It detains almost 200 people at Guantanamo Bay, the facility that Amnesty International calls "a global symbol for injustice and abuse."
Dear Editor: This letter is in response to the op-ed column written by Jennifer Jeffers in the Saturday, Jan. 29, issue.
House Majority Whip Ed Lindsey, R-Atlanta, and I decided to quit lobbing mortars at each other and do what we should have done earlier – talk about his proposed legislation to evaluate teachers.
The 2011 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly has officially begun. Although we were forced to take a couple of days off for the snow and ice storm that many across the state experienced, we began session Jan. 10.
Day 3 (Jan. 24): According to our state's constitution, we start our legislative session on the second Monday of every January. The governor gives his State of the State address during the first week and at that time presents his budget proposal to the full legislature.
Be careful what you ask for, because you may get it. That old saying has likely been on the minds, if not the lips, of many members of the Georgia General Assembly since the special tax reform council delivered its recommendations Jan. 7.
How many times have we sat down to watch old movies, and what does this do for us?
Hope for wiser heads and wiser policies springs eternal in Georgia, and one of the few recent encouraging signs has been hearing top state elected leaders sounding like adults when they speak.
Dear Editor: In regard to Roy Hubbard's letter published Jan. 26, I wish to thank the gentleman for his service to our country, and for taking the time and effort to engage in conversation about the bullying issue facing our kids.
By Jennifer Jeffers
I usually dance around the topic of children in this column, because I don't have any.
When Georgia's Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness released its recommendations on Jan. 7, headline writers trumpeted the council's proposal to eliminate the sales tax exemption for groceries. That proposal is but one part of a far-reaching reform that would enhance the state's economic competitiveness and streamline Georgians' taxes.
Judging by the past three decades, there's no worse fate than getting touted as the next global superpower.
I wonder if our intrepid public servants at the Gold Dome understand how arrogant and out of touch they look to We the Unwashed – or if they even care.
April can't get here soon enough. By then, birds will have long since begun chirping as flowers bloom in bright colors. If you think about it hard enough, you can almost smell that clean, sweet air and feel the sun on your face.
Editor, There are a multitude of ads on TV these days from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals concerning homeless, injured, abused animals.
It happened a few months back. My father-in-law celebrated, to our great joy, his 88th birthday. There was no pomp or circumstance involved. He abhors that. Because he is among the most beautifully well-mannered people I have ever encountered, he politely took all the calls though he really wished we would just treat it as another day and leave him alone to watch the news channel.
The state of Georgia's Juvenile Justice System is going to the dogs. And that's a good thing.
As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, chairman of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee, and a member of the House's Ways and Means Committee, last week was a busy one for me. We gathered for four days of hearings at Gov. Nathan Deal's office, where the budget was presented. We also listened as state agencies offered input about budget needs and then asked questions regarding which programs worked well or were under- or over-funded.
In politics, you must take advantage of windows of opportunity. Sometimes good ideas are sidetracked by unfortunate events, a bad economy or even personality conflicts among political leaders. Given the risk of delaying decisions, Georgia needs to address its transportation shortfall quickly and practically.
My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!) I do that gladly today. For one thing, this will be a lot shorter and less boring than the State of the Union address (Boooo!) and, also, we don't have to endure a bunch of fawning politicians trying to be seen on national television. (Yay! Ha! Ha! Ha!)
Editor, Since Georgia's own Sen. Johnny Isakson voted for discriminating against pre-9/11 veterans and later against ending this discrimination, I've penned and sent the following to then-Senate Veterans' Affairs Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-VT, who introduced the Caregivers Expansion and Improvement Act of 2013:
It happened the other day. It's funny how things so simple can remind us of things so meaningful, of those sweets that are tucked inside our hearts and unknowingly treasured.
Two weeks ago, my husband, daughter and I struggled to come up with a fun way to pass a Sunday afternoon. My mother-in-law had just been staying with us, and she left that morning to head back to Florida. Since I'd given our house a good, thorough "pre-mother-in-law-visit" cleaning before she arrived, I was completely caught up on chores and housework.
With major policy decisions on transportation, education, health care and tax reform on the legislative agenda, Georgia should think beyond the traditional approach of spending more money as the solution for every problem. Focusing on ways to enhance economic opportunity and empower individuals beats doubling down on the status quo.
Editor, On behalf of Bryan County Children's Fund, I would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere appreciation to everyone who helped to support the program this year. We were able to provide Christmas gifts to over 400 disadvantaged children in our county. This would not have been possible without collaboration and assistance from local churches, businesses, schools, social-service agencies and many others. The communitywide response was overwhelming. We are exceptionally thankful to The Good Ol' Boys, who raised funds through the annual Santa Scramble Golf Tournament and to Pembroke Advanced Communication for use of their space ...
Editor, I read Mr. Bruce McCartney's letter to the editor regarding the Wounded Warrior Project. He is totally correct. The project is top-heavy with a greedy group of executives. The top 10 officers have a compensation package from $150,000 to $333,000 a year. The remaining funds are disbursed to over 40 distribution organizations with similar management configurations.
Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia. He may succeed this year after suffering a setback in 2014 when the House and Senate got into a bit of political brinksmanship at the last minute and failed to pass his bill, which had sailed through the House with only four negative votes.
My parents, according to the world's definition of "cool," were not. Neither drank, nor did either ever possess a credit card. Groceries and clothing were paid for in cash, utilities paid by check, and the only monthly payments they ever allowed themselves were a mortgage for a house, a short-term loan for another farm, and a couple of cars bought, over time, and paid for quickly.
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