This piece was first published in the Indianapolis Star, but as we get ready for the next sessions of Congress and the Georgia General Assembly, I believe it deserves repeating. It is probably more true today than it was when Dr. Borgman first wrote it. Enjoy and reflect.
As we come to the end of another year in Dawson County, we can't help but look back on what the past 12 months have brought.
As we near the 2011 Session of the General Assembly, discussion topics get tougher because we are getting closer to the time we must either "fish or cut bait."
Many of the traditional customs we've come to observe during the holiday season, like decorating our homes and sending Christmas cards, were uncommon practices in the early years of our country. Before the 19th century, most Americans worked on Christmas. For generations, it was treated just like any other day.
Amid some of the most flagrant abuses of the federal government in our country's history, the Tea Party movement has emerged to give voice to Americans' frustration with Washington. It has energized thousands of voters to respond to out of control government spending and encroachment on American liberty.
It really is true: There is no need for Dawson County residents to be bored.
My nephew is a Riverview Middle School wrestler and recently, I went to watch The King of the Mountain Wrestling Tournament in Towns County.
The question posed in your Nov. 10 article about the proposed Shoal Creek reservoir-"Right for a Reservoir?"-is the right one to ask, right now.
When asked to prioritize his 2011 Legislative Agenda, Speaker David Ralston put keeping the HOPE Scholarship viable at the top of his list.
Thanksgiving is more than just a day of feasting. The holiday reminds us to put aside our personal and political differences for at least one day to pause with family, friends and neighbors to give thanks for all we have.
Several people have chided me for not having written a column recently, so in keeping with the Thanksgiving spirit, I'll be thankful that someone is interested enough to notice my absence.
The DOT plans on installing turning lanes at the above intersection next spring. They plan on routing all traffic by Thompson and Hugh Stowers roads.
In these tough economic times, I would ask all our residents to support our superintendent and board of education as they make decisions which impact our children's education.
Rarely have more people in the United States been more deeply concerned about the direction of their country as right now. During the past two years, millions of men and women have literally marched in the streets for political change. They are not demanding new entitlement programs or striking (like the French) if their demands are not met; they simply want their country back.
There is a startling number of Americans who rely on government services these days. About one in eight people receives food stamps, totaling a record enrollment of more than 41 million recipients in July.
I was on St. Simons Island last week scarfing down massive amounts of corn-fried shrimp at the exquisite little Georgia Sea Grill when someone came to the table to inquire if Junior E. Lee had finished his analysis of the recent election. That really puffed Junior up when I told him that.
Well, this morning (Nov. 11) I got up out of bed, exhausted and not motivated to do much. I turned on the computer and thought maybe this year I would attend some veteran's appreciation event.
This is a story I shared with some of you a couple of years ago but given the well-deserved tributes this week to our veterans, it seems an appropriate time to share it with all of you. It is about a terrorist; an honest-to-God terrorist. Not only does he not deny the appellation, he's proud of it.
I called Junior E. Lee and asked when he would have some post-election analysis to share with you. Junior, as you know, is general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Ga., home of Round-or-Square Polls, whose motto is "You supply the dough and we will cook the results." Junior E. Lee is also a certified pest control professional. That is a rare combination these days and I am very proud of him as are the citizens of Greater Garfield.
My name is Judy Cox, wife of "good ole boy" Joe Lane Cox.
A wise man once said that our only reason for occupying space on this earth is to leave things better than we found them. Unfortunately, not enough of us will. Len Pagano is an exception.
Last week Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter shared via this column his vision for public education in Georgia.
"You need to write something about domestic violence," a friend told me recently. I hadn't thought about tackling that subject because so many others have done so.
With all of the attack ads running on TV this election season, Georgians have no doubt had their fill of pessimism and negativity.
For more than 40 years I was fortunate to be able to work in international business. I traveled the globe, not as a simple tourist, but living, in some cases for years, in other countries, getting to really know the people, the cultures and the governments in those many places.
I have asked the two major gubernatorial candidates to talk to Georgia public school teachers about their respective education platforms. This week the floor belongs to Jason Carter, the Democratic challenger. Next week, it will be Republican Gov. Nathan Deal's turn.
I have one of the most interesting jobs in the world. One day I am advising world leaders on the nuances of international monetary policy. The next day I am consoling a distraught reader who thinks I need to "look within myself spiritually." The last time I looked within myself, I saw my navel. It was full of lint. Never again.
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