When Gary Johnson had his Aleppo moment, I was among those who could not believe his absolute incompetence. I understand that Libertarians generally take an isolationist position when it comes to foreign affairs (and now all the offended Libertarians are going to flood my inbox with insulting comments along the lines of, “Aleppo this, you harridan”), but it was incredibly troubling to see someone who thinks he is fit to lead this country show such a lack of interest and inquisitiveness.
“Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin in me”. Wikipedia has a long list of famous artists who have sung it. Most importantly to my memories is that my college choir sang it reverently against the backdrop of the turmoil and the idealism of the late 1960s.
I have often heard it said that it is one thing to have life; it is another thing to live your life. I refuse to just exist. I want to live life to the fullest as to the purpose and plan God has for me.
They both lie as easily as they breathe. This ability has made Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both fabulously rich and provides us great insight into who they are and how our economy is transforming.
Well y’all, I’ve gone and stuck my foot in my mouth again. I seem to be good at that. In my column in Tuesday’s Rome News-Tribune I referred — in a negative manner — to girls in the Coosa community. I surely did not mean to offend anyone but I see now that my words were poorly chosen.
It has been difficult over the past few weeks to turn on the television without seeing the fallout from a particular NFL star’s refusal to stand during our National Anthem. While I understand this is his constitutional right, one man’s actions do not reflect the attitude of a grateful nation.
Internet access is foundational in today’s economy. Lack of access can grind business to a halt and hobble critical services including health care, transportation and education. As a result, forward-thinking telecommunication policy is a priority in making Georgia a great place to live and economically competitive.
A very dear friend of mine scolded me on Facebook for not letting people know that I’m an immigration lawyer with a “vested interest” in immigration policy, before writing anything on the topic. Actually, short of walking around with an inflatable kiddie-pool and carrying a torch while chanting, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” I think I’ve been pretty open about what I do from 9 to 5. But in the interest of full disclosure and Facebook harmony, here it is again:
Take a close look at the American flag. Its colors are red, white, and blue. It is decidedly not black and white. It represents all of us, the good and the bad. It represents all for which the nation stands, the good and the bad.
In spring 2009, bills for what eventually became the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act were being drafted in the House and Senate. A bipartisan group of representatives sponsored a provision in the House version of the bill that would have authorized Medicare to pay doctors who counsel patients about living wills, advance directives, and options for end-of-life care. AARP endorsed the provision.
Blame Richard Nixon for establishing the wacky notion that politicians advance their electoral and policy prospects by becoming comedians. Hillary Clinton continued the Nixon strategy recently with her latest appearance on a late-night comedy show. In today’s pop-culture-obsessed world, anybody who wants to become Commander-in-Chief must demonstrate the ability to also be Comedian-in-Chief.
The year was 1976. It was my senior year in high school. I was voted senior class president and “Mr. Rebel” (our team mascot). The golf team finished second in the high school championship. I won a junior golf tournament and placed fourth in the state championship earning a spot in the first South Carolina-Georgia Junior team matches. I enjoyed the significance pursuing all those outward, expected goals and meeting them. The year was memorable. The awkward days seemed distant.
I had a birthday a couple of weeks ago. It wasn’t one of the traditional milestones; I didn’t hit one of the years that ends in a “5” or “0.” Frankly, I hit an even more painful milestone, one in which the state celebrated my birthday by requiring that I renew my driver’s license in person.
Recent polls indicate that 70 percent of the American people think that the country is heading in the wrong direction. It is not hard to understand why so many are frustrated and deeply concerned about our country.
Elected officials tend to pass laws they believe will appeal to the median voter. A politician on the left or right usually can win more votes by moving to the center, a theory you can see in action by watching how presidential candidates soften their policies after the primaries.
In my 86 years I have known a lot of people. It is very seldom that I have found two people exactly alike. And a person’s appearance doesn’t always reflect their mind. Growing up as a skinny boy, wearing overalls and tennis shoes, made me a target for bullying. That is, until they found out that I carried a big stick and would use it.
Where there are birds, there is migration. That birds of all sizes, from giant cranes to tiny hummingbirds, journey thousands of miles twice a year has always fascinated us. We wonder why birds migrate, how they store enough energy for the trip, and how they find their way.
One of the most significant virtues described in Sacred Scripture is that of humility. Humility can be a little difficult to define. In modern language, one might say that humility is not being “too full of oneself.”
We have just returned from two cruises involving ports in 11 countries. Of the many interesting places visited, Courtroom 600 in the Hall of Justice in Nuremberg, Germany, stands out. There, 24 of the most notable of German war criminals were put on trial.
Hillary Clinton thinks corporate taxes are too low. Donald Trump thinks corporate taxes are way too high. They’re both wrong, and the economic consequences could be huge if either nominee’s tax proposal becomes law.
I recall some things that I saw people do that seemed odd. Having no knowledge why they were doing these things got my curiosity up. So I would ask them. Got some strange answers. As a young fellow, it seemed strange to see a grown up doing things that didn’t make sense to me.
In his Aug. 8 column, “Heroes, cause and effect, and frog kissers,” Mr. Roger Kines introduced the endorsement of noted evangelical ministers as a rationale for supporting Donald Trump. Of the eight ministers listed, I recognize only two names.