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 ...
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 ...
"Mr. Speaker, may I come in?" "Well, if it isn't Spiro Amburn, my favorite chief of staff."
The family of Christopher Blalock wants to express their sincere appreciation to all of the Dawson County Sheriff's Office, Kevin Tanner, Chaplain Mike Owens, Ted Bearden and son and Gordon Pirkle for their tremendous help and support to us during the loss of our son. You could not ask for a better community than we have. It really means a lot to know we have such a caring community and our sincere thanks to all ...
Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter's Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Metropolitan Pooler, called me this week. That was an historic occasion. Maybe not man-landing on-the-moon historic, but pretty close to it. Skeeter rarely ever calls. I think it is because he thinks he knows everything. Being an industry leader in the tree stump removal and plow repair game can do that to a person. "Hoss," Skeeter said with no preamble, "my associates around ...
When I was named chair of the Senate Transportation Committee in January, it was becoming clear that there could be some struggles with producing a balanced FY 2014 budget for Georgia.
When the terrorist attacks occurred in Boston during the running of the Boston Marathon, memories came flooding back of our own dark days in Atlanta. It was 17 years ago, July 27, 1996, when those of us who were a part of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games had our worst fears realized. A pipe bomb detonated in the Centennial Olympic Park during the middle weekend of that worldwide celebration, killing two people and ...
A friend and I met up in the massive Frankfurt airport's central lobby just by coincidence.