Little Danny McGuire was the scrawniest kid in class. He was so frail, so downright skinny that his dungarees clung to his bony hips only thanks to a well-worn brown belt that was pulled tight to the last notch, causing the fabric to gather in folds. What a sight he made, with blue jeans cinched at the waist and little ol' legs hidden somewhere in the yards of material.
Watch out, fellow Georgians, another state official is talking about yet another prison reform push. Everyone knows what that means. It means more criminals will remain on the streets or be back on the streets doing what they do best - hurting or stealing from us, our loved ones, our friends and our neighbors.
America's education system is failing our children. Over 20 percent of America's public high school students do not graduate in four years. Students' test scores in math and science have declined to 25th worldwide.
In less than 70 days, one of the fundamental components of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare as it is often referred to as, is set to begin.
This month, I begin my 16th year as a syndicated newspaper columnist in Georgia. Time flies when you are having fun, and I am having a ball. I hope you are, too.
If you want to give yourself a headache, try reading through Richmond Hill's new sign ordinance.
Mama's favorite phrase when I was growing up - particularly during the defiant teenage years, especially when I sassed her - was "you're gonna pay for your raising one day, little lady. Let me assure you of that. You just wait until you have children and see how they behave."
Anyone who thinks housework, chores and errands are never-ending should try tackling the same tasks with a toddler in tow. It's nearly impossible to get anything accomplished in under 10 minutes.
It was 45 years ago when I was in the social hall at First United Methodist Church in Tamaqua, Pa., attending vacation Bible school singing my favorite songs, "This Little Light of Mine" and "Down in my Heart."
So even in the Washington of 2013, it really is still possible to reach meaningful consensus after all. A few million college and graduate students are no doubt delighted at that pleasant surprise.
"Army force structure stationing change" - what does that mean for Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield and the surrounding area?
If you love baseball, then next week is for you.
While we are increasingly becoming known for big companies like Coca-Cola, UPS and Delta, or for the huge volume of goods that pass through our ports, agriculture remains Georgia's largest industry.
After much posturing, the General Assembly passed a sleeves-out-of-their-vest piece of legislation on lobbying reform in the last session and wants us to believe it has answered our concerns.
My husband and I took our daughter to Tallahassee, Fla., during the Fourth of July weekend to visit my husband's family. Reese had a great time playing with all her little cousins and being spoiled by her grandparents, aunts and uncles. It was wonderful to catch up with my in-laws, and I especially enjoyed a conversation I had one evening with my sister-in-law, who is expecting her third baby in about two months.
Every few days, we learn yet one more way in which government's expanded surveillance powers intrude upon our privacy and civil liberties.
She said it, of course, with a smirk. Those women who really don't understand the ways of Southern women seem to always speak about us in words that are vividly cloaked in disdain.
Editor, On behalf of all 170 hospitals across Georgia, I want to express appreciation to Gov. Deal for his steadfast resolve and determination to ensure the safety and welfare of hospital patients and caregivers during last week's icy-road traffic jam.
As we all know, last week was an extremely unusual one in our state.
Editor, In light of the disaster of Obamacare and the needs of our troops in Georgia, I have decided to write this letter about a candidate, Dr. Bob Johnson, who I saw speak at a recent event. At this event, Dr. Johnson spoke articulately about how he plans to fix Obama-care and serve the best interests of this district using his experience as a cancer surgeon and Army Ranger.
The fast pace of the 2014 session of the Georgia General Assembly slowed down considerably last week when Tuesday's winter storm paralyzed metro Atlanta traffic systems.
My fellow Georgians, in order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is a requirement that I annually submit to you a State of the Column message. This I do today. (Yea! Clap! Clap! Clap!)
Southeast Georgia recently escaped the worst of a winter ice storm that ravaged other parts of the South, particularly Georgia's capital, Atlanta. The utility companies that serve our region had personnel on standby and monitored the storm closely enough to at least be prepared for the worst. Thankfully, the severe ice and snow that accompanies such storms did not come our way and, for that, we should be thankful.
The Second Amendment. Made in the USA. Jobs for Georgia. These are three of my favorite things.
"Someday," Daddy used to say often as I was growing up, "I'm going to the Holy Land. I want to walk where Jesus walked."
The next big milestone on my parenting horizon isn't really something that's fun to talk about, let alone figure out how to handle. It's not a dinner-table conversation topic, but it certainly is a necessity - potty training.
Awhile back, I wrote an article that included the poem "The Bridge Builder," by Will Allen Dromgoole. I discovered this poem in my father's briefcase after he passed away. I sent it to him in 1985 for his birthday, and he always kept it with him.
As spouses and mothers, we far too easily let the needs of our family come first. As members of the military community, we give and give, tirelessly supporting those alongside us. While the challenges often faced by our community aren't dwindling anytime soon, instead of letting our lives and goals and intentions pass us by, let's go out and make big things happen.
American humorist Will Rogers once said, "I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts." Ol' Will would have loved the Georgia Legislature. They are the gift that keeps on giving.
After taking a day off to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we continued our session Jan. 21. Traditionally, the shortened week is set aside for budget hearings, so only members of the Appropriations Committee would need to be in attendance. However, with the fast pace that we have started out with this year, budget hearings were held the week of Jan. 13 in order to save time.