I got called a "liberal" the other day by a reader in Cherokee County who doesn't think much of my opinions and suggested "Someone should retire his word processor."
It all started with my friend Joan's Facebook post. It read: "This Labor Day, let's salute American corporations for keeping the Chinese gainfully employed."
Now that Labor Day is behind us, the political tradition is that this is when a presidential campaign really begins.
I'll be 80 this month. At this age I can look back and pinpoint the various times when scientific theories moved from speculation to established fact. For example, I was in the anthropology department at Georgia State when plate tectonics was formally accepted by the world's leading geophysicists.
Liberals love to talk about rape - at least those who are apologists for the abortion industry do.
I was in the middle of preparing a PowerPoint presentation for you on why House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, needs a campaign war chest of $356,415.19 to run unopposed for re-election in his district.
The members of the Senate Ethics Committee have finally settled ethics complaints filed against one of their fellow lawmakers, state Sen. Don Balfour, R-Snellville.
My wife, Janie, came early in life to her love of poetry and reading, a gift from her grandmother, Cora Lee Stull Blakeman. "Granny," who attended a one-room school in the Appalachian section of Kentucky, could recite scores of poems "by heart," by the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Walt Whitman.
I knew it was going to get ugly, but I didn't know it would get this bad this quickly. I am talking about the constitutional amendment on charter schools to be voted on in November that asks, "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?" Dr. John Barge, Georgia state school superintendent, opposes the amendment. House Majority Whip Edward Lindsey, ...
When I got up last Wednesday morning and logged onto the Times' website, I'd planned on skimming through the election results and then heading off to work. Then I saw the headline: "Library system cuts hours, closes on weekends."
Consider this bit of folly when pondering government's role in health care. Recently, while waiting in line at a local convenience store, I curiously scanned the prices displayed on the rack of cigarettes behind the register.
Between now and Nov. 6, you will hear a lot about the charter school constitutional amendment that's on the general election ballot.
What are your core values? You're going to be asked this a lot as we approach Election Day. Think carefully before you answer. What motivates you? What do you hold dear? What institutions or beliefs are basic to your life and well being?
Are you sitting down, dear reader? House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, has announced that he will propose a full ban on gifts from lizard-loafered lobbyists in the next session.
It didn't receive much attention in the state's media outlets, but it's worth noting that the T-SPLOST sales tax campaign saw a major change in the framing of the most basic political question of all: Should taxes ever be increased?
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.
Over time, I've fallen into a morning routine that has become invariable. I wake up, feed the animals, make coffee, read the headlines on gainesvilletimes.com and then log on to Facebook.
It's no secret that politicians often make mistakes - a lot of them.
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