Mr. Harwell, there are so many things wrong in the column you wrote last Sunday ("USA: Beware the USB") that I just couldn't let it stand unchallenged. The record needs to be cleared on a number of issues.
It was all over the Sunday paper about the recruiting of young athletes to play football at large universities in the region. It's that season. Children are snatched away from their mothers' arms back home in Twobit County, and the next thing you know, the Head Coach is saying, "Ol' Dram Bowie from down in Twobit County is the finest prospect I've ever seen."
Recruiting is important. "You gotta have the horses," a coach once told me, "before you can pull the wagon." Coaches talk like that. Translated, it means if he doesn't get off his tail ...
Political science professors for years have been teaching their students that Georgia's affairs are managed by the traditional three branches of government: the executive, the legislative, and the judicial.
Thomas Jefferson cautioned that "a government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take away everything you have." Not two weeks into his elected term of office, President Barack Obama has begun implementing his policies via executive orders, thus effectively skirting the legislative branch, supposedly the voice of the people.
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 my attitude, and that biology grade surely got my parents' attention.
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.
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 House chamber. In any case, while these activities seem a bit time-consuming, they are vitally important to maintaining a society based on ...
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. Among them was Barack Hussein Obama, then the junior senator from the state of Illinois. Obama was easy to identify as he was the ...
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.