religions are under attack. The government is ignoring the invasion from south of the border, as well as the dangers imposed by ISIS and other terrorist groups.
Last week, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter shared via this column his vision for public education in Georgia.
Editor, Those of you familiar with the Long County School System are aware of the student growth and financial struggles faced by our system for many years. We are a low-wealth system, ranked 171st out of 180 school systems. Our students and teachers presently occupy many classrooms built in 1951 or earlier. The hardships we have faced have been many, but with the dedication of previous and present boards, superintendents, administrators, teachers and staff, we have survived.
Yes, I know that I am, occasionally, prone to embellishment. But trust me when I say this is the law and the gospel: I have a longtime friend who only calls me when someone dies. Most times, I know the person, but sometimes I don't have a clue the person ever existed.
Go get a flu shot. Also, make sure you're children get flu shots. It's a plain and simple set of instructions, but following them could save a life. Please, go do it.
Editor, Watch out, Bryan County, in case the Sunday-voting issue rears its head in your neck of the woods, just as it has in Liberty County. This is something I think everyone in our region needs to be aware of, because it involves something greater than just run-of-the-mill politics.
I have asked the two major gubernatorial candidates to talk to Georgia public-school teachers about their respective education platforms. This week, the floor belongs to Jason Carter, the Democratic challenger. Next week, it will be Republican Gov. Nathan Deal's turn.
The talking heads and politicians love to use the term, "boots on the ground." It sounds macho.
A friend of mine, long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations, called one day to announce happily that she was learning to let things roll right off her back.