The Georgia General Assembly is approaching the final stretch, and the finish line is in sight for the 2013 legislative session. With the last day of session tentatively set for March 28, legislators could return to our districts before April.
Just about everyone knows the book "All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten" by Robert Fulghum. I actually did not read this book until I was in my 20s; had I read it sooner, I might have avoided all that math I took in high school.
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. As citizens become more involved in local government, show up at public meetings, comment during the allotted times, circulate petitions, protest actions they believe usurp their rights, file open-records requests and hold elected officials accountable, the more the sun will shine on local government. The darkness of executive sessions and back-room deals casts a cloud over local government and those elected ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Editor, Saturday, May 11, was the birthday of well-known Hinesville entrepreneur and philanthropist Gary W. Dodd. I'd like to thank my dear friend and Kirk Healing Center for the Homeless co-founder for all he has done for Hinesville and, especially, for the homeless men and women we serve.
Although you, my devoted readers and fans, likely are reading this on Mother's Day, it was written several days ahead of time, so I have no idea what kinds of surprises this special day will hold for me.
Editor: I see that Liberty County is still trying to take away Midway's fire department by using fear tactics. If Liberty County wants full-time firefighters in Midway, all the county has to do is send some of Midway's property taxes back to the city so that the city can hire the full-time firefighters.
A little more than three years ago, the controversial health-care law known as Obamacare to some and the Affordable Care Act to others was signed into law.
This is the story of courage. This is a story of tenacity. This is the story of Hill Daniel.