To Nicholas Wansley; Brian and Thomas Yarbrough:
Every so often I find myself outside a mall or multiplex near a clutch of teenagers. They're usually just a little too loud, a little too pierced, a little too tattooed. At least half of them are smoking and the language that filters over to me is, well, colorful. There's a shriek that could be hilarity or alarm. It's hard to tell. I keep moving.
One of the advantages of being more than $2 billion in the hole is that it forces you to prioritize and focus on the things that really matter.
I remember when ...
In 1945, I was 13, and World War II was coming to an end. Our family lived in New Jersey, a 30-minute train ride from New York City where my father worked at the Bell Laboratories.
The dispute between Israel and its Muslim neighbors is very complex and dates back about 4,000 years. According to the Bible (and parts of the Quran), Abram (later renamed Abraham) was a successful family man living around 2,000 B.C. in what is now Iraq.
As our economy has softened, it is not surprising that most of us find ourselves playing the same part in an all too familiar play, "more month than dollars."
All is stopped, and with the economy in this state of paralysis, I feel compelled to outline the current situation and comment on what will be necessary to resolve the stalemate.
When he retired as the commander of the Georgia National Guard in 2007, David Poythress could look back on a long and honorable career in military and government service. He had been Georgia's secretary of state and labor commissioner, as well as an unsuccessful candidate for governor.
As 2009 dawns, the next cycle of Georgia politics is coming into view. We already have seen coverage of the budding race for governor, with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine preparing to run for the Republican nomination.
Let's pick up the continuing analysis of the presidential election. The deliberate campaign to discredit the president for political purposes, a discussion we started last time, had a huge overall effect.
It doesn't take much to get me bragging about Georgia, if for no other reason than it irritates loud-talking Yankees who move here and look down their noses at us even though you couldn't get them to move back north with an ice axe and a snow shovel.
In order to keep you up-to-date on the major issues facing our state, it is imperative that I be fully conversant on those issues.
My daughter, an English teacher, says that every possible permutation of the human condition has been addressed by William Shakespeare. She's probably right. I just don't know if he had poor little Adolph Hitler Campbell in mind when he wrote, "What's in a name?"
New Year's has always been one of my favorite holidays. I like the idea of closure. Ringing out the old as you ring in the new is about as perfect a closure as you can get.
No joke. There really is a Flat Earth Society. Conspiracy theorists are everywhere these days, but I really did think the idea of a flat earth died out years ago, especially after our astronauts took those beautiful photos of our planet from their space capsules. But then the flat earth people say that too is a conspiracy, a hoax by NASA.
My father-in-law would sometimes tell of a story of an obituary he read once.
As predicted in this space a few weeks ago, there is compromise legislation pending in the General Assembly regarding the Common Core curriculum, the controversial program which seeks to establish consistent education standards across the country.
I came of age in the 1970s. Carole King composed the soundtrack to my early college years. And not just mine, it appears. Her 1971 album, "Tapestry" is, even to this day, one of the best-selling albums of all time.
It is getting more and more difficult to exclude people who may look or believe a little differently than you.
It was like deja vu all over again.
The Cherokee County Republican Party has a blurb on its website about Rep. Sam Moore, who won the 22nd District ouse seat earlier this month following the death of veteran lawmaker Calvin Hill. Among other tidbits about Moore are his hobbies, including this: "Playing jokes … watch out. You have been warned!"
It was a spectacle you seldom see during a legislative session.
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