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.
First, apologies to a fine organization for my referring to it as the "Junior Service League" in my last column which referenced the annual Charity Ball which it has sponsored for many years. Same organization and mission, it was long known simply as the Junior Service League. I just let it slip.
As the second most important date on the Christian calendar approaches -- as the holiday we celebrate with gusto jingles our way -- both political parties show the world that America's best-of-class politicians are little more than blackhearted barbarians.
I can feel it: 2008 is going to be a year of superlatives, not all of them good.
Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson is taking a lot of heat these days over his controversial proposal to eliminate the property tax and replace it with a sales tax, eliminating most of the exempted items.
Shortly before Zell Miller hired shrewd Democratic consultant James Carville to direct strategy for his 1990 governor's campaign, Miller convened a meeting of key Baptist leaders.
"'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, my parents were fighting ... It was not as quiet as a mouse."
Approximately two years ago, my son was diagnosed with a high-functioning form of autism known as Asperger's syndrome. Even though our doctor and I disagreed with a few of the school's original observations, I was excited that Jacob was finally going to get some badly needed assistance in his public school.
I have survived another birthday and am happy to report that I am still on the right side of the grass.
I'm happy that Gov. Sonny Perdue went forward with his prayer meeting to beseech the Almighty for an end to the drought. It's the best idea the governor has had since taking office.
Perhaps it's inborn pessimism or a defensive instinct, but many people seem to have a natural tendency to accept automatically the worst of possible reasons for things. That's been well illustrated in the past few weeks as we fret over watering restrictions.
It is with curious timing that our governor, Sonny Perdue, would call for an official prayer service to petition the Almighty for rain to fall upon our parched land. Many have taken issue with the governor, calling his actions everything from foolish to unconstitutional.
Experts say Hillary Clinton seems a shoo-in to win the Democratic presidential nomination. A shoo-in? We'll see.
There was a time when general election campaigns didn't "officially" get underway until after the Labor Day weekend.
It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa, this is one with a quick cure.
For the past 20 years, an idea frequently floated for reforming the political system has been to set term limits for elected officials.
Two weeks ago, The Times reported Robin Williams' suicide. I'm sad for a number of reasons, maybe not the same as other people's reasons but just as intense. I am sad because the world lost a gifted comedian. To quote Ella Wheeler Wilcox, who wrote "Laugh and the world laughs with you:"
Rap! Rap! Rap!
If I met Sharon Budd, I know I'd like her. She's from Uniontown, Ohio. She's raised four kids and worked as a seventh-grade language arts teacher. She's a breast cancer survivor.
There are many lessons about elections I've learned through years of reporting on politics.
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