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Life lessons from Truett Cathy

Life lessons from Truett Cathy

I met Truett Cathy at a Rotary Club meeting where I received a certificate for my high school leadership achievements. I was just 17 years old. Little did I know the impact that meeting would have ... » Read More
Getting smart on crime puts Georgia ahead

Getting smart on crime puts Georgia ahead

Not long ago, the national philosophy behind criminal justice policy was to lock offenders away and teach them a lesson. This was popular with politicians who found that it played well before crowd... » Read More
Parties fight the battle of the ballot

Parties fight the battle of the ballot

In our system of government where citizens elect those who will make the decisions for them, voter registration and the casting of ballots are the fundamental elements of democracy - the blocking a... » Read More
Looking for positives can be negative

Looking for positives can be negative

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. "Surely, you can find some p... » Read More
Revenues continue upswing

Revenues continue upswing

August state revenues gained 3.5 percent, following July's gain of 5.5 percent, resulting in a two-month gain of 4.5 percent. August revenues totaled $1.39 billion, with a gain of $47 million. Reve... » Read More
A platform for reform

A platform for reform

For the fifth year in a row, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute will bring game-changing, market-oriented, limited-government reforms ideas to the... » Read More
Decision on Ex-Im Bank looms

Decision on Ex-Im Bank looms

President Ronald Reagan, January 30, 1984: "Exports create and sustain jobs for millions of American workers and contribute to the growth and strength of the United States economy. The Export-Impor... » Read More
The camera never blinks

The camera never blinks

When George Orwell first coined the phrase "Big Brother is watching you," he knew what he was talking about. » Read More
College a major player in Dalton’s rebound

College a major player in Dalton’s rebound

Remember the story of "The Little Engine That Could"? That could well describe the city of Dalton, a town of some 34,000 nestled in the corner of Northwest Georgia not far from the Tennessee line. » Read More
Another look at Alabama’s education budget

Another look at Alabama’s education budget

There are some benefits to having Alabama's two budget earmarked revenue model, including the certainty of the amount of revenue that can be used to fund education and only education. However, this... » Read More
A character of caring

A character of caring

History is fickle with heroic humans, even when they loom over their generation in service to humanity. Even presidents suffer the fickle hand of history, especially when events in their administra... » Read More
It’s time to get serious about the campaigns

It’s time to get serious about the campaigns

There was a time when general election campaigns didn't "officially" get underway until after the Labor Day weekend. » Read More
Pumpkins weary of September’s song

Pumpkins weary of September’s song

Can it be? Is it September already? One of my favorite tunes, "September Song," was written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson for a Broadway musical in 1938 called "Knickerbocker Holiday." The ly... » Read More
A look at Alabama’s education budget

A look at Alabama’s education budget

Warning: This column may contain statistics - you should always remember that "statistics come to the aid of those who don't lie well!" » Read More

Caveat investor: the feds want a bite of your mutual fund

Even with the stock market reaching all-time highs and many Americans smiling at the look of their 401(k) valuations, storm clouds are gathering in Washington and abroad that may mean higher costs ... » Read More
An Earth Day surprise

An Earth Day surprise

For many environmental organizations in Georgia, Earth Day will never be the same. » Read More
Georgia voters get the job done

Georgia voters get the job done

For the past 20 years, an idea frequently floated for reforming the political system has been to set term limits for elected officials. » Read More
A reminder to text less and live more

A reminder to text less and live more

It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa, this is one with a qu... » Read More
Where the transportation needs are

Where the transportation needs are

Georgia is the fourth-largest state, with nearly 10 million people and growing. As concentrated as part of the state is around Atlanta and as spread out as the rest of the state is, it is little wo... » Read More
Getting with the program on transportation

Getting with the program on transportation

The regional transportation sales tax referendum failed two years ago across most of Georgia and in metro Atlanta. So it's encouraging to see movement again, in the form of a joint study committee ... » Read More
Pushing the fight for medical cannabis

Pushing the fight for medical cannabis

As the clock approached midnight on March 20, the final night of the 2014 Georgia legislative session, it became apparent that a final vote to send a medical cannabis oil bill to the governor's des... » Read More

Not just another tool in the toolbox

A recent public meeting held on the topic of aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) conspicuously neglected other relevant water-management problems and opportunities. The meeting was hosted on Jekyll ... » Read More
The candidates have some lessons to learn

The candidates have some lessons to learn

There are many lessons about elections I've learned through years of reporting on politics. » Read More
One little letter does not a liberal make

One little letter does not a liberal make

Rap! Rap! Rap! » Read More
The avenues of transportation funding

The avenues of transportation funding

A Joint House-Senate Study Committee began work last week on transportation needs of the state and how those needs may be met in the coming years. » Read More

Capping scholarships, capping opportunity

Carlethia Ingram easily could have become one more lost teenager. Her mother died four days after the birth of her youngest sister. For 10 years, Carlethia and two sisters lived with their grandmot... » Read More
Health crisis making Georgia famous

Health crisis making Georgia famous

Last week, the second of two Americans infected with the Ebola virus arrived at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. » Read More
Bringing accountability and success back to the VA and veterans

Bringing accountability and success back to the VA and veterans

Our country's veterans have risked life and limb to protect our freedoms and ensure our way of life. For too long the Department of Veterans Affairs has failed our nation's veterans by operating un... » Read More
There is a price to pay for transportation

There is a price to pay for transportation

Ray LaHood, who once was the federal transportation secretary for President Obama, had some blunt advice for a legislative study committee trying to figure out how the state can pay for repairing i... » Read More
What’s wrong with a Southern accent?

What’s wrong with a Southern accent?

I just learned of a book called, "Say Goodbye to your Southern Accent." Gosh dang. What is wrong with a Southern accent? » Read More
July a good start to the fiscal year

July a good start to the fiscal year

July is not a "high" revenue month, not in the category of December, April and some others, but as the first month in the fiscal year, it is important to get the year off to a good start. » Read More
EPA’s power grab is unscientific

EPA’s power grab is unscientific

According to the Federal Register, on Dec. 7, 2009, the EPA "found" that current and projected concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere threaten the public health and welfare of current... » Read More
What color on the political map is your state?

What color on the political map is your state?

The conventional wisdom about Georgia politics has been that the state's changing demographics will eventually bring about a change in its political orientation. » Read More
A reminder why teaching is noble

A reminder why teaching is noble

Dear Georgia public school teachers: » Read More
Comparing costs of online courses

Comparing costs of online courses

Although every school and program differs in terms of tuition and fees, some online programs have been able to offer online degrees at a lower cost to students than their on-campus degree. Typicall... » Read More

Politics, procrastination hinder solution

The United States is the land of opportunity. Our country's heritage is a rich tapestry interwoven from Native Americans and immigrants of all colors and cultural backgrounds. » Read More
Obamacare dealt another blow

Obamacare dealt another blow

Since its inception, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare as it is commonly referred, has been dying a slow death. » Read More
The lessons from the primary runoff

The lessons from the primary runoff

There were some important political lessons that should have been learned from last week's runoff election. » Read More
So who is the real outsider in the Senate race?

So who is the real outsider in the Senate race?

The U.S. Senate race this November between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue will be one of the more unusual campaigns we have witnessed in Georgia. Neither has held public office ... » Read More
Higher education going online

Higher education going online

Students who have had to put their education on hold, like soldiers returning from deployment, and individuals looking to make a career change, are in the market to not only advance their education... » Read More

A good run that hopefully isn’t done

For the next five months-plus, Jack Kingston will have a job to do. And we expect him to do it the same way and in the same manner he has approached it for the previous 21 ½ years. » Read More

A way to fix public schools

This excerpt is adapted from a speech by Ben Scafidi on July 10 at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation's Friedman Legacy for Freedom celebration in Macon. » Read More
A choice that is really a power grab

A choice that is really a power grab

There once was a man who had a stable of horses, a barn full of fine animals for lease. At first glance, it appeared that his business offered great flexibility, a steed for every desire. » Read More
Why Johnny can’t go to college

Why Johnny can’t go to college

In less than a month, students will be reporting for fall semester classes at the public colleges that make up the state's university system. » Read More
Taxpayers on the hook for botched probe

Taxpayers on the hook for botched probe

In 1997, Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term where I served until 2002. It was a rewarding experien... » Read More
June gain caps a ‘good’ year

June gain caps a ‘good’ year

Robust June revenue collections of $1.76 billion produced a gain of $182.3 million for the month, an 11.5 percent increase. June's fiscal year-end report pushed total fiscal year 2014 totals to $17... » Read More


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