The fifth week of Georgia Legislative Session this year was by far the most significant, as the House passed a bill that would protect preachers from performing weddings and other ceremonies that would violate their religious convictions.
It's your pal Marshall McCart here. I'm so pumped to be doing this segment for The News to give its wonderful readership a good look at the unbelievable musical talent and great venues we have in the greater C-town area.
In writing this new column, I thought long and hard about what the first topic should be on. What is important from the perspective of a youth pastor? What do we know that other people should know? Since it is February and Valentine's Day is right around the corner, I settled on love in the form of service.
In our polarized politics, the Democratic Party is trending leftward - not as sharply or as rapidly as the Republican Party has turned toward the far right, but still the party is moving further left than a generation or even an election or two ago. The stunning rise of Bernie Sanders, who proclaims himself both a democratic socialist and a political revolutionary, provides powerful evidence of desire at the grassroots for substantive and perhaps radical change.
Committee meetings are finally underway here at the Capitol. I, and many of my colleagues, have had a busy week juggling our various committee appointments and other duties as senators. It's been quite a productive week and we've made progress on a number of bills facing our state legislature.
There it is on the calendar for February 2: "Ground Hog Day." I don't know who selects which days to note on the system my smart phone uses but one of the "holidays" chosen is "Ground Hog Day." Now there is something to be noted on the calendar for almost every day. For example did you know that if you go forward a few months that April 2 is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day? Now that I had to learn on my own, my calendar does not list that one or many others. But "Ground Hog Day" was ...
Recently there have been debates about the use of our nation's motto, "In God We Trust." It is found on the dollar bill, on the wall of the Supreme Court, and on many of our car tags. There are those that voices object to its use. They base their objection on the separation of Church and State.