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
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
I was sick a lot as a kid. As a toddler I had an asthmatic condition that caused all kinds of problems. Somehow I managed to get perfect attendance in kindergarten before resuming a pattern of illnesses on my way to chronic adult sinus issues. When you’re an adult you learn to play hurt, suck
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
Ed Rynders, Republican Representative from Leesburg, will be resigning his seat today, per the Albany Herald, citing health issues. “Plus, and not a lot of people know this, I had a heart attack in June and needed three stents. I had health issues going back to the last session of the Legislature — I even
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.
This news dropped just before Senator Isakson’s announcement on Wednesday, and didn’t get the attention it may deserve. While it may seem we do a lot of “study” on healthcare issues, there is one item here that seems to have bi-partisan, bi-cameral support: Price Transparency. Patients are tired of surprise billing, and an inability to
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
On Wednesday morning Senator Johnny Isakson rocked Georgia’s political world by announcing he is retiring at the end of the year. Isakson has been a fixture in public service for over four decades. His name sits alongside others such as Coverdell and Gingrich in the small circle of founders of the modern Georgia Republican party.
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