It is with curious timing that our governor, Sonny Perdue, would call for an official prayer service to petition the Almighty for rain to fall upon our parched land. Many have taken issue with the governor, calling his actions everything from foolish to unconstitutional.
Experts say Hillary Clinton seems a shoo-in to win the Democratic presidential nomination. A shoo-in? We'll see.
President Bush has made it very clear he will not withdraw American troops from Iraq. If the Congress proposes any legislation to that effect, he will veto it. Congress can override a veto, but it takes a two-thirds majority vote in both Houses, 67 votes in the Senate and 290 votes in the House, to do it.
Dear Gov. Perdue: When you decided to run for governor a few years ago, I'll bet you never thought you had signed on to manage the worst water crisis in our state's history. Usually, our governors just make a lot of speeches and issue proclamations and talk about how they are going to improve public education.
Many of you remember a couple of years ago when I wrote a series of columns about a family. I may not have been sufficiently talented to paint the word picture of tragedy and a young family thrown into temporary distress adequately, but many of you responded magnificently as Hall Countians, indeed, North Georgians, are wont to do.
If a person believes he or she is being truthful, a false statement does not become true, but is it a lie? The individual may have been misinformed. The facts may have been distorted or perhaps unknown at the time, but there is another possibility.
Big-mouthed contrarian college professors ought to have the decency to sit down and shut up during these lovely days between Thanksgiving and New Year's.
The week of Nov. 18 is National Family Week. Our community joins the nation in honoring its families. And rightfully it should.
Public perceptions are difficult to work with. Erroneous public perceptions are not only difficult; they are dangerous, especially when they become the foundation for bad public policy.
Lordy, I upset some Georgia Tech fans a couple of weeks ago by poking fun at their all-night Welcoming Event and Brand Alignment hootenanny on Nov. 1. One reader told me that students no longer use slide rules at Tech, as I had implied. I suppose that means they've also given up the T-Squares they used to wear on their belts like pistols.
I have been writing for The Times for more than seven years. It has been a good relationship, and they have never refused to publish anything I sent, nor have they made more than minor edits, but there is always a first. The Times decided that my column for Sept. 25 was offensive, and they pulled it.
Interestingly enough, this was one day after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, spoke at Columbia University. There are several issues at stake here, and freedom of speech is just one of them. For the record, I believe Columbia University was right to ...
Don't be surprised to look up one day soon and see Brian Nichols a free man, playing golf with his lawyers at the Capital City Club. Or you might spot him tooling through Buckhead on a Harley with O.J.
Count me among those who thought -- and still think -- it was worthwhile in our free, democratic society for Columbia University to invite Iran's mystifying president to speak while attending a session of the United Nations.
On Thursday evening, Nov. 1, Georgia Tech, my third favorite team in the whole wide world (UGA is first, anybody playing Tech is second, you can figure out the rest) meets Virginia Tech at Grant Field in Atlanta.
Sen. Saxby Chambliss called the other day to update me, and you, on a number of issues currently ricocheting around Washington, including continued federal funding for the State Children's Insurance Program, known in Georgia as PeachCare.
There were some important political lessons that should have been learned from last week's runoff election.
The criteria for a failed state are pretty specific: Loss of authority over the use of force, loss of the authority to make collective decisions, inability to provide public services, and the inability to interact with the international community.
In 1997, Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term where I served until 2002. It was a rewarding experience and I am proud of the good things we accomplished at the commission.
In less than two weeks I'll celebrate my 60th birthday. Just for giggles, I perused some 60th birthday cards and, well, the outlook suddenly seems sort of grim. The creepiest of all pictured an empty deck chair on an emptier beach and contained these heartwarming words: "A sunrise is beautiful but so is a sunset. /For turning 60 today don't harbor any regret. / The autumn of your life will be so serene./ You will be the happiest that you have ever been."
In less than a month, students will be reporting for fall semester classes at the public colleges that make up the state's University System.
"I have gotten bad news and am much the worse for it.
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