In a week highlighting more disappointing actions among so-called leaders at the national and state level, in a climate where good corporate citizens often are demonized, a shining beacon was celebrated June 11 at the Georgia Governor's Mansion: the REACH scholarship program.
Editor, In response to the June 15 article on the millage rate increase need for 2014, the 2014 budget has a shortfall because the county has $1.6 million more in wants/needs than they anticipate collecting. This is a self-decided shortfall by the county administrator with the help of the county commissioners. They want/need more done than they have the money for under the current millage rate.
This is a story about heroes - good people doing good things. The cast of characters in this performance shares one thing in common: They are strangers to one another. They will meet for the first time via this column. That is what makes this such a good story.
Summer won't officially begin until Friday, but for some the season for fun in the sun has been in full swing for weeks. School wrapped up in Bryan County last month, and we've already been threatened by a tropical storm - a sure sign the summer months are upon us. Already the health department is warning of West Nile, which will no doubt send everyone running for the nearest can of OFF in case the bite of the mosquitoes themselves wasn't enough to do the job. And so far, we've been spared a heat wave - but we ...
I was in Atlanta for a conference a few months ago and became exposed to a startling realization regarding the abuse of elderly people. This particular seminar was addressing - are you ready for this - the human trafficking of older adults.
Georgia has its place on more than its share of "Top 10" lists - everything from World's Busiest Airport to among the world's top producers of peanuts and peaches. It also is on the country's "Top 5 List" for a distinction that few realize, especially those who live in our part of the state. That is, Savannah is the country's fourth-busiest port, and second only to the Port of New York (including NYC and New Jersey) on the East Coast. More than 2.9 million containers moved through Savannah last year as imports or exports.
School is out, vacations have started and visitors from across the country are driving to Jekyll Island, one of the state's great coastal attractions.
There's a woman I'm looking for. Perhaps you know where she is. If you do, please help me find her again.
Editor,, I would like to take this opportunity to discuss something important.
I've noticed a recurring question as I talk to people about Congress. What can be done, they wonder, to get Congress back on track? Is our national legislature capable of serious policy making?
Since she started day care six weeks ago, my little girl hasn't had an easy go of it. Having stayed at home with one parent or another the entire first year of her life, Reese's immune system hasn't built up much resistance, and she seems to pick up every bug, virus, flu and cold within a 5-mile radius.
For some, July 8, 2010, was a momentous day in the state of Georgia - but not for a good reason.
Sixty-nine years ago last Thursday, Allied forces stormed the heavily fortified beaches of Normandy. Through their courage and sacrifice, they cut a foothold in Northern France and began a march that culminated in victory.
I have said it before, but let me repeat: I have no problem with charter schools. I did have a big problem with the ham-handed way last November's charter-school referendum was rammed through by proponents.
Identity theft continues to be a real problem in the United States - and our senior population is at extreme risk.
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.