You could call 2009 "the year of the quitter" in Georgia politics.
It was a 12-month period marked not by the accomplishments of politicians serving in elected office, but dominated instead by the news of people who decided to leave office or drop out of an upcoming election campaign.
You can stick a fork in 2009. It is done. I can't say I am sad to see it go except that it puts me one year closer to the ultimate conversation with my Maker, who can't wait to hear my excuses for a life not lived as well as he and I would have liked.
I've lived several places around this state. Some of them were named for Revolutionary War heroes, former presidents or places in Europe. I spent most of my growing up years in Social Circle, a town named for group of fellows who gathered around a well to drink water (that's the puritanical version; others think it may have been firewater).
About this time last year, disgusted with the November results of America's 2008 general election, I decided to approach 2009 in a positive light. Realizing that pouting as January arrived would make for a very long year, indeed, I composed a little slogan and repeated it all year as mantra to keep myself going: "It'll all be fine in twenty-oh-nine."
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|