What rural communities lack in infrastructure is becoming very clear to elected leaders at all levels. The question that must be answered is whether those needs will be addressed and when. The lack of fast affordable internet service in rural communities is now holding back teachers, students, and parents. Teachers don’t have access to broadband … Continue reading "Pulling the bandaids off in rural America"
Earlier this week I contacted a friend who is a healthcare provider in an urban Northeastern city. They offered to share their personal experiences and perspective on the pandemic as time and energy allow. I am grateful for their insights and commitment to serving the public. I promised that they would not be identified. March … Continue reading "The coming tsunami from a healthcare provider’s perspective"
Last Friday Governor Brian Kemp took the unprecedented step of declaring a statewide public health emergency as the number of Covid-19 (coronavirus) cases began to increase on national and state levels. The Georgia General Assembly suspended its calendar last Thursday and returned for on Monday for a special session called by the Governor to approve … Continue reading "A test of faith"
Covid-19 forecast from University of Massachusetts Amherst, March 11, 2020 Real data and solid research matter. Read it. Share it. Use it. The information below is taken directly from the link in this post. Results from Survey 4 (administered March 9-10, 2020) Experts predict a four-fold rise in reported cases in the US over the … Continue reading "Forecast for Covid-19 in the United States"
Georgia General Assembly members are considering legislation to improve safety on our state’s roads and streets. Sponsored by Marietta Republican John Carson , HB113 is making its way through House committees as Crossover Day on March 12 approaches. Current legislation requires that drivers using a smart-phone or other electronic device do that without holding it … Continue reading "Foolproof method for avoiding a traffic fine"
The February 19th edition of Washington County’s weekly newspaper The Sandersville Georgian, which is not available online, included an article about a presentation made to two of the county’s commissioners. Lynda Brown, a board member of Ten Commandments Georgia, Inc., which was founded by the county’s Congressional District Representative Jody Hice, requested that the county … Continue reading "Washington County approves courthouse display with a narrow historic view"
Because coal ash and its toxins are forever, the work to protect the health of communities, water and air, natural resources, and recreational places, is never done. The Georgia Recorder has an op/ed I wrote about the challenges we face in Georgia concerning coal ash waste clean up and storage. Spoiler alert- ratepayers shouldn’t have … Continue reading "Georgia Recorder-coal ash clean up, aisle seven"
Once again the internet exploded over the Super Bowl half-time show. Last night’s show featured Jennifer Lopez (JLo) and Shakira, who were joined by JBlavin and BadBunny. Lopez also shared part of the performance with her daughter Emme, a talented 11 year old with great stage presence. They knew they had an audience and they … Continue reading "Super Bowl half-time was about more than entertainment"
Have you ever sat down to a home-cooked meal and heard the cook say, “You may not be able to taste it, but the pasta was cooked in water that may very well be contaminated with a plethora of cancer-causing toxins. Enjoy!” For Georgians who live near a coal plant in Georgia and rely on … Continue reading "Rural Georgians deserve safe drinking water too"
Former Georgia Speaker of the House Tom Murphy was an opponent of requiring seatbelt use. He said it was inconvenient for farmers who may spend a lot of time getting in and out of their truck . I always thought that was a lazy man’s excuse. An article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that … Continue reading "Buckle up! The Georgia General Assembly is back."
I love this song and listen to it all year, with the volume turned up. Don’t sit out on the work that needs to be done
In mid-October President Trump abandoned Kurdish allies in Syria. This resulted in deserting American military holdings in the area, Turkish assaults on Kurds, the escape of ISIS prisoners, and Kurdish leaders looking to Russia and the Syrian government for support against Turkey. On Tuesday, January 7th, dictators Vladimir Putin (Russia) and Bashar al-Assad (Syria) met … Continue reading "The man without an exit strategy goes to war"
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Pushback from the Speaker and V.P. Ed Mellette Farm raised, semi-retired businessman, and political opinionator. Columbia/Spartanburg, SC reposted with permission from the author With considerable admiration of her present leadership in the matter of Articles of Impeachment currently being considered against the President of the United States, I want to congratulate Madam Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, … Continue reading "Thursday marked a refusal to turn the other cheek"
Last week a friend graciously invited me to hear author David Sedaris read from his work at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta (it truly is fabulous). Sedaris and I spent time together during the summer of 2018 while I listened to the audio version of his book Calypso ,and then Let’s Explore Diabetes with … Continue reading "David Sedaris and the books in the lobby"
This recipe is often used in my family for extended family dinners, holidays, and any time I need to contribute to a cover-dish meal. If you haven’t ever used phyllo, do not be intimidated by it. Ingredients 1 large onion 1 sleeve/tube of thawed phyllo sheets 5 eggs 24 oz of feta cheese (I use … Continue reading "Spanakopita"
For the past 17 months and six days, people have said that I am handling suddenly being widowed with grace. Being furious and raging wasn’t going to unwind the fact that a careless driver killed my husband while he was riding his bike. I have limited reserves of energy, and I knew that walking around … Continue reading "How to be both angry and sad at the same time"
Earlier this afternoon the Atlanta Journal Constitution sent out a news alert concerning the resignation of Dean Alford, a member of the Georgia University System’s Board of Regents. Alford was recently reappointed to the Board by Governor Brian Kemp. The newspaper details that the Georgia Attorney General and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation issued arrest … Continue reading "The arc of justice is long"
The Republican Party, which is now Donald Trump’s Republican Party (DTRP), has long heralded itself as the party of less big government and more local control. They’ve argued that states, cities, and counties know what is best for them and they should set standards. DTRP dislikes car emission standards set by California’s elected leaders so … Continue reading "Driving dirty air"
First posted here on September 10, 2014 How We Have Failed since September 11 Tonight President Obama will address the nation about ISIS and any actions that we may take in response to the horrific murders of Americans and innocent civilians at the hands of terrorists. Tomorrow there will be an observance in my community, … Continue reading "How We Have Failed Since September 11, Redux"