The legislature reached a significant landmark in the 2009 session on March 12, which was the 30th legislative day. That means that it was the turning point for all Senate legislation to be passed and transferred to the House in order to continue through the legislative process. Likewise, members of the House of Representatives worked diligently to send their legislation to the Senate for a chance at final passage. Several important pieces of legislation were voted on this week, but perhaps most significant was the FY 2009 supplemental budget.
Thanks to a cooperative spirit between both the Senate and House ...
March 18, 2009|
By Sen. John Douglas
Why is it the older you get the more you begin to notice things you really never paid much attention to before? Simple things. Quiet things. Natural things.
It's been that way for me, for instance, with flowers. When I was growing up in Moreland, my Aunt Jessie's yard was the flower capital of the county. People drove from as far away as Grantville, Corinth and Smith City to gaze at the color show Aunt Jessie's yard put on each spring.
There is less than a month to go before the legislative session adjourns and our lawmakers don't appear to be any closer than they were last year at this time to resolving the state's highway congestion issues.
Hey, I'm excited! Have you heard of three fantastic things happening right here in our neck of the woods? They have such potential for improving life that if you'd tried a month ago to tell me they could happen here, I'd have called you a liar.
With all the talk of bailouts, there has been a popular demand for a home edition of the bailout game.
You will need $110,030 in play money, a pizza and four players. One person acts as the bank. The bank player starts off with $10,000 and there is $100,000 in "bailout" money. The other three players have $10 each.
You can pretty much tell where your heart lies by reading through the checkbook or looking at what's in the recycling bin, can't you? Are the checks written to a church or to a non-profit organization which helps others, or to a package store? Are those ketchup bottles in the recycling bin, or liquor bottles? Do the vegetable and soup cans outnumber the beer cans, or vice versa?
I've always admired courage. Ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper I've been in awe of ordinary folks who, when push came to shove, performed extraordinarily. A voracious reader as a kid, I was amazed by the incredible feats of America's most decorated soldier of World War II, Audie Murphy. And as an adult, the story of a humble Tennessee boy, who was originally a conscientious objector, Alvin York, and his exploits in "the war to end all wars," still dumbfounds me.