Opinion

By the time Riley, our faithful mutt of questionable heritage, had turned ten, he had gotten very grumpy. Not with any of us, mind you, not even with any people, but with any other dog that happened by. Not wanting him to manage to hurt anyone else’s dog, I made the hard decision to sentence…

You can blame it on AutoCorrect, Spell Check, voice-activated text, or just a lack of spelling skills, but social media continues to be a bottomless pit of unintentional laughs. Here is my latest batch of Facebook foul-ups, with my comments in parentheses.

The American fundamentalist and Pentecostal religious movements began shortly before the turn of the twentieth century. Protestant fundamentalism was much stronger in the South while the earliest Pentecostals, in addition to their southern origins, also had roots in California.

My smile was forced and my voice, though I determined to make it pleasant, had to have sounded strained nonetheless. I had just made my first attempt ever at 350 pounds on the bench press. My strength had taken a good leap forward over the previous few weeks, and I was very certain that I co…

By the time this column goes to press Christmas will come and gone, and thus I am not worried about potentially ruining the surprises Dana and I have in store for our daughters. This year we were able to fill two of the biggest wishes our daughters have had for a good while now. But it is th…

Many people have described 2018 as a terrible year. According to the latest polls, the only thing Americans agree on is that Americans do not agree on anything. At the top of that list is The Wall. This was also the year there seemed to be much confusion about whether America’s former enemie…

When most believers thank a higher power for the people in their lives, a mental list begins to form. It can include children, a spouse, parents, and siblings. The list naturally lengthens to extended family and friends.

Gov.-elect Brian Kemp has named his legislative floor leaders for the General Assembly, a lineup strengthened by carryovers from outgoing Gov. Deal’s administration to push the new governor’s agenda when the 2019 session opens in January.

Before we get too judgmental and self-righteous over Saudi Arabia’s recent murder and dismemberment of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi, we might remember that these Middle-Eastern Muslim people are several centuries behind us on their cultural and ethical journey. And the historical record of our…

This year marked the 25th anniversary of Solitaire card game that is included in Windows. Microsoft has promoted this milestone. Solitaire was originally put in the original Windows as an easy and enjoyable way to learn to use the mouse, which back then was an entirely new concept. It was free.

Luke 2:1-7 says, “And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up fro…

Recently, a manager who works with a chain of retail stores asked me for an honest opinion. He said one of his store’s competitors seemed to get more favorable mentions on social media, and he was concerned about losing a chunk of his business. “What are they doing that we aren’t doing?” he …

Parenting reality, part one: It is all but inevitable that after rattling off a list of provocative, sociopathic stuff his or her child is doing and usually has been doing for quite some time, a parent will say, “But he’s a really good kid.” How’s that? How is it that a child who is belliger…

My recent conversation with Gov. Nathan Deal covered a lot of ground. In last week’s column, we talked about some of his accomplishments over the past eight years of which he is most proud, including criminal justice reform that is a model for the nation. We talked about the HOPE Grant, a sc…

Georgia’s elections are finally over with Republicans turning back threats from Democrats to hold the secretary of state’s office and a Public Service Commission seat. It’s still an all-Republican lineup in statewide offices after Tuesday’s runoff elections.

Five Eyes is a group of intelligence agencies from five western nations including the USA, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada that was initially founded many years ago and kept secret to share intelligence between the nations, originally with the Cold War.

“This year at Christmas, do more than you have ever done before for those who have nothing to offer in return. Tend to the homeless, the shut-ins, the special needs, the elderly, the poor. … Take Christmas to where it is needed most.”

One of the funniest episodes of the old TV show “Happy Days” involved super-cool Fonzie having to admit he was wrong about something. He couldn’t even say the word. “I was…wrrr…” He just couldn’t do it.

For the record, I believe in the concept of public (aka, taxpayer-funded, government, “free”) schools. I attended public schools and obtained an excellent education that challenged my intellect and imparted a broad understanding of the world and my place in it. I am forever grateful to my te…

Here are some ideas to create Christmas traditions that'll turn into family memories you'll cherish for the rest of your lives.

In 1953 Gayla Peavey warbled out “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas.” In 1961 Alvin and the Chipmunks made the much more modest request that all they wanted for Christmas were two front teeth. In 1994 Mariah Carey shot for the moon, requesting an actual human being for Christmas.

Why do you think you have a problem with being organized? Has the problem been with you for as long as you can remember? Could it be genetic? Does it seem to you some people are just born organized and some aren't, and you're one that isn't and you wish you were?

My wife is the middle child of her parents, having both an older sister and a younger brother. Having gotten to know them all very well through the years, I can tell you with utter certainty that they are all very different one from another. Their temperaments are different, their mannerisms…

You often hear people discussing about security with computers and also about cyber-security. I teach courses in security and cyber-security, with the new program I am teaching being cyber-security. The question many people have is what is cyber-security and is it different than computer security?

The property owners in Walker County have received their tax bills due by 12/20/18. The line “Public Health Facility & Serv” is the thinly veiled “Erlanger Tax”. It is for the 2011 debt, secured by Walker and Catoosa counties for Erlanger to run Hutcheson.

Any mention of Thanksgiving — which I am about to mention — must first include a caveat that no one ever has or ever will write a Thanksgiving column like Furman Bisher, the late and great sports editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He owns that category like Ray Charles Robinson, of …

Our president has been diagnosed by some mental health experts as having a narcissistic personality disorder. This is based on his obvious self-absorption, compulsive behavior, near-intuitive lying and loose association with reality.

I finally got to hang out with the Beach Boys, well, two of them anyway. Mike Love, who co-founded the group with his cousins Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson in 1961, owns the name “Beach Boys” and was lead singer on many of the group’s classic hits. These days, he tours with Bruce Johnston (w…

The lady cornered me after I spoke to her church group. “I have a question,” she said. “You’re on the news. Maybe you know the answer.”

I grew up with Catholic kids, many of whom attended Catholic schools staffed in those days entirely by a priests and nuns. But I never recall even one of them telling of being sexually abused by a member of the clergy.

I sat bewildered at my desk as I held the head in my hands. It was about three-quarters the size of a real head and made of very heavy wood. My uncle had brought it to me wondering if I could identify it. He had found it among my late grandfather’s possessions.

It has become fashionable in certain quasi-intellectual circles to cite religion as the major cause of the world’s armed conflicts, including the recent wars and terrorist attacks.