The evil of fear and hatred are not the sole province of extremists like Muslim militants, violent anti-abortionists and white supremacists. Understanding this fact in no way excuses or justifies the horrific acts committed by such criminals. The problem is, most of us fail to see through the camouflage of such poisonous and high-profile acts, and understand the subtleties of hatred occurring daily among ordinary folks.
June 19, 2009|
By Harold Lott
Our granddaughter's school requires all eighth-grade students to study the Old Testament. The course is called World Religions, but the text comes from the Bible. In high school, students study the New Testament.
The United States' oldest overseas military post, Guantanamo Naval Base (or "Gitmo") on the southeastern coast of Cuba, does not rest on property belonging to the United States. The actual owner of that territory legally is Cuba. We rent it from Cuba at a cost of $2,000 per year, according to the Lease Agreement signed in 1903.
Some recent articles in the press have addressed a proposal for merging the University System of Georgia's two-year colleges with the state's technical colleges. There have been many opinions expressed but no in-depth study or explanation of the potential results of such an action. It is a shame that such an important public policy issue is being politicized, when the focus should be on education and students.
June 14, 2009|
By Martha T. Nesbitt
Whoa! Whoa! Hold on a second. Yes, I know former Gov. Roy Barnes has announced that he is running again in 2010, but before all the political pundits, pollsters and press folk give him the job, there is the little matter of getting elected first. It is called democracy, and that is where the people - you and I - come in.
June 13, 2009|
To teachers: Congratulations on completing - no, make that "surviving" - another year in Georgia's public schools. As some of you know, I have a son and a son-in-law who are high school science teachers. I don't know why they - and you - do it.
June 06, 2009|
As a judge, Sonia Sotomayor's record has been exemplary. When you look at the facts in this case, only those with personal or political agendas would conclude that race and activism are factors in her decision making.
June 05, 2009|
By Harold Lott
The retirement of Supreme Court Justice David Souter, and the appointment by President Barack Obama of Judge Sonia Sotomayor as Souter's replacement, again brings to the forefront one of the most powerful roles that a U.S. president plays.
June 04, 2009|
There is an elephant in the room, something large and looming. Something we all know is there but don't want to talk about. It's called nuclear Armageddon or sometimes just "The Bomb," and unless you are over 65, you have lived in its shadow all your life.
The Palmetto Pipeline will be one of the largest and most expensive infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Georgia. The underground pipeline will have the capacity to transport about 150,000 barrels of gasoline, diesel fuel and ethanol each day along a 360-mile route that starts in Belton, S.C., moves southward and crosses the Savannah River near Augusta, and then proceeds to city of Savannah.
April 29, 2015|
The older I get, the less I understand. I've learned that emotion trumps facts and figures when it comes to human behavior, but I don't understand the "why" behind much of that behavior. I don't understand downright meanness.