Opinion

Whenever you meet a “baby boomer” from our area, a few questions always come up. “Where did you go to school?” “Do you remember the big blizzard?” And, this one: “Were you ever on the Bob Brandy Show?”

Due to our unique geographical isolation we Americans have been relatively free from foreign military threats throughout most of our history. Thus, we haven’t had to bear the expense and political risks of maintaining a large professional standing army as have most other major world powers.

It’s a mixed bag of proposals for the General Assembly this session, facing the challenges of holding down spending while considering measures to cut taxes and to increase revenues by closing a tax loophole.

This summer, Oliver and I traveled to Maine for vacation, but when you are in real estate, you are never far away from your work. In our industry, we are always a phone call, text or email away. As some have said, today’s cell phones can be a blessing or a curse. You can work from anywhere n…

When autocratic leaders are having trouble on the domestic front, they often invent foreign threats to detract the electorate from their inability to cope with the real problems at home.

Georgia’s newly appointed U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler began her term in office with a big question hanging over her future: Will popular Congressman Doug Collins challenge her in November’s special election for the final two years of former Sen. Johnny Isakson’s term ending in 2023?

My late grandmother, Yvonne Nuhrah, was an Avon lady extraordinaire. She perfected what we kids and grandkids dubbed “the Avon walk.” Though standing only a bit over five feet tall, when she started around the neighborhood with any of us in tow, her feet seemed to take on a Roadrunner whirli…

New year’s “resolutions and goals” have been set, if you set them. Now what? Did you start them? Did you continue for the first two weeks of the year, but find yourself already falling short in your goal if not a total failure already?

Every now and then, someone will treat me like I’m a big deal. Now, you and I both know I am not a big deal. But, because I’m on TV in my town, it’s not unusual for someone to make a fuss. I always thank them, because I appreciate the kind words.

With a presidential election coming up in November, it is again time for right-wing propagandists to trot out their “Welfare Queen” stories. These are tales of whopping budget deficits caused by government handouts to able-bodied people who won’t work. These payments are, of course, blamed f…

I had a unicorn in church today. Not a four-legged, mythical kind of unicorn, mind you, but a two-legged unicorn in a pretty pink dress. She came twirling up onto the platform to greet me as she, and most of our other young kids in church, do each week. She had a unicorn headband on, with a …

I came across this recently, which I wrote six years ago. The only thing I will add is that it doesn’t matter what the movement or activity is. Whether walking, running, swimming or cycling, I find the connections with God, friends and the community of people I “move” with. In each activity,…

Confession is good for the soul, so they say. What better place to confess than right here, for all to see?

Gadzooks! Can it really be 2020? That sounds more like what I wish my vision was than an actual year. Wasn’t it only yesterday when we sat holding our breath awaiting Y2K and wondering if all the computers in the world would go crazy and die? The only thing that happened was that a bunch of …

The record-setting $738 billion national defense bill signed into law before Christmas creates the Space Force proposed by President Trump, provides a pay raise for troops, 12 weeks of paid parental leave for federal workers and the largest budget ever for the Veterans Administration plus mu…

For as far back as I can remember the Republicans have claimed the U.S. economy always performs better under their administrations. And probably from the constant repetition, many people have come to believe it. But this is totally at odds with the economic records, which are readily accessi…

I suppose I knew that I was stressed and in need of a break, but it was not until I sat on the steps overlooking the water, feeling the cool air of the night, that I even began to understand just how fully that was true. Dana and I both have worked way too many hours in the past year; harder…

Conservative Christians are fond of the adage WWJD — What Would Jesus Do? A good question during the Christmas season is HWJV — How Would Jesus Vote?

The House of Representatives impeached President Bill Clinton on Dec. 19, 1998. It was a Saturday. The votes, in which two articles of impeachment passed, were held around mid-day. By 3 p.m., the House had named its impeachment managers and physically delivered the articles to the Senate for trial.

A recent poll found that Donald Trump still commands a 69 percent approval rating from the white evangelical-fundamentalist community. Down a bit from a previous high of 78 percent, this still represents a commanding majority.

This is one of the two seasons of the year that people take lots of pictures, with the top two seasons being Christmas and summer vacation. The pictures at Christmas people like to share and to keep of the family. This is the time when most families have some type of reunion of the family co…

I have a Christmas story for you. I am sharing, with permission, an excerpt from one of the best Christmas columns I have ever read, written by Mark Evanier. Mr. Evanier is a Los Angeles-based writer who has inspired me for many years.

According to a Washington Post article, in his first 400 days in office President Donald Trump issued more than 2,400 false or misleading statements. That might be stretching it a bit, but he told some whoppers.

Ok, it is coming close to the end of the year, but it doesn’t mean we stop. It just means we start thinking about what we want to do next year, in the “new year,” in the next phase of life or in the next season.

Former national security adviser John Bolton shook up the Trump impeachment standoff recently with his announcement that, if subpoenaed, he is “prepared to testify” before a Senate trial. It’s still not clear, of course, when or even if a trial might occur, since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi i…

Gov. Brian Kemp took a calculated risk in appointing Atlanta businesswoman Kelly Loeffler to fill the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, for next year, giving her an incumbent’s advantage for the November 2020 election to the remaining two years of the senator’s term. Kemp…

The thing about Joe Biden, as the all-important, ultimately trivial Iowa caucuses loom, is that hardly anybody seriously dislikes him. Not really. Oh, it’s possible to find dissenters here and there, mainly people who affix slogans such as “neo-liberal” and who think that people who disagree…