White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel caught heat last week when he referred to a group of liberal Democrats as "retarded." President Obama's senior political aide must've felt as if he'd stepped in a yellow jacket hole after sticking both feet in his mouth. Vocal, visceral criticism from varied quarters, including the president's senior political advisor, David Axelrod - whose 27-year-old daughter has a developmental disability - forced Emanuel to immediately try and staunch the bleeding.
We often take things like our health for granted until it goes downhill. Other things like the services the library offers or athletic programs for our children also are often under appreciated until they disappear.
After health and human services day with my Leadership Newton County class, I have a new found respect for all the people who work behind the scenes at elderly care facilities, health departments, hospitals, libraries and recreation departments.
After a break for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday on Jan. 18, the Georgia House and Senate spent three days receiving budget requests from the various departments of state government. Gov. Sonny Perdue led the briefings on Tuesday afternoon with his overall assessment of state finances and his proposed amended FY 2010 and full FY 2011 budgets. The "amended budget" means that money taken in over the previous budget estimates can be applied to important programs or visa versa if less money is received than estimated.
January 29, 2010|
Senator John Douglas
A really big earthquake hit the third world nation of Haiti last week. Now, the brutal fact is that there's not a great deal of discernible difference between Haiti before the 'quake, and Haiti afterward. But the world's developed nations have immediately sent hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency assistance to the Caribbean nation, which occupies one-third of the island of Hispaniola. Fittingly, the Dominican Republic, which occupies the other two-thirds, was the first nation to offer help to Haiti.
The amount of aid pledged to assist the nine million citizens of Haiti is as staggering, in ...
Imagine. You have been sworn in as president of the United States and it is your first Christmas in the White House. What a year it has been. Now some worried-looking aide enters the room. You wonder. Is it war in the Middle East? Unrest in Iran? Earthquakes in Peru?
In response to your editorial regarding the city council's retreat at Brasstown, let's put the blame where it belongs, with me. As the city's HR director, I am responsible for organizing and developing training for city employees. The retreats for the mayor and council are somewhat new, so it's understandable that many citizens may not be aware of the critical need for having the governmental body isolated for a period of time to learn new skills and develop a strategic plan. Most people don't realize that a representative form of government, in this case a ...
January 01, 2010|
The new year has seen itself in without any assistance from me for a number of years. My being sleepy and grumpy on the first day of a new year is a poor start. I don't make New Year's resolutions as a general rule. But, a bout of nasty health issues this past year made me realize that having goals for the new year might not be a bad thing. Nothing terribly dramatic but simply reminders of what I can do to make 2010 different from 2009.
I resolve to do something that shows how much I care ...
You could call 2009 "the year of the quitter" in Georgia politics.
It was a 12-month period marked not by the accomplishments of politicians serving in elected office, but dominated instead by the news of people who decided to leave office or drop out of an upcoming election campaign.
You can stick a fork in 2009. It is done. I can't say I am sad to see it go except that it puts me one year closer to the ultimate conversation with my Maker, who can't wait to hear my excuses for a life not lived as well as he and I would have liked.
I've lived several places around this state. Some of them were named for Revolutionary War heroes, former presidents or places in Europe. I spent most of my growing up years in Social Circle, a town named for group of fellows who gathered around a well to drink water (that's the puritanical version; others think it may have been firewater).
About this time last year, disgusted with the November results of America's 2008 general election, I decided to approach 2009 in a positive light. Realizing that pouting as January arrived would make for a very long year, indeed, I composed a little slogan and repeated it all year as mantra to keep myself going: "It'll all be fine in twenty-oh-nine."