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Looking like celebrities not all it's cracked up to be

When somebody thinks you're somebody that you're not, it can either be really good or really bad.

I have years of experience in this field. In 1970, I had gone to visit an aunt in Jacksonville, Fla.

March 20, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | OPINION


Crescendo of legislating

Last week saw our first crescendo of legislating, as we passed the crossover mark of the session. We worked through 112 bills and resolutions. For the next few weeks, we'll be reviewing bills sent over from the Senate as we approach the end of the session.

A number of the measures we considered are worth mention. HB 23 would prohibit provisional driver's license holders under 18 from using cell phones and similar electronic communications devices. Young drivers generally don't have sufficiently solid driving skills to handle a car at the same time as talking on a phone ...

March 20, 2009 | By Doug Holt State Representative | OPINION


Crossover day passes

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 Columnist | OPINION


Flowers seem to grow on you

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.

March 18, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION


We’re rolling down a bumpy road

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.

March 14, 2009 | Tom Crawford Columnist | OPINION


I’m so excited

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.

March 14, 2009 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


The bailout game

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.

March 13, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | OPINION


Making laws and marrying folks

What can you do in 40 days?

In Noah's day, that was enough time to flood the earth.

March 13, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | OPINION


A new vision for Georgia

House Speaker Glenn Richardson has just unveiled a new vision for Georgia that would surpass previous endeavors and might even make a little money.

Richardson would make Georgia the marriage capital of the nation almost overnight. Atlanta could become Las Vegas east without quite as many home foreclosures with a lot more churches.

March 11, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


The book on fried green tomatoes

A lot of people who saw the movies "Fried Green Tomatoes" probably asked themselves, "What's fried green tomatoes?"

There wasn't any dialogue that I recall concerning fried green tomatoes in the movie - just a sign outside the Whistle Stop Café that advertised they were on sale inside.

March 11, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION


It was a bad week for Georgians

There are times when it just doesn't pay to get out of bed in the morning. Last week was such a time for Georgia's citizens and the people they elect to make their political decisions.

March 08, 2009 | By Tom Crawford | OPINION


Recycling bin reflections

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?

March 08, 2009 | Nat Harwell | OPINION


Catfish the lab has up and died

 My dog Catfish, the black lab, died Thanksgiving night.

March 04, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION


The red ghost

Want a formula for winning elections in the South?

March 04, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION


Jesus in the gravy and Lady Mondegreen

Holy week is one of my favorite times of the year.

I love the songs of Easter, both the sad and triumphal ones.

March 03, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | OPINION


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