Author: Charlie

Georgia Ports: Here we grow again

This week’s Courier Herald column: I’ve covered the “State of the Port” address in Savannah about six or seven times now.  The meeting hosted by the Georgia Ports Authority and the Savannah chapter of the Propeller Club of the United States fills the Savannah Convention Center ballroom to capacity every year.  It’s a room where

Guest Op-Ed: What are the facts, and what can we do to prevent suicide?

By: Judy Fitzgerald, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and this is an especially important issue to discuss right now. In fact, talking about suicide out loud—regularly, repeatedly, and thoughtfully—is part of the solution. There are many ways that you can help prevent suicide regardless of

Doctors & pharmacists seek to block Medicaid merger

This week’s Courier Herald column: Georgia makes few apologies about being a “business friendly” state.  In fact, it promotes the concept as the “number one state to do business” as publicly as possible.  Thus, when powerful organizations popular with Georgia’s governing majority party announce opposition to a proposed merger, it is worth some time understanding

Governor Orders Evacuation From Coastal Counties; Others Add Encouragement To Heed Warnings

We interrupt your holiday because a hurricane wants to do so as well. This morning, Governor Brian Kemp has ordered the mandatory evacuation of six Georgia coastal counties. To aid the evacuation, I-16 will have “contra-flow” beginning tomorrow, with eastbound lanes converted to additional westbound lanes in order to expedite traffic away from the coast.

Joint State Budget Hearings Set For September

First the old business: Governor Brian Kemp has asked for state agencies to prepare for across the board budget cuts of 4% to 6%. In order to ensure time and planning to analyze, prioritize, and implement possible spending reductions, Speaker David Ralston announced earlier this month that the House would commence budget hearings early this

Today Was Senator Isakson’s Day

This morning we were greeted with a bit of a surprise from Senator Isakson, with the now well covered news of his early retirement. He’s made no secret of his health challenges, and a recent fall with broken ribs combined with a newly discovered issue with his kidneys have led him to decide that it