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Dooley's players need to ensure legacy

Last Saturday while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers that should not have been as hard as our scholar-athletes made it, former head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley’s first team at UGA was recognized on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. As nice as that was, more — much more — needs to be done to honor the legendary Hall of Fame coach.

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Updated: sep. 30, 2014 7:38 p.m.

Missing the story on Patton

It’s a fortunate thing that Bill O’Reilly’s latest book, “Killing Patton,” was written by him and not someone else. In that case, O’Reilly would have taken the poor person apart, criticizing the book for its chaotic structure, for its considerable padding and for its repellent admiration of a war-loving martinet who fought the Nazis and really never understood why. George S. Patton stood almost shoulder to shoulder with them in his anti-Semitism -- not that O’Reilly seems to have noticed or, for that matter, mentioned in his book.

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Posted: sep. 30, 2014 7:36 p.m.

The ability to walk away is key to empowerment

Politicians like to talk about empowering the middle class or other segments of the voting population, but they’re typically a little fuzzy on what empowerment really means. That makes sense when you consider that elections are essentially about politicians asking to get power rather than share it.

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Posted: sep. 27, 2014 6:16 p.m. | Updated: sep. 27, 2014 10:00 p.m.

The power of positive campaigning

With just under six weeks to the Nov. 4 Election Day, the pressure is on. With a Democratic sitting president with a low 44 percent approval rating, many Republican races across the nation are being run by tying the Democratic candidate to the president. In many cases, this might indeed create distaste for the Democratic candidate by the voters and lead to a Republican victory. But, with no clear path forward, who is to say that the voters won’t be just as disgruntled in a few years with Republicans?

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Posted: sep. 25, 2014 7:58 p.m. | Updated: sep. 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.

They are ruthless

“They are ruthless, single-minded and totally committed.” ­— British security adviser; Source: “The Times of London,” Aug. 16, 2006.

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Posted: sep. 25, 2014 7:59 p.m. | Updated: sep. 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Thinning out the alternatives for Jekyll Islander

I have one of the most interesting jobs in the world. One day I am advising world leaders on the nuances of international monetary policy. The next day I am consoling a distraught reader who thinks I need to “look within myself spiritually.” The last time I looked within myself, I saw my navel. It was full of lint. Never again.

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Posted: sep. 23, 2014 7:21 p.m.

A policy developed in spurts

Of all the experts I have read or consulted lately about the situation in the Middle East, the one who made the most sense was quoted recently in The New York Times. She’s Jennifer Shelton-Armstrong, identified as a 45-year-old Democrat in Mission Viejo, California, who participated in a poll about President Obama’s handling of foreign policy and terrorism. This is what she said: “He is ambivalent, and I think it shows. There is no clear plan.”

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Posted: sep. 23, 2014 7:20 p.m.

An exhausting retirement

I have a friend who recently retired.

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Posted: sep. 20, 2014 5:39 p.m. | Updated: sep. 20, 2014 10:00 p.m.

The tech-inspired future of education

In 21st-century America, hope and change comes from tech-inspired entrepreneurs.

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Posted: sep. 20, 2014 5:46 p.m. | Updated: sep. 20, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Kissinger’s support for Israel runs deep

At the age of 91, Henry Kissinger has published yet another book — his 17th in 60 years, according to his biographer Walter Isaacson. In that sense, “World Order” is something of a miracle, but it is also a swell read. So, I initially thought, was a review of it in The New York Times by John Micklethwait, the editor-in-chief of the admirable Economist magazine — and I praised it to him in an email. A bit later, I did a double-take. I still like the book, but Micklethwait’s review is a different matter.

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Posted: sep. 16, 2014 9:51 p.m. | Updated: sep. 16, 2014 9:58 p.m.

Trying to find the positives in this world can be a 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 positive things to write about,” she said, “and temporarily take people’s minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that.”

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Posted: sep. 16, 2014 9:48 p.m. | Updated: sep. 16, 2014 9:55 p.m.

Favors and Loot for Sale

At a July fundraising event in Chicago, Mrs. Michelle Obama remarked, “So, yeah, there’s too much money in politics. There’s (sic) special interests that have too much influence.” Sen. John McCain has been complaining for years that “there is too much money washing around political campaigns today.” According to a 2012 Reuters poll, “Seventy-five percent of Americans feel there is too much money in politics.” Let’s think about money in politics, but first a few facts.

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Posted: sep. 13, 2014 4:21 p.m. | Updated: sep. 13, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Health Care Law is Obama’s Gift to GOP for 2016

President Obama’s health care law is the gift that keeps on giving to the GOP.

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Posted: sep. 13, 2014 4:21 p.m. | Updated: sep. 13, 2014 10:00 p.m.

So long ago, and yet so near

According to a Gallup Poll released this week, “Americans’ trust in the federal government to handle international problems has fallen to a record-low 43 percent, ... Separately, 40 percent of Americans say they have a ‘great deal’ or ‘fair amount’ of trust in the federal government to handle domestic problems, also the lowest Gallup has measured to date.” (Poll conducted September 4-7, 2014, with 1,017 adults, 95 percent confidence level, +/- 4 points).

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Posted: sep. 11, 2014 8:26 p.m.

Blacks should be angry with themselves

What is it that makes so many blacks so angry? What is it that makes so many of them blame the realities of life that beset everyone, e.g., debt, disappointment, etc., a result of their being black?

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Posted: sep. 11, 2014 8:25 p.m.

Dalton State College a major player in area’s economic rebound

Remember the story of “The Little Engine That Could?” That could very 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.

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Posted: sep. 10, 2014 2:25 p.m.

Blind to the world’s broken windows

“All politics is local,” the late Speaker of the House Tip O’ Neill famously said. How right he was. The world today is suffering from the failure of President Obama to apply a school of law enforcement that happened to originate in O’Neill’s hometown, Boston, and goes by the moniker “broken windows.” The problem, simply stated, is that Obama was deaf to the sound of tinkling glass.

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Posted: sep. 10, 2014 2:22 p.m.

Robin Hood and the Digital Revolution

The lovable legend of Robin Hood with his band of Merry Men making life difficult for the Sheriff of Nottingham offers a great way to understand the politics of 21st century America.

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Posted: sep. 06, 2014 4:24 p.m. | Updated: sep. 06, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Applying smart power vs. don’t do stupid stuff

What a difference a year makes. Last September, the Obama administration and the media were cheering happenstance as victory. A quick review of last year’s events: the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government on civilians, tough talk by President Barack Obama, an administration push for a congressional vote for use of force, Secretary of State John Kerry’s off-the-cuff remark regarding Syria giving up chemical weapons, Russian President Vladimir Putin leveraging the remark into action, the Obama administration claiming a great solution.

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Posted: sep. 04, 2014 6:45 p.m. | Updated: sep. 04, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Vox explanation highlights gap between political world and everybody else

A recent column on Vox.com may have inadvertently highlighted the gap between the nation’s political elites and the rest of the nation. Vox is an “explanatory journalism” site founded by former Washington Post columnist and blogger Ezra Klein.

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Posted: sep. 04, 2014 6:47 p.m. | Updated: sep. 04, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Pumpkins growing weary

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 lyrics could apply today to the current political season in Georgia — “For it’s a long, long time from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September.”

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Posted: sep. 02, 2014 7:11 p.m. | Updated: sep. 02, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Try realism in the Middle East

America rarely does time capsules anymore, but the ones it does should include videos from February 2011 of American TV reporters exulting in the triumph of the Arab Spring. “This is the sound of a people rising,” ABC’s Terry Moran told us from Cairo. For Egyptians, it was a day “when a people rose and made themselves a new country, a new world, a new life.”

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Posted: sep. 02, 2014 7:15 p.m.

Blacks must confront reality

Though racial discrimination exists, it is nowhere near the barrier it once was. The relevant question is: How much of what we see today can be explained by racial discrimination? This is an important question because if we conclude that racial discrimination is the major cause of black problems when it isn’t, then effective solutions will be elusive forever. To begin to get a handle on the answer, let’s pull up a few historical facts about black Americans.

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Posted: aug. 30, 2014 4:29 p.m. | Updated: aug. 30, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Time to call a spade a spade

As the character Cecily said to Miss Fairfax in a play written by Oscar Wilde entitled “The Importance of being Earnest”: “When I see a spade I call it a spade.”

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Posted: aug. 30, 2014 4:31 p.m. | Updated: aug. 30, 2014 10:00 p.m.

In 1970, we had a riot; Ferguson looks like war

The news from Ferguson, Missouri, has brought back unpleasant memories from the long-ago riots in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It was the summer of 1970, and I was a young teenager close enough to the action to be appropriately frightened.

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Posted: aug. 28, 2014 6:09 p.m. | Updated: aug. 28, 2014 10:00 p.m.

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