We hear a lot of news about the loss of tropical rain forests due to deforestation, and the loss of polar bear habitat due to global warming, and relatively little about issues closer to home. Why is it that we know more about the loss of rainforests and ice sheets than the loss of sandhills which are right under our very noses?
I have always thought life was as simple as ABC's "After School Specials" that I watched as a kid.
Any elected official who proposes raising gas taxes or fees to fund transportation infrastructure needs in Georgia is probably not planning on re-election. Yet every policy-maker knows the state needs an innovative approach and deep pockets to plan for a future without mind-boggling traffic congestion.
Neely Young writes a solid, straightforward column for Georgia Trend magazine. However, the publisher-writer omitted the last paragraph from his current monthly essay, so I will obligingly fill it in.
The latest issue to cross the media's lips these days is the topic of 'childhood obesity' and how it might be contagious.
Now that Congress has given up on comprehensive immigration reform, the hypocrisy of claims that the problem can be solved by merely enforcing existing law is about to be exposed on South Georgia's farms.
Taxpayer unrest is certainly nothing new to this nation. After all, the New World was populated by people who came to resent the mega-tax policies of the British Empire. There have been plenty of Americans over the years who have fought unfair taxation with every fiber of their being.
There's an old rule that says it's rarely good to write a column with a whole lot of I's in it. I'm going to break that rule for a second.
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The 3rd Infantry Division has been all over the news as your soldiers are aggressively taking the fight to the enemy in Operation Marne Torch. They are expelling Al Qaida from a safe haven, and they are capturing insurgents to make the population secure.
News that the bald eagle -- one of our most treasured national symbols -- is off the endangered species list has to be good news, right?
According to some accounts, Spanish missionaries first settled what later came to be known as Genesis Point in the 1500s. Some 300 years later, Fort McAllister was built on Genesis Point.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, myself and four other Richmond Hill residents took time off from busy schedules to remember not only the sacrifice of those who have paid the ultimate price to keep America free, but those who are in dire need here at home. We were part of a 33 member team that took a twelve hour bus ride into the still hurricane Katrina ravaged inner city of New Orleans.
Summer Vacation...It's Not For Everyone There's been a bigger, brighter smile on ol' Sunnybuns's face this week...with the end of the current school year shining like a beacon at the end of that long dark tunnel, he is one happy little 7 year old. "Ma, I'm seven and a HALF!" he reminds me as he reads over my shoulder. "Okay, Nosy...out!" I give him the hitch hiker thumb toward the ...
For a while, Bryan County was pretty fortunate in terms of wildfires. Especially when you consider the massive fires which have burned more than half a million acres down near Waycross.
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.
After a friend told me she recently waited three and a half hours to get her Georgia driver's license renewed and then had to deal with a clerk who could have passed for a robot - and an unhelpful one, at that - I thought this to be a typical example of a bunch of government bureaucrats who don't care because they don't have to.
I apparently did not learn my lesson two weeks ago with the debacle in involving an explosion of Gerber puffed-wheat snacks in church.
Editor, The staff and residents of Magnolia Manor on the Coast would like to express our sincere gratitude for the very generous support recently received from several groups in the community.
Recently, I was in a bookstore with a friend. We stopped at a table near the front of the store and it was loaded with different books that had such obscene titles that many of the words were expressed as @?*#.
There is a lot going on in the world right now. Usually when I get stuck on what to write about, it is due to a lack of interesting stuff on which to comment. Fortunately there is a buffet of topics making headlines right now. Crazy politics and our government shutdown of course lead the way.
Despite the rants of publicity-seeking bigots, the blather of Twitter twits and a national news media more interested in scooping the competition than in accurate reporting, the fact is that our American system of justice presumes one is innocent until proven guilty.
Tuesday marked the beginning of open enrollment for health insurance plans created under the Affordable Care Act. Soon, Georgians will have access to health plans that not only benefit their family's well-being, but also fit within their budgets.
The American people are rejecting Obamacare by wide margins. Recent polls in Georgia suggest that more than 57 percent of respondents have an unfavorable view of Obamacare and only 31 percent have a favorable view.
Voters and federal workers are by now getting tired of all these cat-and-mouse games the two political parties in Congress are playing with their livelihoods and with the nation's economy. That includes the government shutdown because of the failure of Republicans and Democrats in the two chambers to find a compromise. Each has an objective and neither minds inflicting suffering on others to try to get its way.
Washington is beginning to debate the proper extent of government eavesdropping powers in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA. It's hardly as robust a discussion as it should be, but it's a desperately needed start.
While it's unrealistic to expect a community's future to be decided in one day, Bryan County's countywide planning retreat held this week at the Richmond Hill City Center was positive in a number of ways. Coastal EMC sponsored the event in an effort to bring Bryan County leaders together to discuss major issues facing our area in the years ahead.
September is World Alzheimer's Month. By the time you read this article, several local "Walk to End Alzheimer's" fundraising events will have taken place.
In our lives, there are places and things we remember. I remember one event as if it were yesterday.
Sept. 30 is the end date for those in Congress to reach an agreement on the budget and spending. The threat of a possible government shutdown looms. What does that mean for those of us outside of the political power circle?