Raising children … again

With the birth of the two girls, our lives were about to change forever, but even I wasn’t prepared for how much. To say we were all strangers on that day would be incorrect. We had known their mother long before their birth, and during that time we had grown accustomed to being around each […]

Suck it up, get over it, and move on

In 1968, the Dobyns-Bennett Indians of Kingsport, Tenn., were on their way to a successful season. D-B, as it was and is known, was and is the high school football team with the most wins in Tennessee history. It also has the most football championships of any high school in Tennessee history. And so, at […]

What a Night!

I attended the Fayette Chamber banquet this past Saturday night and it turned out to be an evening I will never forget. Fifty years ago I worked with the Jaycees here and local interested business men to form a chamber of commerce. Those first few years were thin on funds, places to meet and trying […]

The U.S.A. is not a democracy

In the president’s farewell speech last week, he referred to the United States as a democracy, and my immediate thought was, “No, it’s not. Actually, it is a republic.” To be fair, the president has referred to our nation as a republic in the past. However, considering the ongoing reaction to the election; questioning the […]

Hope and change after Obama

Unlike the rest of you, my new year starts Friday, the day the Marxists vacate the White house. I hope they don’t leave sabotage in the offices like their leader is leaving in his last-minute malevolent policy bombs. When Obama was first elected, I tried to be respectful in my public opinions. His actions, even […]

Remembering Harry Downs

[Editor’s note: Dr. Harry S. Downs, founding president of Clayton State University in Morrow, died Jan. 3 at age 91.] There were so many facets to Harry Downs’ altruistic life, with his becoming accomplished at any activity or interest he pursued, it was a challenge to determine what he was best at over his 91 […]

Ben Carson, role model

During his Senate confirmation hearing, Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of Housing and Urban Development-designate, told a story. He said his mother was a domestic who cleaned beautiful homes. One day she asked him if he would rather live in those nice houses or the house in which he and his brother lived in Detroit. She […]

The community dipper

Many years ago, out of nostalgia mostly, I ordered a dipper from a local hardware store. If you’re younger than 30, you might not know what a dipper is. Let me explain. It is made from aluminum or tin with a long handle, always with a hole in the curved end so it can be […]

Trump has no voters’ mandate

I, and everyone else, who did not vote for the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the USA, must accept the fact that, in accordance with the provisions of the 1804 passage of the 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Donald Trump will assume the office of President of the United States […]

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