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.
I read recently in the Atlanta newspaper that our intrepid public servants just keep on going - on trips, that is.
Most Georgia voters don't know a lot about Michelle Nunn, aside from the fact that she has a father, Sam, who was a U.S. senator for 24 years.
This month, I begin my 16th year as a syndicated newspaper columnist in Georgia. Time flies when you are having fun and I am having a ball. I hope you are, too.
In an attempt to reform education, we are moving toward more intense scrutiny of teachers. This makes sense, as teachers are the largest factor behind a child's learning while in the classroom. Unfortunately, the way it is being done, with yet more testing, will only work to destroy teachers' morale while further replacing instruction days with testing days.
For many decades, Georgia Power has been the 800-pound gorilla in state politics. Whatever the utility giant wanted, it usually got. Those things would include billion-dollar rate increases, the election of a favored candidate for governor, or the passage of a bill by the legislature. Georgia Power has been able to do this in large part because of a Public Service Commission that has been more of a rubber stamp than a regulatory commission. The ...
What do we mean when we say someone is an "enabler?" It's one of those word we bandy about when we observe addictive behavior in a family or social setting. It's usually about alcohol or drugs, but can be almost any self-destructive habit. We see enabling in other people but deny that we do it ourselves. It works like this: Dad drinks too much. Mom pops pills. Their teenager is on street drugs, but it's ...
One of the most dangerous things to be in America today is a young black male. Contrary to what the race pimps and publicity prostitutes (Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, et al) would have you to believe, this has very little (if anything) to do with racism. Permit me an informative illustration.
After much posturing, the General Assembly passed a sleeves-out-of-their-vest piece of legislation on lobbying reform in the last session and wants us to believe they have answered our concerns.
Celebrity chef Paula Deen was professionally lynched for having once used a racist epithet at home 30 years ago when referring to the black man who robbed her at gunpoint. This came in a legal deposition prompted by an extortionist $1.25 million discrimination lawsuit filed by a white female former employee who admitted she hadn't heard Ms. Deen use racist language. Shortly before filing suit, the same woman even wrote to thank Deen for the ...
If you believe that a vigorous discussion of the issues is important to our political system, then you have to give a big thanks to Dalton Mayor David Pennington.
There is no way I could produce such pithy and thought-provoking essays each week without the help of my columnist commandos. These folks are my private information-gathering experts. They can go anywhere and find out anything. They are the masters of disguise.
Major league baseball players will be taking a midseason break for the All Star game, so we'll take our own midseason break and catch up on developments in some of the stories highlighted in earlier columns.
Could the first Man be a woman? I'm not referring to Mitochondrial Eve, a female who lived approximately 200,000 years ago and was so named because mitochondrial DNA is passed intact from the mother to her offspring without the normal genetic recombination that occurs at fertilization. This makes Mitochondrial Eve a direct-line ancestor of every woman living today, but not the first fully human woman. Similarly Y-chromosomal Adam, a male who lived as much as ...
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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