Get insured, or pay tax penalty

According to a recent report by National Center for Policy Analysis, approximately six million Americans — significantly more than first estimated will face a tax penalty under President Barack Obama’s health overhaul for not getting insurance, according to a new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Most of those would be in the middle class. The numbers from […]

Doctors are different

Two patients limp into two different medical clinics with the same complaint. Both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replacement. The first patient is examined within the hour, has an X-ray the same day and has a time booked for surgery the following week. The second sees his family doctor after waiting three weeks for an appointment, […]

The Sandpiper

She was six years old when I first met her on the beach near where I live. I drive to this beach, a distance of three or four miles, whenever the world begins to close in on me. She was building a sand castle or something and looked up, her eyes as blue as the sea. “Hello,” she said. I […]

The Big Picture

Columnist Andrew Mc- Carthy gives us what probably is the most important question regarding the upcoming presidential election. “Mitt won the nomination, for the Republican Party, and, I will enthusiastically support his candidacy. For my friends who have hesitation on that score, I’d just ask you to keep four things in mind: Justice Scalia just turned 78, Justice Kennedy will […]

The old telephone on the wall- Hello

When I was a young boy, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighborhood. I remember the polished, old case fastened to the wall. The shiny receiver hung on the side of the box. I was too little to reach the telephone, but used to listen with fascination when my mother talked to it. Then I discovered […]

Political sayings

The problem with political jokes is they get elected. ~ Henry Cate, VII We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. ~ Aesop If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these acceptance speeches there wouldn’t be any inducement to go to heaven. ~ Will Rogers Those who are too smart to […]

Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13

Atlanta – Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) remind Georgians that Fire Prevention Week is October 7- 13. The theme this year is, “Have Two Ways Out!” This year, Commissioner Hudgens and fire personnel around the state will be spreading the word about the dangers of home fires and teaching Georgia residents […]

A Hard Nut to Crack

I hear him before I see him. His ponderous footsteps shamble up 23 stairs into my office. He pauses at the top, grips the door jamb, and totters. His breath wheezes. It’s Larry. His friends call him Pappy. He comes by every Friday with vegetables from his garden. Whatever’s in season. On that day it was blueberries. And always eggs […]

Letter to Editor

Dear Mr. Toole, Last Friday night it was my privilege to stand with the Pirates on the sideline at their game against Mitchell County. An opportunity made to me by my friend Deon Foster of the Colquitt Physical Therapy. It was a thrill I hope to be allowed to repeat. As the administrator of a school in Florida, this was […]

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