As many of you recall, I opposed the recent charter-school amendment, not because I oppose charter schools - I don't - but because I thought the wording of the amendment was duplicitous. I thought it grossly unfair that Gov. Nathan Deal could wax eloquently on the need for passage of the amendment, but School Superintendent John Barge was not allowed to talk about opposing it. It was like Goliath beating up David.
Day 5: As outlined in our state's Constitution, we begin our legislative session on the second Monday of each January. As was the case last week, we are in recess during the third week of January in order for the House and Senate Appropriations committees to review the governor's proposed budgets. Each state department head presents their budget to the joint committee to explain the proposal and answer legislators' questions.
Last week saw the completion of the first nine days of the 2013 legislative session in the Georgia General Assembly. Now that any new chairman and committee members have been announced and assigned, the committee process is full speed ahead with many pieces of legislation awaiting action.
On Sept. 4 last year, a little boy from Richmond Hill got some really great news. The four rounds of chemotherapy he had undergone to treat the acute myeloid leukemia he'd been diagnosed with just five months prior worked. The cancer was gone.
I was a "Little Tiger," a member of Fred Garis' Tiger Athletic Club for boys. When it rained we couldn't play football or softball at Daffin Park, so we'd go to the attic at Stubbs Hardware in downtown Savannah and take target practice, shooting .22 rifles at paper targets.
Super Bowl XLVII was Sunday, and you can bet there will be at least one major call by instant replay that will impact the game tremendously.
Women can now stand proudly with the men who defend our nation's freedom by serving on the front lines in military combat zones - and not a moment too soon.
The recent announcement by U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss that he will not seek another six-year term in the U.S. Senate was indeed a surprise to many. More than that, it was a warning of what might lie ahead for the nation, a country of 300 million Americans hobbled by partisan fighting.
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The work of the 2013 Georgia General Assembly continued last week, even though the House of Representatives and Senate officially were in recess.
We had heard that there was a shooting recently at a theater in which an off-duty officer felled a gunman.
Who cares about promotion ceremonies? We all should. For more than 200 years, the United States Army has followed a certain set of traditions. Promotion ceremonies serve as a celebrations for newly promoted soldiers. The purpose of the ceremonies is to render honor, preserve traditions and stimulate esprit de corps.
Editor, I was born on Nov. 14, 1934, in Pembroke. I remember the Jim Crowe Days, when I was guilty of using the "N" word as an elderly African American couple walked by.
Last week, I began to explain my acronym, "BRIGHT," with regard to what one should look for in choosing a senior residence. Is the community letting their light shine "bright" like a diamond for others to see?
As a working mom, I've come to the conclusion that it's nearly impossible to strike a perfect balance between career and family. Don't get me wrong - I knew it would be tough. I just figured that I'd get the routine down to a science after a few months. I was wrong.
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.