The Georgia Legislature is quickly approaching the end of the 2010 session. We wrapped up last week with day 30, known as "crossover day" and the last day for Senate bills to pass over to the House. The Senate has passed many bills important to saving taxpayers' money, protecting public safety, protecting Georgian's health-care rights and dealing with Internet fraud. The following are some bills that may be of particular interest to you and your families:
By Dr. Scott Beaulier
This is an open letter to Allen Davis, president of the Coastal Estuary Protection Association, Inc.
Can you put a price on sight? A limb? A healthy newborn? The Georgia Supreme Court says no.
Even conceding our state's seemingly clueless attitude toward understanding the importance of education to Georgia's future prosperity, our politicians and bureaucrats are going to have a hard time screwing up the College of Coastal Georgia. The institution simply has too much going for it.
It occurred to me while planning for Pesach - Passover - this week, there are fellow Jews out there who may be alone or separated from family on this major Jewish holiday.
Dear Senator Carter,
Earlier this month, many Georgia television viewers, newspaper readers, radio listeners and Internet users likely were shocked at the graphic images, stomach-turning descriptions and bluntly worded warnings that turned up on their screens, pages and radios. The candid messages are part of The Georgia Meth Project, a hard-hitting ad campaign designed to discourage meth use among teenagers.
Senate Majority Whip Mitch Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg) wants to eliminate a bunch of Superior Court judges in Georgia. Seabaugh says getting rid of 19 judges would save the state $13 million to $14 million. This means we Georgians would then have money available for really important stuff like building Gov. Sonny Perdue's $9 million horse barn in Houston County and enough cash left over for a palomino or two. When state government works well, it is an awesome sight to behold.
My parents are Americans. They are citizens of this great country, which they are proud to call home. They are also immigrants.
The Georgia concealed weapons bill, HB 615, is in sub-committee. I have major concerns about the bill. First, the talking points used to push the bill along draw focus away from the greatest risk of violence we face. Second, the bill seems to set up a challenge between gun rights advocates and property owners. Third, the bill doesn't seem to allow consideration of legitimate threat assessments needed for hospitals and other government entities with valid concerns about the safety of staff and clients.
There is currently a bill being pushed thru the Georgia Legislature that can and will have a very direct adverse effect on the ability of the people to challenge the activities of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD). I can only assume that this bill is only the beginning of the influence on policy by the new Director of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), F. Allen Barnes.
• Day 21 (Monday, March 8): After a two week working recess to address our budget woes, we're back in session today and greeted with more bad news as we learn that February's revenues fell by nearly 10 percent from this time last year. Considering that February 2009 revenues were down by 34 percent from February 2008, this means that February 2010 revenues are down 44 percent from two years ago- devastating news.
The news in Georgia has gone to the birds. Literally. The latest big debate in the state isn't centered on how lawmakers are tackling the much-hyped $1 billion budget hole or even how the Atlanta Braves look at spring training. The campaign creating the most buzz isn't political in nature - it's ornithological.
I started covering the Bryan County Board of Education in June. Maybe there's some irony in the fact that I wound up with the beat because of the economy and resulting cutbacks in the newsroom.
The other day, I was driving my car and suddenly realized I did not know what road I was on.
It was during mid-flight, perhaps somewhere over Virginia, that a thought hit me and I suddenly turned in excitement toward my husband, Tink.
What's not to love about a parade? The floats, the candy, the music, the excitement. Everyone loves a parade - at least as long as it's not raining and cold outside.
I believe in Christmas.
A friend was talking about a hail and farewell she recently attended. She laughed about the farewell of a junior officer, about whom it was widely known (even to him) that he was somewhat worthless to his unit, never knew which way was up and always was two steps behind.
Welcome to the first column of Unity in the Community. We will try, at least once a month, to give some insight, ideas and more focused on unity.
There's nothing glamorous about being a farmer, nothing charming, little endearing and certainly few things easy about it. It is either a calling or a curse, depending on how one looks at it. Some are born into it and some just can't find a way to escape it, because it's all they've ever known.
I often think about how nice it would be to have a break from all my familial responsibilities for just one night. I dream of a quiet evening alone - no dinner to cook, no lunches to pack, no dishes to wash, no whiny pets to walk and feed, no toddler to bathe and put to bed, and no intermittent wakeups throughout the night to soothe said toddler, supply milk and coax her back to bed.
'Outlook unclear, ask again later'
I love the Christmas season. For me it is a time of wonderful anticipation and cherished memories.
Editor, I lived in the Richmond Hill area several years back and have friends who live in the area and subscribe to your newspaper and forward it to me. I keep reading letters pertaining to an historical marker placed in a particular neighborhood by the Richmond Hill Historical Society and the city of Richmond Hill. After further inquiries, I learned that Buddy Sullivan was paid by the society to prepare the marker text as furnished to him by the society.
The white South African system of apartheid was a brutal, cynical system of racial segregation that was becoming increasingly unsustainable and most observers believed it could end in only one way - massive bloodshed.
Imagine filling up your gas tank and realizing that the price you were charged was more than the price advertised. What would you do?
For many of us, it's that special time of the year - the time when you get notification for renewal from your health-care insurance provider.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela has received much-deserved praise following his death