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.
One of Labor Commissioner Mike Thurmond's official duties is to compile the number of claims filed each month by laid off workers who are eligible to collect unemployment insurance benefits.
Talk about being out of touch:
Hollywood has dutifully churned out yet another cinematic agitprop paean to a leftist "martyr," this time Ernesto Guevara. So let's recall the real "Che" and try to discern why many supposedly democratic, civil libertarian liberals still swoon over this Stalinist mass murderer.
The meticulous myth of Señor Guevara is of a handsome Argentine heroically helping Fidel Castro's guerrillas liberate Cuba from the fascist Fulgencio Batista dictatorship in 1959. Then he became a global revolutionary icon inspiring the downtrodden to rise up everywhere, even personally leading rebel warriors in the Congo before being executed doing the same in ...
Georgia's elected leaders agree the most pressing issue right now is the state's transportation system.
When I came to Georgia in 1955, it was a one-party state. The Democrats were the only game in town. After 1964, when Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Right Act, he told Bill Moyers he'd just delivered the South to the Republicans for the next 50 years. He was right.
My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!)
It's hard to believe that was only President Barack Obama's sixth State of the Union address. It feels like he's given so many more. Maybe that's because the man seems to be constantly talking. And talking. The talking is the background noise of much of the last decade, auditory wallpaper that seems to line the corridors of everyday life.
Gov. Nathan Deal's office released his state budget for fiscal year 2016 late last week, and if you work your way through the numbers in the document you will see a significant turning point in recent state history.
Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia.
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