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GUEST COLUMN: Voter participation? There’s an app for that

One of my main goals as Georgia’s secretary of state has been to increase efficiencies and decrease costs by using technology. Of all of the innovations that the office has made over the years, I could not be more proud of the state’s ability to offer online voter registration and the My Voter Page mobile app. These tools truly accomplish both goals.

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Sunday 04/13/2014
GUEST COLUMN: My memory’s not bad even if I can’t remember
Updated: April 13, 2014 - 5:22 pm

I HAVE FORGIVEN MY Marine Corps League buddy, Everett Stewart, for emailing me, James Burns, Red Byrd and Robert Rakestraw uncomplimentary stories about old folks. He seems to think we’re the only ancient guys in Rome.

COLUMN: Not quite old enough to know better
Posted: April 13, 2014

UPON LEARNING that the Rome Floyd-County Library was going to lose its Talking Books program, our first thought was: Where is Asbury when you really, really need him?

Friday 04/11/2014
GUEST COLUMN: Entering the retro-cool bow tie era
Posted: April 11, 2014

Upon turning 60 (now the “new 40,” if my sources are accurate) I decided to learn how to do something I’ve always wanted to accomplish: tie a bow tie.

GUEST COLUMN: Flight 370 tragedy - Why do we still hide the answers in the ‘black box’?
Posted: April 11, 2014

For families of the souls on board, the news on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 must be especially excruciating.

Thursday 04/10/2014
COLUMN: This man’s guide to movies
Posted: April 10, 2014

On Facebook the other day I ran across this little quiz that asked “How Many Bad Movies Have You Seen?” After I checked the movies it listed, it posted my score on Facebook. I saw 13. However, I took issue with some of the choices. Who said “The Beast of Yucca Flats” was a bad movie?

Wednesday 04/09/2014
COLUMN: Root, root, root for the home team
Updated: April 09, 2014 - 11:23 am

You know what the best thing is about watching minor league baseball here in Rome as opposed to going to see the Braves at Turner Field? It’s not the cheaper tickets or the easier access to the stadium. It’s not the shorter lines, cheaper beer, the easier parking or even that you have a better chance of catching a foul ball.

Tuesday 04/08/2014
GUEST COLUMN: State lawmakers moved on some water issues
Posted: April 08, 2014

If you blinked, you might have missed it. The Georgia General Assembly wrapped up a quick 40-day session and started on the campaign trail. Our rivers and streams fared well during the fast-paced session. Here’s a compilation of bills impacting our water and the critters that depend upon them — including us!

Monday 04/07/2014
GUEST COLUMN: National Poetry Month occasion to celebrate the local
Posted: April 07, 2014

This month is a time to honor the world’s oldest literary art — and the institutions that support it. National Poetry Month is designed to share the appreciation of this art with Americans of all classes and backgrounds.

GUEST COLUMN: Spring training tonic lifts your spirits
Posted: April 07, 2014

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Every spring when baseball training camps are in full swing, I think about the times when I was a farm boy wondering what it might be like to actually lay eyes on a big league baseball player.

Sunday 04/06/2014
COLUMN: Sweetheart deal is a bad sign for Rome
Posted: April 06, 2014

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, the tennis center is almost certainly no longer the City of Rome’s highest priority. That one is a done deal now. The deal not done, and that could lead to a general undoing of the hopes and dreams of city planners, is getting hold of the state-abandoned campus of now-closed Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital.

Thursday 04/03/2014
COLUMN: Still waiting for my flying car and orange peeler
Posted: April 03, 2014

Sometimes I think the modern world isn’t modern enough. I have never longed for “the good old days” because I really like flush toilets, big-screen TVs and corn dogs you can microwave in 30 seconds.

Wednesday 04/02/2014
COLUMN: Pitching a CrossFit
Posted: April 02, 2014

Chicken and egg: Does CrossFit make people crazy or are crazy people drawn to CrossFit?

Tuesday 04/01/2014
GUEST COLUMN: I sure am glad Willie was a good boy
Posted: April 01, 2014

When I think about this, it brings back a smile to my face. I thought it was funny back then, and I still do now. I will let you be the judge. I can shut my eyes, and the whole incident comes back to me.

Monday 03/31/2014
GUEST COLUMN: She is ... one of the most interesting people in the world
Posted: March 31, 2014

ALBANY — She’s pretty, cogent, clever, engaging and inspirational. Lovable, kind-hearted and selfless with an uncluttered mind, which is linked to a history of caring and giving. Class and manners, goodwill and altruism have been her companions for 101 years.

Thursday 03/27/2014
COLUMN: Cursed lawn mowers make unpleasant task even worse
Posted: March 27, 2014

God rested on the seventh day, but when he did, Satan made lawn mowers.

Wednesday 03/26/2014
COLUMN: Bountiful harvest of small foreign restaurants in Rome
Posted: March 26, 2014

For a small city, Rome sure does have some pretty cool international cuisine options. Of course we don’t have the variety that cities such as Atlanta and Chattanooga do, but you might not be aware of just how many cool little places there are to eat around town that offer more than your typical American fare.

Tuesday 03/25/2014
GUEST COLUMN: Some good memories came out of hard times
Posted: March 25, 2014

Looking back to the years when I was growing up, it was a hard time — but it still carries a lot of good memories.

Monday 03/24/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: Lewis Grizzard may have forgiven me by now
Posted: March 24, 2014

One day in the mid-sixties, Charlie Harris, who was a coach in Newnan, called me about a high school kid for whom he had extraordinary praise. Charlie didn’t attempt to apply governors to his expansive laudation about the kid. “He wants to be a sportswriter, and he’s good. He is so exceptional. Quite honestly, he is remarkable,” Charlie waxed on and on. A typically modest man, Charlie didn’t sound like himself, going over the top in describing the talents of his young friend.

Sunday 03/23/2014
COLUMN: Rome needs more surveillance cameras to catch graffiti ‘artists’
Posted: March 23, 2014

ART IS in the eye of the beholder and best observed when inside a picture frame or other suitable setting ... not on bridge abutments, building walls or similar. 

Friday 03/21/2014
GUEST COLUMN: Why we argue climate change: ‘Settled science’ isn’t necessarily so
Posted: March 21, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Why do we argue about climate change?

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