I continue to be humbled by the opportunity to serve as your representative in the State House of Representatives. I recognize that the seat I fill does not belong to me, but to the people I serve.
It looks like our legislators are about to lose one of their most cherished perks: free football tickets. Bless their hearts.
When I spoke up for public schools in my last column, I had no idea that Dr. John Barge, current state superintendent of schools, was about to announce his candidacy for governor. So, I must say that although we will probably agree on a number of issues, I am not "politicking" for Barge.
Dear Syrian Rebels: I thought I'd take a minute to correspond with you as you resume your efforts to overthrow Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. You are no doubt disappointed that the United States government chose not to come to your aid as they promised. There is a good reason and that is my purpose in writing you.
I was honored Aug. 30 to be the keynote speaker at the Lanier Technical College's GED graduation at Free Chapel in Gainesville.
Because I have been physically confined and not "out and about," and because I don't have my computer available, I've done very little column writing recently except ones dealing with personal situations. But there's a public issue that I really want to understand better and to comment about: Why are public schools under such attack?
It is flattering to have readers tell me I should run for public office. There are also an equal number of adoring fans that say I should stick my head in a bucket of tar. But that is a topic for another day.
When the news broke recently of a school shooting in Dekalb County, I'm sure each of you joined me in saying a prayer for the safety of the children and employees. Thankfully, in this situation no one was hurt and the individual that was responsible was taken into custody.
Rats! As if creating this profound and pithy prose each week wasn't hard enough, now I have discovered a legislator with a sense of humor. The apocalypse is upon us.
The local economy is slowly getting better. Statistically that is true, although many people think the economy is still in the tank. They have a point. Analysis suggests that the recovery is about 40 percent at this point. That is significant, but for many people the recovery has yet to appear at their doorstep.
Please indulge me a moment of introspection and feel free to think along with me. Chances are what I am going to say may apply to you as well.
Editor's Note: This is the first of several articles by Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle designed to give readers a better understanding of applicable state laws and responsible firearms ownership.
Thank you for the article about Dot and Loy Rouse.
Is the Dawsonville Music & Beer Festival portraying the right image for the kids of our county and for the kids for Zac Brown's camp for which some of the funds are being raised?
If public education in Georgia doesn't have enough problems, there is now a high-profile ruckus between Gov. Nathan Deal and State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. It has gotten so peevish that there is talk that the school superintendent may challenge Deal in the Republican gubernatorial primary next spring.
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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