I read several news reports recently about a study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington and the Imperial College in London that says while women are still expected to live longer than men, the gap is closing.
The study concludes that life expectancy for women in Georgia increased by a little less than three years while men increased more than five-and-a-half years.
This age of instant gratification also works in reverse: Whether results are good or bad, if we don't see them immediately or looming in the near future, we don't believe anything is happening.
Man-made activities that affect the world environment have happened and are happening so gradually that it is easy to deny any effect, especially if we do not want to make changes.
I received a press release last week from the Secular Coalition for America, a group of "atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers and other nontheistic Americans" announcing plans to establish a chapter in Georgia to lobby state lawmakers.
Among the things they don't like in our state are the annual Clergy Day at the state capitol and a law that "requires" that "In God We Trust" be printed on license plates.
Many of you have called wanting to discuss the upcoming referendum on the 1 cent transportation sales tax, T-SPLOST.
I have learned that not all of you will vote for the tax in spite of it being pushed by most local governments and chambers of commerce.
Have you ever heard of Florida International University? I must admit they don't come to mind when talking about institutions of higher learning. Perhaps that is because I think first of the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South, current state football champions and home to 18 Rhodes Scholars. Woof! Woof!
OK, maybe FIU has more students than UGA but so does University of Ljubljana in Slovenia and nobody has heard of it, either.
Obviously, if one is aware of the popularity of "The Avengers" and similar movies, I am a minority when I decry violence in movies, television, video games, etc. But I usually just don't watch it.
Sweat and tears I can abide, but scratch the blood.
During the 2012 Legislative Session, the Georgia General Assembly adopted HB 386, a comprehensive tax package aimed at creating a friendlier tax structure for Georgia families and businesses.
One of the most discussed portions of House Bill 386 will eliminate the "birthday tax" Georgians pay on vehicles each year.
As an ex-city council member and ex-county commissioner, I understand some of what things cost and what pays in Dawson County.
For instance, what it costs per person in Dawson County for infrastructure.
You may have been aware of the Alliance of Churches of Dawson County as that group has prepared and served "open house" Thanksgiving dinners for the past two years. The dinners were especially for families who currently could not provide such a feast for themselves and for individuals who might otherwise be alone on that holiday.
The alliance is now offering assistance to those same citizens who may need minor home repairs.
My father turns 92 next week.
In college he felt bad things were going to happen so he joined the Navy. Two months later the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He spent the next four years fighting in the Pacific.
The irony of the lack of a will to reduce spending in Washington is just mind boggling.
The total income our government needs to operate this year comes to $3.796 trillion.
Memorial Day. What is it? To most of today's Americans it is a vacation day from work, a day stores have their white sales, and swimming pools and lakes beckon families.
But that is not really what Memorial Day is, it is the day we remember those who gave so much for our freedom as a people and a nation.
When did we click "Agree" to this Lack of Privacy and Security Policy?
If you are an Etowah Water and Sewer Authority customer you may have seen, or will soon see, a notice stuck to your mail box informing you that this Water Utility is switching your water meter to a "smart meter" under the guise of a directive of GA Senate Bill 370. This legislation did not mandate "smart meters" but that water utilities be able to account for their water usage and losses.
I write to applaud you for having made it through another year in Georgia's public schools. Good for you. Frankly, I wonder sometimes why you do what you do and then I remember that you are changing young lives for the better. Not many of us can make that claim.
Your rewards for your efforts are unpaid furlough days, larger class sizes, no pay increases (but increased expenses) and a second-guessing public that seems to feel you should be able to stop all of society's ills at the classroom door. And then there are the politicians who promote ...
"Mr. Speaker, may I come in?"
"Well, if it isn't Spiro Amburn, my favorite chief of staff."
As the General Assembly marches closer to Sine Die, our constitutional duty of passing a balanced budget for Georgia's government has become our biggest ...
After almost two decades of doing this, you think I would have figured out by now what pushes your hot button.
We returned to the Gold Dome on March 6 for legislative day 29, which began the ninth week of the 2017 session.
Crossover Day was a wild ride for everyone involved, but like every year, we made it through-even if it was late into the night.
Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law.
Last week Rep. Kevin Tanner's bill on how to help our challenged schools in Georgia passed through the State House and will now be ...
With the completion of Legislative Day 28 last week, the State Senate continues to work hard as we approach Day 40, when the 2017 Legislative ...
Friday marked the end of a very busy week at the Capitol. The Senate picked up the pace with committee meetings running late into the ...
Sometimes I wonder if good customer service has gone the way of the dodo bird and 8-track tapes.
On Feb. 21, the House reconvened for another lively week under the Gold Dome where we were hard at work drafting, discussing and passing legislation ...
I have been a homeowner in Dawson County since 2008.
I appreciate Rep. Kevin Tanner's commitment to providing a forum for the public to ask questions and express concerns.
Fall of 2016 was a rough season.
Dr. Melvin Pender Jr. is a bona fide American hero: An Olympic gold medalist (4x100 relay in the 1968 Mexico City Games at 31 years ...
As a former educator, an environmentalist, a Christian, and a (very) senior citizen, I have been concerned about a number of recent news items on ...