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General Assembly’s Week 9: Gun law clarity, tax assessments

Matt Ramsey's picture

Last week the General Assembly convened for legislative days 31-33. Since we are now past cross-over day, House committees began the process of considering Senate bills that have passed out of the Senate and are now under consideration in the House.

One of the most noteworthy pieces of legislation taken up by one of my committees last week was SB 308, legislation aimed at clarifying Georgia’s ambiguous and confusing concealed carry laws.

The measure is being carried in the House of Representatives by Billy Horne (R-Sharpsburg), who is a Fayette County native. Read More»

Work & the renowned adventurer

Ronda Rich's picture

Poet, my friend who reigns supremely in the Mississippi Delta, has few complaints, so when he voiced one the other day, I was not only surprised, I was astounded. Particularly when I heard what was troubling him.

While there are those who have questioned Poet’s serious commitment to a life of hard work – I have on occasion been one of those – he has stepped up to a commitment to public service. The fine folks in his small town have elected him to various and sundry positions over the years until they saw fit to make him ruler of all. He is now the mayor. Read More»

Spring's marching orders

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Okay, readers, listen up. You can put it off no longer. Spring is here and waiting for you to get with it. And no, hammock time does not count.

Get those birdfeeders cleaned out and and filled, but I’ll let you off light if you want to taper off feeder food. Dave, our bird guy, says feeding birds is for our pleasure in seeing them close-up. Winter through mid-spring is when they need us to help feed them. Take your cue from the weather, especially the temperature. Read More»

A day of new beginnings

David Epps's picture

Every society incorporates certain times into its calendar as “new beginning” possibilities. New Year’s Day is one such day.

People look forward to a new year, unscathed by the scars, failures, and disappointments of the previous year. One fellow at the gym said that he dreads the first three weeks of January. “It takes about that long for all the new sign-ups who have made resolutions to ‘lose weight and to get fit’ to go back to their normal patterns.” Read More»

The viability of healthcare reform

D.W. MacKenzie's picture

Now that the healthcare reform bill has been signed, it will face legal challenges in courtrooms. However, the judges in these cases do not possess the authority needed to render a final verdict on healthcare reform.

The success or failure of healthcare reform ultimately depends upon whether or not it conforms to economic laws, rather than with the opinions of judges. Read More»

The Boy

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Although it was many years ago, it seems just like yesterday. In a cold hospital room, I held in my nervous hands for the first time what would turn out to be my only child.

He would have neither brothers or sisters to spend time with, learn from, or call for help in times of need. For 23 years, his story has been the same. He has been alone.

Today, at 10 o’clock in a brightly lit commission chambers, that all changes. The Boy will finally have brothers and sisters he can call family. Read More»

‘Dragon’ soars past my expectations

Kevin Thomas's picture

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DreamWorks has a talent for making original stories. Some of the company’s films are the “Shrek” trilogy and “Kung Fu Panda.” With their newest flick, “How to Train Your Dragon,” they make another winner that is beautifully directed and has likeable characters. (Don’t you hate it when the hero isn’t likeable because he has too many problems? I’m remembering “Remember Me.”) Read More»

Columnist Cal Thomas interviews Newt Gingrich: 'What would Newt do?'

Cal Thomas's picture

Sitting in his spacious Washington, D.C., office on K Street, the leader of the last Republican revolution, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, ponders the future and likes what he sees. The intensity and commitment by the tea partiers to “throw the bums” out, seems to him as strong as the 1994 revolution that swept Democrats from power and gave Republicans an opportunity Gingrich readily admits they squandered. Read More»

Peachtree City: Share the path — safely

Betsy Tyler's picture

Peachtree City’s path system is probably one of our most popular amenities, whether you use it for recreation, transportation, or both.

Whether you are on foot, bike, or golf cart, path users need to remember that they share the path with other types of users. This requires knowing and following the rules, as well as a little bit of consideration for others. Read More»

How close will you come?

Justin Kollmeyer's picture

I’ve always said that someday I’m going to design a church to fit the natural instincts of most people. The main element will be pews on a conveyor belt. When people walk into the church, there will be only one pew available — in the back, of course — just where everybody wants to sit! Then, when the back pew fills up, the whole pew would move to the front on a conveyor belt, and a new empty pew would pop up in the back for the next group of people and so on. Read More»

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