Did you know there are hundreds of orphans in Georgia?
U.S. Rep. Tom Graves has wasted no time carving out a name for himself in Washington.
Over the last 10 years, the cities and counties across North Georgia, like across the nation, without really understanding the full dynamics or unintended consequences, have been building "holographic" infrastructure on the backs of the local taxpayers (individual and business).
It was in Tzfat that it really sank in.
FLOWERY BRANCH - I packed up my desk Sunday night, fearing the worst was coming.
I have been asked by The Times to write an article in which I give advice to the new faces going to the Capitol this year. Webster's dictionary defines advice as, "opinion given as what to do or how to do something." Giving advice to a new legislator is like teaching someone how to dribble a football. I believe the best advice that I received, on any subject, was that which was based on knowledge and experience.
As a movie lover and a father of two teenagers, our family recently ventured out to the midnight showing of the new Harry Potter movie. I came away with several thoughts that night.
Hopefully, the November election sent a ripple through the transportation community and provided a wake-up call to leadership in Georgia that our current solution to transportation funding is in jeopardy.
Recent legislative sessions have provided ample opportunities for those of us charged with the duty of educating the next generation to develop a high tolerance for ambiguity. Given Georgia's current political and economic climate, I expect no less during the upcoming session.
As Gov.-elect Nathan Deal prepares to assume his responsibilities for Georgia, he faces many challenges. Unemployment, the budget and economic growth clearly head the list.
Georgia's incoming General Assembly faces a projected budget shortfall of more than $1 billion for Fiscal Year 2012. This is a daunting challenge, and after several years of budget cuts the pressure will grow to use tax hikes to fill some of the gap. A comparison of Georgia's taxes to those of neighboring states, however, suggests that legislators should increase taxes only as a last resort.
Dr. Paul D. Davis, grass-roots tea party leader in Gwinnett County throws down the gauntlet: "When we fight for Georgia's rights, we all had better be ready to stand firm with our loins girded and our resolve intact. The 10th Amendment is the cure to a tyrannical federal government; The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
Much has been made recently of the manner in which entrenched interests have settled their differences in France. Yet, with this week's election results, Americans will likely face similar political deadlock as our own governing bodies grind to a halt.
"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." - President Ronald Reagan, first inaugural address