Your Thanksgiving Desk
From Representative Allen Peake
Many times, we learn the most gratitude for the blessings in our life from the tough times that come our way.
This past year has brought challenges that I have never had to face before in my 53 years, as many of you probably have also.
So, as we pause this week for Thanksgiving, please know that I am thankful to many of you who encourage me, challenge me, and stick with me, even when we may come from different walks of life, or have various perspectives of answers for problems in our society.
I’m so thankful for family and friends who love me, and who laugh with me, and at me, in spite of my numerous faults that are too many to count.
I’m thankful for business partners and employees that help our little restaurant company continue to chug along, providing good jobs to over 1,000 Georgia citizens.
I’m thankful for colleagues in the political world that have become life long friends, and who almost without exception, care deeply about the future of our state.
I’m thankful to the HB 885/HB 1 families that I have come to know, love, and profoundly respect. Families that face challenges everyday that no one can understand, and do it with courage, perseverance and compassion. (more…)
Your Thanksgiving Desk
From Senator Judson Hill
Happy Thanksgiving from Senator Judson Hill and Family !
We wish you a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving !
This year has been a blessing for our family and we are so thankful to God for His grace. Our tradition of setting aside a day to give thanks started with the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock 393 years ago. They had suffered much but knew that despite their challenges they were very blessed and that their blessings were bestowed from Almighty God. So with a grateful and thankful heart we too offer thanks – we are thankful for you, we are thankful for our community and our local public safety and healthcare professionals, for our state and country that provides us so many opportunities and truly is by the grace of God the greatest nation on earth. Moreover, may we never forget the sacrifice that our soldiers, sailors, airman and marines and their families give daily to protect our freedom and liberties each day.
We thank God for all of His provisions and may He continue to bless our obedience to Him personally and as a nation.
As we reflect on our country’s humble beginnings, Americans are reminded that we live in a land of many blessings where each person has the right to live, work, and worship in freedom. We are especially thankful for the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who protect these rights.
I hope this Thanksgiving is for you one of rest, time with friends and family, and hope that it provides you time to pause and take a moment or two in the midst of this “storm” we’ve seen brewing across our globe to rest and rejuvenate and to reflect on all you have and all with which our country has been blessed.
Thank you for the honor and opportunity to serve you. Please read below the words of Governor Thomas Jefferson as he in his 1779 Thanksgiving Proclamation so wonderfully summed up why Americans give thanks to God on this day.
Your Thanksgiving Desk
From First Lady Sandra Deal
This Thanksgiving, Nathan and I are so grateful for many blessings this past year has brought us. We have made new friends and had the privilege of getting to know so many of Georgia’s families.
The bonds and memories and relationships we have gained along the way are treasured dearly and mean more than words can express. We are rich in the company that He has bestowed upon us, and we are especially thankful for our family, friends and the citizens of this great state who have entrusted Nathan with four more years of public service.
As we quickly approach the end of this year and look forward to 2015, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your hard work, prayers and friendship throughout the past year.
From our family to yours, have a blessed Thanksgiving. (more…)
Your Thanksgiving Desk
From Congressman Austin Scott
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving
As we join Americans across our nation celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, let us take a moment to reflect on those brave men and women who have served our country. Let us remember those currently serving who may not have the opportunity to join their families today. Let us always be thankful for the sacrifices they have made so that we may have the freedom to enjoy Thanksgiving with our loved ones.
Vivien and I hope you and your family have an enjoyable Thanksgiving and want to say a special blessing for our Georgia heroes. Happy Thanksgiving!
Member of Congress
Your Thanksgiving Desk
From Congressman Doug Collins
Thanksgiving is a time of joy and remembrance, looking back over the past year and celebrating all of life’s blessings. Thanksgiving gives us cause to pause and realize that despite all our hardships we still have reasons to be grateful. Whether those reasons are turkey and pumpkin pie or seeing your family for the first time in months, the holiday provides a chance to delight in all things great and small.
For many of us, gratitude and a spirit of Thanksgiving are an integral teaching of our faith. Yet, the 4th Thursday in November has been designated a federal holiday for so long for a reason. As a country, we have so many reasons to be thankful. Taking the time to acknowledge that is important evidence of the values we still hold.
Over the next weeks and months, individuals, families, businesses, and yes, a new Congress, will be looking toward the future. Today, it’s important to look at what we have and be grateful not only for those things, but for the potential each of us has to do so much more.
Wishing you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving!
President George Washington declared November 26, 1789 the first “public day of thanksgiving and prayer.”
By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other trangressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
On November 26, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Fourth Thursday in November as the modern Thanksgiving celebration.
[I]t was not until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving to fall on the last Thursday of November, that the modern holiday was celebrated nationally.
With a few deviations, Lincoln’s precedent was followed annually by every subsequent president–until 1939. In 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt departed from tradition by declaring November 23, the next to last Thursday that year, as Thanksgiving Day. Considerable controversy surrounded this deviation, and some Americans refused to honor Roosevelt’s declaration. For the next two years, Roosevelt repeated the unpopular proclamation, but on November 26, 1941, he admitted his mistake and signed a bill into law officially making the fourth Thursday in November the national holiday of Thanksgiving Day.
On the same day, a Japanese navy fleet left port headed toward Pearl Harbor.
Senator Johnny Isakson wrote in the AJC that the federal government should consider moving to user fees to pay for transportation infrastructure.
With drivers buying less gasoline, the revenue coming into the Highway Trust Fund has dropped. Given these factors and recent trends, it is likely our gas consumption will continue to decline. Simply raising the tax rate on a declining revenue source isn’t the solution for our long-term infrastructure needs.
In 2015, we have a real opportunity to repair this broken trust fund and find a new formula that fits the needs of 21st century America. It is time we change the trust fund model to a “user-pays” system. Everyone who uses the roads and other modes of transportation financed through the trust fund should pay into the system.
I also support letting states set their own infrastructure funding priorities. While the federal government should prioritize projects important to the nation as a whole, states have a much better sense of their day-to-day infrastructure needs, and they should be given the flexibility to direct the use of gas tax revenues collected within their borders.
One way a user fee for highways can work is seen on I-85 in Gwinnett County, where a Peach Pass gets you access to the HOT lanes, which are usually moving faster than the prole lanes. Remember how that went over when it first started?
Last night, some Atlanta residents took to the street to protest the decision by a Missouri grand jury declining to indict a police office.