During the second week of the legislative session, the House focused its efforts on budget work as part of the emphasis on an expedited session. Initial, informational hearings on the state's finances, which normally don't start until the second week of the session, were completed last week. Thus the nitty-gritty of appropriations work was already underway, somewhat to the exclusion of other legislating. This allowed the House to compose and consider the first component of our budget work on Friday. This was the "little" budget, as the update to the current fiscal year budget is known.
Getting your young ones to branch out on their own is a tough thing to do, but it's part of human nature, and in fact all nature.
On Jan. 1, Colorado began permitting the legal sale of marijuana. Even before that, the nation's news media had swung into action, arguing just about everything -- marijuana is dangerous or not dangerous, a gateway drug or just a lot of smoke. Nothing I saw mentioned why I, for one, will not smoke marijuana. I'm afraid it would lead me back to cigarettes.
The Jan. 15 edition of The Covington News featured a story that saddened me for many reasons.
Georgia's 2014 legislative session began smoothly last week, but moved at an accelerated pace. The reason for the faster pace is a change in the elections calendar. Last year, a federal court ruled that Georgia needed to better accommodate overseas and military voters by holding an earlier primary. The concern was that the existing schedule, in which primaries are held in late July, didn't provide enough time for the return of those votes – especially if a primary runoff was required. Thinking back to my service on the Newton County Board of Elections, I see the reason for the ...
Everyone is invited to a free concert on Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton.
Yet another academic group is mulling censuring Israel. This time it is the Modern Language Association. Just recently, it was the American Studies Association, which called for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Before that, similar resolutions were passed by European academic associations, much concerned with Israel's occupation of the West Bank. These are asinine movements in all but one respect: They tell Israel what it needs to hear.
This past week, we came to know the meaning of "Polar Vortex." The cold converged on Midwest and the Eastern regions of the country without mercy. Health issues became a matter of life and death for humans and other animals. Frostbite was threatening exposed skin. Schools were closed, and people were told to stay indoors. More than 1,000 flights were canceled. It was too dangerous for the news reporters to continue reporting on how dangerous it was. If some of us had forgotten words like "Fahrenheit" and "hypothermia," we remembered them in a hurry.
Seventy young people in fourth through sixth grades competed for top honors at 4-H County Project Achievement Thursday.
A friend recently wrote me, "What the 'Duck Dynasty' affair means to me is that, finally, some have had the courage to say 'ENOUGH' within the context of the media."
Here's the Samuel Hay Chronology, as best I can remember:
Bucket lists come in many varieties. Mine is a little more grounded than, say, skydiving, tasting all the foods of world cuisine, or visiting the outer reaches of the atmosphere.
Every eye is on you. The room is silent, and suddenly you can't remember the introduction to your speech.
A person going by mjw@mjw27290516 tweeted me the following: "Mychal, why is color your problem and why do you spell colour incorrectly?" There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever per the insidious point this "person" was in his/her own condescending way attempting to make.
The holidays are almost over. The joy that we share and the smiles we offer to strangers seem only to last for a few weeks.
Under Georgia law, the Georgia General Assembly begins on the second Monday of January, which will fall on January 13th. This is significant because it is one of the latest dates that such sessions can begin. If a few words could best describe my outlook for the session they would be "Fast & Furious." The late starting date, an election year session and new qualifying dates will combine to put extreme pressure on legislators to get their business done so that they can get back home as soon as possible. There are 40 legislative days in a session; however, these do ...
Last year on Christmas break, I bought a tall container and decorated it to hold little notes.
The following is my syndicated op-ed column which appeared Dec. 28, 2004. I was right then and I am right now. You can insert whatever atrocity those who would attempt to erase all reference to the Birth of Christ are perpetrating today, but this column, which is nearly 10 years old, is as prescient today as it was then.
Over the course of 2013, we've seen yet another banner year for U.S. agricultural exports. Exports of U.S. farm and ranch products reached a record $140.9 billion in 2013 and supported about a million U.S. jobs. In fact, compared to the previous five-year period from 2004-2008, U.S. agricultural exports from 2009-2013 increased by a total of nearly $230 billion.
Looking back on 2013, I have to say there is one objective I did not meet: I did not win a lottery. That would really have fulfilled a Christmas wish.
There is one last chance to drop off cookies, Little Debbies, candy or colas for the firefighters and medics working all over the county on Christmas Day.
The following is my syndicated column from January 20, 2004. I believe prescience of the article speaks for itself.
The cast of one of America's favorite crime dramas and one of Covington's major TV successes, "In the Heat of the Night," can once again be heard singing the songs of the season.
Music has always been important to me.
The outpouring of raw hatred and unbridled ignorance that I received in Twitter messages and emails after my recent appearance on the "Dr. Phil Show" had me asking, "What would America be like if these types governed?"