Public perceptions are difficult to work with. Erroneous public perceptions are not only difficult; they are dangerous, especially when they become the foundation for bad public policy.
Lordy, I upset some Georgia Tech fans a couple of weeks ago by poking fun at their all-night Welcoming Event and Brand Alignment hootenanny on Nov. 1. One reader told me that students no longer use slide rules at Tech, as I had implied. I suppose that means they've also given up the T-Squares they used to wear on their belts like pistols.
I have been writing for The Times for more than seven years. It has been a good relationship, and they have never refused to publish anything I sent, nor have they made more than minor edits, but there is always a first. The Times decided that my column for Sept. 25 was offensive, and they pulled it. Interestingly enough, this was one day after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, ...
Don't be surprised to look up one day soon and see Brian Nichols a free man, playing golf with his lawyers at the Capital City Club. Or you might spot him tooling through Buckhead on a Harley with O.J.
Count me among those who thought -- and still think -- it was worthwhile in our free, democratic society for Columbia University to invite Iran's mystifying president to speak while attending a session of the United Nations.
On Thursday evening, Nov. 1, Georgia Tech, my third favorite team in the whole wide world (UGA is first, anybody playing Tech is second, you can figure out the rest) meets Virginia Tech at Grant Field in Atlanta.
Sen. Saxby Chambliss called the other day to update me, and you, on a number of issues currently ricocheting around Washington, including continued federal funding for the State Children's Insurance Program, known in Georgia as PeachCare.
When backed into a corner, global warming skeptics admit that yes, it is getting hotter, and yes, human activity has something to do with it, but they still insist that taking steps to halt climate change would cost too much. Regulating automotive emissions or mandating pollution controls at coal-fired power plants would jeopardize the economy.
I have seldom seen so many people hot about water. Almost overnight, water conservation ranks right up there with banning gay marriages, abolishing the IRS and stopping the spread of children's health care as leading topics for fist-shaking argument.
War is a disease to which humanity falls prey. By its very nature war is destructive, dehumanizing and an unmitigated evil, yet we succumb to it over and over again.
If you have tuned in to see who is going to get sledge-hammered this week, the answer is no one.
Recently, as I was being trained as a volunteer for Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, I was introduced to the idea of making an ethical will. Here is my draft ethical will.
In January 1980, I took a group of college students on a study tour of the Soviet Union. While we were in the air over the Atlantic, President Carter announced that the United States would not participate in the Olympics scheduled to be held in the USSR that summer. He did this in protest of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in late 1979,
Though it is difficult for me to accept, I turn 80 this month, having been born in 1927, exactly 80 years back.
For nearly 35 years, United Way has enjoyed a partnership with the National Football League making it the longest running sports and charity collaboration in history.
It was as ugly as a wart hog, but for the 11th time in the past 12 years, 38th of the past 50 and 65th out of 108, the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South has bested You-Know-Where Institute of Technology for the State Football Championship, 41-34.
There's an old joke that goes, "a bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it."
As of this writing, six world powers have reached an agreement with Iran that would prevent that country from developing nuclear weapons.
Knock! Knock! Knock!
When it comes to holidays, I've always preferred Thanksgiving to Christmas.
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