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.
When asked to prioritize his 2011 Legislative Agenda, Speaker David Ralston put keeping the HOPE Scholarship viable at the top of his list.
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.
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.
For most of the month, October lived up to its "bright blue weather" description, not only with warm, sunny days, but also with gorgeous "harvest moon" nights.
I want to thank you for the support you've shown towards our veterans for the past several years. We will celebrate our 6th Annual Veterans Day Celebration on Nov. 11, 2010.
We returned to the Gold Dome for the ninth week of the 2014 legislative session on March 10. In that week, we focused on reviewing, debating and voting upon legislation that had already been passed by our counterparts in the Senate. Many pieces of the Senate's legislation were reviewed by committees throughout the week. Other pieces of Senate legislation made it through the committee process and on to the House floor for a vote.
I was at the sausage-making plant last week, better known as the Georgia General Assembly. I was there for a good cause. The state Senate was honoring Dick Pettys, one of the finest journalists to walk through the doors of the state Capitol, and I was asked to be a part of that special day.
The scene: I-16 near Dublin. Waaangh! Reep! Reep! Reep!
March 3 marked the 30th legislative day of the 2014 session. Known as "Crossover Day," the critical point in the session is the last chance for bills to pass the legislative chamber from which they originated.
Some of you might remember a popular song from the '80s called "The Final Countdown."
Last week consisted of an important few days, as it was the last week for bills to pass out of committees, since "Crossover Day" was on Monday.
This week, the Georgia General Assembly hit an important deadline: Crossover Day.
As predicted in this space a few weeks ago, there is compromise legislation pending in the General Assembly regarding the Common Core curriculum, the controversial program which seeks to establish consistent education standards across the country.
I had the pleasure of knowing Ken Newell for the past eight years. Ken was a well-liked and respected man, and had a real love for the people of Dawson County.
The Cherokee County Republican Party has a blurb on its website about Rep. Sam Moore, who won the 22nd District house seat earlier this month following the death of veteran lawmaker Calvin Hill. Among other tidbits about Moore are his hobbies, including this: "Playing jokes ... watch out. You have been warned."
The snow and ice melted from Winter Storm Pax, and we returned to Capitol Hill on Feb. 17. This was the sixth week of the 2014 legislative session and an important one. This past week, we passed the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, as well as many other significant pieces of legislation.
State projects are often hindered by two things: Personnel needs and a lack of funding. We do not have an unlimited bank account or line of credit, and every taxpayer dollar counts. This means we often look to creative methods to bring in the employees and technology needed to address Georgia's biggest needs.