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Well-known 83-year-old rockabilly pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis suffered a stroke recently, and had to postpone his upcoming concert dates. His doctors say he will recover, and he plans to resume touring when his health permits. I sure hope he does.

Given Betty Friedan’s prediction of the soon-coming ice age in Harper’s Magazine of 1958, I suppose it makes sense that my dear late grandpa installed a wood stove in the house. In general, older folks never have been too keen on extreme cold; their circulation slows as they age, and it take…

{p class=”PhotoCutlinect”}Included in the homeless clutter that most us struggle with daily is what I call IPODs — Important Piles of Decisions. These IPODS are in strategic places throughout your home where you chronically dump your indecision. They are piles of miscellaneous items that you…

The Georgia House has approved a plan to upgrade the state’s outdated voting system, improve voter access and address other issues including absentee voting. In the Senate the measure — HB 316 — has gained a favorable committee report, the usual prelude to passage.

The eighth week of session was an exhausting one, but it is always a good thing when we reach a high level of efficiency and productivity. With over 60 bills covering a variety of topics voted on in the Senate the week of Feb. 25-March 1, we have successfully sent a number of important piece…

I receive a steady stream of missives from teachers, ex-teachers, and other folks who have insider knowledge of America’s schools. They all say the same thing — classroom discipline is falling apart and has been for some time — and ask the same question: What can be done?

When you take time every day to be alone with yourself, away from phones, the Internet and noise, you'll be giving yourself a loving gift. Get selfish about making time. Insist on it, and don’t allow anyone, especially yourself, to talk you out of it.

Marlan Wilbanks is a man on a mission. An Atlanta attorney, Wilbanks is the driving force behind the Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic the nation’s first legal clinic dedicated to representing survivors of child sexual abuse. The clinic is a part of the University of…

Adolph Hitler claimed (and proved, I might add) that if one tells lies big enough and often enough, by the mere repetition itself people will begin to believe them.

With our seventh week now finished, we are past Crossover Day (Feb. 27), the last day senators can get our most important legislation voted on by the Senate and moved through to the House. This is an exciting and fast-paced time in the legislature, and I encourage you to watch the Senate web…

Baseball season is here, and not a moment too soon. After enduring a gray winter, I’m ready for some delicious, overpriced hot dogs.

In journaling there are few things more rewarding than exposing self-righteousness and hypocrisy. And the area I’ve chosen for today’s column is the one most dominated by right-wing conservative politics and overwhelming Republican majorities, the former states of the Old Confederacy, the “S…

As he lay bound in the prison, he must have thought back on his life and wondered how it all ended up like this. Some kids have parents that are cold and distant, and can lay some blame at those feet. But not him. Even his name was a reflection of how much his parents, especially his father,…

As he lay bound in the prison, he must have thought back on his life and wondered how it all ended up like this. Some kids have parents that are cold and distant, and can lay some blame at those feet. But not him. Even his name was a reflection of how much his parents, especially his father,…

Good ole fashioned hate! In my clumsy career as a high school athlete I aspired to achieve adequacy in the unfit category on the football team.

The security of our borders has become such an inflamed political issue that a reasonable resolution through compromise seems out of the question. Yet security is so essential to our nation’s integrity that it should engender the best — not the worst — of political instincts to come up with …

Former secretary of state and presidential advisor Condoleezza Rice, a Republican for whom I have immense respect, concludes that our traditional values are too solid and firmly-rooted for our nation’s survival to be threatened by the populist fears and misgivings that elected Donald Trump. …

We have officially reached the half-way point of the legislative session. I am proud of the incredible things we have already accomplished under the Gold Dome, from passing a balanced Amended Fiscal Year 2019 budget, to crafting meaningful legislation that will improve the lives of all Georg…

Since 2013 a group of Walker County citizens has been meeting to have meaningful conversations about important local and national issues. The original group then became a local democratic party so that local people would have a safe place to express their political opinions without fear of r…

In 2020 and beyond, significant political challenges face conservatives as demographic changes in our state present a new reality.

Should the state continue to require a certificate of need for new hospitals and other health care facilities? The issue is under consideration in the General Assembly once again in what has become an annual battle between established hospitals and legislators bent on reforming the regulator…

Probably without realizing it, over the past several decades we have witnessed a wholesale upward redistribution of wealth in this country. In any free-market society the more inventive, enterprising and harder-working individuals are more generously rewarded. And they should be.

I am still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that Al Sharpton and I actually agree on something. On his MSNBC show, “PoliticsNation,” Al Sharpton called on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett to “face accountability to the maximum” if he staged a hate crime that he could blame on white Presi…

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Last week put the General Assembly almost halfway through the 2019 Legislative Session. Sixteen days of our 40-day session are now complete with a multitude of productivity behind us, but still a good bit left to accomplish. Last week, the Senate unanimously passed four bills out of the Sena…

The Belle and Beast costumes are hanging up six feet away from me in my office at the church. Staring at that bright yellow dress and blue man’s “whatever you call it” with gold trim and white ruffles makes me shake my head in wonder yet again at all of the things Dana, my Beauty, is able to…