The Georgia General Assembly began last week at a fast pace, since Monday was what we call crossover day. Crossover day is the 30th day of our 40-day annual legislative session. More importantly, it is the last day that you can move a bill out of one chamber of the legislature and still have the opportunity to try and move it in the other chamber. In the House, we considered 64 bills and resolutions during the week, with 52 of those being on crossover day itself. I'll cover the three, by far, most interesting measures.
Vladimir Nabokov considered Anton Chekhov's "The Lady with the Dog" one of the best short stories ever written. For what it's worth, I agree. The plot is a simple one. A womanizing banker from Moscow seduces a young woman at the Black Sea resort of Yalta -- and then, calamitously, falls in love. The dalliance becomes an obsession for them both. They remain married to others but imprisoned by their passion for one another. The banker's name is Dmitri. He was hardly the last Russian to lose his wits in Crimea.
I love taking 4-H and Youth Leadership Institute youths on trips, because inevitably someone will comment that they're more mature and better dressed than the adult groups around them.
Business in the Georgia House intensified last week. We considered 77 bills and resolutions on the House floor in a number of lengthy sessions, while at the same time producing several dozen bills per day from numerous committee meetings. We've now reached the final quarter of the session, and the pressure is on to get everything done. None of the measures we saw during the week was really high profile, but several were interesting.
The shooting and subsequent death of Jordan Davis (read a black teen) by Michael Dunn (read an evil white racist) is being used by race-mongering marplots to stoke the fires under the caldron that teems with "white people are out to kill blacks."
Susan Rice ought to stay off "Meet the Press."
Every species has a past, present and a future. Those three words have been uttered since ancient times.
The House began shifting gears toward more floor work last week as the intensity of the session ratcheted up. We voted on 33 bills and resolutions.I'm going to focus on four that were rather out of the ordinary.
This Friday night, make it a family movie night with Newton County 4-H.
Last week the House voted on 11 bills and resolutions in our weather-abbreviated floor time. Several items are worthy of note.
If I were a wealthy woman, I would be writing this while sitting in the sun in Brazil, not in Newton County, Ga. However, here I am, sitting in my home, hoping my laptop doesn't stop working.
Officials said a man set himself on fire at the Kroger on U.S. Highway 278 Tuesday afternoon.
Newton County 4-H hosted the district project achievement event for 309 Cloverleaf 4-H members and more than 500 additional guests last Saturday at Newton High.
Newton County citizens recently learned of the unexpected action of the Board of Commissioners (BOC) to appoint an "assistant county manager," which in fact is the new "county manager in waiting" who will replace John Middleton upon his retirement sometime this year. Mr. Tom Garrett, the person selected, may be a good candidate for this job, but the process and timing of his appointment raises serious questions about the genuine commitment of our current commissioners to effectively manage our county.
The defenestration of Woody Allen started on Feb. 2 with a column in The New York Times by Nicholas Kristof. He began by saying all the right things -- that allegations against Allen of sexually molesting the 7-year-old daughter of his one-time companion Mia Farrow had never been proved and that Allen "should be presumed innocent." Then Kristof threw Allen out the window.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for north central Newton County and central Walton County until 7:15 p.m.
1 Peter 3:15b-16 "And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ."
In my last column I discussed the reality of radar and how limited local police are when it comes to speed enforcement. I have had many people stop me and thank me for that insight as most people had no idea that local police are so restricted.
It was a training session offered by a statewide governmental association to teach local elected officials how to be better public speakers. As the story was told to me, the instructor began with this advice: "Arrive early for a speech in order to check out the venue, the lighting, the microphone and sound system and, if needed, the laptop for a Power Point presentation. Bring your computer disc or thumb drive and make sure everything works."
It's a great weekend to get out and about, with forecasters calling for bountiful sunshine and summerlike high temperatures.
Talk about a smart phone. This one called police as its owner, now a drug suspect in jail, was involved in an alleged illegal transaction.
Hall County 911 got a call about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, but when the operator answered, no one was on the other end of the line.
Dear Sirs: What's the old saying... "When you find yourself in a hole, the first thing you should do is stop digging!
Dear Sirs: About bottled drinking water with its high levels of BPA: (May 15 Page 2A, Mama Bee's Frugal Living tip of the Week), who would want to research each bottle he purchases at the grocery store? Why not go one time, find the water without BPA and petition for the FDA to show the BPA (contains BPA) on all water containers with the chemical in them? Then everyone could buy water knowing its BPA levels.
UPDATE: Traffic is flowing on I-20 near Turner Hill Road.
A realignment of the Newton County School System central office staff will take effect on July 1.
Three people were injured, two critically, in a shooting Sunday night at the Country Walk portion of the Fieldstone subdivision in Rockdale County.
Georgia Perimeter College has been reclassified as a state college from a two-year college, a change that will allow Perimeter to offer two bachelor's degree programs.
Dear Sirs: May I respond to the article of Dr. Gary Mathews in your 4/24/11 issue (Professional Learning Communities Needed)? It's been a while since my children were in school, but I have been a disappointed witness to the dumbing down of our school curriculum for decades, and I am a taxpayer, so I do have an interest in the success of our schools.
The Oxford College women's tennis team has won the 2011 NJCAA Division III National Championship.
I recently reassigned staff throughout the police department to better deploy personnel to meet the needs of community. One area in particular is the creation of a traffic unit. This unit is comprised of a sergeant and two officers and will be tasked to work solely on traffic enforcement, response and education.