Attention, Newton County mothers and your adult daughters: When you're out and about shopping, picking out spring plants for your garden, or maybe enjoying lunch and a little family gossip, do not be alarmed if you notice me lurking about. I have neither sinister nor larcenous intent.
Spring is here, and after we sailed past Good Friday and the risk of frost, it is now planting time! I've bought seeds and pots and I'm ready to plant something.
During the last county commissioner's retreat, I submitted a proposal regarding the discharge of firearms in high-density areas. After careful research, we asked the county to allow us to return to the guidelines established prior to the 2006 version of the county ordinance governing this matter.
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Unlike many citizens, I have actually represented people on death row. It seems another lifetime ago, but casual calls for executions still get my attention.
I didn't get to watch the inauguration of President Barack Obama until they replayed it on cable.
One of the first adages I recall learning was "you can't always judge a book by its cover." It's especially true about people, isn't it? My high school biology teacher was a tall, square-jawed, broad-shouldered lady with flaming red hair and a temper to match. She was all business, allowing no joking around, so I decided early on that I didn't like her and didn't much care for biology either. My first report card reflected ...
Sometimes the best way to learn is to dive in head first. My first week as chairman of the Newton County Board of Commissioners was a lot like diving in head first. There is so much to learn, so many names to remember and don't even mention the acronyms. Everyone tells me that soon I will be speaking in this foreign language and even know what it means. I have become reacquainted with old friends, met many new ones and have reinforced my faith in the Newton County employees.
Once you begin staring at the half-century mark as I am, you figure it rather unlikely there are any completely new experiences left.
Our first week of session revolved around legislative rituals. Tasks like electing the Speaker and other House officials for the 2009/2010 term, adopting rules for our chamber to operate by, and holding a joint session with the Senate to hear Gov. Perdue's state of the state address were at the top of the agenda. This time was a bit different for me, since I had the honor of serving on the Governor's escort into the ...
The most amazing story of 2009 may well have been told already, and we're only a couple of weeks into this historic year. Makes you wonder what else is in store for us, doesn't it?
It was a somber, winter's day in Georgia on Feb. 7, 2006. Thousands of people had gathered that day at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia to pay their respects to the legacy and family of the late Coretta Scott King. All four living presidents, H.W. Bush, G.W. Bush, Carter and Clinton attended. Accompanying them was a sizable congressional delegation from both the United States House of Representatives and the Senate. ...
Every day brings more reports of bailouts, loans, tax credits, tax breaks, all in the name of economic stimulus. Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, I don't see anything in the government sack that is going to help the economy. The pundits can nick each other in solemn tones, but recovery won't start until we start helping ourselves.
One of the advantages of being more than two billion dollars in the hole is that it forces you to prioritize and focus on the things that really matter.
It was a night of terror I shall not soon forget. I was sitting on my living room sofa around half past eleven eating a bowl of ice cream and searching for a movie on the cable.
I remember when ... ... Chuck Morgan sat in his shabby fourth-floor office in an aging building on Forsyth Street. Known among reporters as the Bomb-Throwers' Building, the low-rent edifice housed most of the civil rights organizations in Atlanta.
The 150th session of the Georgia General Assembly opened for business Jan. 12 facing a number of serious issues. The budget, education, healthcare, transportation and water are again at the top of our list. We have already begun acting on these critical issues in the pursuit of making Georgia a state that people are proud to call home. At midweek, we heard from Governor Sonny Perdue in his annual State of the State Address in ...
I'm old school, as you already know if you converse regularly with me Sunday mornings. So, it shouldn't be difficult for you to presuppose my position on a multiplicity of issues. It shouldn't surprise you to learn that I firmly support capital punishment. Nor would you be startled at my suggestion as to how best save tax money currently spent sustaining death row inmates: tomorrow morning, feed the condemned that last meal, then parade them out and do away with them!
When he retired as the commander of the Georgia National Guard in 2007, David Poythress could look back on a long and honorable career in military and government service. He had been Georgia's secretary of state and labor commissioner, as well as an unsuccessful candidate for governor.