Can’t have pursuit of happiness without healthcare for all

There have been more than one commentary in The Citizen about rights of Americans. John Lewis, Bernie Sanders and others have been stating that healthcare is a right. This interpretation is entirely consistent with our Declaration of Independence. You cannot pursue happiness if you cannot afford healthcare. A good summary of the Declaration is found […]

The courthouse fire

The Easter of 1982 I drove up to visit with my parents during spring break for a few days. The trip to Akron took 12 to 14 hours depending on traffic. I seldom had the money to spend the night half way and pretty much had to drive straight through. This time, though, my dad […]

Homesick on Easter

It was Easter Sunday morning in 1970 and I was away from home for the first time on an Easter. I was undergoing Marine Corps Recruit Training, or boot camp, at Parris Island, S.C. I don’t remember why but, on Sunday morning, I was alone and standing looking east across the water at the rising […]

It’s gardening time again

Farmers all over this county are grabbing their tools and heading out to the south 40 to plow, and row the soil before planting the coming year’s crops. Unlike my dad, I’m not a farmer. I don’t own a horse or plow, and our house sits in a subdivision, not on 40 but on slightly […]

What is a ‘right’?

Two recent events got me thinking about our “rights” as citizens. The first involved an email I received from my daughter’s school regarding the compassionate efforts of one of her classmates to engage in a clean water campaign for developing countries. It was referenced as, “Clean Water is a Right.” Although I understood the heart […]

Conservative dad says ‘No’ to campus carry

My daughter is a UGA sophomore. I am an Army combat veteran with a Georgia concealed carry permit and a conservative devotee to the 2nd Amendment. Like many fathers, I would sacrifice my law-abiding history in a heartbeat to become a felon to inflict very ugly vengeance on any dirtbag who harmed my daughter. So […]

Might-have-beens at the Masters

AUGUSTA — Sunday’s final round at the Masters provided the suspense and signature elements we have come to expect and appreciate. Seasoned Masters fans enjoyed another chapter in the book of classic finishes, rewarding a competitor who once broke down in tears, exclaiming that he would never win a major. On occasion, the Masters has […]

The Middle East’s siren call

In Greek mythology, sirens were beautiful creatures that lured sailors to their doom with their hypnotic voices. In Homer’s epic, “The Odyssey,” ships came to ruin on jagged reefs, following siren song, the pull of the beautiful voices so strong that the hero Odysseus, in order not to succumb, commanded that his crew lash him […]

X? transgender challenges

Determining one’s own sex or that of another used to be a simple matter. First, there was the matter of appearance, whether a person looked like a male or looked like a female. If appearance produced some uncertainties, one could determine sex by examining a person’s birth certificate. If appearance and a birth certificate produced […]