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What Nobel Peace Laureates have incurred should not have occurred

I have been trying to figure out what to do with my free time now that I have decided not to run for President of the United States (or what’s left of it.) Some of you wrote and asked me to reconsider my decision. I am humbled by your pledges of support but I don’t want to broach the subject again with the Woman Who Shares My Name. She has access to a lot of broccoli and says she know where she can get more. I had best leave that alone.

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Some Odds and Ends

Occasionally, I wonder whether I'm alone in some of my wonderings. Look at the claim that conservatives or Republicans have launched a war on women as a part of their overall mean-spirited agenda. In the case of mistreatment of women — or of anyone else — assault, rape and murder are about as horrible as it gets. But I would be willing to bet a lot of money that most of the assaults, rapes and murders of women are done by people who identify as liberals or Democrats, particularly in the cases of murderers. Most crime, except perhaps white-collar crime, is ...

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Posted: may. 16, 2015 4:41 p.m. | Updated: may. 17, 2015 5:00 a.m.

To Georgia’s public school teachers: thank you

Dear Public School Teachers in Georgia:

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Posted: may. 16, 2015 4:43 p.m. | Updated: may. 17, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Gathering in Atlanta

A surreal moment passed for me this week with several press reports about presidential candidates heading to Atlanta in August this year. Six years ago in Atlanta, a group of online political activists got together in person. They had been online collaborators among the Republican grassroots for six years without ever having met face to face.

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Posted: may. 16, 2015 4:50 p.m. | Updated: may. 17, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Endings and Beginnings

It's mid-May and time for celebrating graduations. It's a time to look back on accomplishments and, more importantly, to look forward to new phases and opportunities in life.

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Posted: may. 16, 2015 4:51 p.m. | Updated: may. 17, 2015 5:00 a.m.

The legitimacy crisis

American government — at all levels — is losing the legitimacy it needs to function. Or, perhaps, some segments of the government have already lost it.

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Posted: may. 09, 2015 2:22 p.m. | Updated: may. 10, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Yes and but in the wrong order

Last week in Garland, Texas, a lady named Pamela Geller sponsored an event about Islam, a component of which included drawing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. While Muslims in prior centuries painted Mohammed and some Muslims still think it is OK to draw Mohammed, most Muslims around the world condemn the drawing of any image purporting to be the likeness of Mohammed.

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Posted: may. 09, 2015 2:24 p.m. | Updated: may. 10, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Black lives matter

Before we examine the issue of police shootings of blacks, I would like to start the conversation with another question. Here it is: If a person chooses to stand on railroad tracks in the face of an oncoming train, who is responsible for his being run over? And if many people meet their maker this way, what would you recommend as the best way to reduce such deaths? Would you focus most of your efforts on train engineers, or would you counsel people not to stand on railroad tracks in the face of an oncoming train?

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Posted: may. 09, 2015 3:34 p.m. | Updated: may. 10, 2015 5:00 a.m.

There is no question, Answer Man has all the answers

What time is it, boys and girls? It’s time for Answer Man! Time to dip into the ol’ mailbag and see what is on your mind and show you how little is on ours. While we can’t guarantee total and complete accuracy in our answers, it is Answer Man’s opinion that this won’t matter because if you knew the answer, you probably wouldn’t have asked the question in the first place.

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Posted: may. 02, 2015 3:50 p.m. | Updated: may. 03, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Johnston: I'm here to burst your bubble

Dear City of Covington Residents,

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Posted: may. 02, 2015 3:47 p.m. | Updated: may. 03, 2015 4:00 a.m.

Depressed journalists are depressing nation

I am far more pessimistic about our political system than most Americans. At the same time, I am very optimistic about the future of our nation. That may seem like an odd combination to some, but I am optimistic because I recognize that Washington, D.C., does not lead the nation.

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Posted: apr. 25, 2015 12:25 p.m. | Updated: apr. 26, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Consciously sidelining ourselves

Though Wal-Mart remains fixed in the American conscience as Sam Walton’s business, it is less and less that. Walton was folksy and relatable to the Americans who shopped at Wal-Mart. Everyone could imagine Sam Walton shopping there, too. But over the years, Wal-Mart’s management has passed out of the direct hands of Walton’s family.

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Posted: apr. 25, 2015 12:26 p.m. | Updated: apr. 26, 2015 5:00 a.m.

First session finishes with a flourish

The last day of my first session was thrilling and exhausting. I worked from 7 in the morning to midnight to get “Kelsey’s Law” over the finish line. Only 13 minutes remained before the official “Sine Die” when all work must cease until next year. But I am incredibly grateful that my work, and the work of Newton Representatives Pam Dickerson and Doug Holt before me, finally came to fruition after four long years. More importantly, I am humbled to be just a small part of courageous Kelsey’s fight to protect fellow teenage girls.

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Posted: apr. 11, 2015 8:10 p.m. | Updated: apr. 12, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Columnist no ‘Playtoe,’ but irked by lack of respect

Fortune Magazine has announced its list of the World’s Greatest Leaders for 2015 and would you believe that I got snubbed again this year?

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Posted: apr. 11, 2015 8:12 p.m. | Updated: apr. 12, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Gay rights movement is totalitarian

The gay rights movement has tended to be a well-choreographed stage production over the last number of decades. Over time, behind the scenes, they pushed hard for gay characters in film and television. They pushed gay actors out of the closet and encouraged celebrations of diversity.

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Posted: apr. 11, 2015 8:13 p.m. | Updated: apr. 12, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Technology will trump ‘Bootleggers’ mentality

In recent weeks, I’ve written about how the “Bootleggers and Baptists” dynamic corrupts regulatory politics. Bruce Yandle developed this concept decades ago. He observed that Prohibition became reality because Baptists wanted people to stop drinking while the ban on legal alcohol put money in the Bootlegger’s pockets. The do-gooders succeeded only because the money-grubbers joined their effort.

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Posted: apr. 11, 2015 8:14 p.m. | Updated: apr. 12, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Living through the times

It seems every day now some famous personality or former friend has passed away and at 68 it makes me think sometimes of my own mortality.

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Posted: apr. 04, 2015 6:41 p.m. | Updated: apr. 05, 2015 5:00 a.m.

GE and America’s corporate bootleggers

I recently highlighted an important book that describes how politics really works. “Bootleggers and Baptists: How Economic Forces and Moral Persuasion Interact to Shape Regulatory Politics,” by Adam Smith and Bruce Yandle, showed that prohibition became reality because it appeared to satisfy both Baptists and Bootleggers.

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Posted: apr. 04, 2015 6:44 p.m. | Updated: apr. 05, 2015 5:00 a.m.

The weekend that changed the world

Approximately 1,982 years ago, a man died. In fact, many men died that day. We know for sure of three men. Two were tied to crosses and crucified. One was nailed to the cross. Had that been the end of it, it would have just been like so many other Roman crucifixions. But, unbeknownst to most anyone at the time, the first Easter weekend would become the most important weekend in the history of the world.

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Posted: apr. 04, 2015 6:45 p.m. | Updated: apr. 05, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Newton Co. legislators busy with successful legislation

It was a great week for Newton County! I am ecstatic to tell you that “Haleigh’s Law,” the medical cannabis oil bill, passed both the House and Senate and was signed by the Governor this week. Also my bill, “Kelsey’s Law,” passed unanimously in the Senate near midnight on the last night. I was also very excited that Newton County Representative Pam Dickerson’s cyber-bullying law passed both the House and the Senate.

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Posted: apr. 04, 2015 6:47 p.m. | Updated: apr. 05, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Growing jobs, investing in the community and trading squirrel pelts

Dear Editor,

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Posted: mar. 28, 2015 1:01 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2015 2:00 a.m.

If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out

The headline to this story is an adage taught by journalism schools throughout the country. News is supposed to be based on facts and reported without bias. But alas, reporters are human and have biases, acknowledged or not. If they are blatant and obvious, then we can dismiss them out of hand, (example: Chris Matthews saying, “I felt this thrill going up my leg,” when listening to a speech given by then-presidential candidate Barack Obama).

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Posted: mar. 28, 2015 1:06 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2015 2:00 a.m.

President Spock?

The death of Leonard Nimoy saddened millions of Trekkies around the world (including me). But it wasn’t just Trekkies who mourned. In the past month, it has become clear that Mr. Spock — the character Nimoy brought to life — had become a cultural icon extending far beyond the Trek universe.

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Posted: mar. 28, 2015 1:04 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2015 1:00 a.m.

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