Grant and join me, if you will, in a little personal celebration. It means a lot to me to realize that during the two weeks since my last column, I completed 50 consecutive years of writing a personal column in Gainesville newspapers. This came during my 53rd year as a working journalist here. I complete this 53rd year Sept. 10.
On May 30, Brenau University and an array of community volunteers will present a cultural feast - a professional barbecue-cooking competition for teams from around the South. For side dishes, there will be local cookers in it only for bragging rights, bluegrass bands and a host of other attractions that will contribute to a spring festival atmosphere.
Since Brenau University probably is better known for its genteel, tradition-laden Women's College where white-frocks young ladies still frolic around a May pole, the cutting-edge liberal arts institution that could be the home of a future medical school, the home of an opera ...
April 12, 2009|
By Jim Barco
I heard that former Clinton White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers was coming to Atlanta to keynote a conference with an eye-glazing title: "Possible Woman Conference: Power, Promise and Possibilities," to take place April 21 at the Georgia World Congress Center.
The proposed subject of her talk intrigued me: "Why Women Should Rule the World." Dumb me. I thought women already did.
April 11, 2009|
If you have lived in North Georgia for any amount of time, you probably have a picture in your mind of James and Francis Mathis. Most likely, you would picture them as they tirelessly pulled in harness toward some civic goal to benefit our community.
April 06, 2009|
By James C. "Bimbo" Brewer
The main symbols of the two political parties in the U.S. are the donkey for the Democratic Party and the elephant for the Republican Party. Both appear to have been made popular by political cartoonist Thomas Nast in the 1870s.
I have read with surprise and interest the articles in The Times regarding Rep. Carl Rogers' bill to hold a nonbinding referendum on the question as to whether the chairman of the Gainesville Board of Education should be elected citywide. I currently serve as chairman of the Gainesville Board of Education, and as you would expect, this issue is very much of interest to me.
April 05, 2009|
By R. David Syfan
Gainesville School Board chairman
We are four months into the new year, and I have heard nary a public peep from President-for-Life Jimmy Carter, our Ambassador to Outer Space Cynthia McKinney or noted land baron Ted "Buffalo Boy" Turner.
April 04, 2009|
A couple of weeks ago, a good friend received a phone call. When she hung up, it was obvious something was wrong. She said her stepdaughter had called to tell her that there had been a warning on "the news" announcing there was going to be a gang initiation at Wal-Mart that night and three women were going to be shot.
April 03, 2009|
The General Assembly is taking some heat in the media this year for having one of its least productive sessions ever, in terms of addressing issues that really affect the lives of Georgians. Legislators still have one last shot at redeeming themselves in the closing days, however.
April 02, 2009|
Remember "The Rat," a giant Godzilla-like creature that stalked the Georgia TV-scape nearly 10 years ago? The monster - - a guy in a rat suit - starred in the darnedest political commercial Georgia had ever seen. The rat gobbled up everything in sight. He even ate the Capitol. The year was 2002.
State Rep. Carl Rogers is taking a lot of local heat he may not deserve. That's not to say that some points made by local elected officials aren't perfectly valid. The opposite sides could be enlightening if personal sensibilities which must have been offended would permit. Let's elaborate.
I have a way to cut the state's $2 billion deficit significantly while keeping members of the General Assembly, the state's constitutional officers and assorted bureaucrats busy doing something meaningful for a change. Impossible, you say? Hear me out.
March 28, 2009|
Georgia's lawmakers have always been willing to approve tax breaks for the state's business leaders and special interests, but they have really stepped on the gas since Republicans took control of the House and Senate four years ago.
March 26, 2009|
Now that the General Assembly has adjourned for the year and all of the bills have either been signed or vetoed, what lessons can we take away from this latest legislative session? I can think of a few.
I live in one of those semi-upscale, semi-planned Northeast Georgia neighborhoods where large houses sit hip-to-hip on relatively small lots and where all the lawns are semi-perfectly manicured and all the children are, well, absolutely perfect (just ask their parents).
May 10, 2015|
By Ron Martz