I struggled to come up with a topic for this week's column. Things have been quiet lately in my new-parent realm.
The sun was shining brightly March 10 to usher in Sunshine Week in Georgia.
Day 31 (Monday, March 11, 2013): Every morning before session the Republican members of the Senate meet as a caucus to discuss bills on the agenda that day as well as bills that are working their way through the process. Today we discuss HB 512, a bill addressing the rights of gun owners that has passed the House and will be considered by the Senate in the near future. Many members, including myself, are staunch advocates of our 2nd amendment rights to own and carry handguns and look forward to working on this legislation. Right after our caucus meeting and ...
Editor, We all have troubles. But we are truly blessed - blessed to live in this country, even with all the faults we think it has. Comparatively, the rest of the world really has it tough. We're blessed to live in a great state, and particularly this wonderful county of Liberty. When folks here are sometimes having a rough go of it, blessings abound from the gracious folks we know as friends and neighbors.
Let's face it: Judges can be pretty scary folks to We the Unwashed. About the only time we ever see them is when we are called for jury duty or when - heaven forbid - we are plaintiffs, defendants or witnesses, wishing we could be anywhere but in the courtroom.
For weeks, President Obama and his deputies traveled the country sounding the alarm about sequestration. They used people as props to claim that public safety would be put at risk, meat would go uninspected and the economy would tank.
Editor, While sequestration is serious with far-reaching impacts, the core mission of Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield and the 3rd Infantry Division remains unchanged, even in the face of mandated funding cuts and Army civilian furloughs.
I'm not sure how to write about this. The recent event that took place at an independent senior-living community in California has been a widely-discussed headline and is controversial, to say the least.
The state Environmental Protection Division, according to the law, is required to hold public meetings in certain circumstances. The severe pollution of the Ogeechee was one of those circumstances.
Have you ever had someone stare at you as if you have two heads? Try casually dropping into conversation the fact that you only plan to have one child. When people who don't know me learn that my husband and I are content to keep our family small, they look at me dumbfounded, confused and - sometimes - a bit horrified.
Day 28 (Monday, March 4, 2013): Today is one of my favorite days at the Capitol as I proudly wear my green sports coat in anticipation of the St. Patrick's Day Parade committee visit. Although some people at the Capitol ask if I won my green jacket at a golf tournament in Augusta, those who have played golf with me before don't bother to ask. The morning starts off early as we have a Health and Human Services Committee meeting at 8AM where we pass out one bill, table another and have discussion on a third before recessing ...
Only in our nation's capital could you cut less than one-half of 1 percent of the annual federal budget (the so-called "sequester"), and then head home and call it a day while the nation sits in bewilderment. The "principals" in this matter still have not gathered at any real table to discuss this serious financial situation in recent weeks.
President Barack Obama has mastered a new kind of politics: Do nothing about a problem, refuse to meet with Congress, and then launch campaign rallies across the country to complain about nothing getting done. The latest example is his campaign against what he describes as the devastating cuts of sequestration. What he is forgetting to tell the American people is that it was his idea in the first place. He also forgets to mention that these "massive" cuts amount to less than 3 cents on the dollar over 10 years.
Monday, Feb. 25 - For the third year in a row, I presented a synthetic-marijuana bill to the Senate. House Bill 57, sponsored by Rep. Matt Ramsey, R- Peachtree City, already had passed the House and was on the fast tract so that the governor can sign the bill into law and it can become effective immediately. Manufacturers of synthetic marijuana continuously change the chemical make-up of the drug, requiring us to follow suit by adding their most recent formulas to the list of banned substances.
The 2013 session of the General Assembly continued to push forward toward the finish line with the completion of the 27th day of session. The pace quickens, the days lengthen and pending legislation continues to grow.
I have some good news and some bad news. I read in the paper recently about a proposed venture to send people to Mars. The good news is that it will be a one-way trip. The bad news is that the launch isn't scheduled until 2022, meaning anybody dumb enough to consider the idea of going to Mars and staying there will be hanging around for another nine years on our planet and lowering the collective IQ for the rest of us. Bummer.
Finally, just when we thought it would never happen again, it does - we get some good news out of Washington, D.C.
"Hello, Gov. Deal's office. May I help you? One moment, please. Governor, you have a call on line one."
Halloween is a fun holiday, short and sweet. It doesn't require a lot of prep and is over in a few hours.
There's a topic I've always shied away from in this column - the working mom vs. stay-at-home mom debate. I never felt the need to broach this subject before because, honestly, I didn't really feel it was an issue anymore. I thought we, as parents, had moved past all that trivial nonsense and decided all mothers play important roles. Period.
One of the more amazing spectacles in the days after the government shutdown ended was the obsession in Washington with who won and who lost in the showdown. Yes, the capital is focused on next year's elections, but honestly! There was only one real loser, and that was the American people.
I was talking to Siri the other day - you know, that voice on your Apple smartphone that helps you with directions, tells you who's winning the football game and will also take memos for you and then store them on your iPhone.
Editor, This is to the committee of the Richmond Hill seafood festival. The Saturday morning of the festival, my 5-year-old grandson and son-in-law, both natives of Black Creek, arrived for the annual car show that had been advertised on the website only to find out it had been canceled.
The Richmond Hill Garden Club's 14th annual Pumpkin Patch held in early October was a great success thanks to the generous support of local citizens. The garden club is truly grateful to those who attended and those who helped us publicize and arrange the occasion.
I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in greater Garfield to see what kind of reactions he was getting from the public to the recent shutdown of the federal government.
If you were at J.F. Gregory Park on Saturday, it will be no great surprise to hear that attendance numbers for this year's Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival were up this year compared to last. Droves of people poured through entrance gate all day Saturday, letting up only for what amounted to less than an hour of rain showers.
I went to my mailbox the other day and was surprised to find absolutely nothing inside.
On Saturday, plenty of area residents will enter the graveyard across the street from the Historic Midway Church. Yes, it is again time for the Midway Museum-sponsored cemetery tour.
Just as my husband, Tink, started up the stairs, stepping slowly and carefully to keep the contents of his bowl and coffee cup from sloshing, I appeared around the corner. I paused, watched and debated silently whether to speak.
While much of the media attention over the past two weeks has been focused on the government shutdown, the real story is why it was shutdown: We have a spending problem in this country.