After months of hearings and discussion, the Georgia Legislature's Joint Study Committee on Transportation Funding has released its final report on "Addressing Georgia's Transportation Funding Alternatives." Its recommendation? In a word: everything.
Five years ago one person in Appling County owned a hybrid car. That was a man who had been mayor, a munificent ambassador who went around with pockets full of tie pens that read "Baxley."
With Georgia now 40th in the country in training and recruiting physicians to practice here, it's time to expand medical education programs to Athens and to other campuses around the state.
It looks like more state legislators have caught House Speaker Glenn Richardson's anti-property tax bug and that could be a good thing, though the proof will be in what comes to pass later, not what's happening now.
Last November the upstart US Airways, based in Florida, made a bid for Delta Airlines that was turned away. Delta is a valued, long-time corporate citizen of Atlanta. While the smaller airline's bid was unsuccessful, the effort still sent shock waves throughout the state.
Recently I have had new legislation introduced, House Bill 923, which will subject all rate making requests by health insurance companies to increased scrutiny and require these companies to justify the rates they are charging Georgia policyholders. This bill will also provide safeguards to small business sole proprietors by leveling the playing field and allowing them access to the group insurance market.
By this time next week, Super-Duper Tuesday will be over. Twenty-four states and American Samoa will have staged presidential primaries or caucuses on the same day. We will be able to measure statistically just how dumb Democratic voters are in Georgia, across the country and in the South Pacific.
There is an oft used Chinese proverb that says, "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me." In 2002 teachers were one of the constituencies that turned against Gov. Roy Barnes because of his ill-fated attempt to pick a fight with more than 100,000 teachers. He proposed eliminating teacher tenure, something that really didn't exist.
In case you missed it, not long ago the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published a look at alleged abuse of state purchasing cards - which in effect are credit cards.
Monday, many will celebrate the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Atlanta-born civil rights leader who inspired millions in the 1960s with his dream of a better life and equal opportunity for all people.
In the day and age where anything goes and everyone is supposed to be equal, are women really on the same playing field?
For some reason, blood donations tend to dwindle during the winter. That's the case again this year, as the American Red Cross announced earlier this week that it is facing a severe shortage of several blood types.
Hillary Clinton's glide to this year's Democratic presidential nomination has hit a serious snag. Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, her toughest rival, has caught an early wave that is threatening to swamp the Clinton cruise to reassuming the White House.
In 1983 Dave and Mindy Egan, a history teacher and a school psychologist, were on a golfing vacation, driving the east coast looking for places to play golf. In Georgia, they exited the highway, following a sign, to spend a day on Jekyll Island.
Jan. 7 is the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming presidential primary. We urge all who haven't already done so to sign up.
"Extra! Extra! Newspapers aren't dead!" This is quoted from a recent headline in USA Today. The article, by Rem Rieder, reports a new business model has taken shape that makes newspapers a mature industry and, at the same time, an emerging industry.
This column almost didn't happen. I didn't think I'd have time to write it.
These past 10 days have been quite unusual for me, filled with both extremely happy and very sad personal moments in my life. I know life is like that sometimes. But it makes me wonder why things happen the way they do.
His name is Charles Almerin Tinker, and he was the great-great-grandfather of my beloved.
U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., has a tough road ahead of him, make no mistake about it. Getting elected to any statewide office requires everything an individual has to offer, plus some. Just ask those who have committed to running on the ballot in Georgia's 159 counties.