Many of us watched Larry the Cable Guy interview local citizens as they described the moonshine and car-racing part of Dawson County's heritage on his "Only in America" series on the History channel. Then as I perused the pages of our weekly newspapers, I was very much aware that, just as those early residents did what they had to do in order to make it through a great depression, so are today's residents getting things done in their own way. I want to salute a few, but there's no way to cover them all.
Last year the General Assembly passed the original FY 2011 budget totaling $17.8 billion. That budget directs all state spending from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011 and reflects the effects of our unprecedented economic downturn at the time.
A number of high profile bills have been introduced this week that are aimed at responding to the needs of our state's citizens. Georgians, along with voters across the nation, have told their elected officials loud and clear that they want smaller government and less intrusion. Here at the state level, we're working to meet that request.
Any property owner in the state of Georgia may file a "Taxpayer's Return of Real Property." If one feels the tax evaluation of their property the previous year is incorrect.
There are some organizations that would dearly love to work themselves out of existence - no longer needed. I am sure that the small group of nurses and interested residents who initiated No One Alone (then called NOA's Ark) would have been happy to think that its services would not be required 20 years later.
The senate recently voted to override former Gov. Sonny Perdue's veto of SB 1, a zero-based budget bill from the 2010 Legislative Session.
The committee process started in earnest last week. As Chairperson of the House Science and Technology Committee, I have scheduled meetings at 8 a.m. every Wednesday morning. These sessions can be watched live online or at some later time. They will be videotaped and archived for your review.
The election results at the national level in November underscored the fact that people do not want government encroaching upon their individual freedoms. One of the most personal aspects of a person's life is their decision regarding their health care needs. President Obama's health care legislation compromised fundamental constitutional rights of citizens as well increase the size of federal government. The U.S. House's vote to repeal Obamacare was a dramatic move to swing the pendulum back to common sense public policy in Washington.
Ms. Bette Holland's (Democratic Party Co-Chair) Letter to the Editor touts the wonders of Obamacare, while denigrating attempts to repeal it by people who were elected to do that very thing. As facts in Obamacare slowly ooze out, I shudder as I recall Nancy Pelosi's comment, "we have to pass the bill to know what's in the bill."
Now that I'm so old that people don't expect very much of me and compliment me on just being able to be out and about, I can admit something that many may already know: If you really don't have talents, just act as if you do.
Developing the state budget is a lot like making sausage. You have to follow the rules (recipe) carefully. Many steps are required and they have to be done in the proper order.
On behalf of the Dawson County Library, I would like to commend the Dawson County Roads Department for their admirable performance during the recent snowstorm.
Despite an icy start to this year's legislative session, I'm eagerly beginning my journey as state senator for the 51st District.
What do a snowstorm, Inaugural Address, and State of the State Address have in common? They all occurred last week in Atlanta as the General Assembly attempted to get the 2011 session underway.
Next week the new Republican Congress will act to repeal the Affordable Care Act or "ObamaCare" as the Republicans and their pundits call it.
The U.S. Senate race this November between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue will be one of the more unusual campaigns we have witnessed in Georgia. Neither has held public office and both are anxious to portray themselves as the ultimate "outsider."
In 1997, Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term where I served until 2002. It was a rewarding experience and I am proud of the good things we accomplished at the commission.
I am humbled. I am grateful. I am honored. And I am overwhelmed. I said it to the people who came to my 90th birthday celebration at Bethel, and I say it again to the many people who made that lovely celebration possible and to those who sent good wishes even if they couldn't attend.
With the July 22 runoff elections fast approaching, I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Ga., to get his thoughts on the various races and to see who he thinks will make it to the finals of the November general election and who will be eliminated this round.
The things you learn while surfing the Internet in desperation for column material. Did you know that there is a National Association for the Humor-Impaired? May Jimmy Carter (speaking of the humor-impaired) wash my socks if I am not telling the truth.
This year in memory of Charles [Finley] on his birthday, Ben and I have asked LifeSouth to hold a blood drive. They have made arrangements to have it at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, 59 Main Street, in downtown Dawsonville, from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. July 5.
With all the flurry some friends are making about my upcoming 90th birthday, and with watching the CNN specials on the momentous changes our nation made in the '60s, I've been made particularly aware of the amazing changes that I have witnessed in this near-century that I've lived.
I have said it before but it bears repeating: If I don't qualify for heaven (a distinct possibility), my preferred alternates are: (a.) Athens, Ga., on a crisp fall Saturday afternoon; (b.) Athens, Georgia, on a warm spring day or (c.) Athens, Georgia, on any day.
Before the start of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, Billy Payne, the organization's CEO, reminded everyone that while much of the attention during the Games would be focused on the high-profile athletes, not to forget that all 10,000 athletes from the 107 countries represented were and would forever be Olympians - a title few people in the world would ever attain.
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