When I was 13 years old, I visited Washington, D.C., with my grandparents as guests in my great-aunt's home in Arlington, Va.
Sometimes I don't understand my beloved state of Georgia. How in good conscience can we spend $19 million on something like Go Fish Georgia, which Gov. Sonny Perdue thinks is the greatest thing to hit the state since James Oglethorpe's two feet?
For seven years I was a single parent. I had one sweet, healthy, bright child. I had a job and a home and some savings. It was still the most difficult things I've ever done.
It is always a good idea to pay close attention to what Georgia's legislators do during a General Assembly session, because at some point you're going to end up paying for it.
Let's forget the economy and Barack Obama for a moment. Let's turn to a really serious question that should have been addressed months or even years ago:
I may have figured out why we as Georgians and Americans can't seem to recognize the source of the myriad problems troubling society today, particularly in governmental levels from courthouse to the top. We simply pass every mirror with nary a glance. The enemy is us.
The great philosopher David Hume said, "It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once." It is generally lost about 1 percent at a time - usually through taxes.
He may have done some things you like and some you don't like in his first few weeks in office, but President Barack Obama has hit a home run in his appointment of former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell as his special envoy for the Middle East, and veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Political science professors for years have been teaching their students that Georgia's affairs are managed by the traditional three branches of government: the executive, the legislative, and the judicial.
American banks are again teetering on the edge. Downgrades by ratings agencies and stock analysts on two of Georgia's largest banks, Suntrust and Synovus (which owns Bank of North Georgia), have been reported. Both banks reported massive losses in the final quarter of '08. Bank of America also had to ask for additional funding from the federal government to stay afloat.
Let's face reality. Georgia needs a federal bailout. The Peach State is in worse shape than Chrysler and Bank of America put together. President Barack Obama's stimulus package has earmarked about $5.6 billion to help Georgia.
Nothing defines America better than the First Amendment: Freedom of religion, freedom of the press and freedom of speech. You and I can stand on any street corner or write a letter to any newspaper and say whatever we want.
In the 1960s, I attended a conference for academics in the State Department building in Washington, D.C. The main address was by Vice President Hubert Humphrey, who outlined a number of expensive foreign aid programs being studied for possible implementation. After his talk, he opened the floor to questions from the audience.
I am a little late delivering my 2009 predictions to you, which must have put you in a dither.
So the National Safety Council wants state governments to ban cell phone use, even hands-free cell phones, while driving. I think the NSC should have gone after a far more dangerous practice before taking on cell phones: farding while driving.
I was on St. Simons Island last week scarfing down massive amounts of corn-fried shrimp at the exquisite little Georgia Sea Grill when someone came to the table to inquire if Junior E. Lee had finished his analysis of the recent election. That really puffed Junior up when I told him that.
Early in January, Richard Woods will be sworn in as the duly elected superintendent of state schools. He could very well be the last person ever elected to this statewide constitutional office.
"How do you spell relief?" Clue: It's not Alka Seltzer. It's the elections. They're over! Even the losers are breathing easier.
This is a story I shared with some of you a couple of years ago, but given the well-deserved tributes this week to our veterans, it seems an appropriate time to share it with all of you. It is about a terrorist; an honest-to-God terrorist. Not only does he not deny the appellation, he's proud of it.
This was an election for people who enjoy watching reruns on TV.
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