I'm a member of the "baby boom" generation, having recently turned 61-years-old. So it was great interest that the "Ok, boomer" phrase caught my attention.
About peeling back and shedding the layers and layers of our consciously and unconsciously learned behaviors and attitudes that prevent us from experiencing the richness of diversity, tolerance and acceptance, anti-racism educator and activist Jane Elliott posits that “what we learn, we can …
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.
You probably remember Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery.” Most of us had to read it in high school. Children gather stones at a village’s public gathering. It is the day for the annual lottery. Villagers discuss ending this traditional ritual. They question the need for it. Tension…
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I’ve got to get this off my chest. It happened during the second week of March in 1970. It happened at the then-new Macon Coliseum. The Jefferson Dragons were playing in the semi-finals of the Class B State basketball tournament. We’d had a tough game with East Laurens, a defensive struggle,…
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.
Back in mid-November, I received an e-mail from an acting teacher in Atlanta. I’d taken a few classes with her five years ago and she wanted permission to use my image in a video for her current class.
Dear Editor: Last night, I spent my allotted four minutes before the Jackson County Commission expressing my concern for the possible installation of 5G cell towers within my subdivision, Shepard's Crossing.
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 an extraordinary editorial, Christianity Today magazine, a major religious publication founded by the late Billy Graham, called for the removal of President Donald Trump from office, saying his actions in the Ukraine scandal were "profoundly immoral." The full text of the editorial follows:
A woman in Chattooga County (Northwest Georgia) did last week what I'm sure a lot of people would like to do to me — the wife of that county's lone commissioner poured a cup of Coke over the head of a local reporter, saying, "You deserved that."
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.
My earliest images of Santa Claus came courtesy of a Big Golden Book. On the cover of the book, “The Night Before Christmas,” a cartoonish Santa waved from a rooftop. He held a large bag spilling over with toys. Two of his eight reindeer stood watching as he was about to step into a chimney …
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.
Despite a lot of legitimate concerns, the Jefferson City Council recently rushed to approve putting automated speed-trap cameras in local school zones.
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…
Dear Editor: Many county residents may not be aware that the Jackson County planners are currently conducting a mandated series of open meetings to gather public input into the planning for the next decade.
Dear Editor: In 1993, we moved to Georgia and lived in a nearby city in Hall County. On many trips north to my former state, we passed through the City of Jefferson and were quite taken with its charm.
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.
My broken toe doesn’t hurt so much anymore. It’s the fourth toe on the left foot, the one next to the piggy that cried “wee-wee-wee” all the way home. I guess you could say it was the piggy deprived of the roast beef, still discolored a bit, but much better.
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.
School calendars routinely include four weeks out-of-school between the beginning and end of the first semester. Only one full week off is routinely scheduled for the spring semester.
For more than a decade, two holes shaped like the lens of a floodlight remained in the Jefferson High School auditorium curtain. When I was teaching there in the mid-seventies, the holes were scarred reminders of one assembly the week before Christmas during my freshman year in 1966.
The late Furman Bisher, best known as a sportswriter for The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, wrote a traditional column every November listing the many blessings for which he was thankful.
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.
Simply because a man has written books and taught high school English for a decade does not mean he has mastered the English language. Every now and then, I find myself turning to Webster or Rodale or Roget to discover a word’s meaning, especially when someone has used that particular word i…
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.
Rep. Doug Collins may be on the wrong side of history in his defense of President Trump, but he is right about one thing: The U.S. needs a workable immigration system if it wants to have continued economic growth.
Back in 1982, I was approaching one of those birthdays that ends with a zero, feeling my age as a student at Asbury Seminary in Kentucky. One Sunday morning, I dragged out of bed and left the tiny duplex apartment to join other students for breakfast before we traveled to various locations f…
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.
Massive wildfires are torching California as strong winds blow fiery embers far and wide, setting ablaze both dry scrub and houses, leaving a massive amount of devastation.
Dear Editor: This letter is hard to write. Leaving Jackson County Habitat for Humanity is hard to do. The conversation around housing is hard to have. Hard things have to happen, sometimes.
Our eighth-grade science teacher Mr. Underwood asked for a volunteer – someone to spend three hours in isolation, blindfolded, in a dark and quiet room, and then write a report on the experience, what you thought and felt.
The City of Jefferson has a lot of big issues floating around right now and the outcome of those could be determined at next week's city election.
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.