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Despite advance billing that President Trump’s border wall speech would break news and contain new information, it was mostly familiar rhetoric: criminals and drugs, rapists and murderers are coming to America and the wall is the only way to stop them.

Retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan — who is getting much less praise on the way out than he did on the way in, when he was called a leader of “character and values,” a person with “energy and vision” and the “intellectual leader” of the Republican Party — is the most recent evidence of the wisdom of that old political adage.

Zell Miller was the best Georgia politician I never voted for — and better than 99 percent of the ones I did vote for. Zell Miller stayed with the Democratic party long after it had left him. He was loyal like that, which is probably why I didn’t vote for him when he ran for governor and senator, but I should have. He certainly made my life better, personally, than anyone who has come down the pike in a long time — or who is likely to come along anytime in the foreseeable future.

The picturesque Walk of Heroes Veterans Memorial Park in Rockdale County is among the finest in the state of Georgia. Vietnam veteran Tommy Clack and his dedicated staff have worked tirelessly to make the park a source of pride and dignity for all citizens, plus a place of learning for younger generations.

Federal income tax was first introduced under the Revenue Act of 1861 to help defray war costs. Congress repealed the tax in 1871 when the need for government revenue declined, only to restore it in 1894 as part of the Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act. The public policy debate surrounding the constitutionality of income tax has been going on ever since.

When I was a kid the Klan would gather from time to time around the town square in Covington. Sometimes, when they did, we would pile into our old Buick and drive to town where we would stand and ridicule them as they marched around in their “bed sheets.” It was a curiosity. It was something to do.