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Politics, procrastination hinder solution

The United States is the land of opportunity. Our country's heritage is a rich tapestry interwoven from Native Americans and immigrants of all colors and cultural backgrounds. » Read More
Obamacare dealt another blow

Obamacare dealt another blow

Since its inception, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare as it is commonly referred, has been dying a slow death. » Read More
The lessons from the primary runoff

The lessons from the primary runoff

There were some important political lessons that should have been learned from last week's runoff election. » Read More
So who is the real outsider in the Senate race?

So who is the real outsider in the Senate race?

The U.S. Senate race this November between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue will be one of the more unusual campaigns we have witnessed in Georgia. Neither has held public office ... » Read More
Higher education going online

Higher education going online

Students who have had to put their education on hold, like soldiers returning from deployment, and individuals looking to make a career change, are in the market to not only advance their education... » Read More

A good run that hopefully isn’t done

For the next five months-plus, Jack Kingston will have a job to do. And we expect him to do it the same way and in the same manner he has approached it for the previous 21 ½ years. » Read More

A way to fix public schools

This excerpt is adapted from a speech by Ben Scafidi on July 10 at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation's Friedman Legacy for Freedom celebration in Macon. » Read More
A choice that is really a power grab

A choice that is really a power grab

There once was a man who had a stable of horses, a barn full of fine animals for lease. At first glance, it appeared that his business offered great flexibility, a steed for every desire. » Read More
Why Johnny can’t go to college

Why Johnny can’t go to college

In less than a month, students will be reporting for fall semester classes at the public colleges that make up the state's university system. » Read More
Taxpayers on the hook for botched probe

Taxpayers on the hook for botched probe

In 1997, Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term where I served until 2002. It was a rewarding experien... » Read More
June gain caps a ‘good’ year

June gain caps a ‘good’ year

Robust June revenue collections of $1.76 billion produced a gain of $182.3 million for the month, an 11.5 percent increase. June's fiscal year-end report pushed total fiscal year 2014 totals to $17... » Read More
BRAC and its potential impact

BRAC and its potential impact

IRS, DEA, CIA, DOD, FDA, DOE, TSA - unfortunately, in our federal government, acronyms are the norm. » Read More
Follow state’s lead on criminal justice reform

Follow state’s lead on criminal justice reform

Protection to person and property is the paramount duty of government. This phrase, which appears on the first page of the Georgia Constitution, highlights the importance of the criminal justice sy... » Read More
At last, the finish line is in sight for primary runoffs

At last, the finish line is in sight for primary runoffs

For those who have endured Georgia's longest runoff election ever, the July 22 finish line is finally coming into view. » Read More
Waxing poetic can be quite frenetic

Waxing poetic can be quite frenetic

"I have gotten bad news and am much the worse for it. » Read More
More on state services for veterans

More on state services for veterans

Another major focus of the state is securing employment for veterans. According to the Workforce Division at the Department of Economic Development, up to 80,000 veterans will return to Georgia wit... » Read More
Who will step up to replace Broun?

Who will step up to replace Broun?

Georgia soon will be losing one of its most entertaining political personalities in U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, the Republican from Athens. » Read More
Junior E. Lee knows polls and pests

Junior E. Lee knows polls and pests

With the July 22 runoff elections fast approaching, I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in greater Garfield, Georgia, to get h... » Read More
State stands by its veterans

State stands by its veterans

While there is controversy surrounding the state of care from the federal government's Veterans Administration, there is no mistaking the importance of the services and support that the state of Ge... » Read More

Freedom is still America’s best trait

We're about to start the weekend when Americans celebrate a freedom declared 238 years ago, when a small band of men risked their lives and fortunes to change history's course. » Read More

Families benefit from innovative policy

Erika Hartley has two sons with autism, which means she can explain in one sentence what being able to customize their education means to her family. » Read More
Fighting terrorism in our country

Fighting terrorism in our country

On Sept. 11, 2001, our way of life in the United States was changed forever. » Read More
Speaker Ralston faces a choice

Speaker Ralston faces a choice

As the speaker of the Georgia House, David Ralston is one of the most powerful men at the state capitol. Gov. Nathan Deal is the only person at the Gold Dome who has more political clout. » Read More
Some hope for the humor-impaired

Some hope for the humor-impaired

The things you learn while surfing the Internet in desperation for column material. Did you know that there is a National Association for the Humor-Impaired? May Jimmy Carter (speaking of the humor... » Read More
Bond sale highlights investment

Bond sale highlights investment

Georgia's bond sale last week totaling $977.8 million ($823.5 new debt) was a success, seeing the state maintain its AAA bond rating, but more importantly funding important infrastructure for the s... » Read More

Education excellence can’t be achieved from above

Education in America in the 21st century is moving away from the standardization of the Industrial Era and toward greater customization. As parents increasingly tailor their children's education th... » Read More
The questions add up to more than the answers

The questions add up to more than the answers

Sometimes the questions add up to more than the answers. » Read More
Caught up in the great circle of politics

Caught up in the great circle of politics

Norm Woodel is one of those people in the world of politics whose face may not be that well known, but whose voice is right in the thick of it. » Read More
There’s hope for future Iraqi generations

There’s hope for future Iraqi generations

In my home hangs a photograph of a rather large and deep hole on the side of an asphalt road. It is the aftermath of an IED (improvised explosive device) - or in more simple terms, a homemade bomb ... » Read More
Why Georgia still earns AAA rating

Why Georgia still earns AAA rating

Georgia completed another bond sale this week, again under the AAA rating that only nine other states share. The sale validated the state leadership's businesslike management, but also saved the st... » Read More
Curtain not closing on Medient

Curtain not closing on Medient

In spite of the tumultuous moves at Medient Studios, Inc., last week, maybe the planned massive studioplex won't be left on the cutting room floor. » Read More
To be or not to be a citizen

To be or not to be a citizen

Politically speaking, perhaps the biggest news story last week was the historic loss of Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary election. » Read More

Kingston gives Perdue an opening

It all seemed to be breaking the right way for Rep. Jack Kingston after the Senate Republican primary. » Read More

If heaven isn’t available, Athens will do

I have said it before but it bears repeating: If I don't qualify for heaven (a distinct possibility), my preferred alternates are: (a.) Athens, Georgia, on a crisp fall Saturday afternoon; (b.) Ath... » Read More

Growth meeting budget estimates

May revenues came in with a 3.1 percent gain as the middle month of the fourth quarter drifted closer to the end of the fiscal year in June. At $1.3 billion for the month, state revenues produced a... » Read More

Don’t always toss them the keys

The investigation continues into why somebody ran into another car head-on last week, killing a 4-year-old boy in the ensuing collision and badly injuring that young boy's mother. » Read More

State needs power to fix problems

What's a state to do when the federal surface transportation program heads toward its Sept. 1 expiration date with little promise of a new transportation bill and the Federal Highway Trust Fund's e... » Read More

Some people never learn

The people we send to the state Capitol to pass our laws have always reminded me of a goofy, flop-eared puppy that keeps making mistakes as it romps inside the house. » Read More

A man who achieved his dream

Before the start of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, Billy Payne, the organization's CEO, reminded everyone that while much of the attention during the Games would be focused on the high-profile ... » Read More

Georgia needs more doctors

Georgia has a primary care physician shortage totaling 200 physicians per 100,000 population, not unlike many other states. Other parts of the country, certainly in the northern part, may have as m... » Read More

When we had real leadership

At a time in the life of our nation when there appears to be a real lack of positive and aggressive leadership from our leader in Washington, I found this prayer by President Franklin Roosevelt on ... » Read More

No such thing as a free lunch

Two weeks ago, voters in Switzerland voted by an overwhelming 76 percent to 24 percent to reject the establishment of Switzerland's first minimum wage. The proposed wage floor was about $24 per hou... » Read More

VA scandal appalling and disgraceful

Phoenix, Ariz.: » Read More

Do political endorsements really matter?

In the days after the May 20 primary elections, candidates who advanced to the runoffs made the usual scramble to secure endorsements from opponents who didn't make it out of the primary. » Read More

Sea Island Company defends development

I wrote recently about the concerns of environmental groups over a proposal by the owners of Sea Island to develop 7.2 acres on the south end of the island. They say that the land is too fragile fo... » Read More

Audits can bring changes

If there is one agency whose reports usually do not gather dust on the shelf, it is performance audits that the Performance Division conducts on state agencies and on state processes. The audits us... » Read More


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