It is flattering to have readers tell me I should run for public office. There are also an equal number of adoring fans that say I should stick my head in a bucket of tar. But that is a topic for another day.
Life is at times whonkeejawed. Now, this is a term I have heard my entire life. Only recently did I discover that not everyone is familiar with the word "whonkeejawed."
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.
It was as ugly as a wart hog, but for the 11th time in the past 12 years, 38th of the past 50 and 65th out of 108, the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South has bested You-Know-Where Institute of Technology for the State Football Championship, 41-34.
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.
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