Big day for Fayette at Whitewater High

[Recently] the Georgia Court of Appeals presided over three cases in front of over 500 high school students in Fayette County. It was an incredible learning opportunity for our high school students to see their government in action and witness a live judicial proceeding. I want to express gratitude to the Georgia Court of Appeals, […]

For all the saints

I’m actually writing this article on Nov. 1. On the “liturgical calendar” of The Church, used mainly by Catholics, Lutherans, and Anglicans, but also by many others, November 1st is set aside as “All Saints’ Day.” I thought I’d share a little about this day and its meaning. So many articles and official documents have […]

The future of newsgathering

Eight years ago, I answered a query from a student in this space. Her query and my responses follow. “Lauren Leak, a homeschool student, [in April 2009] emailed me the following questions for her thesis: “I just have a couple of questions about factors that are playing into the current death of the newspaper and […]

Our violent humanity

I have been a consumer of documentaries and programs focused on historical events for many years. I fancy myself as an amateur historian in some areas and here is my conclusion: the world is, and always has been, an intensely violent, barbaric, and dangerous place. The evidence abounds. All one has to do, if one […]

It’s too early!

There’s a natural order to the universe. Stars are above us, ground is below, the sun comes up every morning, sets every night, and Christmas is in December. Or at least it was. Months ago, if you took a trip to our downtown, you’d see storefronts already decorated with red ribbons, white snowflakes, presents, and […]

No, we’re not all the same

“Liberty, equality, fraternity” was the watchword of the French revolutionaries. They’d never heard of the Boy Scouts of America (obviously), but if they had, they would be tossing their liberty caps in the air at last week’s news of the Scouts’ decision to admit girls. Ah, citoyen, a wonderful thing, no? Well, we’ll see how […]

Hudson Car Company

When John Upchurch asked me to speak at an international car conference that he and his wife were directing, I agreed. They’re nice people and it meant a July trip to Chattanooga. I thought it was a collection of vintage cars. It wasn’t until I pulled into the big parking lot of the Chattanooga Choo-Choo […]

Consider meaning of Veterans Day

Nov. 11 is Veterans Day and honors the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Services. It is a federal holiday. Originally, Nov. 11 was called Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I. It is celebrated in Canada as Remembrance Day for those who died in WWI. Veterans […]

Our school system has wronged expelled girl

RE: “Attorney: Girl, 16, reports sexual assault at FCHS, but she gets expelled,” Thursday news story. The decision to expel a girl who was sexually assaulted is in no way okay. She was choked and forced against her will to take place in sexual contact with a boy. She deserves to be heard and Fayette […]