Harvey, Irma and you

As I write this, Hurricane Harvey and the devastation in Texas are heavy on my mind and in the forefront of my prayers. I am from Texas, having attended both junior high and high school in Baytown, one of the places hardest hit by the flooding waters. In fact, when you were watching The Weather […]

SPLOST needs to be reformed

By Ron Sifen & Benita M. Dodd Georgia’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) is an optional 1 percent county sales tax used to fund local capital projects for a county and participating municipalities. Thirty-two years after lawmakers passed the SPLOST law, lessons learned prove the SPLOST is sorely in need of some updates. […]

The secret of a long marriage

My wife and I observed our 46th wedding anniversary last week. Or, as I sometimes say, “We completed 46 years of a life sentence without parole.” Which makes most men grin and most women give me “the Look.” Once in awhile, someone will ask what our secret is. “Well,” I respond, “when we were younger, […]

Lime green bananas

By now, Hurricane Irma has dumped a deluge of rain on our fair county, filling our creeks and overflowing lakes. Or not. The deadline for this story was six days ago so the Category 5 hurricane then was still spinning around in the Atlantic. It’s about to hit Cuba, making those high priced cigars even […]

The 3 cousins

It was a typical Sunday family dinner, all of us fresh from our churches and gathered together for the sake of being together. Conversation bubbled over in six or seven different conversations, a cacophony of various pitches. No one really listens to anyone at these dinners. “How did your ball game go yesterday?” I asked […]

The future of the mural is in Tyrone’s hands

By Mayor Eric Dial The mural in Tyrone’s town hall has many pieces and themes — just like our community. Tyrone is a gratifyingly diverse town with a unique history extending back to Georgia’s founding. In the same way, Tyrone is in the midst of growth and expansion as the home to thriving businesses and […]

Will statucide help blacks’ issues?

Many blacks and their white liberal allies demand the removal of statues of Confederate generals and the Confederate battle flag, and they are working up steam to destroy the images of Gens. Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee and President Jefferson Davis from Stone Mountain in Georgia. Allow me to speculate as to the whys […]

The return of ‘fellow feeling’

You might say it has not been much of a month for the human race. I might myself contend that signs of life float on the flooded streets of Houston, Texas. People are acting the way people used to act, back before we were all required, seemingly, to stake out a political position and hate […]

Rat poison, music and the brain

Recently, for no apparent reason at all, a song popped into my mind. In fact, I could remember both the words and the music. So, alone, I began to sing it aloud. I had not heard that song in at least 55 or 60 years. The song wasn’t a doo-wop sound, a Beatles tune, or […]

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