The Georgia General Assembly finished its 33rd legislative day March 23. Officially, we are more than three-fourths of the way through the session. With only seven days remaining, many bills still await consideration by the House. Now is the time the House considers bills sponsored and passed by the other chamber. The end of the 2011 session is close, with the session set to end April 14.
The Georgia Senate has tabled a new school voucher bill for now. In short, there will be no expansion of the program this year.
Earlier in the week, the moon was supposed to be closer to earth than it has been in many years – just how much closer, I didn't research. And, of course, it was supposed to look much bigger than usual.
It's funny how closely related the words "community" and "common" really are in their meaning and spirit. The Richmond Hill "community" perceives itself as a group that not only shares a common geographic area, but also a set of "common interests."
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki probably had the Vietnam generation in mind last Wednesday when he spoke of the nation's broken covenant with those who have served us in the armed forces.
"A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you've been taking."
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.
Maybe it's the fact that I have more days in the rearview mirror than I have ahead of me, but at this special time of year I am more aware than ever of the gift of friendships. Friendships are always the correct size, the right color and don't require a set of instructions on how to operate them. They are truly the gift that keeps on giving.
Georgia has one of the more popular K-12 tuition tax-credit programs in America, which is funded by the private contributions of approximately 18,000 individual taxpayers and 200 corporate taxpayers, who receive a state income-tax credit for their contributions.
Several weeks ago, I wrote about moonshine runner turned stock-car champion, Lloyd Seay, who was murdered in a dispute over sugar purchased to make illegal whiskey.
Editor, Common Core has curriculum mandates plus tests. The reason that this educational system is designed this way is so that special-interest groups can mine data from Common Core. Common Core is, in reality, a system of data classification. The tests enable our children's data be turned over to private organizations. No one oversees these companies nor does anyone - especially the government - know how this information will be used. Actually, this information will be accessible to the federal government. Now, Big Brother will be watching our children's progress throughout his or her school years.
You may recall that I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012 creating the State Charter School Commission that would allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia. You may recall, also, that the amendment passed handily. So much for my vigor.
We at Unity in the Community have been paying attention to the current news about the young black men being killed by police.
In a recent speech at the National Press Club, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, D-NY, explained that improving economic opportunities for middle-class Americans is the key issue on which Democrats and Republicans should be focusing leading up to the 2016 presidential election and beyond.
Editor, Stop the presses and call Walter Cronkite - these stats just in:
There are few who cannot say truthfully that they miss their parents after death has laid claim to those loved ones. The parents who taught us, scolded us and, at times, annoyed us are never forgotten, never put away on a shelf to be remembered no more.
This "Santa Claus is coming soon, so you better be good" thing is working out great for me so far.
This was written in a cave somewhere in greater Bora Bora. The column was floated across the ocean in an RC Cola bottle to this newspaper.
Orientation for freshman-elect members of the 114th Congress took place in Washington, D.C., from Nov. 12-19. This is the second of two reports detailing events of that orientation.
Editor, I read the article "Concerns arise at millage hearing" in the Nov. 30 Coastal Courier, and I also have concerns.
One afternoon, I had a hankering - a primal-like craving - for a supper of pinto beans and cornbread with a tall glass of cold, rich buttermilk thrown in for good measure and extra filling.
I didn't cook Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. My husband, daughter and I went to a restaurant in Richmond Hill that offered all the traditional holiday fare at a reasonable price. It was the first time in my life I did not eat a home-cooked meal on Thanksgiving.
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