I’ve learned a few things while sheltering in place with a 5-year-old. One thing I’ve learned is why 63-year-old men don’t generally father babies. It’s because 68-year-old-men can’t keep up with 5-year-olds
Gov. Brian Kemp announced this week that all K-12 public schools would remain closed for in-person instruction for the rest of this school year. This is a hard reality, and a real loss – for teachers who miss their students, students who miss their teachers, and for our graduating seniors.
People are dying faster than a columnist can cite the number of deaths, that is to be sure. Whatever number I might cite today will be obsolete by the time you read the paper, but I will give you a few numbers, anyway
It is not cognitive dissonance -- the impossibility of holding two or more contradictory beliefs simultaneously -- to favor the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill passed by Congress and signed by President Trump while at the same time worrying about what the increasing national debt (nearing $24 trillion and counting) will do to the country.
I guess it is completely appropriate that I pen this column on Friday the 13th, although you might not be reading it until the 14th or 15th, or never if the internet is shut down indefinitely to combat the deadly coronavirus.
I don’t think I’ve seen the world, or my little corner of it, in such widespread panic my entire life — not even during the Cuban Missile Crisis when we were crawling under our school desks every day in fear of the “Big One” being launched from Havana, apparently right toward the Osprey Mill in Porterdale.
He was the 44th vice president of the United States in the George H.W. Bush administration, but for the last 20 years, Dan Quayle has stayed mostly away from the unfriendly glare of political life.
Just a few days ago, we were complaining about life’s little annoyances. The pastor’s sermon was too long. Standing in line for more than five minutes at the checkout line, or the fast food place.
There are enough opinions and frightening stories out there to last us a while. I want to just tell you a story today, of a simpler time.
I have a special affinity for underdogs. Maybe that’s because I have been one myself. So my interest was piqued when I heard that a political novice from Baxley (pop. 4,400) by the name of Dr. Kandiss Taylor is running for the United States Senate seat vacated by Johnny Isakson.
Some years ago, I wrote a book titled "The Things That Matter Most." It was a critique of the continuing impact the '60s generation has had on the country.
Just when you may have thought that the low quality of political rhetoric in Washington could not get any worse, along comes Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to prove otherwise.
We're traveling in a crowded subway car somewhere under Manhattan when, without warning, the car comes to an abrupt halt in a tunnel in between stations.
Mrs. Alma Patterson was one of the sweetest souls I have ever known and would go the extra mile to help her students, even to the point of making sure they did well on her tests.
President Trump was rightly critical of the deal struck with Cuba during the Obama administration when he said the communist Cuban government got everything they wanted, and the U.S. got nothing in exchange. He has thankfully been reversing some of those unilateral concessions.
Last week marked the halfway mark of this year’s legislative session in Georgia. Thus, we are starting to take up a lot of bills that are finally on the House floor.
Our fledgling nation was in a real crisis in 1776. We were about to lose our war for independence before it really got started. The number of people who even supported independence was far south of 50%. The majority preferred living under British tyranny to actually fighting for liberty and freedom.
It is no secret that Rockdale County has an aging stormwater infrastructure that requires immediate repairs and upgrades to 133 miles of corrugated metal pipes that lie underneath the roadways.
The only thing that can be said about former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s first appearance with his fellow Democratic presidential candidates in Las Vegas Wednesday night was that Mike did not get it done, as his campaign ads promise he will if he becomes president.
Last week, we passed the amended or “small” budget for fiscal year 2020. As I have stated before, this adjustment to the current year’s budget took a long time as we had to reduce our expected spending for the first time in over a decade.
The Democratic Party is in trouble. Not only did it have difficulty organizing what used to be simple caucuses in Iowa, the party risks repeating that debacle in Nevada on Saturday.
The media attach labels to politicians who reflect their political and social views. Those labels have included "right-wing," "extreme right-wing" "far-right," "out of the mainstream," and when reporting on religion, "fundamentalist."
As we halted the General Assembly last week to work on the budget, I have no legislation to report on. Instead, I’d like to talk about something near and dear to everyone’s heart…
“What’s for dinner?”
Recently, a columnist opining about the hijinks in our nation’s capital, made a reference to the Three Stooges. He wrote, “Watching Congress try to get anything done makes me think Moe, Larry, and Curly are in charge.”
I recently interviewed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos who claimed the president's proposed $4.8 trillion budget includes "a significant step toward returning flexibility to the states through a proposal to block grant all of the elementary and secondary education funds ... and let (states) prioritize where those funds are going to be best utilized."
For 68 years the National Prayer Breakfast has been a political oasis, a chance for Republicans, Democrats, national and world leaders to assemble and pray for each other and the nation.
John Adams, second president and a framer of the U.S. Constitution, and Thomas Jefferson, third president and author of the Declaration of Independence, were bitter political enemies and once went 12 years without speaking.
February, when I was growing up, was known as the “Birthday Month,” primarily, I believe, because Abraham Lincoln and George Washington were born on the 12th and 22nd of February, respectively.
Just because the Senate is about to acquit President Trump of charges Republicans believed never rose to the level of "high crimes and misdemeanors," don't think Democrats will raise the white flag of surrender. They (and their media allies) have only just begun.
Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and PLO leader Yasser Arafat met at Camp David where Barak offered almost all of what Arafat asked for in exchange for making peace with the Jewish state. Arafat rejected the offer.