Is anybody listening?

Has anyone noticed how we are talking “past” each other and not “to” each other? Certainly we see this on the TV talk shows where guests try to talk over each other with no one listening to the others. Some time ago, I was listening in as members of a small group were speaking with […]

Searching and seizing

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” — […]

Is ADHD the right diagnosis for my child?

By JOHN ROSEMOND Question: Our son, age 8, did fine in school in first grade, but has struggled in second. We’ve taken your advice and not helped much with his homework other than occasional and brief “consultations.” He’s making average grades but his second-grade teacher – she’s fairly young, by the way – tells us […]

My new friend, Buddy the Octopus

Making friends has been difficult for me all my life with but a few exceptions: my first friend in life and my newest friend. My newest is Buddy the Octopus. He’s the giant Pacific octopus who currently resides in a huge divided tank at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. My first friend was also a […]

Like a 4-hour ambulance call? Try single-payer

“Hello, 9-1-1? I think I’m having a heart attack.” “We’ll send an ambulance right away. It’ll be there in, uh, four hours.” That’s the reality for patients captive to the United Kingdom’s government-run healthcare system. And it’s what the progressives who have lined up behind Sen. Bernie Sanders’s campaign to install single-payer stateside want to […]

Black political power not much help for black people

It’s often thought to be beyond question that black political power is necessary for economic power and enhanced socio-economic welfare. That’s an idea that lends itself to testing and analysis. Between 1970 and 2012, the number of black elected officials rose from fewer than 1,500 to more than 10,000. Plus, a black man was elected […]

‘Mark My Words’ – Part II

The new book I’ve written about Mama is a compilation of past columns about her as well as new stories that give an insight into this remarkable woman and irrepressible, sometimes exasperating, Southern character. “Mark My Words: A Memoir of Mama” (available from booksellers and is something I will always be proud of. Often […]

Legislative winners and losers

The second half of Georgia’s biennial legislative session that ended March 31 turned out to be surprisingly more intensive than expected. Election-year sessions are typically low-key and feel-good; everybody wants to leave ASAP to begin fund-raising, which is prohibited during the session. In summary, legislation moved on transportation, taxes, education and criminal justice reform. It […]

Stupid, tasteless homeowners

[Editor’s note: The City Council of Peachtree City voted 5-to-0 last week against adopting the ordinance that would have set house color standards.] About the time I think that I’m going to have nothing to write about, along comes the government to bail me out. In Peachtree City, the City Council was debating whether you, […]

Stop pampering, indulging, cocooning kids

By John Rosemond Do we – here in the USA, that is – or do we not have a child and teen mental health crisis and if the answer is yes, we do, then what should be done about it? Without doubt, the answer is yes, we do have a child and teen mental health […]

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