The “Opportunity School District” or OSD championed by Governor Nathan Deal will be on the ballot this November. The ballot question's wording reads, “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow the state to intervene in chronically failing public schools in order to improve student performance?” Georgians need to understand that the wording of this ballot question is deceptive. The actual purpose is to benefit for-profit charter schools and their proponents at the expense of funding a public education for all students.
Twelve years without sugar. That has been the response of a very dear friend of mine to a meeting he had with his doctor twelve years ago. As the doctor stood before him, he delivered news that no one wants to hear; he was borderline diabetic, and would need to start treatment.
Donald Trump keeps telling us we are the world’s most over-taxed country. And nothing will get more votes than a promise to cut taxes. But today when most everyone either has a computer or access to one, nobody should get by with this kind of deception. It’s a simple matter to Google up “countries ranked by tax revenue as a percentage of GDP (national income).” Here we will find there are 48 nations with higher total taxes than our 26.9 percent. Of developed countries only Chile, Mexico and South Korea have lower taxes. Anyone want to move there?
Boils me! There is a crime that is rarely “illegal” but nonetheless boils me. It is taking profitable advantage of trusting people who don’t know better. This is so common in the area of pseudo-health care where products are sold as somehow better than similar products at a discount store.
Scattered across our fair land are a great many fine seminaries and other institutions of training for those who are heading into the ministry. These institutions and the people who work in them perform such an indispensable task; they are training those who will stand before the multitudes and proclaim the unsearchable riches of Christ.
Republican candidates propose to reduce spending by cutting entitlements and social programs. But these categories comprise only nine percent of the federal budget, and some of it is untouchable. But nobody ever mentions the sacrosanct bloated defense budget where overspending and opportunities for reduction abound.
Pastoring in the modern era has a great many conveniences that were not available to God’s men in bygone days. I can only imagine (provided he did not play Pokémon Go) how much the great apostle Paul could have accomplished if he had lived in the era of cell phones.
Pricing your home based on data, not emotion, can mean a swift sale. You don’t need to be Bob Barker to know when the price just isn’t right. Just ask Candace Talmadge. She originally listed her Lancaster, Texas, home for $129,000, but “eventually had to accept the market reality” and chop $4,000 off the price.
The stacks of books was teetering as they were stacked one upon the other. It was this past Sunday morning in my adult Sunday school class. I had begun a short series comparing and contrasting different world religions. The books were from many of those religions, and my Bible was, as always, on the pulpit in front of me.
A friend reminded me the other day that I left someone out of my “Chattanooga Radio and Television” book. Despite my efforts to include the most memorable faces and voices of our city’s 90-plus year broadcast history, I wasn’t able to include everyone. In some cases, photos were not available, and in other cases I simply used poor judgment.
When Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders first entered the primaries I felt their appeal, as that of past non-affiliated candidates, would run its course before convention time. But that didn’t happen. People are tired of the same old, same old from both major parties and are ready for a change. They just don’t know quite how to go about making it.
I am eaten alive with bug bites. I have sticks and leaves in my hair. Worse than all of that, though, I feel I have done little to no justice to my paperback hero, Joe Makatozi. For those who have not read much Louis L’Amour, a bit of explanation may be in order.
I wasn’t born talking into a microphone, but I didn’t miss by much. When I was growing up, friends and relatives would inform me that I was quite entertaining as a toddler. My older sisters Brenda and Elaine shared stories of how their baby brother would randomly greet a woman by blurting out the game show question of that era, “Would YOU like to be QUEEN for a DAY?” Even around the house, I would find anything that remotely resembled a microphone (a corn cob, a used-up paper towel tube), and go around interviewing people.
I love my pants. A native of Great Britain would have pause to wonder. In England the word “pants” means “underwear.” Not here. Bought on a whim to make travel easier they quickly became what I wear. Now I own three of them.
Some of us prefer to live in a dream world insulated from unpleasant realities, especially those involving taxes. As George H. W. Bush did in 1988, today’s Republicans not only promise no new taxes, they even propose to lower existing ones. But how can they possibly do that in view of the inescapable challenges that face us?
Many of the columns I write face a conundrum; some of the newspapers they appear in carry them within a few days of me sending them in, while some do so nearly two weeks later. Thus, I often worry that what I write, relevant when it comes off the pen, may be old news by the time it lands in the driveway. That will not be the case here.
As usual, the Republicans will again portray the Democrats as the embodiment of incompetence, immorality and corruption and themselves as paragons of virtue, integrity and “family values,” whatever those are. But, as they say, let’s look at the record.
Blackberry picking days are around July 4th. That is when canes near the mountain cabin, “Respite,” kneel with fat berries. I dressed in overalls with dabs of kerosene around my knees and ankles to ward off chiggers and ticks. That was the old-time insect repellant; still works.
Virtual reality is an environment created by a computer that allows a person to experience an environment not related to the real environment. It has been around awhile now and is catching on strongly as games move to virtual reality. In virtual reality you perceive you are in a totally different environment that seems totally real to you although it is not real.
George H. W. Bush first coined the L-word “liberal” as a pejorative in his 1988 campaign. My dictionary defines liberal as “having, expressing or following political views or policies that favor civil liberties, democratic reforms, and the use of governmental power to promote social progress … views that favor the freedom of individuals to act and express themselves in a manner of their own choosing.” Throughout history liberals have a consistent record of defending human rights.
There are a number of phishing phone calls occurring now. Phishing is pronounced “fishing” and the meaning is that someone is trying to “catch something.” In this case they are trying to get you to give them personal information they can use to charge on your credit/debit card or to clean your bank account among other things. The calls can come in all types of forms but three seem most common.
On July 16, 2015, one person, one senseless act, changed our lives. It sent shock waves worldwide. It was an attack on our military institutions. We lost five men ranging in age from their 20s to 40s, from all over the nation, all committed to a life of service. They all ended up in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
I am, quite bluntly, worried that America is losing her collective mind. The latest news story to confirm my suspicion is one in which groups at major universities apparently have issued guidelines on “microaggressions.”
Rather than a temporary aberration in the long and largely honorable history of a major American political party, the rise of Donald Trump is the culmination and fulfillment of a trend in Republican politics that has persisted for more than 50 years now.
When my sons were little, these were the magic words: “We're going to Lake Winnie!” Somewhere in my unorganized box of VHS tapes, there’s a video of Chris and Vince being rewarded for a day of good behavior by being told they were Lake Winnie-bound. Their reaction? They would have danced on the ceiling if they could.
“You can take the girls out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girls!” (or the men that traveled with us). This was my third BRAG, Bike Ride Across Georgia. We had 20 riders this year from the northwest Georgia. Some are from LaFayette, Ringgold, Chickamauga, Dalton and the surrounding area.
Yes, you can still use Internet Explorer in Windows 10. With Windows 10 Microsoft came out with a new browser called Edge. Edge resembles Firefox and Chrome and is less like Internet Explorer. Lots of people have moved to Chrome and Firefox over the years, but there are a number of people who still like Internet Explorer.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a story about the words and sayings I heard in our country store back in the day. As some like to call it, “Appalachian English.” I thought I had ‘em all, or at least, a right smart of ‘em. But some of you were “put out” with me, because I left out some of your favorites. So here’s a big thanky for helping me remember all the wonderful things “Mommer ‘n ‘em” used to say. I’ll try not to leave any out, nary a one.
During one of my recent evangelistic meetings, my son and I were staying in one of the most unique areas a person could ever find. Our hotel was in Gallipolis, Ohio, and the meeting I was preaching was in Gallipolis Ferry, West Virginia, just outside of Point Pleasant.
This will be my third BRAG (Bike Ride Across Georgia) and I am looking forward to what is ahead this year. We have 19 riders going with us from the northwest Georgia area. Some are from LaFayette, Ringgold, Chickamauga, Dalton and the surrounding area.
Ask almost anyone around these parts and they will tell you the Republicans stand for low taxes, low debt and high economic and job growth. Conversely, Democrats bring high taxes, more debt, job losses and hard economic times. I invite those entertaining this fantasy to Google up the question “Under which party does the U. S. have the best economic performance?” and view the numbers.
The signs have popped up on interstate highways across the nation: “Look twice for motorcycles.” The last time I saw one; a motorcycle came out of nowhere, passing on my right side at more than 100 mph, and then speeding off into the distance. I remember thinking; “I’ll probably read this guy’s name on the news tonight.”
It’s not comforting to realize, but since our entry into World War II in 1941 we Americans seem to be in a war of some kind almost half the time. As a result we have become progressively hardened, calloused and insensitive to the horrors of armed conflict. For us war has almost become a way of life. Even during periodic peace interludes we wonder “When is the next one coming?” Or “Will this be the Big One?”
I’m still waiting for my mail-in rebate. Unlike many American consumers, I’m watching this one like a hawk. I’ve saved my store receipt, my rebate receipt, and all of the instructions, and I’ve copied each one.
Money has always been influential in politics. But today money’s power has reached the saturation point. Lobbyists with virtually unlimited bankrolls have created a stage 4 cancer in our body politic and a paralysis in our legislative and policy making processes never imagined 50 years ago.
I hear it all the time. It’s on Facebook, it’s in my email, or at the ball game. “Hey, you’re on the news! I watch when I can, there’s just too much bad stuff. Why don’t y’all ever show any good news?”
I KNEW that the three Walker County reps in the state legislature (Deffenbaugh, Tarvin, and Mullis) would pull that string that even though it passed by a 3-to-1 margin, it would not be enough to convince them to press for a vote that would count in creating a board of commissioners for Walker County because only a small percentage of voters participated. Mullis' taking this position is as certain as water is wet. One of the three even suggested that 70,000 people should have a say-so in changing the form of local government.
I do not ever remember not being in church. My mother made sure I was there every time the doors were open from the time I was very little. I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior as a nine-year-old boy, and was called to preach at the age of 12.