Fishers of men-Top 10

It’s a golden oldie. Many of you know it well. It’s the call of Jesus to His disciples who were fishermen. At the very beginning of His earthly ministry, Jesus was walking along the Sea of Galilee and encountered these simple fishermen. He simply said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” […]

This and that

I note with interest that I graduated from eighth grade this month just 71 years ago. The exact date was Thursday, January 30, 1947. The mean ol’ principal was Miss Bessie Householder and the building, Firestone Park Grade School, was probably 50 years old then. Yes, it’s still there and I understand still in use. […]

All are religious and all discriminate

My friend, Leonard Presberg, wrote a letter to the editor last week expressing his displeasure with the Fayette County Commission’s recent resolution in support of the Georgia religious freedom bill. While he will always be my friend, I disagree with his assessment that Senator Marty Harbin’s bill is discriminatory. In fact, his letter does the […]

Propagandists, not historians

I was only one of many Vietnam veterans who wrote opinion columns criticizing the Vietnam War film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, opining their work seemed more like propaganda than history. In doing so I occasionally used “Burns” as shorthand for the pair, to which Ms. Novick emailed me her objection. She is correct, […]

Remembering Father Joe

It is likely that you never met Father Joe Hassell. Joe was, he thought, destined to be a minister. His grandfather, after all, spent his life as a Methodist minister in south Alabama. According to Joe, “… from my earliest memories there was an acceptance that I would go into the ministry.” Joe always thought […]

The first dance

Confession is good for the soul, so here goes. My first confession: there’s another lady in my life younger than The Wife. Our relationship started with a brief encounter in a crowded room what seems now to be a lifetime ago. Since then we’ve spent a lot of time together. Now, my other lady and […]

Do-er or Dow-er?

Since the beginning of our time together, Tink and I have discovered that we pronounce words differently. Tink is a wordsmith. He pronounces words perfectly. He uses big, unusual words and knows the exact meaning to anything he says. I pronounce few things correctly. I make up words and the definitions that go with them. […]

Brown: Lack of transparency by county leaders

We have open meetings and open records laws in the state of Georgia to protect citizens from government abuse. The taxpayers pay the government salaries and expenses and they are entitled to know exactly what is happening within the halls of our local and state governments. I can assure you that there are times when […]

Do you need a new heart?

I remember years ago getting my driver’s license renewed, and was asked, “Do you want to be an organ donor?” “I hadn’t thought about it, but I said “YES,” and ever since, my license indicates I’m a donor. Last year, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, at least 34,772 transplant operations took place […]

Legislators have unfinished business

Part two of Georgia’s two-year legislative session is under way. Weather delays notwithstanding, campaign fundraising for this year’s elections is on legislators’ minds so expect a quick 40 days. The governor announced Jan. 10 that he would call a special session if Georgia became a finalist in online behemoth Amazon’s search for its next headquarters. […]