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.
Knock! Knock! Knock!
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.
Democrats and Republicans in Congress finally compromised Wednesday to end the shutdown of the federal government and to prevent the nation from being pushed into default.
For nearly 30 years, I have held elective office in Georgia and been involved, at one level or another, in shaping and implementing public policy.
Editor, Today I read where one of our nation's heroes, astronaut Scott Carpenter, died. He was one of the first seven astronauts on the Mercury project.
Question: Which of these three natural risks is the most costly and prevalent in the United States?
Cancer -it's my least favorite word in the dictionary. It ranks right up there with evil and Satan.
Bummer. I just learned that I did not win the Nobel Peace Prize again this year. This is getting old. I was so confident this time that I had my tuxedo pressed and new laces put in my Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star high-top sneakers.
November is just around the corner, which means the Richmond Hill municipal elections are, too. But you'd hardly know it without paying very close attention. Early voting began Monday for the only election taking place this year in Bryan County.
As it turns out, all my worrying last week about how my toddler would deal with a flight from Georgia to Missouri definitely was not for nothing. In fact, probably the only thing that would have made the journey worse would've been a plane crash. And, sadly, it was my own meticulous planning that did me in.
Editor, This is an open letter to the woman driving the tan Honda Odyssey behind me up Highway 17 at 7:30 Tuesday morning to Highway 204, where she turned off and drove east. You were wearing a long-sleeved yellow blouse or sweater, eating a muffin out of your right hand while talking on your cell phone in your left hand.
When Peggy Sue went away, just fell off the face of the Earth with no warning or even a holler, we all wondered where she had gone.
The American public has lost patience with Washington. The question is, now what?
Editor, Reading Hollie Moore Barnidge's column "Preparing for air travel with a toddler" reminded me of the days when I flew with my now 21-year-old daughter over to Sweden.
A letter to Georgia's citizens: An estimated 26,000 visitors participated in dozens of events and service projects at Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites on Saturday, Sept. 28. The occasion was "Your State Parks Day," a celebration of National Public Lands Day hosted by Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. Our Friends organization sponsored service projects with approximately 3,000 volunteers and underwrote the cost of parking at state parks and admission to state historic sites for the day.
Editor, I admire candidates who take the time to reach each and every voter with a personal face-to-face discussion concerning their plans to carry our city forward. Door-to-door campaigning is no easy task.
After more than 53 years in the newspaper business. I have learned that there are three guaranteed ways to avoid criticism. First, you can say nothing. Second, you can do nothing. And third, you can be nothing.