After too long an absence, I finally returned to sacred ground at the University of Georgia. For all my babbling about my love for UGA, I have not felt welcomed there for several years.
It is refreshing to see that so many liberals have discovered their moral compass. In their lust to claim the moral high ground over conservatives, along with their lust to discredit the previous administration and all of its conservative policies (and to prosecute as many of them as possible), liberals have decided that the "torture" of three al-Qaida figures in 2002 and 2003 is the issue with which to pursue their desired ends.
The lessons to be learned from the U.S. practice of torture by the Bush-Cheney administration are basically threefold:
U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal stepped up in front of several hundred supporters Friday morning in Gainesville to declare that he too will run for governor next year, a decision that probably closes out the field of candidates in the Republican primary.
Suppose you woke up one bright morning and you were no longer an American. You were a documented Georgian or Southerner, but no longer a citizen of the United States.
Have you ever had two friends - or relatives perhaps, people you really cared about - who simply couldn't get along with each other, two people who seemed determined to misunderstand and misinterpret everything the other said? Sad, isn't it?
Life is a staircase with a number of landings where you stop climbing and just rest before continuing the journey of living.
I've been writing community columns for the Times for more than eight years. Some pieces seem to write themselves. I pour a cup of coffee, sit down with the laptop and an hour or two later I have a community column to zap over to The Times.
Out of the many e-mails that were zinging around Georgia's political community last week, one in particular caught my eye.
Three people were shot to death Saturday in Athens, and three others were wounded. A UGA professor was being sought as the killer. I was mildly surprised to hear the news before I switched the TV to "Cops" to watch the San Diego police collar hapless derelicts.
Hall County lost two giants, both longtime friends, since last I wrote.
I miss the heck out of Zell Miller. I wish he would come back and straighten out the mess under the Gold Dome. And he could, too.
Just when you thought you had the next governor's race all figured out, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle decides to mess everything up.
If I were a gambling man, I'd bet a wad, even at this early date, on Secretary of State Karen Handel to win the Republican primary for governor next year.
"What did he know, and when did he know it?"
With all of the attack ads running on TV this election season, Georgians have no doubt had their fill of pessimism and negativity.
Human nature has changed little over time, but human behavior has. We no longer burn heretics at the stake or torture animals for sport ... well, not the way we did in the past. At least today we pay lip service to social justice and the rule of law.
As a father and a school superintendent, I have an extremely personal interest in the state of our schools. I also have a great respect for the democratic process: the opportunity for vigorous debate and the potential created by new and innovative ideas.
I have asked the two major gubernatorial candidates to talk to Georgia public school teachers about their respective education platforms.
It's looking more and more possible that voters will have to return to the ballot box after the general election.
If I die anytime soon - and I have no plans to do so at the moment - please see that the first paragraph of my obituary reads, "He was past president of the University of Georgia National Alumni Association." You can save for later paragraphs the part about my being often mistaken for Brad Pitt and my uncanny ability to put commas where they don't belong.
It's been said that fall is the Southerner's reward for surviving summer. I believe that with all my heart. Autumn is my favorite season, the one I look toward with almost giddy anticipation.
With all of the focus on campaigns for governor and senator, it's easy to overlook the fact there are other statewide races on the ballot for November.
I just hung up on another perfectly nice volunteer asking me to send money to a political cause I wholly support. I also dumped a half dozen unopened letters from worthwhile organizations into the recycle bin. I've contributed to some of these groups for over 40 years.
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