Many questions have recently arisen about our educational system in Georgia. How many students fail to graduate from Georgia's public high schools? What is the current statewide total, and what was it some 10 years back? How much money does each county spend on a per-student basis? Do the counties with the lowest expenditure have the most students who fail to graduate? Academic climate is determined by the way school teachers, unions, board of education ...
The first time I heard the Latin phrase "in loco parentis" I turned to a student who wisecracked, "It means that parents are crazy or just plain loco."
The Quran is the Bible for all Islam. Its origin is to be found in the history of one very unusual Arab, Mohammed.
Instead of becoming easier to understand the tangled web of interaction between Christians, Jews and Muslims, the Middle East situation seems to have become more complex.
A major principle of our democracy is that we are a republic, a country without a king or queen (not counting professional athletes or rock stars).
In the late 1980s, I had an airplane ride around Mount Denali in Alaska piloted by Lowell Thomas Jr. son of one of the most famous radio commentators of the day. He and his father had made a three-week visit to Tibet going in from India on horseback, as Tibet had neither roads nor wheels.
On the eve of World War II, I journeyed with my maternal grandparents on a train ride from central Florida to Virginia. We made the trip in late July so to be at the Hoskins family reunion in early August.
My home is across an inlet of Lake Lanier from Riverside Military Academy. I like to hear the sound of their bugler at times during the day. I am about three blocks from the water and cannot see their buildings, but bugle sound is a pleasant reminder that some 300 young men are receiving an outstanding military education.
As a mentor to some super fantastic third-grade students at Enota Elementary School, I was invited to talk about mentoring to the local Lions Club weekly luncheon.
After the American colonies of Great Britain revolted against the older monarchy of George III and gained independence, our first order of business was to decide on what type of country we would create for ourselves.
The April 25 program of the Believers Concert Band brought back many memories of my participation in making music for others to enjoy.
The Yemen of today was created in 1990 when North Yemen united with South Yemen. North Yemen had been given independence in 1918 when Turkey lost most of its colonies as punishment for its siding with Germany in World War I.
In late 1939, as Adolf Hitler's troops invaded Poland and World War II began, President Franklin Roosevelt received a two-page letter signed by Albert Einstein but mostly written by Leo Szilard, Edward Teller and Eugene Wigner. These physicists warned the president that Nazi Germany was working to make an atomic bomb and we should develop our own bomb before they did.
On March 26, the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 474 that designated April as a national Parkinson's Awareness Month. Our own Sen. Johnny Isakson sponsored the bill jointly with Sens. Mike Johanns, Debbie Stabenow and Mark Udall. It was thus a bipartisan effort of two Republicans and two Democrats.
President Barack Obama did it. He got the health care reform package that he had invested so much of his political negotiating skills during his first year leading the country as our president.