Cynthia Spearman, a member of the Pilot Club of Covington, was installed April 8, 2016 as the governor of the Georgia District of Pilot International. Founded in Macon in 1921, Pilot International has been dedicated to service for almost a century. There are more than 370 clubs in five countries. The Pilot Club of Covington meets the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Ann Cargile, president, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robert Billy Smith, 87 of Covington, passed away Sunday, April 3, 2016, at Rockdale Medical Center. He was born in Geraldine, Alabama to the late Willie O. and Pearl Stone Smith. Robert was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed gardening, fishing and church channels on TV. Above all else he loved his family. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by wives; Inez Smith, Virginia Smith, Maylar Smith; son Robert Smith; one sister; and brothers, Thomas Alvin, Frank Earl, William C., James H., and Buford Lee.
Madison Quinten Hinesley's life was marked by integrity of character, a passion for service to his country as a career Air Force officer, and pride in his service in Vietnam. A lover of music at a soul depth, he was a John Wesley Methodist to the core and a warm, loving family man who was deeply admired, respected and beloved by his family, his loved ones, his treasured band of brothers and all those whom his life touched.
Lemuel T. Anderson, 84 of Covington, passed away February 15, 2016. After retiring from AT&T, Mr. Anderson started building houses and then became a Charismatic Episcopal Priest at St. Andrews. He will be remembered as a man who loved his family dearly. Mr. Anderson was preceded in death by Carolyn Evans Anderson, his wife of 64 years; and his parents, Willett Davis and Louise (Little) Anderson.
The big winner of the way-too-early first debate of the presidential primary season wasn't even on the stage for the prime-time event. Carly Fiorina won the "undercard" event earlier in the evening. She did so in convincing enough fashion that the next big question for political junkies will be whether she can make it into the main event in next month's debate.
Politicians are often accused of pandering and rarely wage public fights against things that are popular with their voters. That's what makes the willingness of politicians to take on Uber and the sharing economy all the more puzzling. Why on earth do they want to antagonize the tens of millions of Americans who benefit from the Uber service as consumers and drivers?
"The consumer demand for the Uber and Lyft kind of services is so great that any politician who gets in the way of that is really asking for trouble," according to Roger McNamee. The co-founder of investment firm Elevation Partners said on CNBC that "Uber's success is really about consumers demanding the availability of Uber and Lyft cars wherever they are."
Many years ago, I visited Cambodia with my family. One day, a local resident took us to a small village of 53 huts far off the beaten path. In many ways, it was closer to the 13th century than the 21st. It was truly an eye-opening experience.
Next week, we'll be celebrating the 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The eloquent cries for freedom and equality voiced in that properly revered document have become what professors Sid Milkis and Marc Landy call the "American Creed." It's a belief that all of us have the right to do whatever we want with our lives so long as we don't interfere with the right of others to do the same.
Listening to the political junkies discuss the 2016 presidential election more than a year ahead of time is enough to depress just about anyone who has a life outside the political bubble. It will get even worse next year with the avalanche of civic pollution known as campaign commercials.
What sometimes seem like epic battles to reshape the world generally fade to irrelevance very quickly. To take just one recent example, 20 years ago the Justice Department was trying to break up Microsoft because the software giant was perceived as too powerful to be challenged by other firms. Today, of course, all the talk is of Google and Apple with Microsoft struggling to find a niche.
Political reporters seem to enjoy the game of politics far more than the substance of issues. But recent Supreme Court rulings on the president's health care law, campaign finance reform and other topics may force a fundamental issue into the 2016 election. Upcoming rulings on same-sex marriage, immigration and another health care case will add fuel to the fire.