Oh boy! It's Christmas time. My favorite time of the year.
Upon receiving the news of Frank Green's passing last week, I felt compelled to express my appreciation for the generous man who helped provide the funding to save countless lives in our community.
The HOPE scholarship has kept a number of Georgia's brightest kids at home and has vastly improved the academic quality of our state's universities and colleges. If a college education isn't your bag, the state of Georgia also offers one of the best technical education systems in the nation. Great universities and great technical schools in the same state: That combination should be a win-win for our young people, but the wonderful world of education doesn't work that way.
Looks like there's another contender for the Darwin Award.
When I agreed to write for The Times on a regular basis, the paper had only one stipulation: Write about something besides the nuclear industry.
Hillary Clinton's glide to this year's Democratic presidential nomination has hit a serious snag. Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, her toughest rival, has caught an early wave that is threatening to swamp the Clinton cruise to reassuming the White House.
Some time ago, a person I knew very well compared me with a rich man in town. "For the rest of your life, you will never have as much money as he has now."
I was just a college teacher with a modest income, so I accepted that comparison as valid. I never did accumulate as much money as he did before his recent departure from life, but I have more treasure than he had because I am enriched by the many people who form circles of love in my life.
One-time legendary state House Speaker Tom Murphy said, "You've got to be careful with election legislation. More often than not, it doesn't do what you're trying to do, and eventually it backfires."
"Please flush. Atlanta needs the water."
This unwelcome interlude in Hall County's growth gives us an opportunity to discuss more honestly and openly the longer term problems that Hall County faces.
Maybe everybody's right. Democratic Party politics has fallen off the edge.
A couple of weeks ago I visited with Georgia House Majority Leader Jerry Keen, R-St. Simons, to get his views on the upcoming legislative session. Last week, I stopped by to see what House Minority Leader DuBose Porter, D-Dublin, had to say about things.
This column is going to be up close and personal. To a certain extent every columnist is a public figure and open to public criticism. That's fine with me. I learn something from every letter or e-mail I get, but I object to labels.
After I graduated from my university, I went to Washington, D.C., and got a job as an intelligence research analyst. After being cleared to work with sensitive materials including top secret, I entered the large work force that is the intelligence community.
As I have traveled the state and met with Georgians from all walks of life, it has become increasingly evident that an issue of priority to many is health care and disease prevention.
If you had told me a year ago that Gov. Nathan Deal would essentially be tied at this point in his re-election campaign with an inexperienced Democratic legislator, I would have asked if you were smoking some of that stuff that is now legally on sale in Colorado.
Anyone with a sense of history who has watched the fascinating new Ken Burns documentary on PBS, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," may have experienced a sense of déjà vu during episode six, which chronicles the tumultuous events of 1939-44.
I have one of the most interesting jobs in the world. One day I am advising world leaders on the nuances of international monetary policy. The next day I am consoling a distraught reader who thinks I need to "look within myself spiritually."
Over the past 10 years, Georgia has served as the location for a wide-ranging experiment in economic theory.
Until I heard her speak at a benefit luncheon, I thought Ronda Rich was a bit of an empty-headed lightweight. I was wrong, wrong, wrong, and she has become one of my must-read columnists.
The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way.
I don't pay a lot of attention to football. Even though I was a proud Red Elephant during the heyday of Bobby Gruhn and Tommy West, I just never caught the fever. Four years at the University of Alabama during the reign of Bear Bryant did nothing to pique my interest. Since I married a man whose football apathy mirrored my own, there was never an incentive to learn or follow the game.
In our system of government where citizens elect those who will make the decisions for them, voter registration and the casting of ballots are the fundamental elements of democracy - the blocking and tackling, to use a football analogy.
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