This is about love, forever and always. Last weekend, I was asked to care for the last of my mother's sisters, her baby sister. My cousin needed me to care for her mother. There was no question I would agree to do so.
Last week's column - "Is There a Way Out?" - generated quite a few responses, some a bit angry. Some people were offended by my reference to Social Security and Medicare as "entitlements" or "handouts."
Imagine a beautiful woman whom you adore and would rather be with than any other woman you have known.
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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 ...
Let's forget the economy and Barack Obama for a moment. Let's turn to a really serious question that should have been addressed months or even years ago: What's wrong with the Georgia Bulldogs' football team? Why do the Bulldogs seldom win the big one?
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.
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.