Looking around for something appropriate to say as our nation celebrates its 223rd birthday, I happened to run across an old clipping in my files from Eugene Methvin, one of the finest journalists ever from the state of Georgia.
Given that we are on the doorstep of Independence Day, I thought this the appropriate time again to deal with the true heritage of this great nation. This is especially true in light of President Barack Obama again declaring that America is not a Christian nation.
Georgia's recession has put state government in the same position as a penny-pinching old geezer, the kind who searches under the sofa cushions for lost dimes and quarters or cashes in that jar of pennies he's been hoarding.
The bumper sticker read, "Not Fooled By The Media." I lacked the nerve to track down the owner of the car and ask exactly what he meant by it.
A question being discussed in classrooms and living rooms across the nation is this: Is America on a path to socialism?
I want you Tech people to giggle and guffaw and get it out of your system, and then we aren't going to talk about it anymore.
You've seen the commercial, I'm sure. A father spent four weekends building a treehouse for his children only to find them playing cards and watching DVDs in the family's Toyota minivan. They're oblivious to his excitement, telling him, "We're good here" and return to their card game as the father closes the van door and walks dejectedly away.
The State Transportation Board has elected yet another commissioner for that troubled agency: state Rep. Vance Smith, R-Pine Mountain, a person who has some expertise in highway construction because his family-owned business did a lot of road grading back in Harris County.
First an update on next month's car show in the Days Inn parking lot. More local cars have entered. More importantly for our community is the sponsors have decided to donate all net proceeds to the Hall County Humane Society. The number to call to enter your classic or antique vehicle is 678-316-6108.
It's just a fact of life that not all biological fathers are dads and not all dads are biological fathers.
Hard to believe, but some people actually get their knickers in a wad over observations that emanate from this space. After a careful analysis of critical comments (insert joke here), I have decided that the vast number of complainants suffer from a serious case of humor deficiency.
The evil of fear and hatred are not the sole province of extremists like Muslim militants, violent anti-abortionists and white supremacists. Understanding this fact in no way excuses or justifies the horrific acts committed by such criminals. The problem is, most of us fail to see through the camouflage of such poisonous and high-profile acts, and understand the subtleties of hatred occurring daily among ordinary folks.
Oh, the irony. What if, after all the "empathetic" editorializing by liberals in Washington and the media, Sonia Sotomayor turns out to be on the "right" side of the abortion issue?
The rains finally came this year, even if not on a biblical scale, and environmental officials in state government now proclaim that Georgia's historic drought has officially "ended."
Our granddaughter's school requires all eighth-grade students to study the Old Testament. The course is called World Religions, but the text comes from the Bible. In high school, students study the New Testament.
The state of Georgia's Juvenile Justice System is going to the dogs. And that's a good thing.
Georgia's elected leaders agree the most pressing issue right now is the state's transportation system.
When I came to Georgia in 1955, it was a one-party state. The Democrats were the only game in town. After 1964, when Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Right Act, he told Bill Moyers he'd just delivered the South to the Republicans for the next 50 years. He was right.
My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!)
Gov. Nathan Deal's office released his state budget for fiscal year 2016 late last week, and if you work your way through the numbers in the document you will see a significant turning point in recent state history.
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