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.
"'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.
President Bush has made it very clear he will not withdraw American troops from Iraq. If the Congress proposes any legislation to that effect, he will veto it. Congress can override a veto, but it takes a two-thirds majority vote in both Houses, 67 votes in the Senate and 290 votes in the House, to do it.
Dear Gov. Perdue: When you decided to run for governor a few years ago, I'll bet you never thought you had signed on to manage the worst water crisis in our state's history. Usually, our governors just make a lot of speeches and issue proclamations and talk about how they are going to improve public education.
Many of you remember a couple of years ago when I wrote a series of columns about a family. I may not have been sufficiently talented to paint the word picture of tragedy and a young family thrown into temporary distress adequately, but many of you responded magnificently as Hall Countians, indeed, North Georgians, are wont to do.
If a person believes he or she is being truthful, a false statement does not become true, but is it a lie? The individual may have been misinformed. The facts may have been distorted or perhaps unknown at the time, but there is another possibility.
For the past few months, I have heard the same question nearly everywhere I go.
Last week, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter shared via this column his vision for public education in Georgia.
With all of the attack ads running on TV this election season, Georgians have no doubt had their fill of pessimism and negativity.
Human nature has changed little over time, but human behavior has. We no longer burn heretics at the stake or torture animals for sport ... well, not the way we did in the past. At least today we pay lip service to social justice and the rule of law.
As a father and a school superintendent, I have an extremely personal interest in the state of our schools. I also have a great respect for the democratic process: the opportunity for vigorous debate and the potential created by new and innovative ideas.
I have asked the two major gubernatorial candidates to talk to Georgia public school teachers about their respective education platforms.
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