Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough: Over the years it has been a tradition at the first of the year to impart some words of wisdom in this space to your father, uncle and cousins, who double as my grandsons. Perhaps some of my observations were useful to them. Maybe some fell on deaf ears. I have never asked. Anyway, they are adults now, old enough and wise enough (I hope) to figure things out for themselves. ...
The circus returns to Atlanta next week when Georgia's legislators convene the 2013 session of the General Assembly.
During an interview on NPR, a UUC minister said of many Christians, "They keep giving me answers to questions I never asked."
My work never ends. Not only do I have to deal with compound verb forms each and every week, the editors insist I throw in some commas along the way for reasons I don't fully understand. I think commas are a nuisance and only serve to get in the way of great thoughts.
It was not unusual in ancient times for individuals to sell themselves into servitude (as "bondservants"), which was often described as a form of slavery. Usually this was due to excessive debt, but sometimes it was done simply to have a roof over one's head and food in one's belly.
Casey Stengel managed several baseball teams during his Hall of Fame career, but none of them were as bad as the team he took over in 1962: the original New York Mets.
I was hoping that for once the Mayans would be right about something and that the world would have ended Dec. 21 as they had said it would. That would have taken care of the fiscal cliff and all the politicians who caused it. A little fire and brimstone would serve them right.
My mother died in 1979, murdered by a drunk driver in Harris County.
It has been a discouraging year for many Georgians. We're still trying to crawl out from under an economic slowdown that has lasted for more than four years. Unemployment continues to be too high and too many people who run businesses are struggling to get by. As we get closer to the end of the year, however, there are signs of encouragement and reasons to believe that an upturn may finally be under way. One ...
My column appears every other Tuesday. The last time it fell on Christmas Day was 2001. The headline was, "Gift of a child is the reason for Christmas."
This column was a favorite of my friend, Otis Brumby, Jr., publisher of the Marietta Daily Journal and Neighbor Newspapers, who passed away earlier this year. It is dedicated to his memory.
By golly, they did it. The Gainesville Red Elephants can finally lay claim to being state football champions. And it wasn't even close. The Class AAAAA title came via a 49-13 thumping of Ware County this past Saturday at the Georgia Dome. This, after having gotten to the state finals six other times only to come out the bridesmaid.
Every industrialized nation recognizes that to remain competitive, it must have an educated population and therefore invest heavily in higher education. Our system of supporting higher education has caused us to push students away from studying mathematics and science, left us facing a debt bubble and has become a drain on economic recovery.
If you're looking for examples of political corruption in our great state, you can find them at the Capitol or at many county courthouses without a lot of effort.
As much as the establishment GOP would like for the "social" (I prefer "moral") issues to go away, liberals simply won't allow it. But contrary to GOP establishment beliefs, this is not a bad thing.
It is no secret that for the Facebook generation in this era of endlessly evolving technology and aggressively casual communication, there are no secrets.
The Republican Party delegates who gathered in Athens for their annual state convention heard a cautionary message from Gov. Nathan Deal about the future of the GOP.
The surest way for sin to prosper is for a culture to stop calling it sin. Given the rapidly decaying culture in the U.S., I could proceed in a myriad of directions following such a conclusion. However, in America the foremost example of the rotten fruit born of neglected sin is Kermit Gosnell.
David Pennington, the mayor of Dalton, is making noises about challenging incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal in the 2014 Republican primary.
This week, I have my first opportunity to cast a vote to repeal Obamacare. While I have been working to stop Obamacare since I came to Congress, including my efforts to pass the Defund Obamacare Act with fellow Georgia Rep. Tom Graves, I'm looking forward to fulfilling my promise to support full repeal on the House floor.
Until last week, Georgia had been one of only three remaining states that put absolutely no limits on how much money lobbyists could spend to influence the passage or defeat of legislation in a General Assembly session.
During the 2013 session, the Georgia legislature tackled a variety of issues ranging from the budget to ethics reform. One of the most notable debates revolved around whether Georgia should take action in correcting our northern boundary line along the Tennessee River.
Last week, NPR announced that a bullet had been successfully fired from a plastic gun. The big news is this: The gun came from a 3-D printer. So much for gun control, for background checks and any other measure to reduce the number of easily available handguns in the nation.
This is the story of courage. This is a story of tenacity. This is the story of Hill Daniel.
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