Opinion

The NRA (National Republican Association?) was organized in the 1870s to improve the marksmanship and gun-handling capabilities of future Army recruits. But today the NRA has become the lackey of the American firearms and ammunition manufacturing industries.

I have long been an admirer of the words and works of the late Paul Harvey and his radio commentaries known as the “The Rest of the Story.” I had the privilege of meeting him in New York at the Peabody Awards ceremonies, sponsored by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at…

Birds trilled, and a brisk wind gusted across an unfamiliar arena as I lunged my Quarter Horse mare, Ava, before swinging into the saddle for a clinic with a new-to-me instructor. It was a mid-March morning, and I’d trailered about 40 minutes north from my house to clinic with Stephanie Mose…

My mother has, for years, expressed her opinion that one day I will be famous. My wife as well has asserted that she expects people across the world to know me. But being, in my view, “a no one from nowhere,” I have merely brushed those lofty expectations aside as the rose-colored-glasses vi…

We all have them, tucked away in our memory bank. The songs that make us smile, often many decades after we first heard them. In many cases, we heard them when we were growing up. They were blaring from the car radio, or our older sibling’s transistor radio, hidden and tucked under the pillo…

Many times I have wondered how in 1933 a deranged madman like Adolph Hitler could have convinced the Germans, one of the world’s most highly educated, highly cultured and devoutly religious people, that their nation was going to hell in a hand basket (it actually was) and that only he could …

Many times I have wondered how in 1933 a deranged madman like Adolph Hitler could have convinced the Germans, one of the world’s most highly educated, highly cultured and devoutly religious people, that their nation was going to hell in a hand basket (it actually was) and that only he could …

For much of my adult life, I have tried to return to my alma mater, the University of Georgia, a portion of what the institution has given me. I say “a portion” because I can never totally repay the debt I owe UGA for the honor of being a Georgia Bulldog. But that doesn’t mean I can’t try. A…

I grew up north of Atlanta in Gwinnett County where urban conveniences like grocery and clothing stores were a short trip away. Now, I live about 30 minutes from either of those outlets, but what I do have close by is a wildlife management area that offers the kind of refreshment for the min…

To paraphrase Amos, the Old Testament prophet, “I am neither a prophet, nor the son of a prophet.” But some things are so very predictable that even a blind man could see them coming. I knew when I wrote last week’s column on “Sky Diving And The Reopening Economy” that multiple readers would…

The Michael Flynn case will soon be over. It began on Jan. 24, 2017, just four days into the Trump administration, when two FBI agents went to the White House to interview Flynn, then the brand-new national security adviser. Ignoring protocol, they questioned him about a phone call he had a …

The Michael Flynn case will soon be over. It began on Jan. 24, 2017, just four days into the Trump administration, when two FBI agents went to the White House to interview Flynn, then the brand-new national security adviser. Ignoring protocol, they questioned him about a phone call he had a …

Every crisis has new heroes. During the 9/11 attacks, they were the first responders running into burning and crumbling buildings as others ran out. Now, during the Coronavirus pandemic, the most visible heroes are the health care professionals, who are saving others and risking their own li…

Every crisis has new heroes. During the 9/11 attacks, they were the first responders running into burning and crumbling buildings as others ran out. Now, during the Coronavirus pandemic, the most visible heroes are the health care professionals, who are saving others and risking their own li…

Have you noticed that people often don’t say what they really mean? Maybe that’s a good thing. We’ve seen the consequences. Many TV shows and movies have featured characters who have no edit switch between their mouth and their brain. They were either “struck by lighting,” or were born with …

It was a clear evening in early April. Dusk was falling, but the afterglow of a young spring day still warmed the atmosphere. As I walked down from my house to pour feed for my horses, I noticed the distinct buzz of insects. Bees.

High school graduations have gotten a lot of attention lately, because if not for the pandemic, another group of 18-year-olds would finally get to “walk,” and accept their diploma and the accompanying cheers.

For as long as I’ve been involved with newspapers, they’ve been dying. Readers started hearing 20 years ago what is now a familiar refrain: “Newspapers are on their way out. They’ll never compete with the internet.”

For as long as I’ve been involved with newspapers, they’ve been dying. Readers started hearing 20 years ago what is now a familiar refrain: “Newspapers are on their way out. They’ll never compete with the internet.”

It seems to take a pandemic for us to get our priorities in order. With the death toll in the country having passed 60,000 and with over a thousand of those here in Georgia, suddenly we realize that those who entertain us — like actors and ballplayers — are nothing more than diversions. They…

Looking back, I often regret that I did not give my mother an easier time of things. I was often stubborn and disrespectful as a teenager, and I know that she often felt as if she was struggling in vain against insurmountable odds to see her child turn out right.

Harold Reid had one of the most familiar voices in music history. His songs are still played on classic country radio stations, and yet most folks never knew his name. He died on April 24th from kidney failure at the age of 80.

The most pressing problem facing Americans today is how and when states and local areas reopen after the coronavirus lockdowns. President Trump, stressing the terrible economic damage the lockdowns have done, has (mostly) pressed for reopening sooner rather than later. He has released detail…

The most pressing problem facing Americans today is how and when states and local areas reopen after the coronavirus lockdowns. President Trump, stressing the terrible economic damage the lockdowns have done, has (mostly) pressed for reopening sooner rather than later. He has released detail…

Ask Baptists — Southern, Northern, American, independent, hard-shell, soft-shell et. al. — about their origins and some will say their founder was John the Baptist. But John was neither Christian nor Baptist. And some seminaries teach that Baptists are descended from the European Anabaptists…

Ask Baptists — Southern, Northern, American, independent, hard-shell, soft-shell et. al. — about their origins and some will say their founder was John the Baptist. But John was neither Christian nor Baptist. And some seminaries teach that Baptists are descended from the European Anabaptists…

Every once in a while, I like to give an account of what’s been happening in my tiny community in the shadow of John’s Mountain just north of Rome, Georgia. Here’s what happened on a memorable Sunday last year: