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In the 1980 presidential primary campaign Ronald Reagan claimed his tax cut plan favorable to large corporations and high-income contributors would eventually pay for itself through increased economic activity producing more taxable income. This was known as “Supply-Side Economics.” Sound good?

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I have been covering schools for twenty-five years, and if you’ll pardon the pun, it has been very educational. I feel fortunate to have visited more schools than the milk delivery guys. As Johnny Cash sang, I’ve been everywhere, man. From the dusty rural roads to the swanky private prep sch…

Georgia now has dueling big-name endorsements in the race for governor. Former President Barack Obama supports Democrat Stacey Abrams. President Trump has endorsed Republican Brian Kemp, setting up what is certain to be one of the most expensive and hardest-fought races in this year’s elections.

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Humankind is presently enjoying the longest period free of armed conflict among major powers in history. This is mostly due to the fact of mutually-assured annihilation from a nuclear confrontation. We are also enjoying an unprecedented period of economic prosperity from a globalized free-ma…

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We let Trump get by with justifying his bloated military budget by asserting we were behind our enemies in armaments spending and needed to catch up. But like so many of his other bogus claims, this isn’t just an overstatement or an exaggeration. It’s a bald-faced lie.

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Spoiler alert: A non-negotiable and finite deadline doesn’t allow me the opportunity to discuss the primary runoff results this week. That’s OK. We can talk about it next week. Besides, Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Great…

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I don’t know how we did it, but we did. Those of us who grew up in the 20th century managed to survive fewer than fifty varieties of milk.

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I was long ago convinced that democratically-elected representative government offered the best governance and free-market capitalism provided the most and best-quality goods and services at the fairest prices for the most people. And nothing has caused me to change.

The words of the Declaration of Independence ring as true today as they did when Thomas Jefferson penned them in 1776: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, …

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I think all this scare talk about Russia’s increasing belligerence, Vladimir Putin’s alleged interference in our 2016 presidential election and the European Union’s uneasiness over possible Russian aggression is largely for naught. As usual, many of us have not looked at the facts.

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I read with mixed emotions the front-page article in the July 4 issue of the Catoosa County News reporting the protest by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) against a prayer as part of the recent Ringgold High School graduation ceremony.

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It should be obvious to anyone concerned with our Republic’s long-term sustainability that we need to completely rewrite our laws governing immigrants seeking admission to our country. And this is no recent problem.

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Is McLemore Cove Preservation Society the villain as described recently by the Walker County Commissioner or is it a group of people trying to do good for the County? This article takes a closer look at this organization and its impact on the community.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently defended the separation of illegal immigrant children from their parents at the border by invoking a statement from the 13th Chapter of the Apostle Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. Here Paul declares all government authority is appointed by God and should…

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In anticipation of the passage of Lyndon Johnson’s civil and voting rights acts in 1964, South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond defected to the Republican Party. He was soon followed by the other Southern senators and the formerly Democratic “Solid South” quickly became solidly Republican.

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A while back I suggested a third party might unclog our gridlocked political machinery. But on second thought that would probably take too long and probably wouldn’t work anyway.

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Impeach Trump? Who’s kidding whom? That’s the last thing in the world we should want to do. Donald Trump is merely a superficial symptom of what’s gone wrong with this country. He's an effect, not a cause. Impeachment would only give Mike Spence and the Tea Party conspiracy a blank check to …

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Many in the conservative community today still contend that World War II, not Roosevelt’s New Deal, brought us out of the Great Depression. But like so much other right-wing mythology, this has little basis in fact.

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We are attaching far more importance to Vladimir Putin and Russia’s supposed military potential than the facts warrant. Example: Putin recently threatened to shoot down any U.S./NATO missiles launched against Syria’s chemical warfare installations and research facilities. But we recently lau…

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In my almost 87 years, by the math I have been to the grocery store at least 6,550 times. Yet I have never witnessed the proverbial "welfare mom" whom everybody else claims to see with her two baskets of groceries, mostly junk food, for which she pays with food stamps. She then tips the carr…

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Ever wonder why no matter whom we send to Washington we get the same results consistently favoring large corporations and the wealthy elite to the detriment of the public interest? The power of corporate lobbyists has become so pervasive that it overwhelms all countervailing forces. How did …

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For those who remember, George W. Bush attempted to scare us into agreeing to privatize a portion of Social Security by telling us the trust fund was "going busted." But imagine that you were retired in 2006 when the Bush Recession was in full swing and you had to rely mainly on the securiti…

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Many Americans are probably still wondering how Donald Trump was elected when most polls showed his approval rating on election day was less than 50 percent. This must mean that some people voted for a candidate of whom they disapproved. I guess they must have disapproved of Hillary even more.

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Many in the post-Civil War North attributed the Confederacy’s early victories to the Southerners’ greater experience in shooting, riding and living off the land. For this reason, in 1871 two Union Civil War veterans organized the National Rifle Association to improve the marksmanship and gun…

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I’ve written on this subject before, but I think it bears restating. Many Americans today think we have somehow replaced the Children of Israel as God’s chosen people and occupy a special place in the human community. This is called "the Myth of American Exceptionalism." But when viewed hist…

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If there is anything the American conservative establishment can’t stand it is comparison of our own results with those of other developed nations. The reason? Because in many areas such as standard of living, quality of life, world happiness scale, medical care quality, cost and availabilit…

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In his latest budget harangue President Trump insisted on increased military spending to "catch us up with our adversaries," insinuating we are falling behind China and Russia militarily. As in his other rants and misinformation binges, where is he getting this stuff? Talk about fake news? Wow!

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Many things have occurred over the past few decades that have disturbed me to no end, including the current disarrayed situation in the executive branch of our federal government. But I have faith that our institutions are basically sound, will eventually prevail, and we will overcome the pr…

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When viewed in the context of our history, the beautiful heart-felt words of poet Emma Lazarus engraved by the Statue of Liberty, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses," say more about our surface idealism than our real feelings as a nation.

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Some time back I wrote a column lamenting the fact that many Christian denominations were losing members, at least in North America and Europe. These losses, while not yet of alarming proportions, are nevertheless real and growing. Some comfort can be derived from growth of Mormon and variou…

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One of the most incisive commentaries on Donald Trump's personal style involves his rather loose association with reality. In other words, our president often neither knows where he is going nor from where he is coming.

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With all of the noise coming out of Washington about health care policy these days, it is understandable if you missed another health care-related fight going on right now that impacts more than 40 million Americans. It is the fight to protect contact lens consumer rights – and Georgia Congr…

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Since the beginning of the Reagan era the Republicans have been telling us their unbalanced tax cuts biased toward corporations and high-income individuals will eventually wind up paying for themselves by stimulating more economic activity and thereby increasing taxable income. Sound plausib…

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Almost without it being realized, American religious thought, belief and commitment have undergone significant changes in the past half century. This trend is paralleled by an increasing unwillingness to share in our nation’s burdens and benefits, such as serving in the military, paying one’…

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Muslims and Jews have always fought and always will, right? As with so much other "common knowledge," this is simply not true. Jews, along with Christians, are considered members of the Abrahamic faith by the Quran and Muslims are instructed to treat them with respect. Muslims, of course, co…

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During the 1968 presidential campaign over 2000 mental health professionals (many with thinly-disguised political motives, I might add) declared Senator Barry Goldwater to be psychologically unfit to serve as president. Goldwater sued and won.

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Tax reform? Absolutely! I’m all for it, especially business and corporate taxes. Our corporate tax structure is by far the worlds most complex, confusing, easily evaded and unfair of any system on the globe.

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