By David R. Altman
Dear Editor: Every 10th of a second, someone is thriving towards the next dimension of success. Thus, I believe these are the American People. These people are building constructive relationships among their relatives, friends, and colleagues. Moreover, if a conflict arises, they know how to…
Dear Editor: The recent revamp of "The Braselton News" has resulted in an almost complete disappearance of the always thoughtful and politically non-partial editorials by Mike Buffington, which have been one of the main reasons for me to look forward to reading the paper every week. Unfortun…
“Working serious and sometime tragic investigations over three decades did not prepare me for the events that unfolded during those days in January.”
If you are a resident of the Classic City of Athens and an impassioned Bulldog fan, chances are you know all there is to know about Georgia and its championship teams along with the signature achievements of a plethora of accomplished athletes, past and present.
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After Tuesday’s primary votes in six states, it doesn’t look like Sen. Bernie Sanders’ brand of socialism remains a threat during this presidential cycle. However, since the Democrat Party’s embrace of the critical tenets of socialism... repackaged to hide the true nature of their support fo…
The following is personal, but I don’t mind sharing it with any who might be a companion with the aging process. It has to do with heartburn. That is what I heard acid reflux called when I was down on the farm. (In fact, owning to my provincial background, I first thought it was, “acid reflex.”)
Will Rogers once famously said, “I am a member of no organized political party...I’m a Democrat!” The first Monday in February 2020, in Iowa, the party hilariously lived up to its well-earned reputation.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND – When you take respite at a comfortable venue where the host is hospitable and qualifies as a fluent raconteur, there is a lift that makes your day which makes you eager for the next day but mindful that a long weekend is not long enough to spend with especial friends.
As Democratic presidential candidates and their allies in the media and Hollywood cry out for the blood of billionaires, as they attack capitalism as unfair and glamorize bigger government as the way to manage our multi-trillion dollar economy, I have come to a point of agreement with them..…
DRIFTWOOD BEACH, JEKYLL ISLAND – The focal point of my most recent trip to Georgia’s arresting and seductive Golden Isles, is a stretch of beach, maybe the length of two football fields, more or less, where gnarled and weathered tree trunks and skeletal-like limbs attract visitors from dista…
You likely are familiar with the term, “playing the cards you are dealt.” That is what one must do in life. If you are dealt a bad hand, you move forward, nonetheless. Make the best of it.
NEW ORLEANS – After Atlanta, my home turf, the first major city I got to know well was New Orleans, which has a variety of pronunciations and nicknames. “New Or-leans” is commonplace as is New “Or-lee-uns.” Doesn’t matter how you say it, a party image comes sauntering to the forefront of you…
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but over the last few years, there has been a significant uptick in the number of demented men (sorry ladies, you’re not a part of this editorial), entering houses of worship and doing violence.
Dear Editor: I don't know if the economy will boom or bust during 2020, but I do know this: Since the beginning of 2017, the stock market has set new records and a feeling of optimism floats in the air.
Dear Editor: As we all know, Congress has been encumbered in partisanship all fall. It’s time it does the people’s work before the end of the year. Few issues are as wide reaching as the Health Insurance Tax (HIT)—it ultimately raises healthcare costs for 142 million Americans and will under…
In 1978, with the help of a friend at the Augusta National Golf Club, I was approved for a credential to cover the Open championship, the first tournament in history of the game of golf, which was also the first golfing major and for years the sole tournament in the sport.
Dear Editor: As a longtime conservative viewer of Fox News, I wholeheartedly agree with Shepard Smith's decision to leave the network. As a fellow Mississipian, I wish him well.
The liberals and secular progressives have learned it’s hard if not impossible to convict someone of murder without a corpse. (Can we say Democrats...or is that hate speech?)
NEW YORK – You likely agree, if you have reached that station in life, that grandchildren are not overrated. While, I didn’t originate that assessment—it came from a pretty friend Suzanne Chastain—I succumb passionately to that notion.
A school teacher can never be rich except from fulfillment of helping a kid find his or her way. Few educators vacation on the Riviera, at Pebble Beach, Costa Del Sol or Bora Bora. For most of them, a corner room at a modest hotel at Destin or Hilton Head will do. Financial reward is not cen…
The City of Hoschton is attempting to do a major revision of the town's charter, the governing document that acts like a constitution governing how the city government is supposed to operate.
Dear Editor: While I usually don’t pay attention to rezoning news in your newspaper, something did strike me about this one (Gum Springs Church Rd. project.) There was one individual that objected to the approval and for a very good reason, effective growth management.
LAGRANGE – This has always been an inviting town, laid back but not passive, down home but not without an appreciation for sophisticated ambience, accompanied by an accent on culture and the arts.
PIERRE, S. D. – Winter came early to the Upper Midwest this fall, but that did not cause any reluctance on the part of hunters who can’t wait to make their way here annually to enjoy an outdoor experience that brings about defining fulfillment.
The current state of disunity in America is daunting, but not nearly as intractable as the divisions faced by our founders at the constitutional convention of 1787 and the ratification process that followed.
Dear Editor: The Democratic Party is keenly aware that any candidate they select will not beat Donald Trump in the 2020 election. That is why the Democratic-controlled House is working to impeach the president and hope that the Republican-controlled Senate will remove him from office.
Discouraged by the bitter divisions among us that make up our news every day? Don’t be. Be discouraged that we are led today by politicians (of both parties) more concerned about their personal gain than about their responsibilities as guardians of our inalienable rights.
Terry Kay, the venerated and highly regarded author, was a sports reporter and columnist before he segued to a more literary lifestyle. He experienced the strict fundamentals of journalism while on the sports beat.
Dear Editor: I want to start by saying I have appreciated The Herald’s coverage of the Jackson County Elections Board over the last year. There were personnel actions take in the wake of Mr. Beck’s death I obviously disagreed with and the move to the five-member board was another huge change…
Agnew Peacock was a rock of a man in his days of yore. The passing years, however, brought about a decline with his health that made him compatible with the notion that sometimes it is better to leave this sometimes discordant world than to remain with agony riding shotgun in your life.
Losing a best friend is like losing a family member. Death is so abrupt and leaves one with such emptiness. You reflect on the happy times you remember when there was never any resignation that there would be an eternal separation. You are always aware that finality eventually comes about, b…
Dear Editor: It took me a week to read Gochernour and Wright's letters to your newspaper because they are straight from Fox propaganda and other rabid Trump commentators.
A good book will often reveal vignettes, which are not necessarily connected with the main story. On a trip to Northern Ireland recently, I read a book about the “troubles” of the past in which 3,500 people lost their lives before peace came about: “Say Nothing,” is written by Patrick Radden…
Small town politics can be messy. It sometimes entangles friends and family pulling in opposite directions; and the players at the table are often wearing multiple hats, their public roles conflicting with private positions.
It’s called, appropriately, Robin, the biography by Dave Itzkoff of the extraordinary Robin Williams, whom we lost five years ago last month.