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For the past six years, Rob Philyaw has seen what most of us will never see. He has heard stories we will never hear. The Hamilton County (TN) Juvenile Court Judge conducts hearings behind closed doors to protect the identity of children. But that does not prevent him from speaking out about…

The Mexicans, of course, come here for jobs. But many of the Central American immigrants pouring across our borders are, supposedly at least, fleeing political, religious and other types of persecution.

They say that confession is good for the soul, but I fear that confessing that which currently weighs on my mind like a sedentary elephant with access to unlimited Twinkies will merely spark scorn from those who enjoy laughing at the plight of others.

Self-ordained pundits tell us we have never been as divided as a nation as we are today. But through selective amnesia they are overlooking important periods in our history when things looked just as bleak, or worse.

Computer literacy is when people have the fundamental skills to do basic items on a computer. This is similar to literacy, which many define today as the ability to read on the fourth-grade level. In many ways both are needed to exist in today’s world.

In the Cementerio de la Soledad in Huelva, Spain, there is a gravestone that reads, “William Martin, born 29 March 1907, died 24 April 1943, beloved son of John Glyndwyr Martin and the late Antonia Martin of Cardiff, Wales.”

With July Fourth memories still fresh in our minds, it is important to note that this is a very important time for the citizens of Georgia. Most of the bills that received final passage during the 2019 session and were signed by Gov. Brian P. Kemp have now gone into effect.

At least 16 children have died in hot cars in the United States so far in 2019. Last year, the number of heat-related child deaths in vehicles was the highest in recorded history.

One of the mistakes we make in trying to understand history is the common error of “presentism.” Presentism is judging the past through the prism of today’s norms, values and standards. Presentism is particularly prevalent among Southerners whose history is often rife with controversy.

We saw them as they were being helped off the bus. It was several years ago in Arlington National Cemetery. Our church was there as part of a three-day trip, seeing the sights in DC, taking in the history. We could not help but notice the group of very old men, most of them being helped into…

We are reading and hearing a lot about cyber-warfare now. We hear the power grid has been under attack in Russia, we hear the US is attacking parts of Iran networks and possibly power grid, and we hear the power grid in Russia has been under attack. It is a thin secret now that the USA and I…

Each year, I write an “I was wrong” column. In case you haven’t noticed, most columnists are right about everything. Just ask them. They will tell you why a particular politician is inept, or why a football coach should be fired. These columnists are well-paid experts who regularly offer the…

I know it isn’t cool to say this in 2019, but it needs to be said. Let me get this out in the open, and state it for the record. I am a newspaper addict. On vacation, I pack a roll of quarters, and I have been known to track down the last paper rack in town. If I cannot find my daily dose of…

In the past few weeks we have heard of a threat on older versions of Windows called BlueKeep, with Microsoft saying there is a vulnerability they have not fixed in Windows 10. The NSA has now warned about BlueKeep, also saying it is a major problem similar to WannaCry that was ransomware tha…

In determining history’s cruelest people, there have been a lot of mean folks out there to choose from, and there still are. In researching modern times, the Nazi Holocaust, the Russian Pogroms and Mao’s Chinese Communist starvation of millions immediately come to mind. But humankind’s cruel…

The call came in last night from my youngest daughter. She is serving all summer long at Camp Hosanna in Hiawassee, Ga., and I could not be more proud of her. But since we have always been a tight-knit family, we have been in contact daily by call and text, and a whole lot of speaker phone c…

You lead a busy life. You cannot be expected to keep up with all the major happenings of the world. That is why I am here. As you read this column, you are burdened by someone who cares. So in my continuing efforts to keep you informed, here are some of the earth-shattering news nuggets you …

Reflections of summer and family road trips bring to mind traveling with my parents with lunch spread under trees in a country church yard.

Have you ever wondered why, after you went and looked at some item on a website, lots of ads appear after that for that item and for that company? The answer is cookies.

Throughout the years I have found God’s timing to be impeccable. Anyone who walks with him daily could, no doubt, testify to this fact. I was reminded of that recently by a head-on collision between my Bible reading and my news listening.

The first Sunday of June is always a very special day for Dana and me. June 1, 1997, was the day the Cornerstone Baptist Church was born. It was us and one old couple up in their seventies that just a few weeks before had been commissioned by our home church to start the new work.

Have you seen the free USB charging stations in airports, hotels and other locations? These are for you to attach your phone to and to charge the battery on your phone for free.

Democrats and Republicans have found something they can agree on – raising the minimum age to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21 to combat e-cigarette smoking by teenagers. This legislation is long overdue. It is part of the efforts to rein in “vaping,” as it’s called, “…