Growing up today is tough. Kids are faced with an almost absurd amount of entertainment decisions. From DVDs and video games to any number of internet social sites, the possibilities are endless. I can't help but think that they are missing out. Growing up in Pennsylvania some 25 years ago, my version of entertainment was getting lost in the woods. After school my friends and I would spend countless hours exploring and adventuring ...
Tuesday of this week marked the 30th day of our 40 day legislative session. This is a crucial day because it is the day that a bill must have passed at least one body in order to have a chance of becoming law. This is always a busy day as we rush to get key legislation passed in time to be considered by the Senate before the session ends. The biggest surprise was ...
Your Georgia General Assembly is moving into the final quarter of the 2008 Assembly session as we have completed 31 days of the no-more-than 40 legislative day session. The final quarter is when the tough legislation is worked out and debated. In addition, the budgetary issues really storm to the front as the Appropriations Committee members move to submit a balanced budget that fulfills needs of federally mandated programs like education and Medicaid, ...
Georgia's 71 charter schools are outperforming traditional public schools and are serving a more diverse and economically disadvantaged population, according to the Georgia Department of Education's most recent Annual Report on Charter Schools.
Things are seemingly looking up for my 5K training. I'm super motivated and have been getting some really supportive feedback from the community, so thanks to everyone for that!
Georgians outside Atlanta who have paid attention to the state's priorities in water allocation would not likely mourn Thursday's legislative demise of a statewide sales tax for transportation improvements.
Nothing hurts parents as deeply as news of the violent death of a child. Over time, the grief subsides slightly but it never goes away - not after a year or a decade or even a quarter of a century.
For years, Republican legislators and small business owners have wanted to scale back the benefits that group health insurance plans are required to offer in Georgia. They contend that employers should be free to choose plans that are more affordable even if it means workers have to pay for preventive care and basic medical services out of their own pockets.
My grandmother was a simple, practical woman who did not escape passion. She was crazy about flowers.
The Georgia General Assembly has completed twenty-nine days of the 2008 Georgia General Assembly session and "Day 30" which is "Crossover Day" will be Tuesday, March 11. As I discussed last week, crossover day is the last day that the House or Senate will consider their own legislation and pass it over to the other body for consideration. If a bill that originates in the House of Representatives hasn't been passed by the ...
The remnants of House Speaker Glenn Richardson's much debated GREAT plan to do away with property taxes officially bit the dust last week, when legislators voted it down.
Welcome to week three of my 5K training for the upcoming Energy Oasis 5K Race and Fitness Walk.
An indigo snake is the most beautiful thing you'd ever want to see. It is deep purple and midnight blue, iridescent. It is long and graceful.
Can this be true? A movement is afoot in the Capitol to change the title of House Speaker Glenn Richardson's sweeping tax reform measure. Overnight, Romeo's GREAT Tax Plan would become known as the DEAD Tax Plan.
Politicians are nothing if not quick to toot their own horns.
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.
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 ...
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.