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Carter: Now, it’s your turn

By now, you may have seen the news that I will run this fall for a seat on the Covington City Council. That means this will be my last column … for a while.

July 13, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Government of, by, and for the people

When Americans celebrate Independence Day on July 4, we commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. In reality, the declaration wasn't the spark that lit the fuse of the American Revolution; the first shots were fired in Concord and Lexington more than a year before.

July 06, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Carter: Do the math; tipping point is here

If a tree falls in the forest, and no one's there to hear it, does it make a sound? In a similar vein, if the law requires government transparency, but no one is looking, does transparency matter?

June 29, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Carter: All we take for granted

Last weekend, we enjoyed a delightful evening celebrating the surprise news that one of our European friends had become a United States citizen. Married to an American, father of two beautiful children, and living in our community as a legal permanent resident, he surprised us by announcing he had applied for naturalization, passed the necessary examinations, and was sworn in last Friday.

June 22, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Carter: My favorite memory of my dad

My favorite memory of my father isn't a memory at all - or, at least it's not mine. It's a tale told years ago by his older sister about Dad's first day at elementary school in the south Georgia town where they were born.

June 15, 2013 | Maurice Carter | OPINION


Big fish meddling in a small pond

Last week, while defending raises for Covington officials, I criticized East Ward council members and the mayor for not seeking training and networking to inform their decision making. In an editorial preceding my column, The Covington News called out some council members for micromanaging city affairs. I share that view, and it is this combination of under-informed over-involvement that concerns me.

June 08, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Carter: Getting down to the heart of the matter

Local press and the general public are worked up over raises the Covington City Council quietly voted themselves and the mayor last year. It was the right thing to do, but the wrong way to do it. More important, though, the fussing is missing the bigger point.

June 01, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Carter: Let’s go dancing in the streets

While you were riding out the storm last Sunday, I was putting bicycles on the rooftop rack of our car. It was raining, but I'd been tracking radar and hourly forecasts all day. It was now or never.

May 25, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Sometimes, perspective changes things

Single and lonely in a new neighborhood, a guy invites his neighbors to a drop-in party. With ample food and drink, he sits alone as party time comes and goes.

May 18, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Carter: Character, integrity are true pillars of society

I was conversing with a couple of friends this week, each of whom expressed frustration and disappointment at having been wronged recently in a business transaction.

May 13, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


It’s not nice to forget Mother Nature

My wife and I have been vacationing the past week in south Florida. On the first night of the eight-day trip, we took the hotel clerk's dinner recommendation and headed to the restored riverfront in historic Fort Myers.

May 04, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Butterflies remain free through turmoil

When I finished high school, I left my childhood behind. It was an unconscious decision, but one I recognize now was necessary for me to evolve into the person I was meant to be.

April 27, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


I’m singing in the rain

Local philathropist, gentleman and sage Pierce Cline was well known for the life lessons he learned himself and taught to others through wanderings along the Appalachian Trail.

April 20, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Carter: For all who persevere

This isn't as easy as it looks - this putting together of ~750 words with a coherent thought every week.

April 13, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Carter: Bike for your health

I enjoy my bicycle. There's nothing like the freedom of rolling through the countryside propelled only by the power of my own legs, feeling the warm sun on my skin and the cool wind moving over my body, engaging the world with all five of my senses.

April 06, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


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