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GOP just says no to fed's traffic $$$

Virgil Fludd's picture

Whether you suffer through a two-hour commute to work, worry about MARTA’s future, or need a better option than driving to get from one end of the state to the other, we can all agree there is a transportation problem in Georgia.

So, why is our Republican leadership standing idly by as federal aid that could help solve our traffic problem goes to surrounding states?

States in the Southeast recently received nearly $2 billion in federal funds for high-speed rail projects. Florida received over $1 billion, and North Carolina received $545 million. Read More»

Don’t ask, don’t tell: Best to keep it

Terry Garlock's picture

Congressional hearings on the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) policy will soon be televised and will surely captivate a deeply divided nation. No matter which side of the debate you passionately support, there are subtleties to challenge everyone’s comfort zone.

If you have not served in the military, it might help to consider some of the language from the current law (10 U.S.C. § 654) on the matter:

“... There is no constitutional right to serve in the armed forces ... Read More»

Death in the South

Ronda Rich's picture

One Sunday morning I came breezing into Sunday School class, after having been out of town for a week. My sister grabbed me and hugged me tightly to welcome me home.

“Oh, I’m so glad you’re back!” Louise shrilled happily. She hugged me again. “I missed you.”

I grinned. “Well, you wouldn’t know it. You didn’t call me one time to check on me. When I was in Ireland for a week, you worried incessantly. But when I went to Los Angeles for a week, you didn’t call once.” I laughed. “And everybody knows that L.A. is much more dangerous than Ireland.” Read More»

Toyota put profit over principle

Cal Thomas's picture

When Toyota President Akio Toyoda testified last week before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, an attitude was exposed that Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) correctly characterized as fostering a “cutthroat corporate” environment that placed costs ahead of quality and safety.

Such a priority would have been anathema to Toyoda’s grandfather, Kiichiro Toyoda, who founded the company and turned it into an automotive juggernaut thanks to a business philosophy created by an American named W. Edwards Deming. Read More»

‘Good night, Gracie’

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Sometimes we catch ourselves using and reusing language, and we delete and rephrase ourselves, proud of rutting out a cliché. Half a page further on and we look at what we’ve written and without hesitation, delete it in favor of a cliché. Some clichés are just right for the job, with no apologies.

Hence a few entries from The Dictionary of Clichés by James Rogers. Some of his more than 2,000 entries are so obscure you wonder why he bothered; others are so exactly right they shine like a new penny.

Join me amongst the clichés…. Read More»

Two devotions for Lent

Justin Kollmeyer's picture

This year during Lent, the 40 “spiritual awareness” days before Easter, everyone in our congregation is reading daily devotions from “Where In The World Is God?” by Steven J. Carter. These daily meditations have been remarkably relevant and distinctly profound. Read More»

Recession offers Georgia opportunity for tax reform

Guest Editorial's picture

Georgia lawmakers are mulling tax increases and gimmicks to plug a projected budget gap of more than $2 billion, but a new Tax Foundation report cautions against such tactics and urges tax reform that will stabilize revenue.

Eliminating targeted tax incentives, lowering the state corporate income tax rate and moving to a flat personal Read More»

Radical Islam’s ‘Manchurian Candidate’?

Cal Thomas's picture

President Obama’s appointment of Rashad Hussain, his deputy associate counsel, as special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations, charged with safeguarding and protecting “the interests of the Muslim world,” should be of serious concern to Congress and the American public. Read More»

Week 5 legislative update: House to tackle budget hearings

Matt Ramsey's picture

Last week the General Assembly convened for legislative days 18-20 of the 2010 session of the Georgia legislature. We have officially reached the half-way point of the 40-day session and there is still much work to be done.

Last week the Senate adopted the FY 2010 mid-year budget adjustment that was passed by the House the previous week. As I previously reported, the measure included in excess of $1 billion in additional spending cuts. These reductions were necessary to balance the budget due to much lower than expected state revenues brought on by the still struggling economy. Read More»

Republicans are playing shell game with property taxes

Virgil Fludd's picture

In the second full week of the legislative session, a Republican state senator introduced a brand new property tax overhaul designed to save you money. Under this legislation, he says, appeals will move faster and assessments will be fairer.

Of course, all eyes turned to this “fair tax” legislation, which is exactly what the state Republicans want. They want a distracted homeowner so eager to shave pennies off his assessment that he doesn’t notice the nearly $500 million in property tax increases mandated by the same Republican legislature. Read More»