Well, here we are more than halfway through the 17-week NFL season and my husband's quest to school me in the ways of the gridiron has not produced favorable results. I like to think of myself as an opportunist, though, so I'll take the scraps of knowledge I have retained thanks to my football fanatic spouse's three-hour tutorials and put them to good use. Hey, I may not know the difference between a running back and a quarterback, but I have learned enough to avoid embarrassing myself - or so I'd like to think.
Rats. It looks as though I have not been selected to be a member of Gov.-elect Nathan Deal's transition team. Frankly, this is getting old. I am told that both Roy Barnes and George E. Perdue didn't pick me when forming their administrations because they both thought my advice wasn't worth a jar of warm spit. That may be the only thing the two men ever agreed on.
There may be no more deadly force in politics than hubris. It sneaks up on politicians at their weakest moments - the height of their success - and destroys them, sometimes slowly, sometimes spectacularly.
Monday will mark the beginning of open enrollment for the Medicare prescription drug benefit. Public officials have already taken steps to streamline the program, otherwise known as Medicare Part D, making it that much easier for seniors to sign up and customize coverage to best fit their medical needs.
The next time the illegal immigration advocates start whining about the poor Mexican workers coming into the United States to "do jobs we won't do" and to "make a better life for their families," please inform them that the porous borders between lawless Mexico and the U.S. are also letting in drugs at a scale almost beyond description and that Atlanta is a major distribution hub for the hombres.
Now, understand before I get started that I'm not trying to ram anything down your throat and I'm not one of those kinda guys who wants to convert you to my way of thinking. The one thing that drives me up the wall is some guy trying to convince me that his way of thinking is the only way.
What happens when a life-or-death issue is raised and put on the ballot but fails? Does the issue go away? Do we continue to look for answers or just accept the failure and retain the status quo?
"There came a smell off the shore like the smell of a garden." - John Winthrop, off the New England coast, 1630
Let's hold off on dissecting the general elections until the political pundits have had their say. They don't know any more than you and I do - after all, we are the voters - but they think they do, and telling them otherwise might offend them. Political pundits can be very sensitive ...
On Election Day, Georgians rejected Amendment 2, which proposed an annual $10 car tag fee to help fund a statewide trauma care system. $10 per year - the cost of a pizza.
We should have known about Juan Williams long ago. The signs of a simmering bigotry were always there. The political commentator wrote the book "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965." He followed that up with an admiring biography of Thurgood Marshall. Then, more books on the African-American religious experience, historically black colleges and black farmers.
It's easy to think pink in October. During National Breast Cancer awareness month, business and shop owners haul out the pink decor, athletes sport pink uniforms, people everywhere pin pink ribbons to their shirts.
In my house, the contest for state school superintendent is as important as the governor's race. I have a son, son-in-law and now a grandson who are public school teachers and they - and all the other teachers - deserve a draw-a-line-in-the-sand advocate.
In 40 years of practicing law, I have never seen such a misleading ballot question or such an unfair proposal as Constitutional Amendment No. 1.
The mayoral election seemed a million miles away on Friday night at the Spring County Fair. With "Silver Tongue" firmly entrenched in his role as ...
On Monday, the Georgia General Assembly began the 2017 session and I am honored that you place trust in me to represent you in the ...
Mike Riddle was a pretty good Long County correspondent for the Coastal Courier for a lot of years.
Editor: As the city turns. In our last episode, the suspense was high as the city council reprimanded two outstanding employees unjustly. The council also ...
If you are still having trouble firming up some New Year's resolutions that you can actually keep, consider recycling.
Editor: The use of Naloxone can save a life. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is an opioid antagonist used in opioid overdoses to counteract the ...
Henry Ford converted a 1937 For pickup truck into a fire truck to be used in Way's Station, now Richmond Hill.
The morning following "The Great Valley Runoff" was perhaps the oddest moment of my growing-up years. It was as if we were surrounded by fog ...
My loyal readers, both of them, possibly remember that I've long championed some outside-the-box ways to reduce the deficit before we're overwhelmed with ...
The year 2016 is over, but I want to start 2017 by looking back at some of the positive things from last year.
Donald Trump was supposed to take over the Republican Party, but the question going forward will be whether the Republican Party takes over him.
As we end 2016, we pause to consider how much have we emancipated?
Rick Downs needs your help now.
Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough:
Editor: Thank you to Mrs. Patricia Fleming of the Kingdom Church of Christ, formerly the Jr. Church of Christ, for successful free Christmas dinners to ...