I've had only a few hairstyles in my entire 49 years. As a grade-schooler - during the heyday of the hippies - I was saddled with the classic barbershop buzz-cut. Even though I was only in the first grade as the "Summer of Love" commenced, I sensed something violently wrong with my shorn locks. So, I pleaded and begged, and by sixth grade, I had convinced my parents that a few less "inches off the top" and a "groovy" sideburn or two wouldn't corrupt our good family name. By middle school, I was sporting a greasy mop, sideburns (actually, just ...
It is hard sometimes to enjoy Christmas day for thoughts of returns, exchanges, thank-you notes and the 10th turkey salad sandwich in the near future. It may not be your first thought, but I think you should give yourself one more Christmas present this year, a present that will continue giving all year.
It isn't a present that will come with a 2-year minimum contract or a first year special rate of any sort. It also doesn't require monthly or quarterly "convenient payments." Whoever invented the term "convenient payments" had a very twisted sense of language or humor.
Being a member of a legislative caucus is an interesting experience. When I was first elected, many longtime members explained it as being like a very close knit club, one where you experience the ups and downs of events together. After five years of membership, I'm not sure I'd say the analogy holds completely true, but it certainly does in many particulars.
Take the events of the last few weeks. The implosion of Speaker Glenn Richardson's career has cast a good deal of confusion over matters in the House Republican Caucus; but rather than scattering us, the ...
December 23, 2009|
Rep. Doug Holt
A few years back we converted our family's old 8mm films to the more modern VHS format, now also obsolete. But at least we preserved our family's celebrations of Christmas from the 1950s before the fragile films deteriorated completely. One scene shows a plate of Oreo cookies and a tall glass of milk my brother and I left for Santa Claus to have as a snack after his magical climb down our chimney. Off to the side of the cookies is a list of gifts we hoped Santa would leave us for Christmas. Items on the list cannot ...
This year has been tough for most of us. Nearly everyone I know has been touched with furloughs, decreases in retirement funds and property values or unemployment. However, after Thursday's Leadership Newton Community Service day, I realized that I am so blessed.
Over the years my appreciation for Christmas has changed. In the now dimming memories of childhood, there was the surprise and delight at what Santa had brought. As I grew older, a greater appreciation for the season, particularly when reaching the age where mistletoe was of interest.
Now settle down! I didn't say there was anything wrong with The South; I just have some ideas for a few improvements here and there. Put down that fire place poker, listen up, and see what you think. If you agree with me, we can get a petition going and send it up to the governor's mansion in time for Christmas.
It's no surprise that the Georgia media has been consumed with the recent scandals erupting at the state capitol over legislators and their alleged affairs with lobbyists. Any assignment editor with a pulse will tell you that sex is what brings readers and viewers to a story.
In the rush to explore every aspect of Glenn Richardson's resignation as House speaker, however, we may be overlooking a story that is much more important to the state's future: the continuing failures in our banking system.
"It's the economy, stupid," was the message that Democratic political strategist James Carville kept repeating to Bill Clinton in the 1992 campaign against then-President George H.W. Bush. It seems that President Barack Obama has finally gotten the message, too, and not a bit too soon.
While the Democrats in Congress have been delivering votes for government health care and Obama has been opining on troop deployment in Afghanistan, everyday Americans have been trying to figure out how to spend less and make ends meet.
December 13, 2009|
Recently I've enjoyed watching a commercial featuring a member of the 20th century rock band, KISS. In it, "Doctor Love" extols the virtues of a cola beverage which "...has a kiss of cherry flavor." As he ties the ancient band's name with the 21st century beverage by emphasizing the word - KISS - the musician's son interrupts and chastises his dad for hammering the word so heavily, for the beverage is touted as being "amazingly smooth." The old guy, recognizing defeat, docilely closes by plugging the cola as amazingly smooth, even as fiery blasts erupt from the rock group ...
Christmas came early this year for me. I was elected president of the Friends of the Newton County Library, starting in 2010. My involvement with libraries started many years ago. My first after-school job was working in a public library not much larger than my living and dining rooms combined. To paraphrase Charlie Brown, it was a "very sincere little library."
The Republican leadership in the Georgia House worked out an arrangement among themselves last week for the scandal-plagued Glenn Richardson to step down as House speaker and be replaced by Mark Burkhalter in the powerful legislative position.
The high-ranking Republicans hoped to put their problems behind them with the removal of Richardson, but they still have some long-simmering issues to resolve. The decision from on high to change speakers is not sitting well with some of the rank-and-file House Republicans, especially the younger ones who've only served in the legislature for a few terms.
On the evening of Dec. 1, President Barack Obama addressed the nation on his plan for troop increases in Afghanistan. He spoke from the hallowed and historic halls of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Obama has decided to send 30,000 troops to the war zone, some to leave almost immediately. Beginning in the summer of 2011, our troops will begin the pullout and return home.
I am a very strong advocate of victory in Iraq and Afghanistan. Al Qaeda has proven it will come to our shores and kill Americans if we do not ...
December 06, 2009|
State Sen. John Douglas