Tuesday afternoon, I picked up my Google Pixel 5 phone to call Josh, and the screen said “Locked.” I’ve never put a password or pin on this phone since I bought it back in November of 2020.

If you don’t know by now, I love my alma mater, the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation.  I am a proud graduate and a past president of the National Alumni Association. I have a haughty-looking portrait hanging somewhere in my beloved Grady College of J…

Years ago, when the first day of school rolled around as it invariably does, a brand new group of bright-eyed students sat in their seats waiting for me to start the day.  As we filled out the million forms required each year, I strolled about the room answering questions when I could.  One …

Twenty-five years ago this week, Bill Clinton was winding up his first term as president and trying to remember if he knew someone named Monica Lewinsky.  Newt Gingrich was riding high as U.S. Speaker of the House. The Atlanta Braves were in the process of winning the National League Champio…

Last week President Joe Biden and his staff members announced, that at the direction of his administration, the federal government will be going door-to-door to provide citizens with information about vaccines in areas with relatively low vaccination rates. In other words the government offi…

I must confess that as smart as I am, there are a few things in this world I do not understand, such as the unsolved problem in fundamental physics as to whether gravity and the quantum can be made to coexist within the same theory. Egyptian hieroglyphics are a bit challenging for me as are …

Pursuant to the powers and duties bestowed upon it by our citizens, The Elko County Commission does hereby resolve that any federal officer, agent, or employee, regardless of supposed congressional authorization, is required to obey and observe limitations consisting of the enumerated powers…

If Republicans have a strategy for remaining the majority party in Georgia, I am missing it.  So far, it seems to be about punishing anyone in the party who has ever uttered a discouraging word about Donald Trump.  That is not much of a strategy. Has anybody figured out yet that it is the De…

On graduation night, yet another class will don caps and gowns and march across the stage to accept diplomas and become their schools’ newest alumni.  Families and friends will sit proudly in the bleachers, waiting to hug and congratulate them.  Teachers will smile as graduates march by.   T…

It was the spring of 1991. I was gearing up to begin a new chapter in my life as I was preparing to graduate. It’s hard to believe it has been 30 years since I took that journey that many will be taking this week.

It is my firm policy that all members in my conglomerate of companies must receive their COVID-19 shots or risk losing the generous perks offered them as employees.  These include occasional weekends off (without pay), discounts on zither lessons, signed photographs of me kneeling during the…

My mother never learned to drive a car, even though Daddy offered frequently to teach her, and I couldn’t understand her reluctance.  If she had realized how much faster she could have hurried in a car, she’d have learned eagerly.  Mama was always in a hurry.  She arose at 4 a.m. to start he…

Not long after children start talking, they begin asking a most important lifelong question--“Why?” 

For the past week or two, I have filled in for Herald Editor Marla Ogletree here in Folkston. My nephew Matt and his family spent time in the area and even called Folkston home for several years before moving to Blackshear to become publisher of that town’s newspaper. Matt told me several ti…

Everywhere you look, businesses are seeking help. I can’t imagine anyone having the excuse, “I can’t find a job.”

Despite their billion dollar balance sheets, large public corporations have the backbone of a jellyfish.  Put enough pressure on them and they will fold like a tent.  I offer into evidence S.B. 202, the voting rights bill passed by the General Assembly this past session and signed into law b…

Last weekend, Larry and I made a trip to Lowe’s in Vidalia so I could look for some new deck chairs. First, we browsed the store as we usually do. Lowe’s is our favorite store after all. I walked through the organizing section in the back, hoping to find some new means to help me organize my…

Just as I was about to pick up my flugelhorn, the phone rang.  It was Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter Skates Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Ryo, Georgia.  He sounded concerned.  That’s not like Skeeter.  Of course, he would never admit it.  I have found that those in the tree stump r…

(I am rerunning this column from three years ago in memory of some Hazlehurst folks that I love and miss.  Two of the old friends that I sat talking to that night celebrated Easter this year with Maude in Heaven—L.W.Spell and Lunette Hall.  I’m sure their celebration was better than anything…

Speaking to the press after a Senate Republican luncheon at Russell Senate Office Building on March 24 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Senator Ted Cruz stated emphatically that HR 1 is the “single most dangerous bill” in Congress at the moment. This bill is labeled “For the People Act;”…

I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Georgia, to see if he could help me make sense of the strange political world in which we find ourselves these days.

Friday, schools were closed in many counties because the buses couldn’t get through flooded roads.  We couldn’t even get through our yard.  A friend went to Statesboro with Larry Tuesday and bogged down in the yard when they returned.  Larry trudged through the mud to get the tractor and pul…

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Monday, January 25, 2021:  After driving up from Pooler yesterday afternoon, I’m in the Fox studios in Atlanta this morning where I have a live interview on Mornings with Maria on Fox Business as I discuss the COVID-19 vaccine, climate change and President Biden’s executive order suspending …

If this world operated on poetic justice or Karma or whatever you choose to call the principle, we’d have instant appropriate payback for our sins.  What a way to train mankind to behave!  For example, if a bully stole another kid’s candy, it would immediately give him a world class stomacha…

The following is the opening testimony/statement presented by Nick Tomboulides, of U.S. Term Limits, at a United State Senate hearing on term limits back in 2019. I am sorry I had not discovered and shared this with you earlier. There are many who continue to make the argument that we need t…

I had just hung up from a robocall wanting to extend the warranty on a car I no longer own when the phone rang again. I assumed it was some helpful robot offering to consolidate credit card debts I don’t have or trying to sell me a back brace I don’t need.  You can imagine my surprise when I…

Democrat Joe Biden is now President of the United States.  Two Democrats defeated two Republican incumbents to represent Georgia in the U. S. Senate, swinging the balance of power in the Senate to the Democrats who already control the House of Representatives.   Therefore, you would think Ge…

Long ago and well before Gibson McDonald Furniture closed its Baxley store, I bought two “Big Man” recliners.  My father was a big man and I wanted chairs he’d be comfortable in when he visited.  Furthermore, the chairs were super comfortable with their big padded arms and soft blue fabric. …

 I just today finished a very pleasant interview with a Bacon County historian. As we talked of genealogy, traveling to famous places, and passing plants along to other people, I thought again of the interconnectedness of generations. When I was younger, I never thought much about history in…

Our state received rather depressing recognition last week. Georgia ranked last for getting its citizens vaccinated for COVID-19. According to a U.S. News and World report last week, approximately 1.3% of Georgians had received the vaccine. Of the roughly 10 million citizens in Georgia, only…

My faithful readers out there know about the wonderful relationship I had with my father.  He read to me practically from the day I was born until I could read to myself and even for a while there after.  My favorite book when I was very young was The Gingerbread Man.  We wore out several co…

This column has become a Christmas tradition. I share with you once again this year. It is dedicated to my beloved wife and to all who believe.

On Sunday my pastor said something that stuck in my mind. He said, “A Christ-less Christmas is like counterfeit money. It has no value.”

Here we go again. The University of Georgia has another Rhodes Scholar. According to my abacus, that makes 25. But who’s counting? (Wink! Wink!) Phaidra Buchanan of Tyrone, Georgia, is the latest. She will begin her studies at Oxford University in England in October and will pursue a Master …

Since before Halloween, stores have been putting out their Christmas merchandise.  Red ribbons and silver bells along with trees of every shape, size, and color wait in the stores to decorate someone’s home.  I actually saw a metallic purple tree in Savannah a few weeks ago. It was resplende…

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Monday, November 9, 2020:  Last week was election week and, although much of my time was spent with the campaign, I had a number of great visits throughout the district including a tour of the Ford Plantation and other developments in Richmond Hill led by Downtown Development Authority Chair…

Mama cried for a week when she moved away from the Gill Street house.  She’d been happy there.  Her chickens and turkeys strutted about in their pens in the back yard, clucking and scratching for juicy worms in those pens that Daddy had built for them in his spare time.  The huge pecan trees…

As I promised last week, I contacted Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Georgia, to get his observations on the presidential election. Not only is he considered one of this nation’s foremost political analyst…

Veterans Day is a federal holiday and a state holiday in all states except Wisconsin.   The federal holiday is observed on November 11 or the weekday closest to November 11, if November 11 falls on a weekend. In most states, it is also observed on the weekday nearest to November 11.  The hol…

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