The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have failed to produce stable democracies. Both nations are less stable and the common people there arguably worse off now than before our interventions. Americans are rightfully angry about the monetary, physical and emotional costs of these wars especially considering the outcomes.
When you find yourself stuck in a deep hole, the first thing you should do is stop digging. Georgia's Democratic Party has been in a deep hole for a while. The party hasn't been able to win many elections, it hasn't had much money, and it didn't have a chairman when Mike Berlon resigned in June. The members of the party's State Committee convened in Newnan recently to elect a new state chairman and, perhaps, ...
"Am I my brother's keeper?" Everyone recognizes this passage from Genesis 4.9, but what was God's answer? Yes or no? God cursed Cain but let him live. People are still debating the outcome: Do we bear a responsibility to our brothers and sisters? Are we not all descendents of the same distant Adam and Eve? This is what a social contract is all about. We are all connected, but is there a point where the ...
Rats! As if creating this profound and pithy prose each week wasn't hard enough, now I have discovered a legislator with a sense of humor. The apocalypse is upon us.
When he was president, Ronald Reagan could often be heard urging his supporters to "stay the course."
Please indulge me a moment of introspection and feel free to think along with me. Chances are what I am going to say may apply to you as well.
Our state constitution and laws are embedded with provisions that have one simple purpose: to keep politicians and their cronies from looting the public treasury and leaving taxpayers with a mountain of debt.
Opinions - we all have them. I wish I could find some acceptable way to repeat the standard joke about opinions, but this is a respectable family paper. If you don't know what I am talking about, ask a friend.
If public education in Georgia doesn't have enough problems, there is now a high-profile ruckus between Gov. Nathan Deal and State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. It has gotten so peevish that there is talk that the school superintendent may challenge Deal in the Republican gubernatorial primary next spring.
Public Policy Polling conducted a statewide survey in Georgia a couple of weeks ago to gauge public sentiment on the upcoming Senate and presidential races.
You may have read that the U.S. Supreme Court is going to hear a case about whether or not prayer can be uttered in town councils across America. Last year, a federal appeals court ruled that such a nefarious deed violated the First Amendment's ban on an "establishment of religion."
This is what we are doing to the children we are supposed to be educating. Ten years of cutting state funds to local school systems has forced them to reduce school calendars that once were required to be 180 days. Less than one-third of Georgia's public school systems - just 57 of them - will be holding classes for 180 days during the 2013-14 school year, according to the state Department of Education. More than ...
Moods, personal ups and downs, are cyclical. Even the most cheerful of optimists have their bad days, and pessimists have been known to smile occasionally. According to a friend who tracks cycles in the stock market, the public has moods swings as well. At present he is looking back through old media photos of public figures. Think Franklin D. Roosevelt at Yalta. Mostly, those fellows looked pretty grim.
Dear public school teachers: As you head back to the classroom for the new school year, I would like to tell you that things have changed for the better but I would be fibbing. Budgets will continue to shrink, classroom sizes will increase and the ignoramuses among us will still expect you to close the door on society's ills and magically educate the next generation - whether they care or not. Don't expect any help ...
The calendar tells us there are still several months remaining in 2013, but Karen Handel is acting as if 2014 were already here and we were in the middle of a full-bore Senate race.
There's an old joke that goes, "a bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it."
As of this writing, six world powers have reached an agreement with Iran that would prevent that country from developing nuclear weapons.
Knock! Knock! Knock!
When it comes to holidays, I've always preferred Thanksgiving to Christmas.
Last week, family and friends gathered in the small town of Chattahoochee Hills, south of Atlanta, to celebrate a life well-lived. Our late grandson, Zack Wansley, was honored at the dedication of "Zack's Glade," a pristine and picturesque piece of Cochran Mill Park near where he died while training for the Atlanta Marathon in 2008.
Ruth Parsons is not a lady one can easily say no to. She called out of the blue one day to ask if I would speak at the ecumenical Thanksgiving Day program she was organizing at Lanier Village Estates, a retirement community in North Hall County.
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