Alzheimer’s disease: The impact on one local family

The Alzheimer’s Association’s “2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures” report says that, in Georgia, there are 140,000 people living with Alzheimer’s dementia. My husband was one of these. I am concerned for the future care of those still living with Alzheimer’s and those yet to be diagnosed. Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the […]

Healthcare should not be insurance event

Well, at last, finally we are getting a look at what congressional Republicans consider to be a suitable replacement for Obamacare. Looks to me like it is not much of a change at all, and certainly no improvement. The only good thing about it is that Obamacare will be trashed. The bad thing is that […]

We are now a dysfunctional democracy

In the history of the American presidency the tendency of the American people has been to exaggerate both the virtues and flaws of their presidents. Our presidents have become – whether earned or not – the secular icons of the republic; emblems of nationhood embodying the values Americans have claimed to cherish. At the same […]

SPLOST is green wise, good for environment

The 2017 Fayette County special-purpose local-option sales tax (SPLOST) represents a critical opportunity for local residents to establish community sustainability as a cornerstone of future capital improvement decisions. The reality is that the tax digest has never covered the total cost of ownership for maintaining our public infrastructure once the roads, parks and paths were […]

Ask Father Paul – Best advice for young people

Answers to your questions about life, religion and the Bible Dear Father Paul: I am a college student just starting my life as an adult. I read your column and respect your wisdom. So what is the one, single, best piece of advice you’d give a young person like me? — Matt Dear Matt: Thank […]

Napoleon loved broccoli

In the spring of 1804, at the end of an elaborate ceremony, Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed himself Napoleon I, Emperor of France and proclaimed something else: his love of broccoli. The self-crowned emperor of France loved the little loved crown-shaped vegetable. Few historians will write about the fact that his obsession was the root cause of […]

What to do with this president?

Someone recently asked me, “How should we respond to this president?” From the question, I could not tell if the person making the inquiry voted for the person who currently occupies the White House or not. And, if I did know, it wouldn’t matter. My answer would be the same. We are to pray for […]

The doctor and the SPLOST

Picture this: Paramedics wheel in to the hospital emergency room a grossly obese man in obvious distress (his name could be anything, even Cal). “Doc, his heart just stopped and he needs help right now,” the EMT says. “No, get him out of my ER until he loses at least 150 pounds,” the ER doc […]

Immigration: Some thoughts

May I quote myself? Thanks. I shall. “Immigration is the sincerest form of flattery.” I have used this bon mot on various occasions since coining it for a 1987 speech. I like its accuracy, its brevity and, not least, the sly pun. Yet as those original Americans, or the English, would say, it neither butters […]

The Trump effect

Here are two scenarios. One: you are a retiree who in recent years has been concerned about the value of your stock portfolio. Suddenly, the value of your stocks and stock-based mutual funds surges, the Dow rising 1,000 points to record highs within weeks. You examine the monthly report your broker sends and you are […]