We hear a lot of news about the loss of tropical rain forests due to deforestation, and the loss of polar bear habitat due to global warming, and relatively little about issues closer to home. Why is it that we know more about the loss of rainforests and ice sheets than the loss of sandhills which are right under our very noses?
I have always thought life was as simple as ABC's "After School Specials" that I watched as a kid.
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.
Neely Young writes a solid, straightforward column for Georgia Trend magazine. However, the publisher-writer omitted the last paragraph from his current monthly essay, so I will obligingly fill it in.
The latest issue to cross the media's lips these days is the topic of 'childhood obesity' and how it might be contagious.
Now that Congress has given up on comprehensive immigration reform, the hypocrisy of claims that the problem can be solved by merely enforcing existing law is about to be exposed on South Georgia's farms.
Taxpayer unrest is certainly nothing new to this nation. After all, the New World was populated by people who came to resent the mega-tax policies of the British Empire. There have been plenty of Americans over the years who have fought unfair taxation with every fiber of their being.
There's an old rule that says it's rarely good to write a column with a whole lot of I's in it. I'm going to break that rule for a second.
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The 3rd Infantry Division has been all over the news as your soldiers are aggressively taking the fight to the enemy in Operation Marne Torch. They are expelling Al Qaida from a safe haven, and they are capturing insurgents to make the population secure.
News that the bald eagle -- one of our most treasured national symbols -- is off the endangered species list has to be good news, right?
According to some accounts, Spanish missionaries first settled what later came to be known as Genesis Point in the 1500s. Some 300 years later, Fort McAllister was built on Genesis Point.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, myself and four other Richmond Hill residents took time off from busy schedules to remember not only the sacrifice of those who have paid the ultimate price to keep America free, but those who are in dire need here at home. We were part of a 33 member team that took a twelve hour bus ride into the still hurricane Katrina ravaged inner city of New Orleans.
Summer Vacation...It's Not For Everyone There's been a bigger, brighter smile on ol' Sunnybuns's face this week...with the end of the current school year shining like a beacon at the end of that long dark tunnel, he is one happy little 7 year old. "Ma, I'm seven and a HALF!" he reminds me as he reads over my shoulder. "Okay, Nosy...out!" I give him the hitch hiker thumb toward the ...
For a while, Bryan County was pretty fortunate in terms of wildfires. Especially when you consider the massive fires which have burned more than half a million acres down near Waycross.
Imagine filling up your gas tank and realizing that the price you were charged was more than the price advertised. What would you do?
For many of us, it's that special time of the year - the time when you get notification for renewal from your health-care insurance provider.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela has received much-deserved praise following his death
Oh, the stories people tell. Not always good ones, mind you, but the kind that will make you fall down on your knees and thank the good Lord up above that you don't have a story like that.
"Hit the showers." That was one of my favorite things to hear from coach Schuler, my high-school wrestling coach. It signaled the end of what usually was a long, hard practice.
My daughter, Reese, started at a new day care two months ago. My husband and I had been pleased with her former day care until they went through several leadership changes, and the resulting policy alterations were disconcerting. The facility's lunch menu, which had been pretty healthy when we first enrolled Reese, took a turn for the worse - lots of processed, preservative-laden food; fruit drowning in sugary, heavy syrup; and snacks full of sodium ...
The holidays are a turning point in our lives every year.
If Congress and the federal government are really serious about holding down costs and lowering the deficit, then they will reject any idea by the State Department to build an all-new training facility for its personnel and staff in Blackstone, Va. It will instead turn all training functions and responsibilities over to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
Undersecretary of the Army Dr. Joseph Westphal stated that small businesses are critical to Army readiness.
It was as ugly as a warthog, but for the 11th time in the past 12 years, 38 of the past 50, and 65 out of 108, the University of Georgia -the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South -bested You-Know-Where Institute of Technology for the state football championship, 41-34.
Every year around this time, kids in neighborhoods all across South Bryan await the sound of Santa's "ho, ho, ho" to beckon through the streets - much the way they might hope to hear the footfalls of reindeer on the rooftop on Christmas Eve.
Over lunch the other day with friends - all in the newspaper business - I mentioned that I occasionally speak at writers' conferences.
Let's start with the obvious: A democracy needs intelligence agencies. It needs to know what's happening in the world - and understand the plans of allies and enemies - to keep the nation prepared and secure.
My attempts at making more mom friends still are failing miserably. At this point, I'd probably try an online "matchmaking" site for women with children who are looking to befriend other women with children. Sort of like eHarmony, but with sippy cups and strollers. Actually, that sounds like a great idea because then I'd get to be very picky with my criteria, thus reducing the chances I'd get "matched up" with another mom I have ...
I love football. When I was growing up, our neighborhood kids would organize games every day. Good weather, bad weather, even snow and ice would not keep us from playing.