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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.

My most recent young adventure book, “The Night Heroes: Runaway,” just came off the presses. It is the eighth part of the series, and for a rather unexpected reason, it was the very hardest thus far to write.

I often joke with my sons about my tough childhood. The punch line usually involves something about how we didn’t have a remote control for the TV set. I would tell them, “If I wanted to watch another channel, I had to GET UP from the sofa, and WALK to the television to change channels.” The…

There are three vital functions in our American government that do not lend themselves to regulation or control through the democratic process. These include the military defense establishment, the Federal Reserve System and the Justice Department; and the courts.

As a public service, I want to share with you the latest political data in order to help you decide for whom to vote in next week’s elections. If you have already voted, hopefully it will confirm the wisdom of your decision or let you bang your head against the wall for being such a dimwit.

As many of you know, I have written a book of my essays and thoughts. Several of you came to a book signing or two over the last month and, of course, I thank you. I have given speeches and traveled some unchartered territory with a new map that often makes no sense, but I just keep on drivi…

Exodus 2:1-6 “And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and …

Often times now when we go in our email it is a constant question of whether it is a trick or a treat? Last week was Halloween and looking at email as trick or treat looks like a good way to consider it.

Citizens have been on a political roller coaster for the last two years as a parade of candidates have attempted to sway them in choosing the next leaders of the Great State of Georgia. As voters in Catoosa and Walker counties head to the polls between now and Election Day, Nov. 6, they have…

Our community is stronger when we have strong public schools, and leadership of those schools which welcome public feedback and participation in a publicly school system. Unfortunately, Walker County Schools have been, for way too long, managed by a school board and administration which has …

Have you learned the valuable lesson that when you get treated poorly, it never has anything to do with you? It’s not a real easy lesson because it's so easy to take unkindness personally, especially when it’s directed right at you. Those who have this lesson learned are happier than those w…

I loved my time in the Marines, even the tough times. Even when, as a sergeant, I had to make a decision I knew some wouldn't like. There was one time when I was in Central America with a reserve unit that I was still relatively new to. In this unit was a fellow sergeant, barley senior to me…

There has been a change of plans. I was going to talk about Georgia’s olive industry this week. It is one of our state’s best-kept secrets. According to gourmands in the know, the quality of Georgia’s olive oil rivals that of anywhere in the nation and is even compared favorably with oversea…

In Georgia’s tight race for governor, Republican Brian Kemp is under assault by Democrat opponent Stacey Abrams and supporters accusing him of using his power as secretary of state to suppress minority voting to help his election chances — a charge refuted by Kemp, whose office handles voter…

As you create a presentation in PowerPoint, the standard layout may not be how you want your slides to appear. The layout is the boxes that PowerPoint supplies that decide the basic appearance of your slides.

After we Americans won our independence we almost immediately began supporting autocratic regimes the world over in denying freedom to their own people.

More than a few times over the years, I’ve filled this space with “Facebook Fails” or “AutoCorrect Accidents,” a collection of unfortunate misspellings. These word mishaps are caused by technology, confusion, a lack of spelling smarts, or all of the above.

Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield posted a brief position statement on his commissioner’s Facebook page Thursday night, Oct. 18, to “clarify” his position” on the commissioner referendum issue. But instead, he seems to have muddied the waters not so much by what he said, but by wh…

Start reading. Take notes. Underline and highlight passages. Write your own thoughts in the margins and between the lines. Grow from reading the thoughts of other men; you’ll develop a deeper awareness and start to notice things and opportunities that others don’t see and you’ll be greater for it.

Most preachers do either all pastoring or all evangelism. As one of the rare preachers who for a very long time has done both, I can tell you that they are radically different tasks and generate radically different emotions.

In Georgia’s tight race for governor, Republican Brian Kemp is under assault by Democrat opponent Stacey Abrams and supporters accusing him of using his power as secretary of state to suppress minority voting to help his election chances — a charge refuted by Kemp, whose office handles voter…

There has been a change of plans. I was going to talk about Georgia’s olive industry this week. It is one of our state’s best-kept secrets. According to gourmands in the know, the quality of Georgia’s olive oil rivals that of anywhere in the nation and is even compared favorably with oversea…

About ten years ago, I got a notice from “the city,” informing me that effective immediately, my family should begin separating and sorting the recyclables from our trash.

I've never been in jail before. I've never been arrested for anything or been chauffeured around in the back seat of a police car.

About ten years ago, I got a notice from “the city,” informing me that effective immediately, my family should begin separating and sorting the recyclables from our trash.

The way you authenticate yourself on computer and networks and other devices is changing. Traditionally we have used single authentication, where you only had to enter either a password or PIN to prove it was you. However this is a weak system to authenticate ourselves and is easy for other …

Trump’s order to separate children of illegal immigrants from their parents at the border was merely indicative of his general lack of empathy, human feeling or sense of decency.

Robert E. Lee, general of the Confederate Army, brought the American Civil War to a close when he surrendered at Appomattox Court House in Virginia. The South had lost and during the war, Lee had his property at Arlington confiscated. It seemed under these circumstances, a man would not have…

Back in 1975, Tom T. Hall sang, “I like beer, it makes me a jolly good fellow. I like beer, it helps me unwind and makes me feel mellow. Whiskey's too rough, Champagne costs too much, vodka puts my mouth in gear. This little refrain should help me explain, as a matter of fact I like beer.”

In the under-the-radar category this midterm election cycle in Georgia are races for three state commissioners with far-ranging regulatory powers over automobile and health insurance, agricultural products and labor issues such as jobless compensation. There also are two races for the Public…

Adolph Hitler claimed — and proved, I might-add — if one tells a lie big enough and often enough, by the mere repetition people will begin to believe it. In line with this theory Republican spin doctors, especially the one in the White House, have hammered away with the assertion that the U.…