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I’m not exactly sure when my love affair with old luxury cars began. It could have been when Daddy bought the 1955 Cadillac. At the age of 16, I was ready to drive, couldn’t wait, actually, and Daddy put me behind the wheel of that big blue and white Caddie. I loved it. That car practically …

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A couple of weeks ago, my oldest son Calvin and his family came down from Atlanta to visit and to celebrate Jakey’s birthday. Jakey, his third son, was turning seventeen and needed one of my lemon layer cakes to properly mark the event. Errands kept me busy all morning. Among other things, I…

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From the earliest documented existence of mankind, as detailed in Genesis of the bible, man has been prone to engage in relationships. In fact, God himself recognized the fact that it is not good for man to be alone. He so embraced the concept of relationships among mankind the statement app…

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Classless. That is the only term I can use in a family newspaper to describe Donald Trump’s comments about the passing of Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who died from Covid-19 complications on Oct. 18.

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In the process of living, there’s one factor that quickly becomes apparent from the time of our earliest abilities to rationalize. It’s the understanding there will come the fateful day that everyone and everything will eventually need healing, repairing and/or replacing…from people to produ…

Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, liberal or conservative, there is one thing that should unite one and all – how government spends your tax dollars.  In Georgia, the best way to know that is through the state’s Open Records law.

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I can’t remember the first time I saw the American flag rise over a football field or some other arena filled with people who rose as one body to salute it. I remember the feelings I experienced even as a child, and those feelings only intensified as I grew and matured. Many a time I watched…

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Our grapevine is loaded with muscadines this year, and every time I ride by on the lawn mower, I stop for a handful. The grass in that section of the yard gets more attention when the grapes are ripe. The velvet blackness of the grapes or the white gold tell of their ripeness. We have both w…

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It’s rather peculiar that during this period often referred to as the communication age, how little people are actually able to effectively communicate. In every type relationship whether it be romantic, friendly, professional, or otherwise, the demonstrated need for individuals to relay per…

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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.

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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…

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I had a COVID-19 test the other day even though I have been fully-vaccinated and wear my mask regularly in public.  I am sure to some of you that proves I am a liberal weenie commie who loves Nancy Pelosi, watches CNN and glows in the dark.  But I digress.

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Standing in line at a local department store, I noticed that the salesclerk was quite agitated. I’d never seen Miss Martha so ill-at-ease before. When my turn came to check out, I laid my shirt on the counter and said to her, “Miss Martha, you seem out-of-sorts today. Is something wrong?”

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Last week I campaigned for punctuality, and as I finished the article, I thought, “I’m not finished yet. I have a few more things to say about how to raise children.”

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“If I can bother to cook your dinner, you can manage to quit whatever you’re doing and come to the table on time,” Mama used to tell us. “You will be on time if you eat at my table.”

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It seems to me that in the last decade, people have been losing any trust they ever had in our government. Mind you, this was happening long before COVID whirled over from China and knocked the breath out of us - literally, for many. I don’t really know when this country started to shift alo…

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One last word about the 25th anniversary of the Centennial Olympic Games and then we will move on. Nostalgia is not one of my strong points but having been associated with such a high-profile, once-in-a-lifetime (for me) event makes it hard to not take a quick peek back, especially when I ke…

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During the past year and-a-half, the entire world has been caught in the clutches of one of the most devastating medical anomalies in recent history. The highly contagious and equally deadly COVID-19 virus has claimed more than one hundred ninety-four million, seven hundred fourteen thousand…

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Sunday at church, a friend stopped me in the hallway and said, “I want you to write an article for me. Entitle it ‘The trashiest people live in Appling County.’ I live out by the river and people throw out trash in my yard every single day of my life. I can clean up the yard at night, and by…

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As disclosed in last week’s opinion, our household has been caught in the grips of an on-going battle with the dreadful coronavirus for more than fourteen days. With Sandra quarantined in the back bedroom and only permitted to pass through the house when venturing outside for a natural dose …

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A few years ago, my sister Sarah Nell and I attended what was destined to be the first of many estate sales. We both love them, even though they make me a bit sad. That first sale was in Hazlehurst and was organized and run by a professional group. Items were spread throughout the house with…

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“Now your mother will say I’m crazy when she hears what I’m about to tell you,” said Dr. Al Davis, our new pediatrician. “If you’re hot, then the baby’s hot. Don’t bundle him up in blankets in the middle of July. If you let him eat too much, he’ll get a stomachache. Put him on a schedule.”

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I sat in church one morning listening to Dr. Smith talk about the role of fathers, a subject quite appropriate for Fathers’ Day. And though I sat attentively listening, my mind kept straying back to my childhood. God blessed me with an extraordinary father, Luther Tatum Nichols, one of the g…

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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 …

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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…

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During the days of my childhood, our modest house sat under four huge pecan trees. Today as I swelter in triple digit heat anytime I step out the door, I wonder if all that shade made the summers cooler than the present ones. Was it really cooler back then than it is now? Is my mind playing …

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Okay, enough is enough and I have had enough.  I have had to endure watching lawless thugs firebomb buildings and claiming we need to defund the police.  And another bunch of lawless thugs calling themselves “patriots” while inciting a riot in the United States Capitol.  And don’t forget a b…

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Expectantly, he sat on the examining table gazing at the door with steady, unblinking eyes. The smell of antiseptic hung in the air, and a male assistant stood beside him to make sure the elderly patient didn’t fall. A scale waited directly in front of him to report on his eating habits. A v…

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On Friday night, May 21, 2021, yet another class will don red and black caps and gowns and march across the field in Jimmy Swain Stadium to accept diplomas and become Appling County High School’s newest alumni. Families and friends sit proudly in the bleachers, waiting to hug and congratulat…

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It’s rather remarkable to have someone feel the need to inject their opinion about the course of your life and which path you’d be better served to pursue. Such has been the case with an individual whose counsel I once sought several years ago when facing a difficult situation. Admittedly, C…

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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…

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

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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…

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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…

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It becomes quite unsettling to take a drive through many neighborhoods in “suburbia” or rural areas of this. What were once nice buildings, pristine artwork, or sculptures have become the targets of people engaged in malicious and/or destructive behaviors. Vandalism is defined as the willful…

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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…

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(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 w…

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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;”…

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I received a text message from a friend a few days back that included a picture of a newspaper clipping. More specifically, it was a picture of one of my Dad’s many columns. I have no idea when the column was written, but the title of the column was Do You Have Time?

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My family’s major lesson in patience lived right next door to us. My father’s aunt, Jincey Gaskins, was delightfully eccentric and one reason my sister and I learned to exhibit patience. My parents insisted that we be polite and patient, no matter what she did or said.

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I am a Son of the South and proud of it. Born here, raised here and, God willing, will be planted here. The South is and always will be my home.

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On January 25 at 9:00 a.m. Larry and I reported as instructed to the health department for our first of the long awaited COVID-19 vaccines. We’d been imprisoned by this virus far too long and were ready to do anything we could to escape its constrictions. We arrived a few minutes before our …

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I blush as I write this (well, not really) but things are going well at the University of Georgia, the nation’s oldest state-chartered university, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South.  UGA President Jere Morehead’s State of the University address notes among other positives that…

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When I prepare carrots to cook, Larry teases me about my chopping methods. Whether for a stew, soup, salad, or even a side dish of carrots with butter and chives, I never cut the carrots into rounds. Oh, no. They must be long or diagonal—never the typical rounds. Why? Who knows? I just don’t…

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The topic of this week’s opinion is one that has been debated virtually since the beginning of time. With Adam and Eve being the only people in existence at the time of their union, they were probably the only couple who ever lived that didn’t have to make a choice. It’s one with which most …

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When I was a child back in the dinosaur age, customer service meant something. When we went as a family to the grocery store on Friday afternoons, clerks and bag boys were underfoot to help with anything the customer needed. My 5’2” mother always needed help reaching the top shelf. Even once…

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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 stomachach…

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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…