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GUEST COLUMN: Both Perdue and Deal have betrayed our children

Since the beginning of the term of Gov. Carl Sanders in 1960, and continuing through the term of Gov. Roy Barnes which ended in 2002, Georgia’s Legislatures consistently viewed the education of the state’s children as being the first priority of our government.

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Tuesday 08/26/2014
GUEST COLUMN: Obama and hate speech – What consequence?
Posted: August 26, 2014

It seems everything one reads suggests this president is the most unpopular in our lifetimes.

Sunday 08/24/2014
GUEST COLUMN: He was neither peccable nor domitable
Posted: August 24, 2014

BEKNOWNST TO ME I HAD the evitable and advertent experience of meeting a sung and cognito gentleman. I was mayed and plussed.

COLUMN: Suicide attempts more common than you might think in Rome
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 12:32 pm

The suicide of Robin Williams was shocking and certainly troubling, considering he provided joy and laughter to many throughout his life. But what happened to him happens more often than people think.

Friday 08/22/2014
COLUMN: Dad’s words of wisdom
Posted: August 22, 2014

“Getting old is not for sissies,” my dad muttered one day as he labored to get out of a lawn chair in his driveway.

GUEST COLUMNIST: Sun rises and sets on Nantucket
Posted: August 22, 2014

NANTUCKET, Mass. — Life on this cozy island, which was once the whaling capital of the world, is like a sumptuous smorgasbord that leaves you flummoxed over the choices you have. There’s difficulty in making up your mind as to what you like best.

Thursday 08/21/2014
COLUMN: Facebook purgatory: Where e-souls await judgment
Posted: August 21, 2014

Does anyone actually accept all the Facebook friend requests they get? I hope not. Social media website Facebook is based on the network system where you make “friends” with people you know and they are connected to other “friends” and through interactions with these people you’re suddenly “friends” with hundreds, sometimes thousands of people online.

Tuesday 08/19/2014
GUEST COLUMN: Commercial drones coming to skies near you!
Posted: August 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — Oh no! The United States is falling behind in yet another big area — commercial use of drones. (Those things that buzz around and gather information and drop bombs overseas but don’t yet deliver Amazon packages.)

GUEST COLUMN: A bad deal for all Georgians
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 12:47 am

Nathan Deal resigned his congressional seat to run for governor of Georgia. He is a man I came to know as a friend and colleague when I served in the Georgia State Senate. We were both lawyers serving North Georgia senate districts. We were members of a small group of senators who worked hard to serve our state by doing all we could to prevent what we saw as an assault on the Bill of Rights.

Friday 08/15/2014
GUEST COLUMN: Is every death equal?
Posted: August 15, 2014

Like most Americans, I loved Robin Williams. I especially admired his patriotism, expressed in repeated visits to combat zones to entertain our troops. President Obama liked him, too, enough to release a lengthy statement only hours after his death was announced. 

COLUMN: Don’t even pretend there is a simple solution
Posted: August 15, 2014

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana

GUEST COLUMN: Brothers on the world’s stage
Posted: August 15, 2014

BRIDGE, England — Summer plans over the years usually mean that there is a need to pass through London, which leads to a homecoming to this village which is roughly 65 miles east of one of the most lively and diverse cities in the world.

Thursday 08/14/2014
COLUMN: Hotlanta, the War of Northern Aggression - Things you should never say again
Posted: August 14, 2014

I love making people laugh. Whether it’s with me or at me, I’m just happy if I get a good laugh out of the folks I’m around. So I think I put a pretty high standard on the type of humor I like and will tolerate around me.

Wednesday 08/13/2014
GUEST COLUMN: That’s my story and I’m sticking to it
Posted: August 13, 2014

“Is that your story?” I asked.

Tuesday 08/12/2014
Dick Yarbrough: Gosh dang. what is wrong with a Southern accent?
Posted: August 12, 2014

I just learned of a book called, “Say Goodbye to your Southern Accent.” Gosh dang. What is wrong with a Southern accent?

Monday 08/11/2014
GUEST COLUMN: A river defines life; life defines a river
Posted: August 11, 2014

BUDAPEST, Hungary — The rivers of the world are fascinating and bring about enlightenment as well as adventure. The Ocmulgee and the Oconee form Georgia’s Altamaha, a river to explore and appreciate. If the Altamaha is not pristine, it remains pretty much like it was when the Creeks made do with its currents and contents.

Sunday 08/10/2014
GUEST COLUMN: He peaked too early in his sports career
Posted: August 10, 2014

THE SCENE: THE FINALS OF the Aurora, Illinois, grade school lightweight basketball tournament. The teams: Undefeated and highly favored Centre, and underdog Bardwell. Tension was high as the underdog Bardwell squad was behind by just one point late in the game. Bardwell’s standing guard dribbled up the floor and looked for someone to pass the ball to. But everyone was tightly covered … so he made a desperate underhand heave at the basket. By some miracle the ball went through the hoop, giving Bardwell the upset victory — by a score of 6 to 5.

Friday 08/08/2014
COLUMN: Born to sing, so don’t hold it against me
Posted: August 08, 2014

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness. Come before his presence with singing. — Psalm 100

GUEST COLUMN: Cleaner, swimmable rivers are changing people
Posted: August 08, 2014

While bicycling along the Oostanaula River recently, I slipped beneath the bypass at State Mutual Stadium to find a bobcat nestled in the grass, stalking, I presume, one of the many rabbits that call that area home.

GUEST COLUMN: Dying days of financial reform?
Posted: August 08, 2014

Last month marked the fourth anniversary of the most wide-sweeping financial reform since the Great Depression (known as Dodd-Frank). To avoid another 2008 would be great, but at this date and rate, astonishingly, only half the provisions have been implemented. Is financial reform in its dying days? Are we safer?

Thursday 08/07/2014
COLUMN: Very superstitious - The ridiculous things we do for luck
Posted: August 07, 2014

I’m pretty superstitious. I admit it. I suppose we all have our little idiosyncracies that we do for whatever reason — whether it’s habit, something we picked up from those around us or honest-to-goodness superstitions.

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