As we enter November, we are concluding two of Dawson County's very successful programs for the year.
The third annual Dawson County Citizens Academy graduated 24 participants on Nov. 1. The 10 week program gives participants an in-depth look at how their local government operates.
I was struck by the irony of a comment attributed to Dawsonville Mayor Pro-tem James Grogan as to the reason the city passed an ordinance prohibiting pigs and chickens.
"To avoid having agricultural businesses that could be a nuisance to residents," was cited in a front page article in the Dawson Community News titled "Local farmer considers de-annexation from city."
I am hoping you will allow me to express my concern. I think people are forgetting how to drive. Two issues I see most often are confusion at roundabouts and failing to use blinkers. I would like to remind everyone that roundabouts require you to yield to traffic already in the roundabout (aka the vehicle that might wreck into you). Find a gap in traffic and enter the circle. You can only go right in roundabouts. Keep an eye out for pedestrians.
As for blinkers, I am not sure when it happened, but apparently we do not use them anymore ...
The tabloid headlines recently screamed that Kim Kardashian's decision to file for divorce was a shocking surprise.
Really? Did anyone not see this coming? In fact, I can almost bet their wedding vows were taken to an oath of Nielsen ratings and media deals.
The Rev. Bryan Wright, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, announced recently that he has appointed a task force to explore the possibility of changing the name of the organization. It seems that the name "Southern" may soon be gone with the wind. That doesn't sit well with a number of my Baptist friends, who think this is nothing more than political correctness and a denigration of our beloved South.
The 20-member task force includes eight pastors, two state convention executives, a college president, a group of lay people and two seminary presidents, including the Rev. Albert Mohler, president ...
Lazy, sunny, warm October days at Cape San Blas are not what they used to be. No more swimming in the surf, floating on calm waters, not even walking on the beach.
For several years, I'm content to enjoy sea, sand and sun from a comfortable seat on the porch or deck.
News bulletin: The state Department of Natural Resources is reporting that black bears in north Georgia seem to be migrating toward the Atlanta area.
To quote the Church Lady on Saturday Night Live, "Well, isn't that special?"
State School Superintendent John Barge and Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., have asked U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan for a waiver of the controversial No Child Left Behind law and, instead, to measure school performance on a broader basis, consisting of scores on a Criterion-Referenced Competency Test along with other factors in a "performance index."
Since several of my readers said they enjoyed the columns dealing with vagaries in our language, I'll do one more.
An old friend sent this, in an e-mail, entitled "Lexiphiles."
On Aug. 27, my family and I were involved in a serious boat accident on Lake Lanier near Toto Creek Park at the Dawson/Hall County line. My granddaughter, Katelynn Smith, 12 (Katelynn turned 13 in the hospital) and I were injured. Sadly my nephew, Trevor Aaron Jones, 14 years old, did not survive after being thrown in the lake as a result of the collision with another boat, and drowned.
A thoroughly bad situation could have been much worse if not for the response and actions of the authorities from Dawson, Forsyth, Hall and Lumpkin counties as well as ...
Why is the Electoral College so important in electing our presidents? This question comes up every four years.
Recently someone sent me a copy of "Every Vote Equal," a discussion of reasons the president should be elected by national popular vote. This was followed by The Gainesville Times Sept. 26 opinion page article: "My biannual rant about the Electoral College," in which Len Robbins asked the question, "Why should a person's vote in Wyoming count more than mine?"
David Petite has a simple view on the immigration issue raging in the United States.
"You are all immigrants," he says with a smile. "We didn't invite any of you here."
I've been a Morgan Freeman fan as long as he has been a Hollywood movie star. I was shocked to see him play the "race card" in a recent interview just last week. During his interview he referred to the Tea Party as being "racist."
He has just been the latest to climb on the "race-card bandwagon."
We who have spoken English all our lives take many of its oddities for granted, but even natives will find some of these interesting. They are some more "gleanings" from various e-mails.
For example, see how many of these you can read correctly the first time:
Everybody needs a guru. Someone you can go to whenever you find yourself stuck on the horns of a moral dilemma.
Some climb the mountain tops of Nepal to sit before an old guy wrapped in a bed sheet and listen to him prattle about inner beauty.
I stepped nervously through the glass door of the main exhibition racquetball court to start my semi-final match.
On my "To Do" list last week was a reminder to call former Gov. Carl Sanders and see if he had any thoughts on how to get the field at Sanford Stadium named for UGA's former coach and athletic director Vince Dooley.
I am writing regarding Dawsonville's Veterans Day Celebration.
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.
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